‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ spoiler review: Peter Parker is back swinging
This ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home contains spoilers
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ spoilers are running rampant through the internet since last Monday but we can finally talk about the film in detail.
Knowing most of the world will have seen the flick by Sunday, it’s probably a good idea to talk about specifics of the film that resonated with most people who saw this new adventure where Peter Parker takes the center stage.I guess we have to start by accressing the three elephants in the room.
Yes! Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are in the film and not just with short cameos, they actually have a satisfying story arc that takes many of the tropes from their own films. In fact, you could watch the first two Tobey Maguire films and the two Andrew Garfield movies before this one and relize there’s a chesive story between all five of those.
All the villains who appeared on the movie also have great motives inside their story arcs that make sympathize with all of them. But the villain who completely stole the show was Willem Defoe’s Green Goblin, who is more evil than he was during his movie from two decades ago. There are plenty of similarities between this plot and the one from ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ in terms of using characters from different universes.
But Marvel Studios made sure this was a completely different story that gets a little messy at times. Jokes are sometimes overdone and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man character felt a little like the butt of the joke when all three Spider-Men were compared. A small spoiler is the confirmation of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil character confirming what Kevin Feige recently said about his return to Marvel Studios.
What’s the biggest spoiler in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’?
Every single Spider-Man film has a storyline in common from which the character matures into the hero Stan Lee and Steve Ditko envisioned all those years ago.
They all lose a loved one and this cathartic moment makes them mature from all the pain they suffer. When Tom Holland’s Peter Parker loses one of the people who are closest to him, he tries to give up on being Spider-Man all together. But both Tobey and Andrew share the stories about how they lost their loved ones and still feel guilty about it. In Maguire’s case, he lost uncle Ben.
Whereas Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man lost Gwen Stacy in that iconic scene that was ripped straight out of the comics.
These are mild spoilers or you won’t fully enjoy the film. As a conclusion, this stands as the best Spider-Man live action film of them all because they managed to combine elements from three different generations without making a mess. Kevin Feige has another blockbuster in his hands. You shouldn’t go to the theatre and see this film, you should run and see it as soon as possible.
By the way, this film has two mindblowing post-credit scenes but we’ll discuss those in detail on a separate article.
Watch : SPIDERMAN No Way Home Ending Explained + Full Movie Breakdown, Post Credits Scene
We review, recap, explain and breakdown Spider-Man No Way Home and discuss all the spoilers, some easter eggs, hidden details and what the ending and Post Credits Scene means for the future of Peter Parker and the MCU.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is intended to be the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The Marvel superhero epic has been shrouded in secrecy.
If advance ticket sales are any indication, the film “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is about to have the biggest opening of any Hollywood film since before the pandemic.
It’s not every superhero I’m inclined to feel sorry for, but Spidey has been through a lot. In his last movie, he went to London on a high school trip to get away from all the Avengers drama. And rather than just getting to hang out with his pal Ned and with MJ, the girl he’s sweet on, he had a supervillain reveal something that, as this film begins, pretty much destroys his shot at a normal life.
Spider-Man: No Way Home’s two credits scenes feature a villain, a hero, and a broken multiverse
After all that happens in Spider-Man: No Way Home — cameos, reunions, parallel universes colliding, Doctor Strange taking huge L’s, and a blockbuster ending — you’d think the powers that be would allow us a breath to process everything we just watched. But Spider-Man is part of the MCU, and the MCU barrels on.
No Way Home has two credits scenes attached to it that both hint at what’s to come for Spidey and the rest of the MCU. One teases an iconic Spider-Man villain’s appearance, and the other hypes up Marvel’s next big blockbuster. Here’s a breakdown of each and what they spell out for the MCU:
Spider-Man: No Way Home’s first post-credits scene leaves the door open for Venom in the MCU
The first credits scene attached to Spider-Man: No Way Home has virtually nothing to do with Spider-Man.
Instead, it centers on Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and his parasitic alien symbiote Venom.
Last we left them, in the end credits of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Eddie and Venom were — without much explanation — transported to a different reality (specifically, the Marvel Cinematic Universe) where they could see Tom Holland’s Peter Parker on a television set. No Way Home seems to imply that they’re here because of Strange’s screwed-up spell.
The new scene picks up right after that with Brock/Venom talking to a bartender who’s explaining what Thanos did (snapping his fingers and eliminating half the universe’s population). This blows Brock’s mind, and neither he nor Venom can comprehend what’s happening. They decide they need to find Peter Parker to get more of an explanation.
