Tom Holland Pointing at Andrew Garfield and tobey Maguire

They Did It! The Spider-Mans Did the Point!

Now that Spider-Man: No Way Home has been out for two months, fans have been talking more freely about some aspects of the film—like the fact that both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire have returned to the web-slinger role and brought their versions of Peter Parker into Tom Holland’s world. Seeing both Garfield and Maguire again felt like coming home in a strange way because, for many of us, it was our childhood heroes all together with our new Spider-Man onscreen. It meant a lot.

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And with their inclusion came plenty of jokes and memes, but now the three have done the one Spider-Man meme that has been around for decades: the Spidey point. Tom Holland took to Instagram to share the date for Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s home release (which is set for March 22nd) and, in doing so, shared a picture of himself in his No Way Home Spider-Man suit alongside both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in their own Spidey suits.

And yes, I did cry when I saw this first thing in the morning. It’s perfect.

The iconic pointing meme became a hit from the animated Spider-Man series from the ’60s. In an episode titled “Double Identity,” his foe impersonates him, and Spider-Man is obviously confused and points at himself. In recent years, the pointing meme has been used as a sort of way to call out yourself for doing something or making fun of your own thoughts on something.

But it is, still, connected to Spider-Man, so it’s fun seeing the franchise embrace something that is very much embroiled in internet infamy. I’m going to believe that Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland had to explain that it’s a meme to Tobey Maguire, who simply just said, “Just tell me where to stand.”

Twitter loves that they did the thing

When the picture dropped, everyone screamed “They did it” at the same time, because look, they did. The Spider-Man point has become famous for its ability to serve as a meme as well a nod to the Spider-Man cartoon of old. Many of us grew up watching old Spider-Man cartoons or the newer animated series prior to Tobey Maguire’s live-action turn as Peter Parker. So, to see him included with Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland all pointing at each other? It just feels very full-circle.

It also isn’t the first time in recent years that the point has found its way into a new Spider-Man property. In the end credits for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, we also got a callback to the point, and it delighted fans. You can get your copy of Spider-Man: No Way Home on March 22nd, 2022. It is now available for pre-order, along with special features to keep fans excited.

(image: Tom Holland’s Instagram)


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