Well, here it is. The Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer has finally landed. But damn, was it worth the wait. The Spider-Man fanboy’s dream has come true, with Maguire and Garfield rumored to return alongside Holland’s Spidey.
While early on, it was hard to tell whether rumors of a multi-verse Spider-Man movie were accurate, this trailer confirms that, indeed, we will be seeing some familiar faces in Tom Holland’s last turn as the web-slinger. Here are ten reasons why Spider-Man: No Way Home is going to be awesome:
10) Daredevil Returns
While MCU Daredevil actor Charlie Cox denies his involvement in Spider-Man: No Way Home, many think he’s just trying to be tight-lipped on the subject. Some reports claim he’s been spotted on-location filming scenes for the movie.
In fact, fans theorize that he’s Peter’s lawyer in the trailer. But whatever the theory, if Charlie Cox reprises his role, that’d be awesome for a couple of reasons. Firstly – he’s great in the role. Secondly – it’s a cool way of linking Netflix’s Marvel shows to the MCU. So, fingers crossed, we see Matt Murdock once again…
9) J.K Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson
J. K Simmons as J.Jonah Jameson is fantastic. Simmons owned the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and was a pleasant surprise in Far From Home. The actor himself also loves playing the character, having reprised the role for Sony’s Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon – and a 2020 EW interview suggested he’s signed on for more MCU movies.
What’s especially interesting about the MCU version is that he’s an InfoWars-style conspiracy pundit. Simmons being able to play the MCU’s Alex Jones opens the door to all manner of zany, exaggerated comedy antics. Jonah’s comedy was arguably one of the redeeming factors of Spider-Man 3, so I’m looking forward to seeing him as part of the film.
8) Peter & MJ
Look, I think the MCU’s Spidey films went the right route in introducing us to a more quirky love interest for the webhead. Rather than be an emotionally conflicted young woman, Zendaya’s MJ is endearingly weird and fun to watch. But now, she knows Peter’s secret; surely this means she can serve as a greater asset to the story?
I hope she doesn’t lose her memory of Spidey’s true identity like the trailer leads us to believe. Not only would this mean we’d have to go through the whole ‘Peter Parker angsts over telling his girlfriend about his identity’ shebang for the umpteenth time, but it would reduce MJ’s role in the story. Therefore, I cautiously look forward to seeing the MJ character come a bit more into her own here, as well as her romance with Peter.
7) The Conclusion to MCU Peter Parker’s Character Arc
Throughout his run of films, we’ve seen MCU’s Peter grow from a naive kid hero into a level-headed Tony Stark protege. We’ve seen him learn how to be a hero in Homecoming while learning to balance his civilian and superhero identities in Far from Home. Then there’s all the stuff he’s experienced in the last two Avengers movies.
Out of all their MCU characters, Marvel/Sony have sent Peter on a huge coming-of-age trajectory. And now, with the whole world knowing his identity, Peter has a harder job than ever to protect himself and those he cares about. That’s not even mentioning the fact he’s dealing with multiple villains from different universes. Given the stakes, how is Holland’s Parker going to change by the movie’s end? It’s exciting but not an oft-thought-of prospect.
6) Seeing the Sony and Marvel Universes Collide
The fact that we are seeing Raimiverse villains (and Marc Webb’s Electro, of course) pop up? Well, it seems there’s a greater reason for that than simple fan service (although that’s undoubtedly one factor). Sony is using No Way Home as a vehicle to introduce their SPUMC (Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters). Sony Exec Sanford Patchin stated in a May 2021 interview with Variety that “there is actually a plan” to connect their universe with Marvel’s and that in this third MCU Spider-Movie, “even more will be revealed.”
Granted, many fans are understandably skeptical of Sony. After all, it was under their helm that the jumbled mess of Amazing Spider-Man 2 was created. Rumors abound that the Marc Webb-directed Spider-Flick suffered from a classic case of executive meddling, packing in way too many villains and story arcs into its 141-minute run-time. But given Sony has taken three years to slowly craft its recently-announced Kraven the Hunter, perhaps they’ve learned their lesson? Only time will tell – but there’s no doubt what they’re cooking up is intriguing…
5) A Possible Sinister Six?
Now, I’m not saying this is set in stone. But let’s look at the evidence: Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock is returning, as is Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin. Then there’s Jamie Foxx as Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Electro. Last year, Michael Mando, who cameoed as Scorpion in the Homecoming after-credits sequence, teased a return via a tweet.
And that’s not all. After Spidey put him away in his first MCU outing, Vulture, played by Michael Keaton, also seems dead-set on revenge. And then there are rumors that Sandman will return from SM3. In that case, can we expect the first live-action appearance of an assembled ‘Sinister Six’? If so, I’m down!
4) Doctor Strange
Although I’m looking forward to seeing Benedict Cumberbatch’s compellingly unusual cheekbones return to portray Doctor Strange, there’s something else, too. Is this guy the real Doctor Strange? Lots of fans are already theorizing that this isn’t the noble Stephen we all know and love. Instead, it may well be an evil duplicate!
If so, is it Baron Mordo or Mephisto in disguise (who infamously erases Spider-Man’s marriage from history in the comics)? Remember, Feige said that Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness ties into this film. So what happens there may well explain why Doc Strange is acting…er, rather strange in the trailer.
3) Peter’s Identity Crisis
One interesting thing about Spider-Man: No Way Home is that it’ll tackle a story we haven’t seen portrayed on-screen before. What would happen if the world knew that Peter Parker is Spider-Man? Given that previous movies have fallen back on the hero’s classic ‘secret identity drama, watching an exposed Peter Parker will give us something fresh and exciting to see.
In particular, it’s going to be exciting to what lengths Peter will need to go to protect his loved ones now that the public is aware of his dual identity. Kevin Feige is giving us a Spider-Man story we haven’t seen before on-screen, and it seems to have real, impactful repercussions. Given what’s at stake, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would be the cherry on top…
2) Seeing Old Villains Again
While it remains up in the air whether Maguire and Garfield return as their respective Spider-Men, we know for sure that some old villains are showing up. Seeing the likes of Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, both awesome villains in the Raimiverse, return is going to be a good kick of nostalgia for fans everywhere who grew up with their debut movies.
And, uh, yeah, I know Jamie Foxx is returning as Electro, but whether they do him justice this time around remains to be seen. We’ve all seen how cheesy he was portrayed in Amazing Spider-Man 2. At the very least, he won’t be blue this time…
1) The Amazing Spider-Men
Okay, okay. So, I must stress. While there have been multiple rumors about Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returning to the spandex alongside Holland for No Way Home (enough to fill a multiverse, one might say), it hasn’t been confirmed. Garfield himself denied his involvement (although admitted “Never say Never”), and Maguire hasn’t said anything (yet). But let’s say the rumors are true…
I’d have a fangasm of epic proportions! And you would, too. Seeing Maguire, Garfield, and Holland in one movie would be the best kind of bonkers. Into the Spider-Verse proved a movie with multiple Spider-Men could hold their weight, and it did. So, a movie can surely work with just three? Come on now!
What are you most looking forward to in Spider-Man: No Way Home? Let us know in the comments below!