Behind-The-Scenes Facts From The MCU Spider-Man Movies That Demand A Rewatch

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There were already two successful live-action Spider-Man film franchises before the MCU got its hands on everyone's Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Fortunately, Marvel Studios and Sony worked out a deal, and the Amazing Spider-Man swung into action in Captain America: Civil War, changing the MCU forever. Three movies later, and Spidey's actions opened the multiverse, bringing the Spider-Men and the villains from their respective universes into the MCU.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of the most successful movies of all time, and a lot of what made it great came from the performances of Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and the OG Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire. The fans have scrutinized all three MCU Spider-Man films, but there's always something new to learn about everyone's Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and some of the impressive battle scenes he's been in over the years.

That's especially true when you're looking at some of the things that happened behind the scenes. The Spider-Man movies certainly had a lot going on that wasn't revealed until much later, and when you find out what those things were, you're going to want to go back and rewatch them all. This list compiles some of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes facts from the Spider-Man movies that'll make you want to sit through them all over again! Take a look down below, and don't forget to upvote your favorites before you head back to the couch to chill with Spidey for a few hours.


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    The 'Existential Crisis' Scene In 'No Way Home' Featured 30 Options

    If anyone had any doubt that Willem Dafoe was a talented actor, watching any of his many performances would quash that without any problem. Of course, you don't always get to see everything he's done because the man can give and give until the filmmakers have numerous options to choose from.

    For the "Existential Crisis" scene in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Dafoe performed the scene in 30 different ways. That's not to say they shot 30 takes; he acted differently, 30 different ways, giving each performance as a different option the director could choose. Tom Holland and Zendaya explained their experiences working with Dafoe in an interview with Marvel.com:

    Tom Holland: I've never worked with an actor who was able to give a director so many options. He has this one speech in the film where he's talking about Peter's kind of existential crisis. And he -
    Zendaya: Scared the hell out of everyone, to be honest.
    Tom Holland: He must have done the scene 30 times, and they were all different.
    Zendaya: The coolest thing is that everyone's so lovely, and then they just play these very evil characters. He's so good at just like, just being lovely - you know, "Hey, how are you?" And then, [mimics Green Goblin voice] like, whoa.

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    The Rooftop Scene In 'No Way Home' Features A Ton Of Improv

    Ever since Spider-Man: No Way Home hit theaters, people have been talking about the on-screen chemistry between the three men who've brought Spider-Man to life on the silver screen. Little tidbits of information have been revealed, including the fact that they have an ongoing group chat, and they all had problems going to the bathroom in their respective costumes. They also worked together closely to express their chemistry on-screen, which amounted to many improvised lines, especially during the "Rooftop Scene."

    Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the various changes they made to the script to accommodate the improvised moments brought about by the three Spider-Man actors. McKenna spoke about the rooftop scene and how the idea that the three characters were brothers manifested through production:

    They showed up and we reworked all those scenes when they came on [with] the actors, the producers, and the director. We reworked the rooftop school scene and all that stuff and there was so much fun improv of those guys. Andrew really leaned into the lonely, middle brother. That’s one of the things we started saying. "He is the middle brother!" You have the elder brother, Tobey, who is the wise one. The middle sibling thing, he feels like he’s not getting the attention of the other two. It works so great for that character. Andrew leaned into middle brother syndrome. "The baby one is getting all the attention! What about me?" He’s obviously hurting. I think he has so many great flourishes. So does Tobey. I think that dynamic of brothers, that’s why it’s so great when Andrew says, "God, I always wanted to have brothers."

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    The Cast Of 'Homecoming' Had To Watch A John Hughes Flick Before Filming

    Preparing for a movie role often requires reading up on the characters and watching other actors' performances. This makes it possible for a new actor to make their mark on a character seen in other works - and Spider-Man has been around for a long time. Tom Holland had five movies, tons of cartoons, and thousand of comic books to choose from in researching his role. Despite this, director Jon Watts pointed the cast to an unusual source: John Hughes.

