Before filming the opening scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home, director Jon Watts claimed that he, Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon conducted a "Spider-Man therapy session."
Watts told Variety that the "therapy session" was the first time he brought everyone together to talk about the plot and how important Spider-Man is to every one of them.
"We sat on folding chairs in a circle and went through the script together," Watts said.
"I had talked to everyone separately, but to have everyone together to talk about the story, how the pieces fit together and what Spider-Man meant to them — that was exciting for me. We had the only three actors to ever play Spider-Man in a film, and each had been through so much, on and off-screen. It was like a Spider-Man therapy session.”
Watts was able to "take a step back" and understand that he and the crew were "recording something more than a moment from a movie" because of this session and the preparation done before filming No Way Home's opening scene. It was just "viewing a once-in-a-lifetime experience" to them.
Watts also talked about how his three Spider-Man movies - Homecoming, Far From Home, and No Way Home - echoed his worst fears by making these very personal experiences integral to the "thematics of the films."
"I’ve always taken my greatest fear and made that central to the thematics of the films,” Watts says.
“‘Homecoming’ is about a kid who gets a huge opportunity and is so afraid he’ll miss his chance, that he creates a disaster. That was my fear: ‘What if I screw the whole thing up?’ ‘Far From Home’ is about being afraid to make a second movie and screwing things up. Peter Parker is given a mission and he doesn’t want to take a risk. ‘No Way Home’ is about trying to finish this origin story and the responsibility that comes with this. Peter Parker and Spider-Man mean so much to people and I felt that responsibility,” he said.