“For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.“
Director: Jon Watts
Writers: Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Chris McKenna
Staring: Zendaya, Tom Holland, Jon Favreau, Benedict Cumberbatch
Release Date: December 17, 2021
*DISCLAIMER ALERT. I AM A MOVIE GUY. NOT A TV GUY. I ENJOY MOVIES MORE THAN TV.”
Alright, now that I have said that, let’s dive into the new trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The overhanging shadow of the movie is that Spider-Man has been unmasked as Peter Parker (Tom Holland). The high school sweetheart can no longer hide in the shadows and it is putting an untold burden on himself and those he cares about. Parker needs help to handle the situation and seeks out the aid of Doctor Stranger (Benedict Cumberbatch), but all things go haywire once the two collide and it’ll be up to the duo to try and save the day.
The biggest thing people are getting from this trailer, and rightfully so, is that the multiverse is real in the cinematic universe. Spider-Man: No Way Home is going to reintroduce villains (and possibly heroes) from movies of yesteryear. We have a confirmed sighting of Alred Molina reprising his role as Otto Octavius, and there are heavy rumors of other Sinister Six characters popping up; Green Golbin and Electro for starters.
Now lets have a gander at this trailer.
You know what, before that. I have a major problem with this trailer and the story of this movie. The cinematic multiverse is going to be opened because of a high school boy having an identity crisis? Are there no new bad guys that matter; are we only bringing back the old faces for Spider-Man to fight against? What made Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) such strong movies where there self-realized and limited plot. It was centered on Spider-Man primarily and wasn’t worried about expanding the lore on a large, or even medium scale. I also think there has to be a direct line drawn between this third Spider-Man movie to Spider-Man 3 (2007); both are throwing a lot of bad guys at the hero and trying to cram in a lot to a two hour window. It is hard to pull of.
Alright. The Trailer.
We start off with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and MJ (Zendaya) just chilling on a roof away from the hub-bub. Parker wants nothing to do with the chaos below. His life has been changed since Mysterio showed who Spider-Man really was at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
We get the voice of JK Simmons returning as J. Jonah Jameson before we see Parker defending himself in a cop station from certain individuals who believe Spider-Man killed Mysterio.
Credit to MJ asking a relevant question as to whether or not Parker is relieved to not have to hide his identity from people anymore. Parker brushes the question off…but we all know where this is going. We see him being mobbed at the school and in public by everyone who just wants to take a picture or be around Spider-Man.
Doctor Strange enters the fray and Parker asks a questions that is so obviously going to turn bad. Parker wants Strange to cast a spell for everyone to forget that he is Spider-Man. He wants this for the sake of those he cares about (shown via a montage) but also for his own well-being as well (not shown but as emulated by him being a mope for first minute of the trailer). Wong (Benedict Wong) literally warns Strange before he leaves but Strange is like…nahhhhh.
So the Avengers teammates go down to a spooky cellar and the spell commences. Ohhh, now you want to think about the consequences to your actions, Peter? Now, when the spell is happening you think things through. Parker’s doubts tamper with Strange’s spell and suddenly, just like that, the multiverse is open. The tampering of space and time creates some massive fissures and now there is a mess that needs to be picked up.
“Be careful what you wish for Parker.” This line is uttered menacingly by someone, but we don’t entirely know who. I could be Strange, but the tone makes it seem more sinister. Perhaps its the Green Goblin (William Dafoe), or maybe its James Franco reprising his role as the young Osborn. Regardless, this line rings true, because his unvarnished wishes which let to this catastrophe has unleashed some baddies.
Yes we are going to have the Green Goblin back. Yes we are going to have Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) back. Yes we are going to have Electro back (Jamie Foxx)…wait, we liked him as a villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)?
The trailer gives the fans what they want. There is no denying that. However, the fans should listen to the trailer: “Be careful what you wish for…” You want the cinematic multiverse and you want all these characters back. Hopefully it doesn’t put cracks in the Marvel Universe for the diehards.
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