We already knew that Spider-Man: No Way Home has (re) used , in a more or less subtle way.
Footage (known and unreleased) of the Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi and Marc Webb , and that the interventions of the actors present in the old sagas, also in the new film, have been digitally retouched where necessary, beyond the normal needs related to visual effects, to appear the appearance of some of the same, first of all for the advancing age (twenty years is a lot! ). Today we discover that Sandman interpreter Thomas Haden Church didn’t even have to leave home to participate in the film.
In an interview with Befores and Afters , Special Effects Supervisor Kelly Port indeed stated:
Well, we had his voice. We didn’t get a lot of visual references, but we did get to use his voice and we got scans, textures and stuff like that.
All the graphic elements, presumably, were from the archive, while the voice is now easily recordable from home: many actors and voice actors, with the pandemic, have equipped themselves with all the suitable tools to record directly in their homes, if necessary.
For the rest, the scenes involving Sandman were largely computer reworkings, as we had already told you (spoilers follow!):
As The Direct explains, Flint Marko’s return to human form at the end of the film was achieved by reworking a scene from Spider-Man 3: the one in which Flint disintegrates after falling into a pool of water, at the end of the battle with the Wall Climb in the sewers. Through a skilful manipulation, in No Way Home we see the Sandman undergo the opposite process, that is to find the human form. However, the scene is the same, modified and relocated in a new context.