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Watch The WandaVision Story Featurette

The new featurette offers a look behind the scenes and a glimpse at what’s to come in Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision,” a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. 

The first two episodes of “WandaVision” are now streaming exclusively on Disney+.

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Watch The Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar Teaser Trailer

Take a trip and break out of your shell with Barb and Star.  From the gals who brought you Bridesmaids (co-stars and co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo) comes Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar. 

The film also stars Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Fortune Feimster, Wendi McLeandon-Covey, Rose Abdoo, Vanessa Bayer, Phyllis Smith, and Kwame Patterson

Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time…ever. Romance, friendship and a villain’s evil plot…Hold onto your culottes, Barb & Star debuts in your home on February 12th! 

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Chris Evans In Talks To Return To The Marvel Cinematic Universe As Captain America

Despite frequently confirming his retirement from the role after the groundbreaking Avengers: Endgame, it appears Chris Evans is ready to wield a shield again as Deadline reports that the 39-year-old star is nearing a deal with Marvel Studios to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain America.

While he may be returning to the role, sources do state that it’s unlikely to be another installment in the titular hero’s solo franchise, but rather will be a supporting appearance in a separate Marvel project with an option for a return in a second film. Said path is akin to the one Robert Downey Jr. took with his role as Iron Man, having his solo franchise conclude after its third installment and instead carrying on the portrayal in the Avengers sequels, Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The conclusion to Marvel’s Infinity Saga saw Evans travel back in time to return the various stones to their places in time and choose to stay in the past with love interest Peggy Carter, appearing in the future as an old man who gifts his shield to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, passing the torch of the moniker on to the hero currently known as Falcon.

Sources report that reps from Marvel reached out to Evans in recent months about the possibility of returning to the role and as talks continued over weeks with the Knives Out star, he began to come around to the studio’s idea for the character and began talking numbers with them.

With a number of projects, both known and unknown, currently in development at Marvel Studios for the big and small screens, and even Kevin Feige’s recent comments that the cancelled Netflix characters are game to cross over on the big screen, the possibilities are endless for when and where fans can expect to see Evans return.

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Watch The Cherry Trailer

Apple has unveiled the first full trailer for the Russo Brothers-helmed Cherry starring Tom Holland (Avengers: Endgame) as a desperate bank robber.

Cherry follows the wild journey of a disenfranchised young man from Ohio who meets the love of his life, only to risk losing her through a series of bad decisions and challenging life circumstances. Inspired by the best-selling novel of the same name by Nico Walker, Cherry features Tom Holland in the title role as an unhinged character who drifts from dropping out of college to serving in Iraq as an Army medic and is only anchored by his one true love, Emily (Ciara Bravo). When Cherry returns home a war hero, he battles the demons of undiagnosed PTSD and spirals into drug addiction, surrounding himself with a menagerie of depraved misfits. Draining his finances, Cherry turns to bank robbing to fund his addiction, shattering his relationship with Emily along the way. Brought to the screen in bold, gritty fashion by visionary directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Cherry is a darkly humorous, unflinching coming-of-age story of a man on a universal quest for purpose and human connection.

Additional cast includes Ciara Bravo (Wayne) as Walker’s wife, Kelli Burglund (Now Apocalypse), Jack Reynor (Midsommar), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), Jeff Wahlberg (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), Michael Gandolfini (The Deuce), Kyle Harvey (The After Party), and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!).

Cherry was adapted by Jessica Goldberg (The Path) and co-written by Angela Otstot (The Shield). The movie is directed by the Russo Brothers.

Cherry will arrive in select theaters on February 26, 2021, and globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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Netflix Presents Their 2021 Film Preview

Netflix has a new movie coming out every single week! This is just a sneak peak of the full list, which ranges from superheroes, to westerns, thrillers, rom-coms, action, comedy, and sometimes all of those things combined — and always with the world’s biggest and best stars, directors, and fresh faces. Get hyped, people, because this year is gonna be a big one.

Some Netflix movies to get excited about in 2021 are: Red Notice (Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson), The Harder They Fall (Regina King, Jonathan Majors), Thunder Force (Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy), Bruised (Halle Berry), tick, tick… BOOM! (Lin-Manuel Miranda), The Kissing Booth 3 (Joey King), To All The Boys: Always And Forever (Lana Condor, Noah Centineo), The Woman in the Window (Amy Adams), Escape from Spiderhead (Chris Hemsworth), YES DAY(Jennifer Garner), Sweet Girl (Jason Momoa), and Army of the Dead (Dave Bautista).

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How Some of The Best Special Effects Are Created 7000 Miles From Hollywood

Next time you’re watching a movie that features some jaw-dropping action, don’t assume that it’s always the work of somewhere like the legendary visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic.

