(WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE MARVEL SPIDERMAN TRILOGY)
On December 17th 2021, Spiderman No Way Home (NWH) was released worldwide. Directed by Jon Watts, Spiderman NWH is the most anticipated Marvel movie since Avengers: Endgame. The film reintroduces multiple aspects of the Spiderman franchise from the Rami trilogy and The Amazing Spiderman duology. NWH currently sits at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.7/10 on IMDB. As the finale of the Marvel Spiderman Home trilogy, the film promises many things from casual audiences and critics. But does the film live up to the expectations that Marvel thinks of. In this review we shall see.
The film is the direct continuation of the events of Spiderman Far From Home. In Spiderman FFH, Spiderman’s identity is revealed by Mysterio. The film follows the events that are caused by this. Peter tries to handle his new life with his identity exposed. Peter enlists the help of Doctor Strange to reverse his unmasking. But after the spell goes wrong, Spiderman must now handle many new threats to himself, his friends, and his family.
Spiderman NWH has many characters and references to the connected Spiderman universe. One example of this is the return of William Dafoe and Alfred Molina reprising their roles as Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. The film also includes many characters not seen in the MCU like Electro, Sandman, and The Lizard. Spiderman NWH also includes the return of veteran Spiderman actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The film also sets up continuity with the other iterations of Spiderman movies by using multiverse. NWH also stays true to the old designs and costumes of previous movies while adapting them for modern audiences.
One of the more unique things about Spiderman NWH is its marketing or lack thereof. This is shown since the full official trailer was not released until November 29, just 19 days from release. Besides a small teaser trailer and a few frames and interviews, most details of the film were left secret. This was likely done to increase hype for the film. This also caused the released trailer to become the most viewed Marvel trailer on YouTube.
Spiderman NWH takes the MCU into many new directions. NWH sets up the multiverse which will lead to many future products from marvel. NWH also has many jaw dropping moments such as Aunt May’s death and the return of Andrew and Tobey. NWH also uses CGI in many unique ways such as the mirror dimension and Sandman as well as the Lizard. Spiderman NWH is also long with 2 hr and 28 min runtime which it uses effectively to flesh out characters and scenes.
Spiderman No Way Home sets up new roads for Spiderman and new expectations for Marvel. NWH shows how the MCU has new ideas and images for casual moviegoers. I would personally rate Spiderman: No Way Home as a 8.9/10.