Movie review: Spider-Man: No Way Home


Director Jon Watt’s highly-anticipated “Spider-Man: No Way Home” hit theaters on Dec. 17, 2021. Along with many that grew up with Spider-Man as their favorite superhero, I was ecstatic at the end result of a franchise that appeared to be in a dire situation before Watt’s trilogy starring Tom Holland. 

Both the hype that arose from speculations about the film, as well as the confirmed return of actors such as Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Alfred Molina’s Dr. Otto Octavius, contributed to the success of the film. Freshman history major Fernando Vian described the movie as being able to “reboot the Spider-Man saga,” as well as bringing back the legendary franchise. Vian also stated that what he believed to be a dying superhero was more than saved by this Holland Trilogy. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is also now number four on the all time box office list, as well as grossing $1.69 billion worldwide. These marks portray a steady progression throughout the various Spider-Man films, as the most recent film has grossed the most money. 

The concept of the multiverse as a means of bringing in characters from the first two Spider-Man movie series, Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s respective universes, was described by Tom Holland as one of the most daring movie concepts in cinema history. As a result, there were many moving parts in the movie.  

This intricacy is widely present due to the special effects, which greatly enhanced the movie, but also  the countless beloved characters that brought back so much nostalgia for die-hard fans. A few of these characters, Dr. Otto Octavius and the Green Goblin in particular, were alluring to fans as they have not been seen for a number of years.

Allowing these characters to relive their prolific roles is not only nostalgic but greatly improves the movie as a whole. This nostalgia immediately guaranteed that the movie would not only be a success but likewise that it would be much more enjoyable. This is because of both the status and background of the two past Spider-Man films, causing viewers to become determined to see the film. This movie also aptly improved the character depth of Tom Holland, displaying that he — similar to both prior Spider-Men — would be willing to go to many lengths to attain revenge. By adding this to the story, it shows the resemblance of Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man with that of Toby Maguires; by showing similarities between the two it gained Tom Holland the respect and love of many die hard fans. 

The other Spider-Men were also reintroduced tactfully: Their return was not announced, but rumors and speculation were allowed to circulate, which only increased the rising excitement. This movie both gives closure to die-hard Tobey Maguire fans and shows Andrew Garfield in a much better light. Sean Flood, an undeclared freshman, describes the choice of combining all three of the universes and placing different Spider-Men and villains into one as “unique and creative.” 

It is obvious that this movie’s goal was audacious as it touches on all of the different Spider-Man sagas and attempts to give closure and end all of them in the right way. The connection between Tom Holland’s rage at the death of his Aunt and Tobey Maguire’s rage for the same thing shows the same flaws in very different Spider-Men, contrasting both to show they are one in the same. This allows fans to not only recount the greatness of Tobey Maguire but also the newfound greatness in Tom Holland. This movie allows fans to see their favorite villains and heroes again and gives closure to each villain and superhero throughout the film, making it one of the best crossover movies of the century.


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