There are a lot of buzz surrounding the third Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) “Spider-Man” movie ever since it was announced by Marvel Studios. From fans predicting cameos to script leaks on the internet; it would seem that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is the most hyped Marvel Studios movie since the release of “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019. So, the question is: is it worth it all? Yes. As a MCU fan and movies in general, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” really is an amazing (pun intended) movie.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” starts off immediately after the previous one ended. Spider-Man’s true identity, Peter Parker (Tom Holland), is out there in the world and people are freaking out about it. Everybody around him too gets the fault especially girlfriend MJ Watson (Zendaya) and bestfriend Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) who were hoping to get into their desired college but are denied because of their ties to Spider-Man. Because of that, our young hero seeks help from fellow Avenger Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to make everybody on Earth forget who Spider-Man is so that he and they can return to their normal lives.
However, Doctor Strange accidentally miscast the spell resulting into a tear on the multiverse which led to villains from previous “Spider-Man” movies like Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), and Electro (Jamie Foxx) to name a few entering this universe. That being said, this isn’t a repeat of Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3” where the movie has too much villains to balance resulting in a mediocre movie – probably the least favourite of the Sam Raimi trilogy. In “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, everyone has gotten his chance to show off the new and improved look of their villains, if not stay the same way as they did a couple of years ago but better. Willem Dafoe especially who stepped into his Green Goblin dual-personality role so effortlessly, plus even more menacing than we remember, was such a treat for older fans who have seen him like this before, and newer fans who is watching him for the first time alike.
While some might argue “Spider-Man: No Way Home” depends on the nostalgia of the previous movies, the core story of Peter Parker’s journey is still focused on here. Sure, it has its fan-service moments but those are only secondary that act as background and assistance to Tom Holland’s more matured performance as our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Before this, I always see him as kid Spider-Man but in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, there were some really heavy stuffs that only proved Tom Holland as an actor that should be taken seriously; a movement he has been pushing for with roles in “The Devil All The Time” and “Cherry” – two very dark movies I recommend you watch for a different side of him.
What really was it for me though was the appearance of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire as their own respective Spider-Mans. Just watching these two on screen with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man interacting and working together in their own style was just surreal to me that I couldn’t have imagined when I first saw Spider-Man on screen in 2002. It really was a special moment in cinematic history equal to the final battle in “Avengers: Endgame”, as fans in my cinema hall cheered and screamed when the both of them stepped through the ring to meet with the new cast. But even if you are not a fan of these movies, it is pretty impossible to not know that Tobey Maguire is the original Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield is the modern Spider-Man, and they’re both meeting the current Spider-Man, and that’s why our mind is blown. So, there is a sense of appreciation and understanding of the relationship between the source material and fandom which come from a pure passion.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” was a thank you note for Spider-Man fans all around the world. It ended in a way that opens to even newer possibilities for Marvel Studios and Tom Holland to explore, and I couldn’t be more excited for it. With all the surprises and lengths the movie went through to give us what is, in my humble opinion, the best Spider-Man movie to date, it will be no surprise that Marvel Studios will push even further for their poster boy and deservingly so because deep down, we all know we love Spider-Man.