Depending on who you believe and what people you follow on social media, it sure looks like there might be more than one Spider-Man in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way HomeFor sure, there are multiple villains from multiple Spider-Man universes, including Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Electro, and Sandman. Since that’s the case, it only stands to reason that the previous movie Spider-Men might pop in for a cameo, although Marvel has not confirmed that fact, and the actors who would be involved like Andrew Garfield have all publicly denied it.

If the old Spider-Men do appear in the movie, the nostalgic cameos will only go back so far. For example, don’t expect an appearance by Nicholas Hammond, who was the very first live-action Spider-Man from the 1970s, Hammond played Peter Parker for one season of CBS’ The Amazing Spider-Man television series, along with several made-for-TV movies. The show drew decent ratings, but it ended after one year — and for decades, that left Hammond as the only actor to ever portray Spider-Man in non-animated form, at least until Sam Raimi’s movie and Tobey Maguire came along.

While Hammond is still around — he recently had a fun supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — he told The Hollywood Reporter he is not involved with No Way Home. That wasn’t his choice, either. He was never asked to appear. As he put it...

I think it would have been huge fun. It would have been a kick in the pants to have the old guy there. I was really hoping I would be approached but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Oh well. There’s always a chance he could show up in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. Hammond might be a better fit for that movie anyway; then you could have him do the voice for his Peter Parker and not have to explain why there’s a 71-year-old guy wandering around in red and blue Spandex.  Spider-Man: No Way Home opens in theaters on December 17, 2021.

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