Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-director Rodney Rothman has revealed that Tobey Maguire – the star of Sam Raimi’s blockbuster Spider-Man trilogy – was considered for the role of the mid-life Peter Parker in Sony’s acclaimed animated feature.
“There were many thoughts about where we could put Tobey Maguire and others,” said Rothman. “I think after this film, those thoughts might have a little more traction. But before this movie, and introducing the idea of the Spider-Verse to the audience, I think everybody was afraid that it would just really confuse people. But wow, it would have been fun.”
The role of Peter Parker ultimately went to Jake Johnson for Into the Spider-Verse, but with the multiverse concept now established and a sequel to the movie in the works, it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if the follow-up featured cameo appearances from former Spideys such as Maguire or even Andrew Garfield
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, the screenplay is by Phil Lord. The film is produced, in association with Marvel, by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse features a voice cast that includes Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, Kimiko Glenn, John Mulaney, Jorma Taccone, Lake Bell, Oscar Isaac, Kathryn Hahn, Zoe Kravitz and Chris Pine.