Even if you’re only casually familiar with the world of Spider-Man, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers’ script for Spider-Man: No Way Home is an experience to be savored, especially if you’re watching it with cheering, exulting, and howling fans who are reacting to every surprise and sleight that the film has in store for them.
Spider-Man: No Way Home successfully blends humor, passion, history, and heft to achieve the objective it has set for itself: to be the most complete and wonderfully entertaining superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are two post-credits sequences that hint at more adventures in the multiverse. It investigates the concepts of a multiverse and different realities, with all of the whimsy that the exercise entails.
It picks off where Spider-Man: Far From Home left off. With Spider-Man’s identity revealed, the rest of the world flies into a tizzy, fueled by shrill newscasts on The Daily Bugle, and the public is starkly divided between supporters and detractors. The people closest to him are the ones who are most impacted by the turn of events.
In a desperate attempt to save himself, Peter asks Dr. Strange to create a magic spell that will make people forget about who Spider-Man is. Dr. Strange agrees to assist him, but their scheme does not work out. The spell cracks open the multiverse, sending five supervillains from all the other realities in which Spider-Man fought and defeated them back into the present universe. As the revelation of his identity causes devastation all around him, he battles with agony and confusion.
Loss, grief, memory erasure, remembering, and the meaning of heroism – a moral mission opposed to a quest for power – are all explored without slowing down the film’s pace. Dr. Strange suggests that the adversaries be sent back to where they came from and let to meet their fates, while Spider-Man is adamant about giving them a second chance.
As Green Goblin takes advantage of Peter’s ingrained sense of altruism – his dying uncle Ben Parker had said in an earlier film, “with great power comes great responsibility,” a line repeated in this film in similarly tragic circumstances – it becomes his undoing. He turns against the superhero, preventing him from assisting the other villains in their efforts to rid themselves of their evil tendencies.
Peter has since drifted away from his origins in Marvel superhero films. He returns to the beliefs that made him a crusader against evil in the first place in Spider-Man: No Way Home, as he did in the previous two films of the trilogy.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is a fantastic voyage up a highway littered with both expected and unexpected surprises and monuments. The spectacular and the humorous, the wild and the witty, the nostalgic and the new coexist together to offer a film that is both a blockbuster and a warm and intimate experience – no small task.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is out in theatres now. It is a movie you don’t want to miss out on. No loopholes. Perfect aesthetic. Great dialogues. Brilliant references to the previous movies. It truly is a masterpiece!