Unused Spider-Man: No Way Home Concept Art Reveals Dr. Strange and Spidey in Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s Universes

Concept Artist Phil Saunders reveals a deleted concept art that was supposed to feature Doctor Strange and Spider-Man in different Spidey Universes.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home was one of the highest-grossing films in 2021. In a year where the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing were still happening, fans from all around the globe rushed to their local theaters to experience one of the biggest film events of the year. Let’s not forget how many theater websites crashed due to how many people were trying to purchase tickets on opening night. It’s going to be two years since the film was released and a new concept has been revealed by concept artist Phil Saunders on his official Art Station account.


In the film, audiences were only able to see both Andrew Garfield and Toby Maguire’s web-slinging heroes on the big screen in Tom Holland’s universe. According to the concept art that Saunders revealed, it looked like there were going to be moments where the film offered glimpses into Garfield’s and Maguire’s universes. Saunders spoke about how there was a version where Holland’s Spider-man and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange were battling through scenes from the previous films.

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“One early idea for Spidey and Dr. Strange’s chase through the multiverse was to have them battle over the source of the spell (in this early version the Book of Vishanti) through scenes from the previous movies.”

-Phil Saunders-

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Saunders says that they were given a few days to play with the idea by taking screencaps from the films and painting in both Spider-man and Doctor Strange. The places that were originally going to be included were the wrestling ring from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, the Oscorp Tower from The Amazing Spider-Man, and the infamous Gwen Stacey clock tower death scene. Saunders didn’t say why this scene was deleted but it could’ve been for the studios to keep both Garfield and Maguire’s involvement in the film until the portal scene.


Before the first trailer of the film dropped, there were many speculations on who was going to be part of the film. Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon were known to make their return but who else was going to be a part of it? Once it was revealed that the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Dock Ock (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), and the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) were making their villainous return for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans were eagerly waiting to see Maguire and Garfield make their return.

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They weren’t featured in the trailers but as soon as the film hit theaters, everyone was excited to see them make their comeback. If the deleted concept art would’ve made it to the final cut, the experience of the film would have been different for viewers.

Just knowing that the iconic villains from past Spider-Man films were going to be part of No Way Home was enough for fans to rush to their local box office to obtain a ticket. Seeing both Maguire and Garfield make their entrances in the film became one of the biggest moments in the MCU since the final battle of Avengers: Endgame. As fun as it would be to see this deleted concept art scene to have been featured in the film, seeing Toby and Andrew make their famous portal scene has become one of the biggest moments in the MCU.

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Fans who would like to watch No Way Home again can watch it on Video On Demand. It’s also available on physical media on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD. Also, all the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, and The Amazing Spider-Man films starring Andrew Garfield, are available to stream now on Disney+.

About Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Release Date: December 17, 2021
Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Burt Lancaster; Based on the book Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell
Producers: David Foster and Lawrence Turman
Production: Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Marvel Studios
 Sony Pictures
Genre: Action-Adventure; Comic Book Superhero
Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, and Marisa Tomei

Synopsis: For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high stakes of being a superhero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

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What do you guys think? Would you have liked to see this scene to have been featured in the film? What was your favorite Spider-Man: No Way Home scene? Do you think we will see Toby and Andrew return to the MCU anytime soon? Let us know and make sure to check out our socials! If you like articles like this, don’t forget to follow us for more content.

SOURCE: The Direct | Phil Saunders’ Art Station

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