Tuesday, August 24, 2021

'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Trailer Reaction

It’s here. Following an ultra-low quality “leak” over the weekend, we finally have the official first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third Spidey flick in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that promises to crack the MCU Multiverse wide open.

For True Believers, there’s plenty to digest in the 3:03 clip (which also accounts for a PlayStation 5 end tag. After Mysterio outed him as Spider-Man in Far from Home, The Wall-Crawler’s world is thrown completely out of whack. Enter Doctor Strange, who bends some space/time rules despite the warnings of others (sorry, Wong) to make everyone forget who Spider-Man is. Mistakes are made, and villains from other realities – it seems – invade the MCU. Enter Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus (“Hello, Peter”) and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, who can be heard cackling offscreen as we see his signature pumpkin bomb explode. Yellow lightning evidently heralds the arrival of Electro, with Jamie Foxx confirmed to be reprising his Amazing Spider-Man 2 role as the zap-happy bad guy. 

Whether or not these are the same versions of the villains we have seen in prior Sony Spider-Man films remains to be seen. After all, (spoiler alert) they’re pretty dead by all accounts. But as we’ve seen in comic books and the MCU itself as of late, death is more a suggestion than anything else when it comes to these characters.

And speaking of those prior Sony Spidey films, the trailer doesn’t so much as hint at the appearance of prior celluloid Webslingers Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, both of whom are heavily rumored to appear in the film. Of course, this is outrageous to the most vocally venomous denizens of social media. For the rest of us, it’s welcome restraint. If they do appear in the film, their big reveal will be powerful. And as Uncle Ben says, great power something something.

As for me, I have a deep connection to the prior Sony films – specifically the Sam Raimi trilogy. I’ll never forget seeing the 2002 film with my friends during opening weekend, which was one of our last moviegoing experiences before high school graduation. Spider-Man 2 just two years later was one of the first things I wrote about for UConn’s Daily Campus newspaper. My high school marching band appeared in Spider-Man 3, which I covered for the Westmore News in Port Chester. I have more action figures of Spider-Man than perhaps any other character in my collection, most of which are likely from the films. So yeah, this means a lot to me, and I’m glad to see the Raimi films and the largely underrated Amazing films canonized in the current storytelling in such a fun way.

Plus, there’s some fun comic history being remixed here. The storyline of No Way Home seems to be a mash-up of the “One More Day” and “Spider-Verse” arcs, both of which had long-reaching implication for Peter and his supporting cast. Although it would be unfair to pit this one against the phenomenal Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated film, No Way Home has the potential to similarly web up our imaginations when it arrives on December 17.