Spoiler Warning! Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

When Marvel titled this movie No Way Home, they had a mission that there was no way you were going home unsatisfied with this movie. Spider-Man: No Way Home's writing was done exceptionally well along with this delivery to the big screen. I caught a noon showing of Spider-Man at my local AMC Theatres in the IMAX format. I felt it was the best way to watch it for two reasons, my time available to watch the show and how they shoot scenes in an IMAX camera. I would recommend watching the movie, even those that haven't caught up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. You don't even really need to see Spider-Man's 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 1, and 2, but it wouldn't hurt you either. Remember when you see this movie, you'll leave two and a half hours later shook with emotions, without further ado, your final spoiler warning. I'm about to break it down the way I took the movie. Let's start from the top. I found a gift card in my wallet for AMC Theatres that still had money on it. The last movie I saw at AMC was another Tom Holland movie, Chaos Walking. I arrived at the movies around 11:30 AM for my noon movie. I got myself a soda and some pretzel bites that I later regretted. This will be your final chance to stop reading and come back later after watching the movie if you care for not being spoiled.

SPOILER WARNING!

SPOILER WARNING!

I got everything I wanted out of this movie and a little more. I got to see my favorite Spider-Man and my favorite villains. Spider-Man: No Way Home inserts itself well inside the phase four timeline. So let me tell you about my favorite things about this film.


The Set-Up

Picking up where Far From Home left off, we meet our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, now framed Peter Parker, and all of his friends from school. I appreciate this in Marvel because of them trying to maintain continuity in this ever-growing universe Disney has built. The writing in these films produced by Kevin Feige for the Disney and Marvel Cinematic Universe tells viewers who is essential and what makes them a necessary factor. Even if a person has not seen a single movie, they can understand what a film on its own is telling the audience. As the story moves forward, it follows a well-structured narrative arc that you can tell was carefully planned and executed.

Heroes

My top two favorite heroes are together Dr. Strange and Spider-Man. The two of them were a big win for me. We see Spider-Man face the fact everyone knows he's Peter Parker, and most believe he is a killer. The audience got to see Matt Murdock as Peter's lawyer for one scene, where he displays his enhanced reflexes and shock-and-awes Parker. It is a big thing to see this Netflix Marvel hero appear, especially if you have seen episode five of Hawkeye; you'll see why Matt Murdock's addition to this movie is perfect.

This association of being friends with Peter Parker earns a rejection letter from the college they all applied to attend together. With Peter feeling guilty of this is what elevated the plot. Parker goes to Dr. Strange to cast a spell for everyone to forget that Spider-Man is Peter Parker. The consequences would result in everyone forgetting; Parker keeps changing his mind, which causes the spell to change to wear for a small moment. The spell rips into the multi-verse. Also, some visual effects are done beautifully as Parker and Strange battle in the mirror dimension for this spell box to send everyone back.

At this moment, other fans and I rumored that WandaVision and Loki become in sync. Wanda becomes the Scarlet Witch, and the Conquerer no longer knows what will happen next. The development leads into our next Dr. Strange movie, Multiverse of Madness.

We get to see all of our beloved, friendly neighborhood Spider-men. Toby and Andrew have fallen into the MCU through this crack in the multi-verse. They meet MJ and Ned, which brings them to our fallen Spider-Man, allowing them to work together and eater eggs some memes for the audience.

The Villians

Most of the audience loved to see Jamie Foxx be redeemed, and I did too. I was most excited about the Green Goblin. Seeing William Defoe brings the same energy and emotion to that character as if he just finished filming the first Spider-Man yesterday. The characters fall into this universe, and what happens to their leads terrifically into the big fight before the film's climax. Most importantly, seeing Dr. Octavious, Electro, Sandman, and the Lizard look just as good or better is beautiful to a nerd's eye. The sixth of the sinister six, which we meet in the after-credits, leave him out of the action loop.

In this movie, the main villain is the Green Goblin, in my opinion. He destroys the optimistic spirit of Peter by killing his Aunt May in front of him. Spiraling Parker into a dark path, this lines into meet our other Spider-Mans. The goal of the three Spider-Mans is to cure the villains so they can go back to their home universe to live better lives. Goblin thrives in this new universe and doesn't want to go back. We end up with this sad and angry Spider-Man, played by Holland, fighting and beating down Goblin. He is stopped and reminded by McGuire's Spider-Man of their mission.

In the after-credits, we see Tom Hardy in his human form talking to Venom while at a bar; when all the others get sent back to their universes, he disappears as well, leaving a little bit of the symbiote at a bar. He was our sixth villain of the sinister six, to later reemerge in the MCU hopefully.

The "ending"

Peter has to make the ultimate sacrifice of everyone, even the heroes he saved the world with and his friends, entirely forgetting who Peter Parker is. He does this to prevent the multi-verse from erupting further and keep everyone in their respective worlds. Peter makes his goodbyes as Dr. Strange casts a new spell or the original from the movie's start. Peter promised to find his friends to make them his friends again. He sees they are doing well and decides to live his life without endangering them again. Marvel sets up the story to continue after it ends with him getting into his apartment and still being Spider-Man.

This ending is both sad and happy because he is moving on. This time he has to be a superhero on his own, as nobody again knows who Spider-Man is. At this point of the film, it is wintertime in New York, in which the Hawkeye series happens at Christmas. With no mention of Spider-Man, perhaps when this Disney + series occurs is, after all, the madness of No Way Home. With Parker living a new life under the radar and the talks of three more films, who knows what will happen. There is now have a story to tell about Daredevil if they choose to retell it.

My Verdict

I loved this movie. I was fascinated by the characters and development of the story, each one all tieing together. I felt like it was worth the wait for this release. This movie deserves a high rating of 9.5 out of 10. The Daredevil cameo, Dr. Strange's role, and seeing all three Spider-Mans was incredible and gave me chills. Green Goblin and the rest of the well-picked villains for this film gave the dynamic of character building as the young Peter Parker deals with more hardship than before and prevails to hold his ethical code instilled in him by Aunt May. The climax and falling action settle down the movie's pace as it sets up for continued stories of Dr. Strange, Matt Murdock, and Spider-man. I am anxious for next year in May when we see Dr. Strange and Wanda pair up in Dr. Strange: Multiverse of Madness.