Spider-Man: No Path Home is the most anticipated Marvel movie in some time thanks to rumors that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire will dress alongside Tom Holland as the titular web-slinger. If they have to return to their famous roles, there are many possibilities for future storylines, as no one knows what can happen next with these characters.
There are many possible options as to where their paths can lead them in subsequent films if they want to stay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, it’s also possible that each version of Spider-Man has a slightly darker fate to conclude their stories. Fans are certainly hoping to see more of these iterations of Spidey.
The comics featured a character called Ben Reilly, a clone of the original Peter Parker who took the name inspired by his uncle. The character posed as the Scarlet Spider, another web vigilante who often teamed up with Peter Parker.
It’s possible that the iteration of Tobey Maguire’s or Andrew Garfield’s Peter is stuck in the main MCU timeline. With a Parker already in existence, we could take on the identity of Ben Reilly and continue to fight crime as Scarlet Spider, deviating from the origin of the comic book.
There are a lot of fan theories around the last one Spider Man film, including with regard to the costumes of the heroes. Of course, Tom Holland’s Parker got used to wearing the Iron Spider costume, inspired by the Civil war era of Spider-Man superhero existence.
In the source material, there is a group of clones known as Red Team, where all three wear Iron Spider armor and function as a unit. With 3 Spideys remaining in the timeline, the trio could possibly become Team Red, opening the door for a new main iteration of Spider-Man that would involve a team of Spider-Men protecting New York from crime.
Miles Morales could very well be the next Spider-Man for the MCU, but Tom Holland’s Peter Parker still seems a little young to mentor him. Fortunately, with two other web-heads on the scene, either one can actually act as Morales’s partner.
Whether it’s the two of them trying to work together to help Miles, or maybe a story that only involves one of them, this could be an intriguing way to continue on the tale and evolution of Tobey’s characters. Maguire and Andrew Garfield, without forcing stories fans have seen in movies like Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
Return to their universes
There is a very simple solution at the end of the multiversal journey for what to do with these multiple Spider-Men. The answer is that they go back to their own time flows if they still exist. There are several things to solve for each character in Spider-Man, especially the iteration of Andrew Garfield.
This brings the status quo back to normal, but also opens up the idea that they might someday return, or at the very least that audiences could see more stories unfolding in their universes. It depends on whether Marvel Studios wants to keep the multiverse open to allow these actors and their beloved one to take Peter Parker, to return.
The multiverse is on the verge of crumbling given how out of control it seems, with several villains joining in No way home alongside interference from Sylvie, Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange. This could result in the entire multiverse being erased and restarted.
If so, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield could be removed from the MCU altogether. On the other hand, they could be introduced as new characters, complementing their arcs nicely. If their universes were destroyed, fans wouldn’t be too happy as both Spider-Men have their devoted admirers.
There is one case that would have a more tragic conclusion for these characters than many other possible outcomes: Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man could end up dying in battle. This would put a definitive end to their stories while raising the stakes for No way home. Anyone can die, even a Spider-Man.
Marvel is unlikely to do so given the ire of fans. Plus, it would definitely close the door to future opportunities to bring these actors and characters back for another MCU movie. On the other hand, a heroic death like that of Tony Stark would lend a greater emotional lightness to an image that already seems to be teeming with complex narratives. It would also satisfy both Garfield and Maguire, who have focused their energy on one or the other in independent films like Tic, Tic … Boom! or produce films like Brittany runs a marathon.
Live a peaceful life
With a Spider-Man already present in the MCU’s main Earth timeline, and the potential for these two alternate Peter Parkers to be stuck in an alternate reality, it’s possible that they can finally live peaceful, conventional lives.
They certainly deserve it given everything they’ve been through and retirement puts them in an interesting position for future stories. It would crown their arcs the same way Captain America did, acting as a handover from one generation of heroes to the next.
Traveling through the multiverse
The multiverse is open to exploration at this stage, and Doctor Strange will continue this journey in his own feature film. The characters of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield could be on the same path and join Strange.
This means continued appearances for these characters, as well as a resolution of any unsolved Spider-Man stories that have yet to come to a satisfactory end. The Multiverse could teach these Spider-Men a lot about themselves and the decisions they made as heroes.
Spider-Man’s school may have to watch if Peter is to graduate, as they’ve embraced the weird and wonderful of the comics. The hero Silk may have already left the institution, and Spider-Man’s origins are traced there as well.
Perhaps a natural place for the duo to work in the future is in school as science teachers. They could put their knowledge to good use while secretly working alongside the next generation of heroes. Maybe even characters like Ms. MarvelKamala Khan could transfer and learn from the older Spider-Men.
Mentors for new spiders
The Multiverse will be home to so many other Spider-based heroes. Ghost-Spider, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-UK, and Spider-Punk are just a few examples of vigilantes ready to take on the Green Goblin and other antagonists.
Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men have experiences they can all learn from. So they can be multiverse mentors, teaching Spider heroes in every reality, possibly preparing them for a big Spider-verse crossover down the line.
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