While this might be one of the studios you most often come across in movie credits, there’s another one that might not be quite as well-known but which has an impressive reputation all the same. Based in a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand, Weta Workshop has been responsible for creating everything from otherworldly monsters to awe-inspiring special effects for over 30 years.

The business was originally set up in 1987 in a flat the owners of the company – Richard and Tania Taylor- occupied. Today, it occupies a large complex and employs a huge team of model-makers, artists, and special effects experts, many of whom have relocated to New Zealand for the opportunity to work at Weta. Incidentally, the workshop is named after a huge grasshopper-like insect that’s native to New Zealand which is also their unmistakable logo.

For the first decade or so, Weta Workshop created effects for relatively low budget movies including The Tommyknockers and Meet the Feebles, puppet-based satire that owed a great deal to The Muppets. But it was the director of the Feebles movie, Peter Jackson, who was the catalyst for Weta’s move into the big time.

Having chosen the stunning backdrops of New Zealand as the location for the Lord of the Rings movies, Weta was the obvious choice. They were chosen for their expertise in special effects as well as being able to handle the huge amount of model-making involved. In fact, Weta of working on the Lord of the Rings films led to the creation of a plastic chainmail armor that has since been used on other productions including Kingdom of Heaven and Game of Thrones. With hundreds of extras to dress, and the problems of actors moving around in heavy armor, this was an invention driven by necessity, very much the hallmark of the Weta way of doing things.

The Weta way of innovating solutions to problems is reflective of New Zealand as a country that happily embraces the new. For example, it was one of the first places in the world to accept card payments in shops, and New Zealand has also been quick to embrace other answers to modern leisure and entertainment needs. The film industry, for instance, has adopted technology to enable viewers to access reviews of titles on sites like Rotten Tomatoes to make informed decisions of what they’d like to invest their time in watching.

This example of guiding viewers through multiple options has been followed across other forms of entertainment and leisure including online casino gaming. Sites like Bonusfinder New Zealand have been founded to list and rank hundreds of online casinos by bonuses and offers and compare them. Another example can be found in the music industry, where trusted review sites like Elsewhere and Music Nation recommend artists, genres, and concerts. Similarly, Theatre View reviews live theatre performances.

It’s safe to say that the importance of reviews and recommendations is apparent. Indeed, our recommendation is if you ever visit the “land of the long white cloud” yourself, tours of the Weta Workshop are available most days and it’s a fascinating insight into the making of movie magic.

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Here Is The Updated Star Wars’ Timeline

This week, with the launch of highly anticipated The High Republic publishing initiative — which is set to take fans into a world 200 years before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in which the Jedi Order is revered and the people of the galaxy love these superhero-like protagonists — the Star Wars timeline has been officially expanded.

The new version of the timeline can be found in Justina Ireland’s new The High Republic novel A Test of Courage and online.

The High Republic

The High Republic — the golden age of Jedi culture — is the oldest era in the newly expanded Star Wars timeline. During this era, when the Jedi Order reigned supreme and Master Yoda was already teaching young Padawans, there was peace throughout the galaxy and expansion into the Outer Rim — where fan-favorite planets like Tatooine and Batuu, of Disney Parks’ Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land –, are located.

The Fall of The Jedi

The Fall of the Jedi era encompasses the entire prequel trilogy — Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II – The Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith (2005).  Characters like Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) all existed during this age in the Star Wars timeline as Emperor Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) rose to power and, ultimately, ordered the execution of Order 66.

Reign of The Empire

The Reign of the Empire is the age in which Imperial forces reign supreme throughout the galaxy. Solo: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Disney+ streaming animated series The Bad Batch are both set during this era. Some of the Star Wars universe’s most familiar characters, including Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich in Solo), Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover in Solo), and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo in Solo), were having adventures during this time period before the Rebellion began in earnest.

Age of Rebellion

The Age of Rebellion is the era of George Lucas’s original trilogy — Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983) — in which Star Wars’ most beloved characters, Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels), and more are fighting the Galactic Empire as the often ragtag Rebellion started by Leia’s father Bail Organa.

Animated series Star Wars Rebels — featuring characters like Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2018) — also fall into the Age of Rebellion era. It is important to note that Dave Filoni has previously stated the end of Rebels “potentially” overlaps with The Mandalorian, so this series may extend into The New Republic age.

The New Republic

The New Republic era is when Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s hit series The Mandalorian — featuring the likes of new characters bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda) alongside fan-favorites like the aforementioned Bo-Katan Kryze, Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), and bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison).

