Hear that? Listen closely. It’s the sound of the Green Goblin’s gleefully chaotic laughter accompanying what you’re about to read.
Because, in the name of everything that is good, the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home finally dropped on Monday night. Which means two things, right off the bat. 1) NO WAY HOME, TOBEY MAGUIRE, and ANDREW GARFIELD will stop trending on Twitter now that Marvel has, at long last, fed its fans a couple of Spidey crumbs, and 2) We can finally start to responsibly speculate about what’s going on with this massively hyped film. Now, in the interest of sanity and clarity, we’re going to unravel what we learned from the preview bite by bite, without getting too much into the Reddit-fan-theory-YouTube breakdown weeds. Here we go.
Let’s start with the basics. Spider-Man: No Way Home looks like it’ll pick up immediately after the finale of Far From Home, which saw Mysterio reveal to the world that Spider-Man is Peter Parker. When we pick up with poor Peter in the No Way Home trailer, this has made his life, well, shit. He’s about to face trial for the murder of Mysterio (who, heads-up, we suspect didn’t really die!). Desperate to do something, our man waddles into the Sanctum Sanctorum and begs Doctor Strange to cast a spell that would make the world forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Despite Wong’s best efforts, Strange adopts a fun-uncle persona, casts the spell, which, of course, glitches so hard that it explodes the already-fracturing multiverse.
And what does this broken spell open the door to? By the looks of it, the 2000s. The preview culminates with a standoff between Parker and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, last seen in 2004’s Spider-Man 2, which is regarded as one of the best superhero movies of all time. Right before Doc Ock’s introduction, we glimpse a pumpkin bomb and the incredibly easy-to-recognize giggle of none other than Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin. Add to that, the quick shot of lightning earlier in the preview, likely confirming the return of Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then it looks like the villains of Spider-Man’s day’s past will burst through the multiverse to fight Peter Parker in No Way Home.
Now, let’s dip a toe into the rumorverse. Notice the seemingly familiar, hairy arms of the man who shows up to give Peter a talking to in an interrogation room? Fans are just about convinced that they belong to Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, last seen in the devil-horned hero’s Netflix series. If he shows up at Peter’s lawyer, then we could see the MCU cracking the door back open to the shunned and shutdown Netflix corner of the universe. Aside from that? Only the two elephants in the room: Former Spider-Men Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, who are nowhere to be found in the new trailer. Whether or not these guys will show up to help Tom Holland’s Spidey has been the Marvel debate of pretty much this decade, so we’ll leave that one to you. We have to leave some kind of surprise for ourselves in the theater, don’t we?
Check out the trailer for yourself. Spider-Man: No Way Home will hit theaters on December 17, 2021.
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