Spider-Man No Way Home is a celebration of the character and an evolution that solidifies his place in the MCU moving forward.
You have been warned because this review is going to be heavy on spoilers.
Ever since Doctor Strange and Avengers Endgame introduced time travel and alternate timelines, Marvel Cinematic Universe has delved head first into the possibilities of the multiverse. In Disney Plus series, Loki, we were introduced to the concept of time variants and here we see Spider-Man and Doctor Strange messing with reality and ultimately almost destroying it.
No Way Home is the sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home(2019) and the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Manalongside Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire. In the film, Parker asks Dr. Stephen Strange(Cumberbatch) to make his identity as Spider-Man a secret again with magic following its public revelation in Far From Home, but this breaks open the multiverse, allowing supervillains from alternate realities who have fought versions of Parker to enter his universe.
Not only is his friends and families lives put in danger, but the entire fabric of reality within the MCU is thrown out of whack. Villains from the Maguire and Garfield Spider-Man films descend on Peter Parker. So Peter, the aid of MJ and Ned, track down the likes of Sandman, Electro, Green Goblin, Doc Ock and the Lizard so Strange can send them back to their realities. The only problem is it’s revealed that once most of them go back they either lose their powers or die.
At the request of Aunt May, Peter does his best to cure them only to have Green Goblin convince his fellow time displaced villains to reject Peter’s cure and join him instead. As the villains escape, Goblin goes after May and kills her. This causes Peter to doubt himself and go into hiding. Ned and MJ uses one of Strange’s magical tools to find Peter but instead accidentally open up doorways to two other universes where we are introduced to Garfield’s Spider-Man and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man. All three Spider-Man then join forces to bring down the escaped villains. When Strange joins the fray, it’s almost too late as the fabric of reality literally begins to tear apart.
Doctor Strange casts one last spell and everyone forgets who Peter Parker is and sends the time variants back to their timelines.
No Way Home is one of the biggest most ambitious films ever made in the MCU. Like Avengers Endgame, there’s a finality about it that is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
I always believed the MCU Spider-Man had it a little bit too good. Being best buddies with billionaire Avenger, Iron Man, and always having Shield or the Avengers have his back. It was cool to see as a comic fan but Spider-Man always worked best as a broke, down on his luck neighborhood hero who was loved by few and reviled by most. He actually has more in common with Street level heroes like Matt Murdock/Daredevil who makes a fan favorite and truly awesome cameo here as Peter’s lawyer. Actor Charlie Cox reprises the role of Matt Murdock from the Netflix/Marvel series and we can expect to see more of him and his arch nemesis, Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in future MCU shows/movies (as evidenced in Disney Plus series, Hawkeye).
Also, with Parker losing most his affiliation with the Avengers, he also loses the high tech Spidey suit. Now having to use a homemade Spider-Man costume that is bright red and blue and the most comic book accurate version of the Spider suit.
As for the post credit scenes, the first one is kind of lackluster. We see Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) at a bar talking with a bartender about the Avengers and Thanos before being transported away by something or someone. Brock does mention something about going to New York to see this ” Spider Man.” But after he is transported, a piece of the Venom goo is left behind on the bar top.
The last after credits scene is actually a trailer for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness that will see him further traverse the multiverse this time with the aid of the Scarlet Witch.
All in all, No Way Home is the perfect closing chapter on Spider-Man’s high school years and a great jumping on point to Spidey’s best years, his college years.
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