By Stephen Ippolito | December 13th, 2021
For over a year, it’s been known that villains from past franchises would be returning for Spider-Man: No Way Home. So far, Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin), Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus), and Jamie Foxx (Electro) have officially been confirmed, while Thomas Haden Church (Sandman) and Rhys Ifans (Lizard) are expected back as well. Well, according the film’s star, the plan wasn’t always to let people know about them coming back.
During an interview with Yahoo, Tom Holland revealed that originally Sony wanted to keep the villains’ return a secret during marketing.
“The initial plan was to make the film seem like a civil war between myself and Doctor Strange and they were gonna keep everything a secret. That is impossible.”
Holland didn’t say exactly when the studio changed its course, but some have floated it being in the spring when Molina officially confirmed his involvement during an interview.
Personally, besides the fact that it would be have been “impossible”, it would also have been a bad move by a business standpoint. By starting to market the villains in both trailers, it helped create an Avengers: Endgame level hype for the movie. It’s also definitely one of the reasons why some are predicting that it could make over $200M at the domestic box office during opening weekend.
During the same interview, Holland also expressed how he is “pretty tired of constantly lying and deceiving people” when it comes to the film. Since he’s being asked by just about everyone he talks to if Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are in it, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Spider-Man: No Way Home officially opens in theaters this Friday.