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‘Spider-Man 3’ is Getting Really, Really Crowded

Another decade, another ‘Spider-Man’ sequel with a cast too big for its runtime.

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Tom Holland and Zendaya as Peter Parker and Michelle in "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

Back in October, we reported that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire were joining fellow Spider-Man Tom Holland in the sequel to 2019’s “Far From Home.” Well, since then the cast has gotten a lot larger. Jamie Foxx has since been confirmed, reprising his role as Electro from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and yesterday, a number of outlets reported Alfred Molina, who played Dr. Octopus in the beloved “Spider-Man 2,” will also be returning.

Other reports include Emma Stone returning as Gwen Stacey (from the “Amazing” movies), Charlie Cox coming back as “Daredevil” after Netflix axed its entire slate of Marvel shows last year, and Benedict Cumberbatch making as an appearance as the MCU sorcerer Dr. Strange. This is in addition to all of the stars of “Homecoming” and “Far From Home” who are certain to return.

Got all that? At this point, my brother could tell me he got cast in the movie and I might believe him. There’s a lot of hype online right now for just how stacked this cast is. However, a really full “Spider-Man” movie may not mean a really good one, and could prove dangerous for the future of the MCU.

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In my relatively short lifetime, there have been two jam-packed “Spider-Man” sequels that were both tremendous disappointments, and killed the franchises there and then. Sam Raimi‘s “Spider-Man 3” in 2007 featured three villains, two love interests, and one really odd dance sequence. The movie was a flop, and derailed plans for a fourth Raimi-helmed entry.

Then, seven years later, Mark Webb and Sony released “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The film was, again, very crowded with villains and extraneous plot threads. Surprise, the film was panned, and that killed off some ambitious plans Sony had for a “Sinister Six” villain team up film, as well as a whole bunch of expanded Spider-verse projects.

So, all of this news surrounding “Spider-Man 3” is certainly interesting. Additionally, Kevin Feige and company have hit more home runs than strikeouts in the past 10 years of the MCU’s existence, and they show no signs of slowing down. That said, this is a lot of people for one movie. To me, there are only two real possible outcomes at this point: there are a ton of small cameos from Spider-folk of the past, with none of them actually featuring as main characters in the film; or the movie is just like “Spider-Man 3” and “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” an overstuffed sequel that jumps the shark, and kills of a perfectly good franchise. At this point, I’m personally hoping it’s the former.

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