Just as they’re about to leave the bar, they start glowing. At the end of No Way Home, characters exhibit this same glow effect when they’re transported back to their original timeline, signaling that Eddie and Venom are also being sent home via Doctor Strange’s spell. But while the pair are sent back, a small particle of the symbiote is left at the bar in Peter Parker’s universe. It begins crawling before the scene cuts to black.
The scene has two big implications, the first being that Hardy’s Eddie Brock probably isn’t going to be in the MCU. Because of the way Marvel previously sold the film rights to its characters, Venom is a Sony property while Spider-Man is a collaboration between Marvel and Sony. Getting Hardy into the MCU would require a green light from Marvel, which doesn’t seem to be there (yet). That might be sad for some fans who wanted to see Hardy’s manic iteration of Brock and his raunchy, brain-eating symbiote finally come face to face with Holland’s Peter Parker.
Although, as No Way Home and its many crossovers proved, this isn’t to say that Hardy will never be in the MCU. Plus, Brock and Venom would ostensibly keep their knowledge of the multiverse and Thanos even if Doctor Strange wiped Peter Parker from their memory. It would just take at least one more movie to get him there.
The other big revelation is that while Hardy’s Brock is no longer bouncing around in the MCU, the Venom symbiote still is. It wasn’t zapped away. It’s just looking for a new host. And who knows who it will bond with? Perhaps it might even bond with the MCU’s version of Eddie Brock. Whoever Venom latches onto, it now feels as though it’s not a matter of if Holland’s Spider-Man will finally face his comic book nemesis, but when.
The second No Way Home credits scene is a teaser trailer for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
After all the credits roll, the second credits scene opens with a voiceover admonishing Doctor Strange about the chaos in the multiverse — which I think took the theater I saw the movie in by surprise. Seconds later, scenes with copious jump cuts start flickering on the screen, and it began to sink in that this was actually a trailer for the upcoming Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, the next scheduled MCU movie. (I’m using the word “trailer” generously as the clip feels more like a few images and scenes cobbled together after the first couple weeks of post-production.)
Basically, Strange is tasked with restoring order to the multiverse, which he seemingly altered trying to help Peter in No Way Home. He finds Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), whom we haven’t seen since WandaVision, and tells her he needs her help. Interspersed along the way are small clips, including the first live-action look at the villain known as Shuma-Gorath and a shot of the hero known as America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) and her signature jacket.
It ends by saying Doctor Strange will return. We’ll probably get a better sense of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness as we get closer to the movie’s release on May 6, 2022.
The Casual Marvel Fan’s Guide to Spider-Man: No Way Home
The movie’s many, many cameos, its post-credits scenes, and more, explained.
This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
There are a lot of characters in this movie. Can you just run through all the villains and tell me who’s who?
The short version is that No Way Home pulls in most (but not all) of the main antagonists from the previous two series of Spider-Man movies: the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) from 2002’s Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) from 2004’s Spider-Man 2, Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) from 2007’s Spider-Man 3, the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) from 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and Electro (Jamie Foxx) from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Is anyone missing? What about James Franco? And why doesn’t this have any of Spider-Verse’s Spider-Men, -Women, and -Pigs?
There are lots of people missing! Neither the original trilogy’s Harry Osborn, played by James Franco, or ASM’s version, played by Dane DeHaan, were roped in by Doctor Strange’s spell, and Topher Grace’s Eddie Brock/Venom stays out of the loop as well, presumably to leave the ground clear for the midcredits scene. There’s also a fleeting reference to a “Russian guy in a rhino suit,” i.e., Paul Giamatti’s character from ASM 2.
As for why they’re not in this movie, you know that Simpsons episode where they explain that if anything seems like it doesn’t make sense, “a wizard did it”? In this case, a wizard literally did it. Any rigid in-universe explanation for why the spell pulled in some characters but not others seems to fall apart under any scrutiny. After all, at least some of these other people, such as James Franco’s and Dane DeHaan’s takes on the Green Goblin, also figured out that Peter Parker was Spider-Man, and also died in those movies, and also have superpowers, and yet they don’t appear here.
