Spider-Man: No Way Home was full of fun surprises and devastating twists and turns that will have ripple effects throughout the coming films and phases in the MCU. The storyline involved characters that had been revealed to be returning, and others were ones that fans had suspected, but as we have read, the path to the final product was not an easy one.
In the movie, the scene that made the whole theatre scream and cheer was when Ned and MJ were sitting at Ned’s Lola’s dining room table, when Ned realized that he could utilize the sling ring he had acquired from Doctor Strange. He opened a portal, asking for Peter Parker to appear, and this was when we saw Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker (referred to on set as “Web-verse Peter/Spider-Man), followed by Tobey Maguire, aka “Raimi-verse Peter/Spider-Man”. The final product was different from what co-writers Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna first imagined though.
In a recent interview with Variety, the pair explained that in the first draft, Maguire and Garfield arrived just after the death of Peter’s Aunt May, and not by happenstance, saying:
“They are brought by a Marvel character going, ‘Here are the saving graces and they’re going to help you through this,’” McKenna says (though he declines to say which character it was). “It was just more of a deus ex machina.”
He should know by now that fans aren’t going to drop this, and he will be asked about this until he clears it up. My guess is that it was maybe Doctor Strange. He would be the obvious choice of a character who knew what was going on, and could see the bigger picture. But it’s weird that McKenna wouldn’t just say that. It would be interesting to see what their original storyboard looked like, but I’m guessing we got the best version of the story in the end.