Some Spider-Man fans really want Tobey Maguire to come back

Hope is a beautiful thing. For Spider-Man fans, hope is what kept them going through the horrors of Spider-Man 3 and its dancing goth Peter Parker, the mediocrity of the Amazing Spider-Man reboot, and Sony‘s endless back-and-forth as they desperately tried to work out what to do with the franchise.

Mostly, Spider-Man fans hoped that Marvel would swoop in and save the day, because while the Amazing Spider-Man movies are okay, Marvel Studios has the Avengers, while Sony keeps coming up with weird ideas like a Sinister Six spinoff

The good news is, all that hoping and waiting has finally paid off. Sony and Marvel have worked out a crossover deal where Spider-Man will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most likely in Captain America: Civil War. This news inspired a near-religious fervor among Marvel aficionados, many of whom are treating it more like the second coming than what it actually is: a corporate merger.

Anyway, now that we’ve got that first flush of excitement out of the way, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of baseless casting speculation. And what better place to start than everyone’s first choice of Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire?

Wait, what?

As it turns out, a surprising number of people want to see the 39-year-old actor return to the role. And sure, some of them are kidding, but even more seem to be deadly serious.

While we are not an oracle imbued with the power to predict Marvel’s decisions, it feels safe to say that they will not be bringing back Tobey Maguire. That is not a thing that will happen in the real world. Although there is one instance in which we could get behind this idea, and that’s a movie where Tobey Maguire plays a middle-aged mentor figure to Miles Morales.

However, that is also not going to happen. The Marvel–Sony agreement makes it slightly more likely that Miles Morales will appear at some point, but unfortunately, we doubt that he’s going to be the lead character.

Marvel’s announcement implied that a new actor would be cast, saying “the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film” before appearing in the next installment of Sony’s franchise. Whether that Sony film will be a sequel or another reboot is unclear, but either way, it won’t star Tobey Maguire.

Photo via Sony Pictures

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor