Spider-Man: No Way Home, starring Tom Holland, gave us everything we could ask for in a movie and more. Before I go any further, do yourself a favor and go check it out if you haven’t already.
This movie picks up right where the last one left off, where Mysterio reveals Spidey’s identity to the world. As this starts to affect the lives around him, he goes to Doctor Strange and asks him to go back in time and fix it. Strange obviously can’t go back in time, but does have a spell that can make the world forget. As Strange does this spell, Peter messes with it multiple times, leading to the spell getting out of control, bringing other Spider-Man villains from other universes to this one. Villains we’ve seen before such as Doc Ock, Green Goblin and Sandman from Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man movies and Electro and Lizard from Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man movies. Instead of sending them back immediately to die, Spider-Man, in true spidey fashion, tries to help them by developing ways to cure them. This backfires when they revolt and Green Goblin kills Peter’s Aunt May. From a storytelling standpoint, this was genius. One thing this movie lacks is villain motivation. Their motives are unclear and it takes some spice out the final battle, but having three Spider-Men that we all know and love makes up for it.
Now after this we get to see Ned, Peter’s best friend, open two different portals bringing Maguire’s and Garfield’s Spider-Man to the MCU. As a Spider-Man super fan, seeing all three Spider-Men in one movie is one of the most exciting things in movie history. Maguire and Garfield go to Holland in his time of need and convince him he should still save them instead of sending them all back. They have a big climactic fight and we get to see all three of the Spider-Men that we grew up watching, fight and cure their villains one by one.
In the end, everyone goes home and Holland gets a soft reboot, as the world loses all memory of him, which was required to keep other people from other universes coming into this one. This movie is bound to break records and it deserves it because it’s everything any Spider-Man fan could want.
By Gary Langfield Jr., Junior, The Noble Academy