LOKI Writer Was In Touch With SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Team To Make Sure "[We're] Not Screwing Each Other Up"

LOKI Writer Was In Touch With SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Team To Make Sure "[We're] Not Screwing Each Other Up"

Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron explains that he was in touch with the writers of December's Spider-Man: No Way Home to ensure they were all on the same page...

By JoshWilding - Aug 05, 2021 02:08 AM EST
Filed Under: No Way Home
Source: The Playlist

Another week has almost gone by without a trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, forcing us to continue to speculate about the direction the threequel is heading. All signs appear to be pointing to it being a Multiverse adventure for the wall-crawler, with Peter Parker teaming up with Doctor Strange and a couple of familiar Variants to battle an interdimensional Sinister Six. 

Loki Head Writer Michael Waldron (who also rewrote Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' screenplay) recently spoke to The Playlist, and seemed to confirm those big No Way Home rumours. While he didn't specifically mention the Multiverse, Waldron did say he'd been in touch with the movie's writers...and why would that be unless it has something to do with other realities?

"Your producing teams are constantly communicating with those producing teams to make sure that you’re not screwing each other up," he explained. "I had the benefit on Spider-Man: No Way Home, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers wrote that, I was their writer’s PA on Season 5 of Community, so I can call McKenna and get bullied by him whenever I want, but also say 'Hey, what the hell are you guys doing? Let me make sure I’m not ruining it.'"

"So there’s communication to the extent that the creative teams themselves, the filmmakers, the writers, whoever, can become friendly," Waldron continued. "It certainly benefits the projects."

This level of collaboration is certainly interesting, and we know Waldron was also in touch with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania's Jeff Loveness. It's clear these movies are all going to take a deep dive into the MCU's version of the Multiverse, but it will be Spider-Man: No Way Home that offers our first glimpse into what that's going to mean for Spidey's future in this shared world.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently still set to be released on December 17, 2021.

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Spider-Man Variants we're hoping to see in the movie!

8. Zombie Hunter Spider-Man


This Variant will make his debut in What If?, and if we're right about the animated series having an impact on the wider MCU, then it would make sense for this Spidey to make an appearance. 

Before those collectable LEGO Minifigures were released, all we knew was that Spider-Man would don Doctor Strange's Cloak of Levitation at some point. Now, though, it's been confirmed that this "Zombie Hunter" Spider-Man is going to be part of the show's "Marvel Zombies" episode. 

We wouldn't bank on this Spider-Man playing a huge role in No Way Home, but given this Variant's ties with Strange and his cloak, Peter and Stephen getting a glimpse into this post-apocalyptic world could be a fun way of acknowledging how different their dynamic is in another reality. 

7. Peter B. Parker


There were a lot of reasons to love Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but if Sony Pictures is looking for an easy way to get us excited for the sequel, a Peter B. Parker cameo would definitely work. 

The breakout character in that 2018 movie in some ways, catching up with a Peter whose life had become a mess proved to be surprisingly fun, especially as the comic books have rarely followed the hero into his 30s and 40s (and what might happen when the job becomes too much for him). 

Jake Johnson could quite easily play a live-action version of this animated fan-favourite, and while we can picture this cameo being a comedic one, it'd be badass to see him leap into action, even briefly.

6. PlayStation Spider-Man


In terms of sheer brand synergy, this arguably makes the most sense. Sony's PlayStation games have been a huge hit across both the PS4 and PS5, with Yuri Lowenthal's Peter Parker definitely striking a chord with fans. It would be incredibly easy to have this Variant appear as he could be brought to life with visual effects and never unmasked (meaning Lowenthal can voice him).

We might be hoping for a little too much here, but given the similarities between Spidey's new black and gold costume and the one the video game's Peter donned to defeat Doctor Octopus, it's possible the two suits are connected in some way. Remember, the Spider-Man from those games has a genius-level intellect and knows all too well how to put together a costume to combat an enemy.

This would either be great or a piece of awkward promotion, but we definitely think it would work. 

5. FOX's Spider-Man


We could have filled this feature with Variants from Spider-Man's animated adventures, but for us, it had to be Christopher Daniel Barnes' version from the 1990s series on FOX.

As great as Spectacular Spider-Man was, this show was a huge part of what made the wall-crawler so popular with children prior to Sam Raimi's movie being released in 2002. It's also a series that remains as beloved today as when it first aired, and in terms of sheer nostalgia, this cameo is a must. 

It would be simple to recreate this Spidey with visual effects, and hearing Barnes' voice would be enough for longtime fans to appreciate a truly amazing Easter Egg. This Spider-Man even travelled through the Multiverse to alternate realities so it honestly just makes sense on a number of levels. 

4. Miles Morales


This has to happen, right? At this point, Miles Morales' popularity is nearing Peter Parker's, and after that mention in Spider-Man: Homecoming, No Way Home should absolutely tease a live-action debut for this Spidey. We're not sure which version of the character would be best suited to appearing, and an argument could be made that even just a visual cameo would be enough. 

On the other hand, Spidey meeting the kid who ultimately replaces him when he falls in battle would be a potentially hard-hitting moment and an effective way of teasing the future of the Spider-Man mantle (regardless of whether it's in the MCU or even Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters). 

Whatever the case may be, it would be a missed opportunity not to do something with Miles here.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio As Spider-Man


Quite a few actors have narrowly missed out on playing Spider-Man on screen, but as we started thinking about a huge A-List cameo for No Way Home, there was only one name that came to mind.

Leonard DiCaprio almost played Peter Parker in a bizarre-sounding movie helmed by James Cameron in the 1990s, and this Variant unmasking to reveal the actor's face would be absolutely nuts. After all, we can't imagine Leo ever taking on a leading role in an MCU movie, but a brief cameo like this that references an early near-miss in his career might be something he'd consider.

