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Warning: some light spoilage for Loki Season 1’s finale is in play. If you aren’t current, come back once you’ve caught up.
As the finale of Loki’s first season on Disney+ came to a close, something pretty massive happened that allowed the doors of the multiverse to burst open. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest chapter breaking ground on something we’ve been anticipating for quite some time, some Spider-Man: No Way Home theories, and the fans that created them, seem to have found a second wind in their sails. As a result, social media has lit up like a fractured timeline, with just as many tweets celebrating the occasion.
Twitter has been abuzz with Spider-Man: No Way Home theories in the wake of Loki’s Season 1 closer, which saw Jonathan Majors' "He Who Remains" murdered by Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), which fractured the multiverse wide open. Now it feels like nothing is off the table when it comes to Tom Holland’s third solo effort in the MCU. Though, as you’ll see in the reactions we’re about dive into, there’s one very specific place setting everyone’s still hung up on. First up is a post that seems to assume the entire Spider-Man fandom is thinking the same thing, post-Loki, and they probably aren’t wrong:
Everyone looking forward to Spider-Man: No Way Home has been searching for any sort of confirmation that Andrew Garfield and/or Tobey Maguire will be reprising their roles as Spider-Man. As both Alfred Molina’s Doc Octopus and Jamie Foxx’s Electro have been brought up in the film’s villain department, both of the previous Peter Parkers have also been rumored to return. Though there’s been an apparent rejection from Garfield himself, as well as Tom Holland himself shutting down those hopes, fans are still thinking it’s going to happen, which leads to messages such as this:
Just when Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and all parties potentially connected to Spider-Man: No Way Home thought it was safe to step into a press junket, this happens. Now the floodgates are bound to be open to fans and journalists alike asking questions pertaining to the potential involvement of Emma Stone, Kirsten Dunst, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. And those questions aren’t going to go away, as another fan used Loki’s timeline shattering finale to draw a firm line in the sand:
On the calmer side of the speculation pool, the title Spider-Man: No Way Home has sort of a new meaning to Marvel Cinematic Universe fans far and wide. Loki’s finale sparked that reaction in more than one Twitter user, and that same reaction goes for another MCU movie on its way to the masses. Thanks to the fallout from Season 1’s big closer, the titles for Spider-Man and Doctor Strange’s big sequels seem to be turning on some lightbulbs:
In the end, it’s always going to come back to the powerful and hopeful theory that somehow, Spider-Man: No Way Home will be the live-action Spider-Verse crossover some have been hoping for. And it’s got fans so riled up that they even have polls dedicated to the matter. So if you want to vote on which Spider-Man you’re most excited to (potentially) see in Spider-Man: No Way Home, cast your lot in this final highlighted post:
Without a trailer or even any key details on what’s going to happen, Spider-Man: No Way Home represents different things for different people. It just so happens that one of those things people agree on is that Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire are going to surprise fans far and wide, working together on the big screen on December 17. Who knows what the truth will be, but at this point, all we can do is wait and ponder over Loki’s Season 1 finale, which can be currently be watched on Disney+. Non-subscribers should check out the current subscription offer and get in on the deal that will prepare all fans for Phase 4.
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