Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have confirmation! It’s not another fan poster, this is the genuine article. Right out of the horse’s mouth. The official title for Tom Holland’s new adventure as Marvel’s famed wall-crawler is…”Spider-Man: No Way Home”! The film will, of course, be a follow up to 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home”. A film that left fans on a monumental cliffhanger.
Now after 2 years of waiting, we’re finally going to know what fate will befall Peter Parker of the main Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, things are far from straight forward here. With the release of a recent teaser video, the rumour mill is once again spinning. It started all the way back with the idea of Jamie Foxx entering into the MCU as Electro. It has since snowballed into this titanic web of theories regarding what the hell is going on with “No Way Home”.
Fear not citizens! We’re here to help you get up to speed on everything you need to know about Jon Watts’ third instalment in Disney’s Spider-Man trilogy. Hold on to your web-slingers, it’s about to get crazy.
The Story So Far and Ahead
Let’s do a brief recap of the events of “Spider-Man: Far From Home” before jumping into “No Way Home”. The last time we saw Peter Parker, he had just defeated Quentin Beck aka Mysterio and had saved the day. Before Beck died though, he managed to record footage framing Spider-Man as the one who was responsible for the drone attacks in the film. He also revealed Spider-Man’s true identity as Peter Parker to the whole world. Spider-Man is now Public Enemy No. 1 and everyone knows who he truly is. Needless to say, this looks like it could be the end of Spider-Man in the MCU.
Based on the ending in “Far From Home”, it makes sense that the sequel title be called “No Way Home”. Seeing that there is no way Peter can return to his comfortable life as a normal high-school student. He can’t very well come home to Aunt May lest he puts her in mortal danger. With some on-set photos from Holland’s official Instagram account, we at least know he has his best friend Ned and his girlfriend MJ to back him up. We’re fairly certain that the film’s going to address the conundrum Peter was left with in the previous instalment. The film may even jump a few months or years forward into the future as we see Spidey in hiding.
As far as who Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be battling against, so far it has confirmed that Jamie Foxx will be making an appearance in the film as Electro. A role that Foxx is well acquainted with seeing that he played the villain in 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. There’s also been reports that actor Alfred Molina will be playing Doctor Octopus in “No Way Home”. A rumour that has been gaining traction since Zendaya’s interview on Variety’s “Actors on Actors” talk show.
All of this seems to be hinting at the idea that “No Way Home” could be tackling the idea of multiverses within the MCU. For a time, the net went full into full conspiracy theory mode trying to figure out how Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield’s iteration could enter into the MCU. For now, Holland seems to be denying the rumours of Maguire and Garfield being in “No Way Home”, which could very well be a lie. After all, Marvel does love their mind games.
The question is: How does the events of “Far From Home” tie into the possible multiversal story floating in the ether? Truth be told, we’re not completely sure. There is definitely a possibility when you take into account that Doctor Strange being set to appear in the film. Especially when you consider his upcoming film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. Perhaps, Strange could be the catalyst to having these various villains from previous Spider-Man franchises appear in the MCU. Then again, all this could be all be some elaborate marketing gimmick with Foxx merely paying fan service as Electro with no connection to Webb’s film. Your guess is as good as ours.
Cast and Characters
So far we can confirm that Tom Holland will be definitely reprising his role as MCU’s Peter Parker / Spider-Man. We can also be certain that Jacob Batalon and Zendaya will reprise their roles as Ned and MJ. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed to be making an appearance in the film as Doctor Strange. Foxx has also been confirmed to be playing Electro in the film. Marrisa Tomei will also be appearing in the film as Aunt May and we can safely assume Peter’s new father figure Happy Hogan played by Jon Favreau will be in it as well.
Right, now let’s talk about some of the rumours and reports of the other actors possibly appearing in the film. Trust us, some of them are frankly insane. As we’ve stated earlier, actors Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Alfred Molina are rumoured to be in the film but there’s more. There’s even been reports of actress Kirsteen Dunst and Emma Stone being in the film. Just to clarify, Dunst played Mary Jane to Maguire’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone played Gwen Stacy to Garfield’s. Oh and Matt Murdoch from Netflix’s “Daredevil” might turn up as well.
We like fun actor cameos as much as the next guy but this is madness! It seems like anyone could show up in “No Way Home”. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we hear more updates.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” will be released in December this year. Barring another delay due to Covid related reasons. What’s interesting is that the teaser stated that the film will be making its way only to movie theaters. A departure from the twin theater-streaming service model that Warner Bros has adopted.
So what are your thoughts on “Spider-Man: No Way Home”? Do you think there’s some credence to the rumours? Or is this Disney stirring the pot to get us hyped? Be sure to let us known in the comment section down below!