‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘ is the third Spider-Man flick in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is produced by Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige with Jon Watts directing for Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures.
After being exposed as Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Tom Holland), his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), bestie Ned (Jacob Batalon), girlfriend Michelle Jones (Zendaya), and friend Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) are being hounded by media personality J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons). Fed up, he approaches Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to do a spell to make the world forget he is Spider-Man. However, Parker messes with the spell, causing cracks in the multiverse. As such, villains from other worlds arrive. Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), and The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) come to New York, causing all kinds of chaos that only Spider-Man can stop.
Spider-Man has had a rough go with films since the second Sam Raimi film. It sort of became a sport to hate anything that was not that movie and it got really annoying. Sure, the following films had their flaws, but they also had their moments. However, I had to admit that none come close to Spider-Man 2. Until now.
This movie raises the stakes to a whole new level. Instead of simply continuing Tom Holland’s series, Marvel Studios and Sony turned this into a love letter to Spider-Man and his fans. I appreciated the Easter eggs, inside jokes, hints, clues, cameos, and homages to preceding media. I will not venture into spoiler territory, but everyone with familiarity with the comics and Spidey media will love it.
Now to the good stuff. I loved this movie. The story shows the weakness, strengths, and consequences of Spider-Man’s decisions as a hero. It brought him back to the core elements of the character and I loved that about the film. Tom Holland truly comes out on his own in this movie, solidifying his tenure as the hero. I loved most everything about this movie and it was refreshing to see such care brought to us in a Spider-Man film.
Yes, the film is incredibly well-made with awesome special effects, cool music, and I loved it. I was hoping the after-credits scene in Venom: Let There Be Carnage would have bigger consequences, but it was not to be. The run-time worried me a bit, but once the movie started, no issues whatsoever.
I know Tom Holland has been playing coy about returning to the MCU role, with Pascal and Feige running around saying he is back while Holland has said he wants to pass the role on. Whatever the case, this movie made me hope he does come back. I would be very interested in seeing where he takes the character.
Bottom line, Spider-Man: No Way Home is everything I wanted it to be. It was a love letter to the character and as a fan, I adored it. I hope both Marvel learns from its success, bringing us movies that don’t “deconstruct” the character or base them on random celebrities, but truly flesh out our heroes.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some foul language, Action violence
FAVORITE QUOTE: With great power comes great responsibility.
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