May 22, 2022

Spider-Man No Way Home: Why costumes from old movies had to be recreated

Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s costumes were remade from scratch for No Way Home, but they had to look like the originals.

Entering the multiverse by reviving characters from old films poses a small technical problem for the production: the period costumes have not necessarily been preserved. This is what was faced Spider-Man : No Way Home.

As Sanja Milkovic Hays, the film’s costume designer, reveals in Discussing Films, the costumes of the two former Spider-Man interpreted by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, have been completely recreated for No Way Home.

Tobey Maguire, holding his costume in his hands, in Spider-Man 1 (Sam Raimi). // Source: Marvel

Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s old costumes are missing

Sanja Milkovic Hays confirms that the original costumes worn by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield ” disappeared or were destroyed “. Due to the materials used and the fragility of the textiles, these garments would not have fully survived the years anyway. The Tobey Maguire movies date back over 15 years—imagine what the costume would have been like when it came out of the closet.

The whole challenge for the production, explains Sanja Milkovic Hays, was to reproduce almost identically ” so that the characters seem to come straight out of these universes » of origin.

« It was vreally interesting to recreate them because the technology has evolved a lot since their conception. The challenge was to adapt and modify many elements, while making them look like they were straight out of those movies, which required lots of trial and error and attention to detail. »

As for the costumes of the bad guys who also signed their return in No Way Home, the work was slightly different: it was not necessary to reproduce their old style, but rather to make it slightly evolve. ” The idea (…) was a bit more to update their costumes to suit the sensitivities of the audience that has grown up watching Marvel movies over the past 20 years. », Details Sanja Milkovic Hays. ” Thus, for Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina, we simply modernized their emblematic costume. On the other hand, Jamie Foxx’s Electro look has completely changed in order to better fit into the universe of Tom Holland. »

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No Way Home // Source : Marvel