SpiderMan: No Way Home Review
My favorite Web head’s latest adventure
SPOILER ALERT! Stop reading if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
When I saw Spiderman: No Way Home, I was ready to be entertained. It’s been a trying holiday season and I wanted to see some action. I was not disappointed.
Spiderman: No Way Home picks up from Spiderman: Far From Home left off. At the end of Far From Home, Peter Parker had established a relationship with MJ, his high school crush, and life was looking good. That is until Mysterio, who Spidey had battled in Europe, played one last card. He revealed Spiderman’s identity.
So, at the beginning of No Way Home, Peter has to deal with the world knowing who he is, placing himself, his Aunt May, and his friends, MJ and Ned Leeds in jeopardy.
The first hour or so of the movie shows Peter and everyone dealing with the fallout from his secret identity being revealed. Everyone is after Peter — the media, the police, the government, and the general public. Peter is like a celebrity on steroids — privacy is nonexistent.
In addition, Peter wants to go to college with his friends and soon realizes that option is out of his reach for him and his friends. Their lives are disrupted because of his Spiderman persona. Peter feels terrible and decides to get some help to fix the problem.
The help comes in the form of Dr. Strange, Sorceror Supreme. He agrees to help Peter by using a spell that would cause everyone to forget that he’s Spiderman. Unfortunately, Peter distracts Dr. Strange which disrupts the spell, causing a tear in the multiverse.
The tear creates an opening that allows villains from different dimensions to enter Peter’s world. Spiderman has to spring into action to fight these villains and allow Dr. Strange to send them back to their worlds.
However, Peter, being the big-hearted young man that he is, soon realizes that the villains all meet a deadly fate if they’re returned to their dimensions. Peter wants to change their fates. This leads to a clash with Dr. Strange.
Spiderman is able to lock Dr. Strange in a different dimension and then sets about trying to fix the fates of the villains. At first, they’re reluctant to work with him. This leads MJ and Ned to accidentally summon the other Spidermen.
These would be the original Spiderman from the early 2000s (Tobey McGuire) and the Spiderman from the mid-2000s (Andrew Garfield). Together, the Spidermen find a way to fix the villains and change their fates.
However, in the interim, MJ and Ned are placed in danger, and Aunt May loses her life. Peter is devastated and upon Dr. Strange’s return, asks the sorcerer to cast a spell that would cause everyone to forget that Peter Parker ever existed.
The movie ends with Peter moving into a new apartment. MJ and Ned are off to college and the world has forgotten that Peter is Spiderman. Peter continues to be the web wonder as he navigates a new world without his family and friends.
I felt bad for Peter but I also know that his fate isn’t sealed. He may have lost Aunt May, but MJ and Ned are alive and maybe one day they will reunite. This Peter is young and has many more adventures ahead of him. He will grow, get stronger, and forge new friendships. Spiderman will also face new enemies that will test his powers. But he will find a way to win. That’s what I like about Spiderman/Peter, he always finds a way to win.
Go check out Spiderman: No Way Home. It is the best Marvel movie since 2018’s Black Panther.