During this period, the former Rebel Alliance has formed a new government, based on the core planets. This has left the Outer Rim Territories largely at the hands of the Imperial remnant, led by warlords like Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). Right now, The Mandalorian Season 1 and Season 2 are the only parts of a series that take place during this era, but it’s three confirmed spinoffs — Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, and The Book of Boba Fett — will soon be joining it alongside The Mandalorian Season 3.

Rise of The First Order

The Rise of the First Order era is the age in which Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver), and their First Order stormtroopers ruled with an iron fist. It includes animated series Resistance and the entire Skywalker Saga sequel trilogy — Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker — with characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and Finn (John Boyega).

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Disney Confirms That The New Avengers Campus Will Debut In 2021 At California Adventure

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Disneyland had to alter or delay many of its plans for 2020. While the park has been closed since March of last year and still has no confirmed date for reopening, the company is planning to get back on schedule in 2021.

Disney recently confirmed that the new Avengers Campus will debut in 2021 at its California Adventure theme park. The company made the announcement in a recent email to the D23 Disney fan club.

The Avengers Campus, based off the popular comic and movie characters, was originally set to open in mid-July of last year. A specific date has not been set for the Avengers Campus opening.

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The First Publishing Works For Star Wars: The High Republic Land On Shelves

The first publishing works for Star Wars: The High Republic, an all-new epic series of books, novels, and comics, is now available!  Whether you’re a core fan or new to Star Wars, young or young-at-heart, this vast, interconnected saga brings a new era never before seen in the Star Wars galaxy.

In this new saga, five high-profile, fan-favorite Star Wars authors tell an epic, interconnected story – across multiple publishers and formats for different age groups – establishing a new timeline of Star Wars storytelling for generations to come. 

This initial release of Star Wars: The High Republic works include Light of the Jedi, an adult novel by Charles Soule; A Test of Courage, a middle grade novel by Justina Ireland, and a Marvel comic book series and children’s picture book, both by Cavan Scott. Additional titles will come in February including Into the Dark, a YA novel by Claudia Gray, and The High Republic Adventures an IDW comic series for fans of all ages by Daniel José Older. 

The era of The High Republic takes place centuries before The Phantom Menace and the prequel trilogy, during a golden age of the Republic, when the Jedi Order are in their prime. Noble and wise, the Jedi serve as protectors in a much more peaceful and prosperous time in the galaxy.  The story begins as the Jedi face The Great Disaster, an intergalactic catastrophe that spins the galaxy in a dangerous new direction. 

You’ll be introduced to a new group of courageous heroes, as well as menacing villains. The young, diverse Padawans run the gamut of skill, devotion, and personality.  Keep a look-out for Burryaga, a Force-sensitive Wookiee who is skilled with a broadsword-like lightsaber in Light of the Jedi; Vernestra “Vern” Rwoh, a teenage Jedi Knight with a lightwhip in A Test of Courage, and even some familiar faces like Yoda. 

With new heroes comes a barrage of new villains to terrorize the galaxy including the Nihil—dangerous marauders who wreak havoc from the Outer Rim- and the menacing Drengir, a carnivorous plant-like species with tentacles and teeth!

In February, look for Into the Dark, a young adult novel by Claudia Gray and Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, an all-ages comic book series by Daniel José Older.  

Lucasfilm’s Publishing and Story Group teams have carefully crafted this initiative, and these books, comics, and magazines are being published by Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, IDW Publishing, Marvel, and more. The authors of this publishing initiative also participated in a virtual launch event today, where they shared insights about what to expect, as well as some new announcements:

You can purchase the first books from Star Wars: The High Republic wherever books are sold. Download a free digital sampler of books HERE.

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The FIRE WIRE’s 20 Most Anticipated 2021 Movies

2021 is FINALLY here and it’s time for THE FIRE WIRE to present our 20 Most Anticipated 2021 Movies. Check out the list below!

20. A Quiet Place Part II (April 23)

Following the success of 2018’s A Quiet Place, John Krasinski returns (as both actor and director/writer) to helm A Quiet Place: Part II. The sequel again follows the Abbott family as they adapt to the outside world plagued by creatures that hunt by sound (among other things). Joining the cast is Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou.

19. Uncharted (July 16)

The long-awaited take on Naughty Dog’s beloved Uncharted series finished filming this year. Ruben Fleischer’s film stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as his mentor Victor Sullivan, and will serve as a prequel to the video games. Here’s hoping it’s even remotely as faithful as that Nathan Fillion fan film from 2018. 

18. West Side Story (December 10)

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name will explore forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The cast includes Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, and Ariana DeBose.

17. Encanto (November 24)

The Colombia-set Encanto with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard (Zootopia, Tangled), co-writer Jared Bush (Zootopia), and co-director Charise Castro Smith (The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez) follows a young girl named Mariana, who grows up being the only non-magical member of her family. The film features all-new songs by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana, In the Heights). 

