SPOILER WARNING: This article contains several rumored spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Although Spidey can save the world from imminent doom, he can't swing from through your screen and save you from reading ahead if you want to be surprised when the threequel hits theaters this December. Read at your own risk. 

When non-Tobey Maguire/Tom Holland Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield recently announced that he would not be appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home despite the endless fervor of the MCU rumor mill, it seems nearly everyone was skeptical.

“It’s important for me to say on the record that this is not something I’m aware I am involved in,” the actor told Variety at the time. "But I know I’m not going to be able to say anything that will convince anyone that I don’t know what’s happening. No matter what I say, I’m f----d. It’s either going to be really disappointing for people or it’s going to be really exciting.”

Despite realizing he's screwed either way, it seems Garfield has stayed true to his denial -- even in the face of some allegedly leaked images claiming to be taken on-set of Spider-Man: No Way Home, seemingly depicting both the actor and Maguire in full spidey-get up. Earlier this week, the star appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon where he addressed the snaps' legitimacy – or lack thereof. 

"If you can show me the photo, I can tell you if it's me, or if it's a real thing," Garfield told Fallon. Although upon hearing the images had allegedly been largely wiped from the internet and cracking a joke – "how convenient, detective Fallon!"  – he later acknowledged he was aware of the purported leaks.

“I heard about it. And I did see it. And it's a Photoshop,” he explained of the snaps. "I'm trying to manage expectations," the star continued, adding that "if they want to give me a call at this late, late stage of the game, you know, I'm sitting here in my tracksuit."

Although Garfield insists he's being honest about not appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home – which he very well could be, considering that rumored spoilers are just that, unverified rumors – there have been other instances in MCU history where high-profile stars vehemently denied their involvement in one of the franchise's superhero flicks – only to pop up on the big screen when the film finally hit theaters. 

While appearing on a panel for his film Penguins of Madagascar at 2014's Comic-Con, Benedict Cumberbatch outright denied he'd be playing Sorcerer Supreme. “That’s a joke, I’m not Doctor Strange," he told the audience. A few months later, it was announced he'd be portraying the hero on the big screen. 

Cumberbatch is not alone – Brie Larson also denied her involvement with the MCU, asking a reporter "who is Captain Marvel?" when questioned about the rumors. 

So, folks, it seems we may just have to wait until the flick hits theaters to uncover the truth. 

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