During a moving interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Raimi expressed how it felt seeing Tobey Maguire on the big screen as Peter Two in his Spidey suit after all these years away. “It was very emotionally moving,” Raimi said. “I probably felt like the audience felt, ‘Oh, there’s my old friend, the old hero, who I haven’t seen in 15 years. He’s back.'” Raimi had planned for a fourth “Spider-Man” film with Maguire, but after the production nightmare that was “Spider-Man 3,” those plans went out the window. Raimi loved working with Maguire and co-star Kirsten Dunst, going on record to say he’d love to revisit that world with them both, or even work on a non-superhero project with them.
Raimi greatly enjoyed Maguire’s performance in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” saying “It looked like he had lived kind of a hard life as Spider-Man.” As the oldest Peter Parker in the film, Raimi was absolutely right. The Parker of Peter Two’s universe has spent decades keeping the world safe from super-villainy, and that’s going to wear a person down. “It was really emotional and so well done,” Raimi said, “But it was also like spending an afternoon with old friends who I hadn’t seen in 15 years. It was beautiful.”
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” hits theaters on May 6, 2022.