By Kasie Tran
Spider-Man: No Way Home has been a movie fans have been waiting for since the ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home, released in 2019. The new movie was released December 17, 2021, and it is Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office with revenue over $1.73B. It surpassed that of its predecessor, Spider-Man: Far from Home, which made $1.13B. Before going into more details about the movie, please note that a SPOILER WARNING is in effect.
The movie was incredible. Out of all the Spider-Man movies done, including Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s movies, this has to be my favourite. They did an amazing job at linking all the movies together through the multiverse. This isn’t the first time Marvel has teased the multiverse, either; in Spider-Man: Far From Home, SHIELD explains that Mysterio arrived in their universe through an interdimensional tear. Plus, each episode of Phase 4’s TV show What If…? explains the possibilities of what could happen if something had changed within each universe. Marvel confirmed it when they announced the second movie with Doctor Strange in a starring role: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The movie kicks off right where Spider-Man: Far From Home ended. MJ and Peter are flying through the air trying to get away from all the chaos after Peter’s identity was revealed to the world. Peter goes to Doctor Strange with a request to make the world forget he is Spider-Man. Instead of doing what the spell was supposed to do, it forced those who know Peter Parker is Spider-Man, to come through into Tom Holland’s Peter Parker’s world. Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Thomas Haden Church, Jamie Foxx, and Rhys Ifans all reprise their roles as The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Electro, and Lizard. Not only do those villains come, but so do the other Spider-Men. Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire get to play the role of Peter Parker one more time.
Peter finds out that if he sends back all those villains, they are all fated to die. He decides before sending them back, he wants to try and cure them so it gives them a chance to survive their fate when they return to their universe. Doctor Strange tries to stop him, and Peter traps him in the mirror dimension and steals his sling ring. Ned fools around with the sling ring and he discovers that he, like Doctor Strange, can harness the powers of the mystic arts. It was so fun to see Ned be more than the best friend and the “guy in the chair.”
One of the most heartbreaking scenes is Aunt May’s death. Unlike in the other Spider-Man movies, she raised Peter on her own, making her a huge part of Peter’s life. Her final words were the same as Uncle Ben’s: “with great power, comes great responsibility.” After she dies, police start to surround the apartment, forcing Peter to run and leave his Aunt May in the destruction.
Fans went absolutely insane when Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire appeared on screen. The same excitement was on display when MJ was falling off the Statue of Liberty, a parallel to how Peter’s (Garfield) Gwen Stacy fell and died: only this time, she was caught by Peter.
The ending of the movie was heartfelt and will have huge ramifications for future Marvel movies, including ones related to the Avengers. That’s only if Sony decides to renew Tom Holland’s contract, or Disney buys the copyright, which might be a long shot considering that they have been fighting over the rights to Spider-Man for a while now. As much as I would love to see more of Spider-Man, it is less likely. We will not, however, stop seeing Tom Holland, as he stars in Uncharted, a soon-to-be released movie based on a video game series.
The first post-credit scene teased the appearance of Venom being a villain for Spider-Man to face. The second post-credit scene was the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo.
Overall, Spider-Man: No Way Home was an amazing movie. I will say, however, that there were some parts of the movie that were slightly predictable, like the part where MJ was caught by Garfield’s Peter. Nevertheless, it had an amazing cast and crew, and the story was very clear.