“Spider-Man: No Way Home” does an excellent job of expanding on the groundwork laid by previous MCU projects “WandaVision” and “Loki” by delving deeper into the multiverse concept. As a result of a botched spell by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), villains from various timelines converged on the MCU’s Earth, leaving Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to somehow return them to their homes. Luckily, other versions of Spider-Man tumbled through the rift in spacetime, too, uniting Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield’s versions of Peter Parker — something the latter actor was very keen on.
“I was just waiting to see if Tobey was going to do it, and if Tobey was going to do it, then I was like, well, I have no choice, you know?” recalled Andrew Garfield in an interview for the Spider-Man YouTube channel (via Deadline), explaining further why he was so interested in joining the “No Way Home” cast. “The intention feels very pure here. It actually feels like a great creative idea and a great creative story,” he said, adding that he appreciated that his and Maguire’s Spider-Man incarnations played an active role in the story and aided in the development of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, rather than just cameoing for the sake of doing so. Garfield refers to their team-up as a “brotherhood” and voices his approval in how the final film turned out.
Witnessing three generations of Spider-Man work together at the cinema was truly something special, and Andrew Garfield’s presence was essential to that feeling. Without him, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” wouldn’t be the same.