More than a month after "Spider-Man: No Way Home" first hit theaters, one of the film's surprise stars is ready to spill the beans.
Two of the film's secret leads spoke alongside Tom Holland, who portrays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, for the first time on the record in an interview published on Wednesday.
Holland's predecessors in Sony's "Spider-Man" and "Amazing Spider-Man" series, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, delighted audiences around the world with appearances as their versions of the web-slinger in the Marvel Studios-Sony co-production. All three spoke with Deadline in an interview published on Wednesday.
Garfield has spoken with reporters since the film's release, but Wednesday marked the first time Maguire discussed reprising the role that catapulted him to stardom 20 years ago. Maguire said playing Spider-Man again, alongside the men who followed suit in the red-and-blue suit, was "a much, much richer experience" than he anticipated or "could really even express in words."
"I just felt super safe and, like, we were all on the same team and all in support of each other," Maguire said in the interview. "And it just brought out this ... really loving, fun, creative experience that I was just sitting in gratitude every day."
Maguire and Garfield's appearances weren't necessarily a surprise to fans who followed every internet leak and rumor, even as Garfield denied he was in the film to anyone who would listen while promoting "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" and "Tick, Tick... Boom!" earlier this year.
But their returns have nonetheless delighted audiences across the globe, with "No Way Home" grossing nearly $1.7 billion worldwide. It's the sixth-highest grossing film of all time, as of this writing.
Maguire said he was struck by the pitch from Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige and Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal, both of whom have worked on all of the live-action "Spider-Man" films in some capacity over the last two decades.
His Peter, and Garfield's, would mentor Holland's through a profound loss, sharing lessons of power and responsibility that have been fundamental to the character's core since Spider-Man's first comic appearance 60 years ago.
"I gotta say I was intrigued immediately," Maguire said. "In that conversation, the intention, the kind of love and celebration of these movies, and what it meant to Amy and Kevin, was apparent. And to me, when artists or people who are steering the creative process have a kind of authentic, genuine intent of celebration and love, it was just so apparent in both of them that, I don't know, I just wanted to join that."
Maguire once again appeared alongside former co-stars Willem Dafoe (Norman Osborn/Green Goblin), Alfred Molina (Otto Octavius/Dr. Octopus) and Thomas Haden Church (Flint Marko/Sandman), his foes in the Sami Raimi-directed trilogy.
Working with familiar faces behind and in front of the camera, as well as new ones in fellow Spider-Men Garfield and Holland, "was really impactful."
"It was such a rich experience," Maguire said. "And as the guys have touched on, the kind of sharing of something and the brotherhood of it, it was just so rich."