Since “Spider-Man: No Way Home” sees Norman Osborn sent back to his own branch of the ever-growing Multiverse, the most likely way for the character, as well as Willem Dafoe, to return would be the long-awaited, long-gestating, and long-sidelined “Spider-Man 4.” Will it ever happen? We don’t know. But we do know that the sheer volume of rumors circulating about a potential fourth film for Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man — along with a third for Andrew Garfield’s — spiked to immeasurable heights after both Peter Parkers appeared in Tom Holland’s “No Way Home.”
It’s not totally clear what’s going on with the rights to “Spider-Man” right now, what with Disney and Sony acting as curious co-parents, but Sony’s talent seems eager to continue doing the good work. In 2023, Maguire expressed a vocal interest to Marvel in regard to his continued collaboration with the franchise, saying, “If these guys called me and said … ‘Would you show up to do this movie or read a scene or do a Spider-Man thing?’, it would be a ‘yes!’ Because why wouldn’t I want to do that?”
Thomas Haden Church and Kirsten Dunst have also expressed a willingness to return. J.K. Simmons, for his part, already has returned, multiple times, so most of the original gang’s still invested. But as long as Maguire and Dafoe are present, the bones for something spectacular are there.