    Sean O'Connell of CinemaBlend visited the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming to find out what was going on behind the scenes and learned about the John Hughes connection in an interview with Watts, who said the following:

    I just wanted them to get the spirit of those movies and know it was okay to be goofy and be a teen. The John Hughes movies - I love Say Anything - I made them watch that, but just being okay to be kind of a weirdo or to be sillier, I think. I wanted them to be comfortable to do that and to be awkward. I made them watch Freaks and Geeks, too.

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    J.K. Simmons Is The Only Reason JJJ Made It Into The MCU

    One of the best surprises in Spider-Man: Far From Home came at the very end. Everyone's favorite publisher, J. Jonah Jameson, appeared to reveal that Spider-Man was Peter Parker! He also laid the blame for Quinten Beck's demise on the high school student, setting up the plot for No Way Home. While it was great to see a beloved character like JJJ in the MCU, it was made all the better by the fact that, once again, he was played by J.K. Simmons.

    Simmons played the role to cinematic perfection throughout Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, so it was a treat to see him back at it again in the MCU. As it happens, there wasn't another actor who could have appeared in the role. In a red carpet appearance, Simmons admitted he was shocked to be asked back for the role, as he believed it would be recast for the MCU. What he didn't know at the time was that director Jon Watts wouldn't have let anyone else appear in the role in his movie. He was steadfast in that attitude, so Simmons got the call.

    Watts explained his thinking in an interview with Polygon, saying, "We thought if we're going to have J. Jonah Jameson, it had to be J.K. Simmons... There was never any discussion about it being anyone else because it just wouldn't have felt right."

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    Tom Holland Attended High School Undercover While Preparing To Play Peter Parker

    Tom Holland plays Peter Parker, so naturally, it's easy to forget he's not an American teenager. Holland was born and educated in London, so one of the ways he opted to prepare for his role as Peter Parker was to attend an American high school. The whole thing was arranged by Marvel Studios with the help and cooperation of the Bronx High School of Science. The school was perfect for Peter Parker, as it's one of the highest-ranked academic institutions in the country. Several Nobel Prize winners attended the school over the years, as did Jon Favreau.

    The deal that was worked out had Holland shadow a student pursuing a STEM curriculum. They worked it out with Arun Bishop, the captain of the robotics team. Bishop happily agreed, and Holland shadowed him for a couple of days. Of course, this wasn't publicized in any way, so Holland had to go undercover during this time. He took classes, spoke in an American accent, and introduced himself to others as Bishop's cousin, Ben.

    The plan was perfect, and then it completely fell apart on the very first day. Holland's ID card was a duplicate of Bishop's instead of being unique, and when he scanned in on the first day, it set off alarms. Fortunately, it was all explained to security, and the plan commenced. It didn't take long for Holland to get bored of the coursework, much of which went over his head. He started trying to convince his classmates that he was Spider-Man, but according to Bishop, "Most of them wouldn't believe him at all. Because that just doesn't make sense, right? Why, at Bronx Science, would there be an actor who's been shadowing me for a day and a half?"

    The two ended up having fun with some of the other students by asking them questions about Marvel and filming it. They did convince a group of girls he was an actor by having them look him up on their phones, and according to Bishop, they "went a little crazy" after realizing they were in the midst of a celebrity.

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    Mysterio's Arms Are CGI Because Of Costume Restrictions

    There's a lot of CGI in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and that's kind of the point of the movie. Quinten Beck, AKA Mysterio, was all about creating a scene using digital imagery to fool the public, and it worked. Aspects of the Mysterio costume were generated via CGI, but there's one part of it most people wouldn't assume was the result of digital trickery. 

    His arms were often added via CGI, so when you see Mysterio blasting off his green energy blasts like he's doing in the picture above, those arms aren't Jake Gyllenhaal's. The costume made it almost impossible for Gyllenhaal to raise his arms, so to solve that problem, they had to be digitally inserted whenever his character raised them. This wasn't true of every scene, but many required CGI to make the arms appear more natural.

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