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Warning: This articles contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home
Marvel fans reckon footage of some of the villains from previous Spider-Man films was reused in Spider-Man: No Way Home, with a visual effects supervisor fuelling speculation by implying one actor was never on set.
The scenes in question feature Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Lizard (Rhys Ifans), who made a reappearance in the Marvel franchise after Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) cast a spell that went horribly wrong.
Specifically, fans noticed that the scenes where Sandman and Lizard are cured and turned back into their original human forms looked very similar to moments from The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3.
Fans took to Twitter to voice their complaints with one fan claiming that the alleged reuse of the scenes was 'painfully obvious', while another said it was their 'only complaint with No Way Home.'
So were Rhys Ifans and Thomas Haden Church just not available to actually film anything? I mean they definitely did the voice acting, but when they were cured they just reused footage from Spider-Man 3 and TASM. That was really my only complaint with No Way Home honestly. pic.twitter.com/MNOFYWJM4K— Indoraptor Productions Is Spider-Man 🕷️🕷️🕷️ (@MrIndoraptor54) December 25, 2021
//no way home spoilers— Neb 💙 (@NebulaPixel) December 18, 2021
they reused footage from spider man 3 lol pic.twitter.com/vZ3fwQXaBo
Now, special effects supervisor Kelly Port appears to have leant weight to the speculation about reused footage, by implying that Thomas Haden Church didn't actually film any new scenes.
Speaking during an interview with Befores and Afters, Port said: "We had his voice. We weren't able to get a lot of visuals on him, but we were able to get his voice for sure and we got scans and textures and things like that."
Using what they already had, they were able to create ‘new’ material with a little bit of cinema magic.
While the VFX supervisor did not mention Lizard, fans have think the same kind of editing took place in this instance as well.
Some fans thought that, if old footage was reused so Haden Church and Ifans didn't have to film new scenes, this sets a strange precedent for future movies.
One wrote: “This will soon be the norm when it comes to movies. You sign a contract and they'll digitally impose you in movies you didn't actually film. It's cool but also kinda weird.”
Regardless of where you stand on the visual effects debate, it's clear this isn't going to hurt the popularity of No Way Home, which recently spent its third week at No 1 at the box office.
LADbible has contacted Marvel Studios and Sony for a comment.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is playing in cinemas now.