Thomas Haden Church was among the Spider-Man alums who returned for Marvel’s 2021 blockbuster “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Church reprised his role as Flint Marko/Sandman from Sam Raimi’s 2007 “Spider-Man 3.” However, his screen time in “No Way Home” was relatively limited compared to other returning villains like Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), and Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina). In a recent interview with The DisInsider, Church revealed that discussions are ongoing about potential future appearances for Sandman on the big screen.
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“We had a whole story involving his daughter for ‘No Way Home,'” Church shared about the character. “And it just ended up [cut]. There was just so much going on…Amy [Pascal] and Kevin [Feige], we all had a lot of conversations. And I would say that conversations have been had about the possibility of Sandman coming into a future iteration of it.”
Church continued, stating, “The conversation has happened about him coming back, and maybe picking up a more fulfilling story.”
Reiterating the possibility of a Flint Marko/Sandman return, Church added, “That’s been discussed.”
Church is not the only actor expressing interest in returning to the “Spider-Man” universe on the big screen. Tobey Maguire, who reprised his role as Spider-Man in “No Way Home” for the first time since 2007’s “Spider-Man 3,” revealed in January his eagerness to return for a potential fifth installment as the iconic web-slinger.
“I love these films and I love all of the different series,” Maguire expressed. “If these guys called me and said, ‘Would you show up tonight to hang out and goof around?’ or ‘Would you show up to do this movie or read a scene or do a Spider-Man thing?’ it would be a ‘yes!’ Because why wouldn’t I want to do that?”
Willem Dafoe is also open to reprising his role as Green Goblin for a third time, following 2002’s “Spider-Man” and “No Way Home.”
“If everything was right, sure,” Dafoe recently stated regarding playing Green Goblin again. “I mean, that’s a great role. I liked the fact that it’s a double role both times. Twenty years ago, and fairly recently, both times [were] very different experiences, but I had a good time on both.”
As of now, neither Sony nor Disney has announced concrete plans for the next live-action “Spider-Man” movie with Tom Holland. However, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the story for the next film has been developed.
Feige provided a glimpse into the upcoming fourth “Spider-Man” movie with Tom Holland, stating to Entertainment Weekly, “All I will say is that we have the story. We have big ideas for that, and our writers are just putting pen to paper now.”