As we continue on with Phase Four of the MCU, we've finally reached the most anticipated film of the year. Surrounding this film has been a whirlwind of rumors and a ton of excitement from fans as Tom Holland stars in his third standalone Spider-Man movie. And just in time for Christmas! With a superhero movie like "Spider-Man: No Way Home," there are a lot of things you'll need to know in order to properly understand and appreciate what's going on.
At the very least, we would recommend that you watch "Spider-Man: Far From Home" to get some context before watching. But don't worry, we've got you covered. Check out the 9 things you need to know before you watch "Spider-Man: No Way Home." And be sure to get your tickets this weekend before it gets spoiled by everyone else!
Directed by Jon Watts
Director Jon Watts who helmed the last two Spider-Man films is back to finish off this trilogy. In the same way that Tom Holland was a bit of an unknown when he was cast as Spider-Man, the same can be said about Watts. And yet every new Spider-Man movie thus far that these two have made has received 90% and above by critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Watts has developed Holland's Spider-Man in such a way that we feel like there's a new version of Spider-Man at the beginning of every film. He shows the strength and drive that Spider-Man has to be the next big hero. But he also shows Spider-Man's many weaknesses to remind us that he's still just a kid. We love this approach because we're getting to see this young man mature further and overcome impossible obstacles with every new film.
Spider-Man's True Identity Has Been Revealed
Since we last saw Spider-Man in "Spider-Man: Far From Home," he was accused of killing Mysterio who people think was the hero even though he was actually the villain. And his identity was revealed to the world. Now that the world's eyes are on Peter Parker, there's no mask he can hide behind. From the teaser trailer, we can gather that Peter looks to Doctor Strange for help. He begs Strange to use a spell that will make the world forget that he's Spider-Man. And as you might guess, things don't go according to plan.
The Multiverse Will Be Opened
When Doctor Strange's spell goes haywire, it causes a ripple effect which opens up the infamous multiverse that fans have theorized about. What that means is there are other universes running in parallel with each other and Doctor Strange's spell has created some kind of a temporary portal for people to travel between those universes.
To add some context to what this means for the movie, it means that any character could travel to Holland's universe from any of the Spider-Man movies that have existed. And as you've probably seen from the main trailer, there are going to be plenty of familiar evil faces you'll encounter in this flick.
Jamie Foxx Is Returning as Electro
One villain that you may remember seeing in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" goes by the name Electro. He was one of the main antagonists from the universe where Andrew Garfield was Spider-Man. Jamie Foxx will be reprising his role in this film, but it does look like he's had a bit of a makeover since we last saw him.
He used to be the simple electrical engineer working on his birthday at Oscorp laboratory. Then, after an accident where he fell into a tank of genetically engineered electric eels, his life changed forever. All he ever wanted was to be noticed. And it looks like he might get his wish in this universe.
Alfred Molina Is Returning as Doctor Octopus
Another legendary wrongdoer entering the fold is Dr. Otto Octavius, played by Alfred Molina. You'll probably recognize this nuclear scientist turned villain from the Oscar-winning film "Spider-Man 2" from his robotic tentacle arms with artificial intelligence that are operated by his brain.
His dream was to be able to harness the power of the sun in the palm of his robotic hands. But when his science experiment went sideways, he lost neutral control of the robotic arms as well. He blames Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man for his failure. And a villain was born. Now he'll be bringing his robo arms to the new age of Holland's universe to wreak some havoc.
Willem Dafoe Is Returning as the Green Goblin
This character is the one that gives us butterflies in our stomach every time we see him. Sporting his green mask and flying around on his glider, Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin is back in action ready to take over the world. And, of course, try to kill Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man to be specific).
Before he became the Green Goblin, he was just Norman Oscorp, owner of Oscorp. As CEO of the company, this scientist was trying to push the bounds of human strength. In doing so, he decided to experiment on himself prematurely. This resulted in enhanced strength along with an evil alternate personality that controls his body from time to time. He might be the most sinister villain of them all because you'll never quite know what personality you're talking to.
There Are Many Rumored Cameos
This is actually one of the things we know about "Spider-Man: No Way Home," but we should address the elephants in the room. We've outlined most of the confirmed cameos aside from a couple of other villains, but those aren't the characters that audiences really care about. The ongoing fan theory is that because these villains are in Holland's universe, then that must mean Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire have been brought along as well.
That's a bold rumor given all the Spider-Man actors, including Holland, have denied this theory. But we can still hold out hope. There's a specific scene in the main trailer when Holland is facing off against the bad guys where the Lizard is hit in the face. But no one is there. Fans seem to think that the studios scrubbed Garfield, Maguire, or both of them from that scene. They think it was done to hide the fact that these other Spideys are fighting alongside Holland. I guess you'll just have to see for yourself.
There's a Post-Credits Scene and New Trailer Reveal
Given that this is technically a Sony film and not a Disney film, we wanted to make sure you knew to stick around until after the credits. There's a post-credits scene that is a bit open-ended as they usually are, but it does make us wonder about the future of certain Sony films.
Additionally, if you wait until the very end of all the credits, you'll get to see an unreleased teaser trailer for a certain MCU film that we're very much looking forward to seeing. It certainly expands on the multiverse that has been on the fritz for a while now. And to prepare for this trailer, we would recommend that you make sure to watch all of the MCU Disney+ shows. They will definitely play a factor in the upcoming films for Phase Four and beyond.
This Could Be Holland's Last Spider-Man Film
This last entry is another one of the things that we don't know for certain about "Spider-Man: No Way Home," but it's something we need to be prepared for. This is Holland's third Spider-Man film. And if we think about the role of Spider-Man historically, there was the Maguire/Raimi trilogy. There were two films with Garfield/Webb. And there have now been three films with Holland/Watts.
We wholeheartedly trust Kevin Feige's vision for the MCU. And he has said publicly that he wants Holland to continue (and Sony producer Amy Pascal has practically guaranteed it). We think it does look likely that he will as he’s found great success as this web-slinging hero. So, let's hope he does.
December 17, 2021
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