Andrew Garfield and Charlie Cox Didn't Tell Us the Truth—And We're Not Okay

This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The promotional tour for Spider-Man: No Way Home can count itself as a success as the cast managed to keep secrets by carefully choosing their words and sometimes stretching the truth in interviews.

This was especially true in the case with two actors who played coy with Newsweek in recent months. While we understand they had to keep the secrets of the movie, it doesn't make it hurt any less.

Tom Holland was joined by returning Spider-Man villains and allies in No Way Home with the likes of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx reprising their roles. Meanwhile there was also a major Marvel cameo from a Charlie Cox from Daredevil which also happened to coincide with a major crossover event from the Disney+ series Hawkeye.

In September 2021, Newsweek spoke to both Cox and Garfield about the rumors that they'd be appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but both chose their words carefully when drawn on the subject.

What Did Charlie Cox Say About Appearing in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'?

Cox spoke to Newsweek in September to promote his AMC show Kin and we had to take the opportunity to ask him about the rumors.

Cox was pulled into a unique social media storm when the first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home dropped. Aided with rumblings that he'd be returning to the Marvel world as Matt Murdock, fans seemed convinced that his forearms could be seen in the trailer.

Truthfully, Cox displayed his forearms to Newsweek and confirmed it wasn't him featured in the trailer. By the time we interviewed him, he had already shot his brief but impactful scene for Spider-Man: No Way Home in which he gives Peter Parker legal advice. However, it's clear now looking back that Cox was in a tough situation when he was asked about the rumors.

"Look, this is an odd situation because when I am asked about anything like this, there's no answer that people can't read into.

"And the truth is, I would hate to ruin anything for any fans at all."

He didn't outright deny the fact that he was in the film but Cox did do a good job of not spoiling anything for Marvel fans by keeping silent.

"So, the answer is, I have no idea. I don't really follow and I don't really know what's being said or predicted or hoped for [online] or anything like that.

"You're just going to have to wait and see, and see what happens."

Ending with a cliche, all we could do back in September was wait and see what happens, though Cox himself definitely knew what was going to happen.

What Did Andrew Garfield Say About Appearing in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'?

Garfield seemed genuinely distressed when drawn on his own Spider-Man return rumors later in September 2021. During an interview for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, in which Garfield makes a terrific turn as the pastor Jim Bakker, we asked Garfield what he made of all of the Spider-Man speculation, and whether or not he was tired of being asked about it. Luckily, he wasn't.

"It's an exciting idea that people are kind of obsessing over and I would be too if I was, you know, just, out there not knowing what was going on.

"But I do know what's going on and I'm afraid it's going to be very disappointing for people."

He gave more away than Cox by admitting he knew what was going on with the movies, perhaps confirming his involvement there and then. With such hype surrounding Spider-Man: No Way Home, Garfield acknowledged that it was setting people up to be disappointed when the end result was finally seen.

Suggesting people "may be disappointed" was vague enough to suggest that he might not actually be in the film too. He also confirmed that he wasn't tired of the speculation linking him to Spider-Man: No Way Home.

"I understand. I think it's like, it's fun for people to guess at things so I fully get it. I fully fully get it."

Fortunately, he had no reason to worry as his and Maguire's return to the franchise has received glowing reviews and positive fan reactions.

While everyone is now aware that both Cox and Garfield do appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home, there's plenty more to see in the movie too, as it sets up events that will have huge repercussions for the future of Peter Parker and the wider MCU.

You can watch Spider-Man: No Way Home in movie theaters everywhere now.

Andrew Garfield and Charlie Cox
Andrew Garfield (L) and Charlie Cox both had to respond to multiple questions regarding rumors that they'd appear in "Spider-Man: No Way Home." Getty Images / FilmMagic