The pop culture commentator who shared viral images showing actors Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire, joined on screen by Spider-Man: No Way Home, has said that it published the images under the assumption that they were false. But when he received a phone call that led him to believe that the images could be real, he immediately deleted them.
In a new video posted to his YouTube channel, John Campea said he was sent the Spiderman images from an anonymous source, and he shared them on Twitter for fun, just as he had done previously, with a different, ‘clearly Photoshopped’ image of the three actors. He admitted in his video that he is still not sure if the images are real.
Campea said he had been contacted by someone from the studio and had flatly refused to reveal the identity of his “source.” He also revealed that he had a conversation with a ‘studio representative’ who defended him. The studio rep told him: “I guess you thought these things were fake, because you put your watermark on it. I don’t expect you to try to steal the Mona Lisa and leave your business card for the police to find you. “
He said he “hates” leaks, because he doesn’t like to “intentionally” ruin surprises for fans, but also because “they can damage his relationship with the studios.” He added: “You guys know I have a great relationship with studios, and I would never do anything to risk that, especially not because of a cheap Twitter post.”
He continued: “The reality is that if these images end up being real, and I don’t know if they are, to be honest, if they end up being real, and if Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield end up being in the movie, and they don’t show Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in a preview soon, I’m going to feel really bad about this. “
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The first of his two images showed Holland, Garfield and Maguire posing on what appeared to be the docks. But as Campea himself pointed out in his video, the light sources of the three actors appear to be out of control, suggesting that they have been Photoshopped. A second image appeared to be a screen shot and showed Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock / Daredevil from the Netflix series sitting at a table with Holland’s Peter Parker, Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan and Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May. This image seems more authentic than the first one.
It’s long been rumored that Spider-Man: No Way Home will reintroduce previous versions of the superhero on an ambitious adventure across the multiverse. The first trailer for the film has already confirmed that Holland’s Spider-Man will travel to alternate dimensions with the help of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. The recently released trailer and first poster revealed that Alfred Molina, as rumored, will return as the villain Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2, and will be joined by Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, also from the Maguire trilogy. Director Jon Watts, in a recent interview, described the ambitious film as ‘Spider-Man: Endgame’, a nod to Marvel’s biggest movie, Avengers: Endgame.
Both Holland and Garfield have recorded denying these rumors, it should be noted. More recently, Holland told Total Film: “People don’t believe me when I say that [Maguire and Garfield] they will not return. But people will have to believe me at some point. “ Maguire played Spider-Man in three films directed by Sam Raimi, while Garfield played the character in two directed by Marc Webb.
Also starring Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and more, Spider-Man: No Way Home is Holland’s third solo film as the popular superhero, and will be released exclusively in theaters in December.