For many Marvel fans, the release of Marvel’s “Spider-man: No Way Home”on Dec. 17 was a day to drop everything and see the first viewing of this intense, action-packed film. The 149-minute long film captured a turn and twists of events where Peter Parker and Spider-man’s worlds collide.
You don’t have to watch all the previous Spider-man films, which total at a solid eight, to understand and adequately follow along in “No Way Home.” Of course, it would bring the third trilogy to a satisfactory wrap-up but nonetheless,“Spider-man: No Way Home” is a film for everyone to enjoy.
Tom Holland, who portrays Spider-man, returns in “No Way Home”and appears in the first few scenes where viewers find that his identity has been revealed to the public, now unmasked, making it impossible for him to separate his teenage life from his hero life. Chaos disrupts the city and all is not well for your friendly neighborhood Spider-man. Not only are there conflicting opinions on Spider-man for the death of Mysterio by the public, but familiar past villains return, only adding to the chaos and unfamiliarity Spider-man is experiencing.
Familiar faces appear, but not quite the familiar faces you are thinking of. Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange, Jacob Batalon as Nedd, Zendaya as MJ, Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Willem DaFoe as Green Goblin, Tobey Maguire as Spider-man, and Andrew Garfield as Spider-man return – making “No Way Home” a standout film with characters from all of the Spider-man trilogies. All three Spider-mans are forced to work together to displace and fix these villains as Tom Holland goes through an unforgettable character development phase where he has to figure out what it takes and means to be Spider-man.
“With great power comes great responsibility,” is a familiar line Spider-man fans are very aware of, but for Holland he has to learn and stay true to his morals while experiencing stages of grief, anger, sadness, and determination when Aunt May dies.
While fighting off these villains from the other multiverses, Holland does so while his identity remains public. Without giving too many details or spoilers, the movie ends how it begins in regards to Spider-man’s identity.
While Marvel films may not be what they used to, “Spider-man: No Way Home” is a long awaited wrap up trilogy for all to see.