A trivia fact for all Spidey fans, do you know how many Spider-Man movies there have been in the last 2 decades? Yes, there are 8 movies from the first Spider-Man movie came out in 2002 until Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019.
It makes the Spider-Man: No Way Home become the ninth movie of the infamous friendly neighbourhood superhero. Let’s count them: there were three directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, two directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, one animation of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and now three directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland.
Some people might think that we already have enough of Spider-Man, even Marvel decided to skip all those processes of Peter Parker turning into Spider-Man in the Tom Holland’s era. But No Way Home creates a magic, by using the elements from all previous Spider-Man movies.
Even after the blip and the defeat of Thanos, Marvel still gearing up in providing employment for all of their superheroes. Including the loner superhero Spider-Man… no, but Spider-Men.
Spider-Man: No Way Home take place right away after Far From Home in 2019, with Spider-Man’s identity is now revealed to the whole world by Jonah Jamison (J.K Simmons), an anchor of propagandist news office.
The revelation of Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) identity is not only affecting him but also his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya), and his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon). Peter is devastated by the situation, furthermore, MJ and Ned also rejected from university by the fact they are close to Spider-Man, the current controversial being.
Depressed by the situation, Peter seeks help from Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to ask him about the possibility to make people forget about Peter Parker is a Spider-Man. Dr. Strange then casts a spell, but Peter tried to fine-tune the spell mid-way and things go south.
Peter Parker and Dr. Strange accidentally attract everyone related to Peter Parker and Spider-Man across from the multiverse, namely some of the supervillains many of us have seen in previous movies of the Spider-Man franchise.
Dr.Strange, through his Mystic Arts, accidentally opens a portal to the multiverse and super-villains come flying in from their various dimensions to do their worst. They include Electro (Jamie Foxx), Sand Man (Thomas Haden Church) and Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe).
Not only the supervillains, but the multiverse also bring back our old-school neighbourhood friendly superheroes from Queens. The first Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire, and the amazing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, along with their spidey suit. Now they are back in force, defeating enemies together with the new Spider-Man, Tom Holland.
It is hard to deny that No Way Home presents the thrill of seeing so many of the series’ finest actors and most iconic characters together in one place. No Way Home is the marriage of new and old school Spideys with the franchise nostalgic feeling.
What makes it more interesting is the return of 2 previous Spider-Men is not overly done. It keeps intact with the solid story and narration of current Spider-Man and his universe. They are still friendly, nerd, a little bit goofy, and a little bit awkward a la Pieter Parker.
As a Spider-Man fan, and many of us, also somehow not satisfied with how Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man were not continued and how they ended. It was good news when Spider-Man finally appeared in the Civil War.
And finally, after 9 movies we can see the redemption of Tobey’s Peter Parker and Andrew’s Peter Parker. No Way Home become the retrospective of the 2 decades long of Spider-Man franchise, and it gives a fair conclusion to both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
Spider-Man: No Way Home has everything as a superhero movie post-Endgame. Psychedelic visuals a la Dr. Strange, numerous of supervillains, the goofy and the nimbleness of the protagonist. Spider-Man: No Way Home also at the same time open possibilities of the future of Spider-Man as well as the future multiverse of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or Marvel Cinematic Multiverse?).
At the very end, what makes No Way Home become a great superhero movie, and might be the best Spider-Man movie, are its essences. How the movie can become the redemption of the three Spider-Men, the retrospective of the journey of the franchise, and the most important of all is the maturity process of the three Spider-Men. It makes us feel that we truly grow with them.
Our Score (9.5/10)
Title : Spider-Man: No Way Home
Production : Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pascal Pictures
Director : Jon Watts
Screenwriter : Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers
Casts : Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Benedict Cumberbatch