MCU enthusiasts are constantly asking about the inclusion of Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus in the new Spider-Man movie. And does that mean all the Spider-Man films before MCU, which include the Movies of Maguire and Garfield will become MCU canon?
No movie has been anticipated more than the MCU’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. With no sign of the trailer or even a teaser down the road, fans and theorists are left pondering upon the outcomes of the upcoming movie. With the creation of the Multiverse in the Disney+ series Loki, it is confirmed that it will lay the groundwork of the movie. And in such times, Reddit and Twitter have been the battlegrounds for these theorists. But since nothing is pinned down yet, we are nothing but speculating.
The recent set photos of No Way Home revealed an important character. We can see Peter standing in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum. It clearly points towards the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange to the cast. And with him, comes the Multiverse knocking. With Jamie Foxx included in the cast of the movie, the return of Electro from TASM 2 was implied but it might just be a Ralph Bohner-type thing. Subsequently, Alfred Molina (Dr. Octopus from Spider-Man 2) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil from Netflix’s Daredevil) were added to the cast. This has to mean that No Way Home is going to have a blast from the past.
So the question that needs to be asked is…
Spider-Man Movies Of Maguire & Garfield Could Become MCU Canon?!
Considering canon means that their respective version of the movies happened in their own alternate universe. Now, many characters are going to reappear in the new Spider-Man movie. So what does this imply? Does this mean that we have to consider Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and The Amazing Spider-Man movies canon to the MCU?
In addition to all its confusion, Alfred Molina states that his character arc will begin right where it ended in 2004. And if Molina is reprising his old role, so will Willem Defoe, Kirsten Dunst, and others. But, as we know it, Doc Ock died by drowning and saved the entire city. So did Green Goblin, so how in the multiverse will they come back? We all know Marvel makes us sit at the edge of our seats until the last suspenseful moment. So let’s hope the same from them.
But that won’t stop us from forming some theories. One of those theories says that all these villains from the older movies will be back but they will abandon their character arcs in the older timeline to do so. So now do we have to assume that all the earlier movies will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It will be interesting to see the consequences of that.
WHAT CAN BE THE RESULT OF CANONISING?!
Let’s look at the outcome if the MCU declares the older movies canon. What does it mean…?
Canonising means that older movies just become a version of what happened and many different versions of the same story will start appearing. For example, one Universe is where T’Challa is abducted by Yondu Udonta. So, the T’Challa becomes Star-Lord instead of Black Panther, of course. In the Spider-Man multiverse, if the creators bring in one or more villains to the future, they open the gate to infinite possibilities.
However interesting this may seem, it’s not feasible as it can the writing and screenplay will become just as more complex. The result of which will be that the well-thought-out MCU will become a mess. However, Marvel did a trial when they brought back Evan Peters as Fietro (Fake Pietro) in WandaVision. The audience was so excited to see the X-Man back the way they ended his arc didn’t get off with the fans.
WHAT IF THEY PSEUDO-CANON THE MOVIES..?
MCU always has a plan and this plan has been there since the beginning. Now that Marvel has introduced the TVA and its many Variants, it has opened the doors to many possible scenarios. One theorist even suggested that Marvel may introduce Molina’ Doc Ock, Jamie Foxx’s Electro as the different variants of themselves from a different timeline. And in this way, they may call Doctor Strange and the TVA for assistance to put them down for good. And even Maguire’s and Garfield’s versions of Spider-Men may exist at the same time.
In this way, the old stories will still remain intact and non-canonized. While the new story will have the literal Blast from the Past. Either this or the MCU will take this opportunity to improve on the old timeline and show their version of Spider-Man fighting the old villains. Either way, Sam Raimi’s Legacy remains undestroyed. They may even lay the groundwork for various What If…? scenarios. Like, what if the Green Goblin really killed Mary Jane in 2002, or what if Harry Osborn died at the hands of Sandman and countless more. But again, these are all mere theories.
So what do you think? Will the Movies of Maguire and Garfield become canon to the MCU? Please share your theories in the comment section below. Do let us know what you think will happen in this vast multiverse.