Tom Holland — who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films — recently dismissed an ongoing rumor that previous Spider-Man actors will appear in a new “Spider-Man” film.

What’s the rumor?

In October 2020, a Marvel rumor suggested that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would return for the upcoming “Spider-Man 3,” which already includes Tom Holland, since it takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • Maguire starred as Spider-Man in the early 2000s in a series of films that included Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and Willem Dafoe. Holland starred as a Spider-Man opposite Emma Stone.
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Rumor had it that Maguire and Garfield would join the third “Spider-Man” film in the MCU, which would happen by crossing Spider-Man universes, according to reports from Marvel news and rumors sites.

  • There was some indication that Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) would join the final “Spider-Man” film, too, which would allow characters to move to different universes because of Doctor Strange’s abilities, which I wrote about before for the Deseret News.

What did Holland say?

Holland said in an interview with Esquire that the rumor simply isn’t true. He said he would have learned about it if it was true since it’s such a major storyline choice.

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  • “No, no, they will not be appearing in this film,” Holland told Esquire about Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. “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. But as of yet, no. It’ll be a continuation of the Spider-Man movies that we’ve been making.”

However, as notes, Holland has lied before about Marvel spoilers. And Marvel has been known to offer misdirection among their casts to avoid spoilers from leaking.