An unofficial Avengers: Endgame magazine includes Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man in their hero line-up. In less than a week, Marvel Studios' culminating movie will finally hit theaters and as its release inches near, marketing for the project is ramping up. But an unauthorized publication that released their guide for the film mistakenly used Maguire's version of the character instead of Tom Holland's who's currently portraying the character.
The first actor to portray the web-slinging hero on the big screen, Maguire played the iconic Marvel hero three times in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy in the 2000s. The films were positively received in general with Spider-Man 2 still a favorite for a lot of loyal supporters. Following a disappointing Spider-Man 3 from 2007, the actor hung up the suit, with Andrew Garfield picking up the mantle for Sony's reboot in The Amazing Spider-Man from 2012. The British thespian eventually left the role in after 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now, Holland brings the hero to life in the MCU. But despite a couple of iterations, it appears that one outlet didn't get the memo about the character going through actor switches.
Shared on Reddit by a user with the handle JoshuaForLong is the cover of Hollywood Spotlight Magazine. For their latest issue, they feature “The Ultimate Guide to the Avengers” in light of the upcoming release of Endgame. At first glance, it looks like any other magazine covering the upcoming film but long-time fans will notice some minor mistakes in their cover photo. First, the heroes' photos are outdated. Thor's look is all the way from 2013's Thor: The Dark World, Black Widow's is from 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, while Groot remains to be an infant as seen in 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But arguably, its biggest miss is including Maguire's version of Spider-Man in their line-up. Check out the cover photo below:
The magazine included the disclaimer that says it “has not been licensed or approved by the owners of the Avengers characters or entertainment properties,” which is probably why they're unable to use the updated looks for the heroes. Then again, they're able to include a promo image of Brie Larson's Captain Marvel for her origin film last month. Granted that she has an updated aesthetic for Endgame, the photo she used of her is still fairly new. What's interesting now is whether or not there were some restrictions that hindered the outlet to use official photos for the Phase 3 capper or they just didn't think much about it.
While it's understandable to switch different versions of Spider-Man considering that the character has his mask on in the image, it's peculiar to come out with an "Ultimate Guide" and miss this kind of detail. Holland has been playing the character since 2016's Captain America: Civil War and has replied the role two more times in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War and he's tipped to return in Spider-Man: Far From Home. It's still unclear if he'll appear in Avengers: Endgame, but he's expected to. Considering what the outlet is advertising on their cover, fans would expect that they have accurate details, but this mistake only makes it more questionable.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019