Spiderman No Way Home Review



Out of the 8 Sony-originated Spiderman movies produced and released, only one broke the box office
records within the opening weekend.

Spiderman No Way Home is directed by Jon Watts and is the third installment in the MCU Spiderman franchise. During the opening weekend, the film had already earned around 260 million dollars, making it the second largest domestic opening of all time. As of February 2022, the film currently has grossed over 1.8 billion dollars,
and is the sixth highest grossing movie in the world. Before any teasers or trailers were released, everyone had known that the film would star Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jon Favreau. In late 2020 however, it revealed that Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, and Jamie Fox would be
reprising their roles as Doc Ock, Green Goblin and Electro, respectively.  This led to massive excitement from fans, and people even began to speculate that past Spiderman actors, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield, would
make some sort of appearance in the movie. As 2021 went by, more and more leaks suggesting their cameos were disseminated.

Despite this, the actors and producers made the decision to not confirm nor deny anything. When the film finally came out and revealed that the two actors were indeed in it, the audience was ecstatic.

In the film, Peter Parker’s entire life is screwed up with his identity as Spiderman now being public. After it starts to negatively affect his friends’ lives, he turns to Doctor Strange for help. He asks him to make his identity of Spiderman a secret by casting a spell that has everyone forget. However, Peter, still wanting some people to know, unintentionally messes it up. This leads to villains from other universes (from Andrew and Tobey’s) to be brought in. After realizing that they would die if they went back, Parker decides to cure them from their villain persona.
For me, the most emotional moment of the film was with May’s death. After trying to help Peter cure the villains, she is fatally stabbed by the Green Goblin/Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe). Before she dies, she reminds Peter of the famous line- “With great power comes great responsibility.” May’s death led for Peter to fully learn the hardships of being a hero- that sometimes you can’t always save everyone and have everything you want.

After the death of May, the two Spidermen (both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) finally make their appearance, comforting Tom Holland’s Spiderman with their own past losses.

In the final battle, Garfield (as Spiderman) is given a chance of redemption by saving MJ(Zendaya). As he couldn’t save his own girlfriend in his universe, he saves Tom Holland’s, not wanting him to experience the same pain that he did. Out of all the actors that had returned, Garfield had received the most praise for his performance in the movie. This had led to people petition for another solo movie with him in it with #MakeTASM3.
Moreover, Willem Dafoe’s performance as the Green Goblin makes him one of the most terrifying villains in the MCU. His facial expressions and maniacal laugh give a much darker tone in the film. I would personally like to think of him like Batman’s Joker, as both characters do not take themselves seriously, and are proven to be extreme psychopaths.

The ending of Spiderman: No Way Home received positive reviews from both audiences and critics. When multiverse trespassers are about to come through, him and Doctor Strange are left with no choice but cast a spell that would make everyone forget that Peter Parker even exists (but they would still remember Spiderman). This would include his best friend, girlfriend, teachers, the Avengers, and everyone else.

Although he promised to reunite with Ned (his best friend) and MJ, he chooses later to stay away from them. He knew if he got close, they would be in grave danger once again. As a result, he chooses to remain all alone as Peter Parker while continuing to operate as Spiderman.

Overall, this movie has exceeded most people’s expectations, including mine. It currently has a 93% critic
reception on Rotten Tomatoes and a 98% audience score. Personally, I never thought a film like this would
ever exist. I would rate this 5 out 5 stars.