The most likely, least fun explanations are more practical. Some of these actors might have been difficult to schedule, or perhaps their inclusion (in the case of Franco) would have invited unwanted controversy, or perhaps juggling five villains in one movie is difficult enough. Other characters were also, frankly, animated and would be difficult to stitch into this live-action movie (even if it would definitely have been cool to see a Roger Rabbit–style crossing of the media streams). And in the case of Giamatti’s Rhino, perhaps his facial expressions were just more than this movie could handle.
Most of No Way Home’s villains died in their movies, but the spell pulls them in from a time before that?
But Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parkers have definitely aged. Why didn’t the spell grab them at the same time as the villains?
This is another one of those things where you just have to accept that a wizard did it. There’s no in-universe rationale, but Marvel’s de-aging still looks weird, and anyway, part of the point is for the various Peters to represent different kinds of futures for Tom Holland’s character: Maguire’s, in which he eventually works things out with his version of MJ and settles down, and Garfield’s, in which he’s consumed with rage and guilt over Gwen Stacy’s death and never fully recovers.
Speaking of which, why does Tobey Maguire’s Peter say things are “complicated” with Mary Jane?
In the original trilogy, Peter wrestles with whether to tell Mary Jane whether he’s Spider-Man, and once he does, well, there’s no easy way to be married to a superhero. But it’s also a reference to the comic-book Peter’s relationship with MJ, which has been through a lot of changes over the decades: They’ve been married, split up, forced to forget each other by a demon, and she once died when her plane exploded midflight. It’s a lot.
Is the Department of Damage Control a real department?
Not in our world, but in the Marvel comics, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is. The department also made a minor appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming and almost got its own TV show, but this is the first appearance of Arian Moayed, aka Stewy from Succession, as one of its agents. As the name suggests, its job is to sweep up the wreckage left behind by the superheroes—though as we see here, sometimes our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is nice enough to clean up his own messes.
What’s the deal with Peter’s lawyer?
When Aunt May brings in a lawyer to advise Peter Parker on his alleged crimes, that lawyer happens to be Hell’s Kitchen’s very own Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), whom some may know better by a different name: Daredevil. We’ve seen this version of Daredevil before, albeit not on the big screen. Cox starred as the blind vigilante in Netflix’s Daredevil series, which ran for three seasons from 2015 to 2018. Since Marvel and Netflix have since ended their relationship, the fate of the streaming service’s Marvel universe has hung in the balance. But with Cox’s cameo here, it appears that the MCU is welcoming the Netflix heroes in with open arms—meaning we may just see more of the famous vigilante again one day.
Why doesn’t Electro look as stupid as he did in The Amazing Spider-Man 2?
A great question! There’s a good joke about this in the movie, when the Lizard—who once worked with Jamie Foxx’s character, Max (aka Electro), back in Andrew Garfield Peter’s timeline—asks Max what’s up with his new look. He used to have buck teeth, glasses, a comb-over … but the conversation is interrupted before Max explains why he’s much hotter now. Maybe Tom Holland Peter’s universe is one where someone like Jamie Foxx is forbidden from being anything less than hot, and that’s why he gets to walk around in Timberlands and a cool puffy vest now. Or maybe Jamie Foxx refused to do the movie if he had to wear that awful wig again.
What are Green Goblin’s powers again? He seemed to be holding his own against Spider-Man even without his gadgets.
Norman Osborn is not just an Iron Man or Batman type of superhuman, whose abilities come from his suit: The Green Goblin is an alternate personality born when Osborn experiments upon himself with a super soldier serum, which splits his personality into two halves. The Green Goblin side of him is ultra-strong and murderously power hungry. So while his infamous glider and bombs are all extremely dangerous accessories, Osborn can certainly hold his own even without them, which is why he’s always been one of Spider-Man’s most menacing foes.
Is Ned a hero now? Or a sorcerer? Or can anyone do magic with those rings?
After Peter subdues Doctor Strange in order to enact his plan of freeing all five captured villains and cure them, he walks away with a parting gift: Strange’s sling ring, which allows him to create dimensional portals to other locations or timelines. Peter decides to hand off this extremely powerful, special object to … his best friend, Ned, who’s best known as a kind of dopey but very loyal hacker. He asks Ned to use it in order to protect both himself and MJ while Peter goes off to another location with the villains. What’s cool is that it’s not like just anybody can go ahead and use the sling ring and make it work—so there’s gotta be something just magical enough within Ned that lets him tap into Strange’s unique mystical powers, as he’s able to conjure a handful of portals while the ring is in his possession.
