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Spider-Man: No Way Home - new trailer, UK release date, and will Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield appear?

Fans have speculated the return Maguire and Garfield and characters from those actors’ films, which were not part of the MCU

This year, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans can expect another epic return of their favourite masked hero, as Spider-Man: No Way Home will be released.

Star Tom Holland has even teased the new film will be "most ambitious standalone superhero movie ever made".

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And rumour has it that while he will continue his reign as Spidey, there could be a number of other MCU heroes swinging into the latest Spider-Man movie...

Now, a brand new trailer has been revealed, giving us more glimpses at what to expect come the film’s December 2021 release date.

The new trailer finds Peter Parker confronting the aftermath of Doctor Strange’s botched spell to hide his identity from the world, and the film seems to be much darker in tone than Spider-Man’s previous outings.

But which characters will be returning?

Here is everything you need to know about it.

What happens in No Way Home?

In Spider-Man: No Way Home, British actor Tom Holland reprises his role as the web-slinger from the first two movies in the series; 2017’S Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

At the end of the most recent film – 2019’s Far From Home – Spider-Man’s identity was revealed to the world, and the new film deals with the fallout.

In No Way Home, the newly unmasked Peter Parker accompanied by love interest MJ – played by Zendaya – struggles to adapt with the attention and he turns to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange for help.

However, his spell goes wrong, unleashing multi-dimensional chaos. It is expected that No Way Home will ultimately unleash the “multiverse”, which will play a large role in Phase Four of the MCU.

It may be for this reason that fans have speculated the return of former Spider-men, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, as the multiverse gives writers the narrative tools to bring in characters from those actors’ films, which were not released as part of the MCU.

Which characters are returning?

It had already been confirmed that Alfred Molina will return as multi-armed menace Doctor Octopus, a role he first played in 2004’s Spider-Man 2.

He appeared towards the end of the film’s first official trailer released in August, emerging from a collapsing bridge with his metallic limbs.

That trailer also confirmed rumours that Jamie Foxx’s Electro will make an appearance, as will Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe.

The newest trailer has revealed that a number of other previous Spider-Man foes will be returning: Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), and Lizard (Rhys Ifans).

Marisa Tomei is also back as Aunt May and Happy Hogan will be played by Jon Favreau, who first appeared in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and 2008’s Iron Man respectively.

Jake Gyllenhaal could also reprise his role as Mysterio, despite appearing to be fatally wounded in Far From Home, and JK Simmons is also expected to return as Daily Bugle editor J Jonah Jameson, in a bigger role than in any previous film.

Rumours have been rife about the return of Maguire, Garfield and their respective in-universe partners, Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane Watson and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy.

But Sony and Marvel have so far been tight lipped about the return of some former Spider-Man cast members, as have the actors themselves.

Garfield has previously denied he had received any involvement in the film earlier this year.

“I wish I could just be able to speak to everyone and say, like, ‘I recommend that you chill’,” he said. “I can’t speak for anything else apart from myself, they might be doing something. But I ain’t got a call.”

Of course, he could just be bluffing...

When can I watch it?

Spider-Man: No Way Home will be released in UK cinemas on 15 December. That’s two day before fans in America will get to see the film.

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