We're certainly not banking on that, but you have to admit this would be a satisfying moment to behold.

2. Spider-Girl


Sony Pictures is developing a Spider-Woman movie with Olivia Wilde, and seeing as Jessica Drew still hasn't been cast, we're not banking on that being set up in any manner in No Way Home

However, if Loki can have a female Variant in Sylvie, why not take this opportunity to bring Spider-Girl to live-action? We are, of course, talking about Mayday Parker, and while we wouldn't anticipate her making more than just a brief cameo, Peter meeting his and MJ's future daughter would blow his mind. 

There's been a lot of speculation online that Zendaya's MJ could meet her maker in No Way Home, and if so, that would make Spidey meeting their daughter from another timeline even more impactful.

1. Future Spider-Man


We mentioned Peter B. Parker, but what if the MCU's Peter gets a glimpse into his own future? Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy took that version of the hero to college, as did The Amazing Spider-Man movies...however, that was barely touched on, and neither of them ever got to grow up. 

Holland's Spidey is likely heading to college if he gets another trilogy, but we'd love to see him get a glimpse of his future beyond that whether it's as the next Tony Stark (yuck) or a high school science teacher.

Visual effects to age the actor up would be all that's needed here, and if this Peter gets to see what his heroic future looks like, it could ensure he stays on a path that makes him one of the MCU's greatest heroes. This could even tie into a possible Spider-Girl appearance in the movie. 

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KWilly - 8/5/2021, 3:04 AM
Marvel/Sony has still never really officially confirmed NWH is about the multi-verse, but it's so obvious that is at this point.

No one's gonna be surprised that Tobey and Andrew are in this film, because everyone is expecting it. Even the casuals are catching on now, lol. Just release the trailer... Or a freakin synopsis.
vegetaray - 8/5/2021, 5:29 AM
@KWilly - Nope…The hype has already ballooned past anything a trailer or synopsis could ever accomplish…At this point I say don’t show any actual footage of the movie at all and let everybody watch it fresh for the first time…

Maybe release a trailer that has recap footage of Spidey’s MCU exploits up until this point but absolutely NO to anything new being shown…
TheWalkingCuban - 8/5/2021, 5:41 AM
@KWilly - AND Andrew? I thought he and Sony were not friends
Ace101 - 8/5/2021, 7:31 PM
@KWilly - with shang chi and eternals still to come out in between now and December, why release a trailer for NWH now when it would interfere with the marketing for those two movies.
First trailer should drop with shang chi release at cinema and the second with eternals release.
2nd eternals trailer should drop with shang chi as well or a week beforehand.
Typhoon20 - 8/5/2021, 4:32 AM
Loki's writer is also writing DS2 ? Hmm

How was Loki ? Was it the best mcu tv show ?
McMurdo - 8/5/2021, 7:07 AM
@Typhoon20 - Waldron killed it. Him re writing Strange 2 is great news.
McMurdo - 8/5/2021, 7:08 AM
@Waddles - I don’t think more episodes of FatWS coulda helped save that show but that’s just my opinion. With that plot, a 2 hour movie woulda done wonders for the damn thing.
Mrcool210 - 8/5/2021, 5:05 AM
They really should just give us a trailer at this point, or just make the announcement about Tobey and Andrew, I understand the idea of keeping it a surprise if it hadn't gotten out, but it has and it's becoming even more obvious that it's happening.

In other news I found this fan made soundtrack for No way home, and I know that Giachinno is doing the soundtrack for the movie but something like this better play in the the movie.

If something like that does (Especially at the 30 second mark) I won't be able to help myself from crying/applauding in the theater
Ace101 - 8/5/2021, 7:36 PM
@Mrcool210 - I think peoppe are forgetting that this is the first year we are getting FOUR MCU movies not only that! But FOUR MCU movies in the span of 5 months, the marketing will have to be a bit different as to interfere across all the films. With shang chi and eternals still to come out in between now and December, why release a trailer for NWH now when it would interfere with the marketing for those two movies.
First trailer should drop with shang chi release at cinema and the second with eternals release.
2nd eternals trailer should drop with shang chi as well or a week beforehand.
inkniron - 8/5/2021, 7:10 AM
We live in the only timeline where a trailer hasn't been released and it's eating some of you alive.
Armageddon26 - 8/5/2021, 7:28 AM
I love how Community of all shows has such a large amount of connections to the MCU. Great show that referenced the MCU like 9 times in its final season only to have like half the cast and writers and Ludwig all transition over to Marvel lol. Multiverse of Madness gonna have some remedial chaos theory vibes lmao
LiteraryJoe - 8/5/2021, 8:31 AM
@Armageddon26 - Same, man. Russos are the big connective tissue there. I mean, the Dean elevator scene was hilarious.

Also, McHale really wanted Star-Lord and I think there were a few meta jokes about the MCU in the final season as a playful jab at the Russos, who started them off.

Also, Rick and Morty was birthed by Community, truly. And the MCU is now utilizing Rick and Morty staff on multiple projects, which just makes it even more connected.

If we don't see the darkest timeline in MoM idk what I'll do. 😂
CARNAVALcarnage - 8/5/2021, 9:26 AM
Oh so not like when one movie decides the underwater characters need bubbles to talk then the other movie changes it so they can just talk in water?
bkmeijer2 - 8/5/2021, 11:21 AM
@CARNAVALcarnage - having them not talk in bubbles was such a smart move though by Wan. Can imagine that a civilization that evolved to live underwater probably would have a way of communiting under water
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