16. Elvis (November 5)

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic stars Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Dead Don’t Die) the King alongside Tom Hanks, who is playing Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. Olivia DeJonge will play Presley’s only wife Priscilla. It will star Maggie Gyllenhaal as Gladys Presley, Rufus Sewell as Vernon Presley, and English musician Yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

15. Halloween Kills (October 15)

2018’s Halloween brought the iconic slasher franchise back to its roots (serving as a direct sequel to the 1978 original) and returning Jamie Lee Curtis to the role of Laurie Strode. Halloween Kills will continue the “adventures” of Michael Meyers and company on October 15, 2021.

14. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (June 25)

Andy Serkis directs the second Venom film after appearing in two Marvel Studios movies. Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage sees Tom Hardy his role as Eddie Brock alongside Michelle Williams as Anne Weying. Venom’s archenemy, Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage (Woody Harrelson), who was briefly introduced in the first film, will serve as the antagonist as Venom’s archenemy. Naomie Harris will also play the role of villain Shriek, who is Carnage’s love interest and accomplice.

13. F9 (May 28)

Fast & Furious 9 reunites Justin Lin ( Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6) with the franchise in an entry that sees the bulk of the original cast starring as well as newcomers John Cena, Cardi B, Michael Rooker, Finn Cole, and Keanu Reeves himself. It peels into theaters on May 28, 2021.

12. Top Gun: Maverick (July 2)

Top Gun: Maverick sees Tom Cruise again as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he mentors a new generation of fighter pilots and rides another Kawasaki Ninja (presumably). The film also star The film stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer. 

11. No Time to Die (April 2)

Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as James Bond sees 007 leave retirement to help Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) rescue a kidnapped scientist, leading to a mysterious villain (Rami Malek) with a treacherous plan. No Time to Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and also stars Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear, and Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, and David Dencik. 

10. Godzilla vs Kong (May 21)

In the culmination of the monster-verse, Godzilla and King Kong will square off in an epic battle for dominance as humanity deals with the two’s destructive existence. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.

9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 9)

Destin Daniel Cretton’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu (Blood and Water, Taken) as the titular hero in Marvel Studios’ first Asian superhero-led movie. Joining Liu are Golden Globe-winning actress Awkwafina (The Farewell) and renowned Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, who is portraying the role of The Mandarin. 

8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (June 11)

Ignoring 2016’s lackluster Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will serve as a sequel to the original two films while simultaneously adopting a new look and feel. It stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd, while Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original films.

7. Mission: Impossible 7 (November 19)

Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 7 will be his third entry in the franchise. It will see Tom Cruise return as MIF agent Ethan Hunt alongside Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett, all of whom reprise their roles from the previous films. Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, and Esai Morales join the franchise as new characters. 

6. Eternals (November 5)

Marvel’s game-changing Phase 4 film about a group of immortal (kind of) humanoids tasked with defending earth is set to redefine the MCU. Its star-studded cast includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, and Kit Harington.

5. The Suicide Squad (August 6)

Famed Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad will serve as a quasi-sequel/spiritual reboot of 2016’s Suicide Squad. It stars Pete Davidson as Blackguard, John Cena as Peacemaker, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Alice Braga as Sul Soria (new character), Nathan Fillion is T.D.K. (another new character), Michael Rooker as Savant, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Peter Capaldi as the Thinker, Flula Borg as Javelin, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2 (presumably related to the original Ratcatcher), and Mayling Ng as Mongal. Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney will be reprising their roles from 2016’s Suicide Squad. 

4. Black Widow (May 7)

After her demise in Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow will see Scarlett Johansson reprise her role in a prequel, taking place between Captain America: Civil War and Endgame, might feature the rumored return of Tony Stark (and a handful of other characters from the comics). The main cast also includes David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.  

3. Dune (October 1)

This new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s source material by director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) will be the first of two parts. Its ensemble cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. 

2. The Matrix 4 (December 22)

Lana Wachowski returns to helm The Matrix 4. The film will see Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, and Daniel Bernhardt reprise their roles from previous films in the series and Yahya Abdul Mateen II will reportedly play a young Morpheus. How will Neo and Trinity return? Will time travel/flashbacks be involved? 

1. Untitled Spider-Man 3 (December 17)

The untitled Spider-Man Far From Home sequel will see Tom Holland reprise his role as Peter Parker (whose secret is out). It will also see the return of Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, and Marisa Tomei. Joining them will be Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange who will presumably be dealing with some multiverse madness. That said, Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina are reprising their roles from past Spider-Man films and Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are heavily rumored to appearing as their versions of the web-slinger. With the multiverse open, there’s no telling who may show up in this movie or the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large moving forward. 

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