Chances seem slim that Ned will get a chance to play around with Strange’s sling ring again, but maybe he’ll get his own one day. (Or maybe, like his comic-book inspiration, he’ll turn into the Hobgoblin instead.)
What’s up with Tobey Maguire’s back?
Of the many memes inspired by Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man movies, a few get little nods in No Way Home. Not only does the movie bring back Norman Osborn’s beloved “I’m something of a scientist myself” line from Spider-Man, but Tobey Maguire Peter is still feeling that back pain he’s had since Spider-Man 2. A frequently memed scene in that movie sees Peter, whose powers have disappeared due to a punishing existential crisis, trying to get his mojo back by … jumping off a building. He ends up falling onto a clothesline and swinging hard against a wall. His reaction: “My back … my back!” He then ambles away very slowly, in a hilariously long shot. After that, no wonder my dude’s back still hurts! No matter how powerful Spider-Man is by nature, not even he is able to escape the inevitable trip to the chiropractor.
When did the Statue of Liberty turn gold, and what is she doing with Captain America’s shield?
J. Jonah Jameson mentions in passing, in one of his Alex Jones–like videos for the Daily Bugle, that the city has recently installed an ode to Captain America on its most famous landmark. Lady Liberty now bears the shield of the First Avenger, a fallen hero. We saw the world post-blip in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but that detail is proof that the world continues to find new ways to remember that harrowing five-year period—and thank the Avengers for undoing the damage.
That moment near the end when MJ falls off the Statue of Liberty and Andrew Garfield’s Spidey catches her seems like a pretty big deal. What’s going on there?
As Garfield’s Peter explains, his life went off the rails when he failed to save his girlfriend Gwen Stacy’s life. As in the comic-book storyline “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” (spoilers!), he spun a web to catch her after she was knocked off a bell tower by one of Spider-Man’s enemies, but the web failed to prevent her from breaking her neck. No Way Home gives him a second chance, and this time he pulls it off.
Why does Peter have to sew a new Spidey suit for himself at the end?
After everyone who’s ever known Peter forgets about him, Peter has to start from scratch. That includes, apparently, rebuilding his life as Spider-Man, even if Spider-Man himself hasn’t been erased from memory. But he’s robbed of his high-tech Stark Industries suit as a result of everyone forgetting about him, just as he is robbed of his home and family. Without that fancy, nanotechnology-laden suit, Peter’s got to go back to basics and come up with his own—just like his multiverse compadres did when they were starting out.
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Review: Listen Bud, No Spoilers Here
In the latest installment of the “Spider-Man” series, Tom Holland faces the past and a very secure franchise future.
The biggest villain in Marvel-wood isn’t Thanos: It’s your friendly, sometimes cranky neighborhood film critic. She’s also the puniest, and that’s OK. Her powers are irrelevant.
Marvel, with its armies of true believers and domination of both movie theaters and a click-baiting media, rendered its product line critic proof long ago. Its movies open, they crush and regenerate (repeat). Now, with “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” it has a movie that’s also review proof. Your critic can toss out adjectives — lively! amusing! corny!— but can’t say all that much about what happens.
The idea is that saying too much would, as the spoiler police insist, ruin the fun here. It wouldn’t, of course. The trailer and the advance publicity have already spilled plenty, and Marvel’s movies cater to their fans so insistently that there’s rarely room for any real surprises. So, spoiler alert: Spider-Man wins. And, once again, Tom Holland, the best of the franchise’s live-action leads, has suited up to play Peter Parker, the eternal teenager who doubles as Spider-Man. With his compact size and bright, easy smile, Holland still looks and sounds more like a kid than an adult, and he radiates the same sweet, earnest decency that has helped make Peter and Spider-Man an enduring twin act.
Peter’s boyish good nature has always been his most productive weapon, even more so than his super-ability to spin webs and swing by a thread. He’s always been a nice, cute boy with the nicest, loveliest girls, too (Kirsten Dunst, Emma Stone). But Holland is also the most persuasive of the other moist-eyed boy-men (Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield) who’ve played Spidey. His love interest is now MJ, played by Zendaya, who was paired with another of this year’s adolescent saviors in “Dune.” Her casting as MJ and her expanded role in the series continue to pay off, and Zendaya’s charisma and gift for selling emotions (and silly dialogue) helps give the new movie a soft, steady glow that centers it like a heartbeat as the story takes off in different directions.
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