Vanity fair just announced in a post that Garfield, who played the webbed hero in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel, exited the franchise after the Sony hack and Marvel’s acquisition of the character. But the world’s spidey senses began tingling when series alums Alfred Molina, who played Doctor Octopus in 2004’s Spider-Man 2, and Jamie Foxx, who played Electro in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, were confirmed for Tom Holland’s trilogy-making third Spider-Man film.
A since-deleted Instagram post featuring three Spider-Men standing side by side, shared by Foxx, further fueled speculation that Garfield, Tobey Maguire (star of the early 2000s Spider-Man trilogy), and Holland would be joining forces. “I see how often Spider-Man is trending and it’s like people freaking out,” Garfield said during the recent podcast. “And I’m just like, Guys, guys, guys—I wish I could just be able to speak to everyone and say, ‘I recommend that you chill.’
Even Holland himself, known for spoiling spidey secrets, has dismissed reports that Garfield and Maguire would be entering the Marvel fold. “Unless they have hidden the most massive piece of information from me, which I think is too big of a secret for them to keep from me,” he told Esquire earlier this year. “But as of yet, no. It’ll be a continuation of the Spider-Man movies that we’ve been making.”
That said, gossip about superhero movies is just as difficult to kill as the heroes at the center of them. “I don’t want to rule anything out,” Garfield added. “Maybe they are going to call me and say, ‘Hey, people want this.’ Maybe they are doing like a market-research thing.” After all, the actor said he didn’t receive a call to join Spider-Man: No Way Home (out December 17). That doesn’t mean Garfield wasn’t approached via text, DM, or superpowered smoke signals…