‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ leaks cause controversy

The hype behind the multiverse-building SONY/Marvel film "Spider-Man: No Way Home" continues to build as leaked photos and clips ensnare the public in a "is it real, is it fake" controversy.

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange and Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home"

Another set of leaks have found its way onto social media recently, potentially spoiling some “major surprises” for the latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

In the movie, Spider-Man’s identity has been revealed to the public by overzealous sensationalist J. Jonah Jameson. Our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life as Peter Parker from the high stakes of being a superhero. When Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, J. B. Smoove, Benedict Wong, Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx.

Potential spoilers and leaks ahead

The film has had a serious series of leaks throughout the entirety of its production, including some so grievous that the trailer had to be released ahead of schedule.

Since the film’s initial concept, speculation has swung into the narrative leaving fans hoping that previous Spider-Man actors Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield would reprise their respective roles as Peter Parker. Marvel has attempted to keep the lid on all things “Spiderman: No Way Home” but leaks continue to break the seal overseen by SONY.

Yesterday two photos, which are not confirmed to be real or fake, found its way onto social media.

The photos, if real, confirm that all three recent live-action Spider-Men will be gracing our silver screens. The photos also solidify the involvement of Matt Murdock/Daredevil.

Despite this compelling evidence, current Spider-Man actor and Peter Parker of the MCU has stated an opposing argument against the leaked photos and their validity, insisting that Garfield and McGuire will not don the webbed masks again.

“People don’t believe me when I say that [Maguire and Garfield] are not coming back,” Holland told Games Radar in an exclusive interview. “But people are going to have to believe me at some point. It means a lot to me. The first time you see Doc and the rest of the characters that come back, it’s so exciting—and it’s such a huge moment in cinematic history. It’s three generations coming together.”

The recent leaked photos in question were released by John Campea, an entertainment commentator with his own YouTube show. After releasing the photos, Campea was questioned on why he would place his watermark for “The John Campea Show” on photoshopped fakes.

“Because the last photoshop one I shared got almost 12k retweets obviously,” Campea said in a tweet.

Campea’s original tweet was deleted.

Holland, who is under strict non-disclosure agreements, continues to oppose fan-theories regarding the film. And fans continue to theorize the upcoming blockbuster.

SONY and Marvel have yet to make an official statement. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” will hit theaters Dec. 17, 2021.

Brendan Rooney and Sam Kent contributed to this report.

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