Spider-Man 3 might be one of the most anticipated superhero films since Avengers: Endgame. Many fans clamoring for Disney+ streaming content, and the DC Comics’ film The Batman are turning their attention to the third Spider-Man film in Sony’s third reboot. What is driving the added interest? Marvel and Sony revealed that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were in talks to return. Reportedly, Garfield signed a contract to reprise his Peter Parker/Spider-Man role, but Tobey Maguire might be stepping back to the negotiating table.
Reportedly, Maguire wants a substantial raise above the $13 – $15 million offer he received. Rumors also suggest that the actor wants added screen time in the film. Whether he gets it or not is anyone’s guess, but it is difficult to see how Marvel or Sony don’t agree to the demands.
Maguire’s request for more screen time harkens somewhat back to Adam West’s demand for more “Bruce Wayne screen time” in the 1966 Batman movie. Wayne found himself in a good negotiating position and leveraged it. Maguire appears to be doing the same.
And Spider-Man 3 would need Maguire for the film to reach its creative best. The film will focus on the “multiverse” storyline continuing in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. In Spider-Man 3, several actors and characters from the previous Spider-Man features will appear. Without Tobey Maguire, things fall tragically flat.
While Maguire wasn’t the first live-action Spider-Man, that honor goes to Nicholas Hammond; Maguire is the “first and real” Spider-Man in many fan’s eyes. In truth, without Maguire, director Sam Raimi, and screenwriter Alvin Sargent establishing the successful Spider-Man formula, the modern MCU/Sony version with Tom Holland might not be the hit it is.
Spider-Man might be an iconic character, but many elements must come together for a movie to succeed. Andrew Garfield’s initially planned trilogy ended after the poor reception to Amazing Spider-Man 2. That poor reception also put several spin-off projects on hold.
No one knows for sure who is confirmed for the new film. Spider-Man 3 isn’t even the official title, for that matter. Maguire may come to an agreement with Marvel Studios and Sony at some point since the door could open for his return to the role in other features. DC Comics and Warner Bros. revealed intentions to produce alternate timeline/multiverse films of their own. Walking away from a chance to reprise the Spider-Man role could undermine Maguire’s chances at future projects with Marvel.