Spider-Man: No Way Home nearly included beloved characters Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, and Aunt May from previous Spider-Man movies. Despite not making the final cut, early drafts explored the possibility of Emma Stone, Kirsten Dunst, and Sally Field reprising their roles. MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios reveals new insights into the potential appearance of these major characters in the latest Spider-Man installment.

Spider-Man: No Way Home was almost going to feature other major characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe installment from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man movies. One of the biggest installments in The Multiverse Saga ended up being Spider-Man: No Way Home, which served as Tom Holland’s trilogy finale but also a massive live-action Spider-Verse adventure. For the first time ever, Holland, Maguire, and Garfield’s Spider-Men got to join forces on the big screen as Spider-Man: No Way Home celebrated three generations of the web-crawler.

In MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, new details have emerged about what almost went down in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Despite not showing up, early drafts initially had Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy, Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane Watson, and Sally Field’s Aunt May appearing in the movie from Maguire and Garfield’s Spider-Man movies. The final cut of Spider-Man: No Way Home had references to Gwen as Garfield’s character talked about her death, while Mary Jane is alluded to through Maguire’s Peter Parker.

Given Spider-Man: No Way Home’s box office success, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are working on making Spider-Man 4, which is being envisioned as a sequel trilogy for Holland’s character. However, despite their ambition to get another movie, updates on Spider-Man 4 have been limited due to a few factors. For starters, they have not tapped a new director, as Jon Watts is not returning for Peter’s next installment.

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While Holland has had conversations with Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes have prevented Spider-Man 4 from moving forward. Even though the WGA strike came to an end this fall, the SAG-AFTRA strike is still taking place, as their latest negotiations with the AMPTP recently got suspended. Spider-Man 4 also doesn’t have a release date, meaning that the sequel may not be coming out until Phase 6 at the very latest, assuming the SAG-AFTRA strike ends any time soon.

Given how Spider-Man: No Way Home ended, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have massive expectations to meet as they continue telling Peter’s story in the MCU. Spider-Man 4 will also mark a new start for Peter, as he will be on his own, which could set up an intriguing chapter for the web-slinger. Until the SAG-AFTRA strike concludes, the world can continue to relive Spider-Man: No Way Home and all of the other Spider-Man movies on streaming and on Blu-Ray/DVD.

Source: MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios

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