Thomas Haden Church, known for his role in Spider-Man 3 as Sandman in 2007, recently revealed in an interview with The DisInsider that his role in Spider-Man: No Way Home was initially meant to have a more extensive background and storyline.
Spider-Man: No Way Home, directed by Jon Watts, features a multiverse concept where we see the return of various versions of Spider-Man, including Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, and iconic villains such as Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe and Dr. Octopus, played by Alfred Molina. Church’s Sandman also returned in the movie, although his appearance was minimal.
The actor stated that his character had a more significant role in the original script, with a storyline that involved his daughter. However, the scene was ultimately cut from the final version, leaving fans with a less fulfilling experience of the character.
“We had a whole story involving his daughter, for No Way Home. And it just ended up [cut]. There was just so much going on.”
Spider-Man: No Way Home Sandman Actor talks about his Possible MCU Return
Church even mentioned discussing the possibility of a standalone film centered on the Sandman with the producers, but nothing has been officially confirmed yet.
“Jon and I and Amy [Pascal] and Kevin, we all had a lot of conversations. And I would say that conversations have been had about the possibility of Sandman coming into a future iteration of it. The conversation has happened about him coming back, and maybe picking up a more fulfilling story. You know? With Flint and being not just Sandman, but returning to human form.”
Despite the underwhelming appearance of the character in the latest film, fans still have hope for a future project that will provide more depth and exploration of Sandman’s story. The character’s return to human form is an aspect that Church believes has a lot of potentials and could make for a more engaging and fulfilling narrative.