Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse almost had Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield cameos

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had an "ambitious" pitch for Sony. Plus, they have "surprises in store" for Spider-Verse 2, the quarantine watch party reveals.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had big ideas for more Spider-folk.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a movie featuring multiple Spider-Men, almost had three more. Producer Christopher Miller revealed in Wednesday's quarantine watch party that he wanted cameos for Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in the animated movie, aka all three actors to play Spider-Man in the Sony Spider-Man Universe of Characters (yes, that's the official title).

"We pitched the Sony brass an ambitious tag involving Spider-Ham, Tobey, Andrew, and Tom. They felt it was 'too soon,'" Miller tweeted.

While cameos from that trio would have pleased just about everyone, the multiverse-hopping movie already has plenty of Spider-folk on its plate: Miles Morales, Peter B. Parker, Chris Pine's Peter Parker, Spider-Woman, Peni Parker, Spider-Man Noir and last but not least, Peter Porker, aka Spider-Ham.

Co-producer Phil Lord made his mark on the party by teasing the "surprises in store" for the Spider-Verse sequel. "We were reminded several times today NOT to say anything about it. I guess they know we can't be trusted," he tweeted. "All I can say is... worked on it all day yesterday and had a ball. Watching this got me pumped for all the surprises in store for 2022."

Miller confirmed that Spider-Verse's sequel will be October, 2022 (the lockdown will have wrapped up by then, surely).

Other Spider-Verse tidbits

Miles' lottery number that won him a place in Brooklyn Visions Academy was 42 because "synergy."

"Yes, the 42 at the beginning was the lottery ball that got Miles into Visions Academy. 42 and Miles have a lot of synergy."

In coming up with the movie's visual language: "One rule was no dialogue boxes or anything too comic book-y until after Miles is bitten."

In development: "Kingpin was inspired by the @sinKEVitch version in the comics. His personal flashback later in the film was a special homage to his incredible style."

An inside joke (that's now for everyone): "We have a back-and-forth prank war with our friend director @willgluckwhat who embarrassed us putting our names in Easy A among other movies. In this film, we had his name in the post-credits scene but it got cut for legal reasons."

For more Miller and Lord genius, the producers have animated comedy Connected coming this October all things going to plan. Here's the trailer: