There have been a lot of speculations about the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home as it is expected to venture into the multiverse and feature characters from the past Spider-Man films. We know that Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and Electro are confirmed to be making appearances, but there are rumors that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield might also show up as the former Spider-Men.
Per The Direct, during an interview with Empire Magazine, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige addressed the rumors and speculations surrounding the film and warned fans that they should manage their expectations. He said, "Rumors are fun, because many of them are true, and many of them are not true. The danger is when you get into the expectations game of wanting people to be excited about the movie they get, and not disappointed about a movie they don't get."
Feige made a very fair point. We should be managing our expectations and not let them affect our view of the film once we see it. Whether Maguire and Garfield are really part of the film or not, we should judge it for what it is, and not who showed up or not. Even though the signs of the rumors are more likely to be true, we should also welcome the idea that they might also not happen at all.
This doesn't mean that fans should be discouraged from speculating. It is fun to come up and discuss theories, speculations, and hear rumors. But in the end, all that matters is the final product and what the film is showing to the audience. We shouldn't be disappointed based on our assumptions. The film can still function with or without the appearances of Maguire and Garfield nor the other villains that are also rumored to appear. We will eventually find out the truth once a new trailer has been shown or once we finally see the film.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to be released in theaters on December 17.