Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Probably one of the most awaited movies of the year, Spider-Man: No Way Home sold out in minutes. I was lucky enough that my friend’s more obsessed with Marvel than me and got us tickets.

This may be, by far, one of marvel’s greatest movies.

So here’s a breakdown of how awesome No Way Home is.


The Freakin Multiverse

For starters, Dr. Oct and Green Goblin appearing in the movie trailer meant that the other universes were going to merge into Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

So rumors started that WHAT IF Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man ALSO appeared? For those of you who were born in the late 90’s or early 2000’s, we grew up watching the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies. They were the first – and the ones that revolutionized superhero movies. So we all wanted to see Tobey Maguire in No Way Home (and I guess Andrew Garfield too).

And let me tell you – No Way Home did not disappoint.

They played it so well. At one point, Ned opens a portal (is that what they’re called?) to see where Peter Parker is. When the portal opens, there’s Spider-Man at a distance. And everyone at the theater started going: NO, IT CAN’T BE.

This Spider-Man looked taller and more slender. And as he runs to the portal, everyone’s going: OMIGOSH. The theater exploded when everyone saw Andrew Garfield’s face. THE MULTI-VERSE! In the same scene, they try again to find Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, only for another mind-blowing moment when Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man comes out of the portal!! THE FREAKIN MULTI-VERSE! Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man looks older and more wise. And that feeling of childhood nostalgia really played in.

And the parallelisms in the movie were too good. During the battle scene, MJ falls off the building and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man rescues her – when in his universe he couldn’t save Gwen from falling.

Aunt Meg using Uncle Ben’s quote “with great power comes great responsibility” was also so so on point. You could tell this was a well thought out movie.

The scene in which they all jump off the building together, swing on their webs in synch, and then land on the “new” Statue of Liberty was just epic. It’s what we all wanted to see. At this point, the theater was loud and people were clapping every 5 minutes. Watching this movie in theater on the premiere day was an experience.

What Does Being Spider-Man Mean?

Seeing all three of them together was absolutely insane. But they didn’t just team up to “fight the bad guys”, they actually talked about what it means to be Spider-Man – something Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has been debating throughout the movie.

Keep in mind that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is only 17, on his way to college, and has experienced traumatic things a.k.a. the whole Avengers thing and half the world’s population disappearing. He’s the only Spider-Man to have battled aliens in space! What’s for sure is that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man isn’t the regular “Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” anymore.

By the end of the movie, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has to do the ultimate sacrifice – everyone he loves has to forget Peter Parker to stop the reverse spell. And although it may sound absolutely horrifying to suddenly be forgotten by everyone, we can see how relieved Peter is at the end of the movie. He misses MJ and Ned but maybe their lives are simpler without him. He himself knows that the separation of his two lives will make his life less complicated.

And now that no one knows who Peter Parker is, he can be “Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” again. Such an iconic way to end the movie.

The Villains Get A Chance

Yet what had to be my favorite thing from the movie was the simple fact that the Spider-Men all agree to save the villains and change them – a revolutionary idea for a superhero movie.

In all other movies, the villain either ends up killed or put in prison. At no point is it considered that maybe they need help and should be saved. Loki may be the only villain who turned into an anti-hero (the emphasis is still hero-like). I think this is what makes No Way Home a game-changer movie. Also the fact that now we’ve got the entire Multi-Verse!!

I think I’ve convinced you that No Way Home isn’t your average action-packed superhero movie. And you’d be surprised how way better it was that way.

There were also so many fun moments when the characters were interacting with each other – awkward moments that you can’t just not laugh to! And it’s these moments that make the characters feel more real and more human.

Haven’t seen in the cinema yet? Well why are you reading this! Book your tickets now – don’t miss out!

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