“Spider-Man: No Way Home”, which stars Tom Holland as the web-slinging superhero, has had fans go wild with theories and speculation ahead of its release on December 17.
There have been supposed leaked photos from the set as well as hints by actors as to what fans can expect.
But is everything as it seems? Not according to Holland’s co-star Jacob Batalon.
He told Reuters “I think the worst thing has been lying to everyone – oh my goodness. All the lying and secrets have just been eating me up inside and now the movie’s coming out, we can finally speak our peace.”
The film is set directly after the events of 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far from Home”, when Peter Parker is revealed to the world to be the superhero Spider-Man.
Desperate to protect his family and friends, Parker goes to his old ally Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and asks him to cast a spell to make everyone forget.
However, Parker keeps interjecting as Strange is casting the spell and it goes awry, opening up the many universes of superheroics that exist outside the franchise’s.
“We’ve been introduced to the multiverse for the very first time,” said Benedict Wong, who plays Strange’s assistant Wong.
He added “It invites a plethora of incredible actors like J.K. Simmons is over there. He’s an absolute freaking legend and there’s many more of them – a load of them have returned from other Spider-Man films 15 years or 16 years and now they get to play, put on their old suits and play their old characters. It’s fantastic.”
Stars from the previous franchises of ‘Spider-Man’ at the premiere included Willem Dafoe, who played the Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx, who played Electro and J.K. Simmons who played the cranky editor of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson. The carpet also included Jared Leto, who plays Morbius in the Spider-Man universe.
J.B. Smoove who plays a character only known as Mr. Dell, said “People don’t understand the levels that this movie goes to keep things locked down. You don’t understand. You read a script, everything’s blacked out, you can’t put one and two together. All you see is your own scene. Oh my god. It’s unbelievable.”
One thing that isn’t a secret is that it was recently reported that Holland was going to reprise his role in a new trilogy.
However, it seems that the news was also a secret from the film’s studio boss, Sony Pictures’ chairman Thomas Rothman.
He said “I read about that in the news too. Generally speaking, I would see it in a contract on my desk before I read about it in the news so I think that was a bit premature but the truth of the matter is that the two studios get along great. It’s been a fantastic partnership over three films and we know there is one more film already committed to come and I would be surprised if there weren’t more in the future.”