a review of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

This review will be full of unmarked spoilers. Just…so you know. 😉

The greatest superhero crossover event since Avengers: Endgame, No Way Home concluded the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy with tons of fan-service and an emotional wallop (the two sometimes went hand in hand). I thought No Way Home was an excellent final installment to the trilogy; I’ve listed my favorite things about the film below!

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man

Although Andrew Garfield is my favorite Spider-Man (and we’ll get to him in this post, never fear), Tom Holland’s take on the character is an incredibly close second. We have followed Tom’s Peter from his introduction in Captain America: Civil War to that terrible Snap in Avengers: Infinity War and now finally find him grappling with the fact that everyone knows Spider-Man’s true identity. (Thanks to that creep Mysterio. *glares*)

“Come on. Wong. Hasn’t he been through enough?”

In answer to Doctor Strange’s question, I would give a resounding (and tearful) “YES.” MCU Peter has been through the wringer and then some. Tom Holland has played the character to perfection through all those ups and downs. He had a lot of emotional scenes and character beats to work with in No Way Home—everything from May’s death to Peter becoming friends with alternate versions of himself to having Ned and MJ forget who Peter Parker was. And yeah, like I said…perfection. Thanks to Tom Holland, you really feel Peter’s pain, heartbreak, enthusiasm, joy, love—all of it. You can’t help but want the absolute best for Peter Parker. </3

All the multiverse craziness

Full disclosure—when I watched No Way Home, I had only seen Spider-Man 2 and 3, of the Tobey Maguire films. And that was only once, quite a while ago. I feel that No Way Home could have had even more impact for me if I was more familiar with Tobey’s films. That being said, I still LOVED getting all those villains in one movie and seeing both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield team up with Tom Holland.

Especially Andrew Garfield. Because, like I said, he’s my fave. Which brings me to…

This moment

Literally worth watching the whole movie, just for this scene.

Michael Giacchino’s Score

Listening to it as I write this post and it is everything. Giacchino is my favorite film composer in general and he did such a good job with No Way Home. Here’s a ten minute soundtrack suite if you want to check it out!

The weight of responsibility and choices and all that grown-up stuff

We finally got the ‘great power/great responsibility’ line in an MCU movie. And the placement of it in this movie specifically was excellently timed. MCU Peter Parker has access to more power than any other iteration of Spider-Man that has come before him (in the movies, that is—I don’t know about the comics). Not only does MCU Peter have Stark tech, he also has a powerful wizard friend who can cast spells that wipe people’s memories, break open the multiverse, and who knows what else. Because of all that, Peter ends up pulling people—super-villains—out of their respective universes and into his own.

At first, I didn’t understand why it was Peter’s responsibility to cure the villains. I still think that there is some weak writing in that aspect of the plot: some of the villains might have genuinely had their minds changed by chips and serums and all that (like Doc Ock), but some of them were jerks—and a little bit of tech isn’t going to change that. (Looking at you, Electro.)

But you know what…whatever. I can handle some flaws for the sake of the overall plot (especially if I love the characters—and I do). And I understand better now why it was up to Peter to help the villains. By pulling them into his universe, however inadvertently, he became their nemesis as well. He had the power to cure them, thanks to Tony’s technology, and so he had the responsibility to try.

We’ve seen the ‘hero curing the villain’ plotline before (hello, The Amazing Spider-Man), but I don’t think it has ever been done on such a grand scale. The compassion shown for the villains by Peter, Peter, and Peter (XD) is such a rare and wonderful thing. Redemption for everyone—not just the villains, but the heroes as well. Grace upon grace. Truly beautiful.

My oldest brothers deride Marvel movies, claiming that each movie is the same as all the others—the good guys always defeat the bad guys. I find that so annoying because 1) it’s untrue (Infinity War, anyone?), 2) good triumphing over evil is, like, the most common plotline ever, and 3) just because good wins out over evil doesn’t mean that there aren’t other consequences. And that is certainly the case in No Way Home.

Doctor Strange mind-wipes everyone on the planet so that they forget Peter Parker. What’s more, he does this unwillingly, at Peter’s insistent request. The same Peter who, days before, ruined a spell because he couldn’t stand the thought of having to admit all over again to May that he was Spider-Man. The same Peter who, now changed forever by the events of those few days, sacrifices his identity and his relationships with those he most loves so that the world can be saved.

I admit I was expecting there to be some quick fix for the memory wipe. That MJ and Ned would, somehow, end up remembering Peter by the very end of the film. But nope. And what’s more—Peter accepts that. He doesn’t go crazy trying to force MJ to recognize him. He accepts the consequences of his actions, takes it on the chin, and continues to shoulder the responsibilities that are his, thanks to his extraordinary powers.

I think we all just saw Peter Parker grow up.


All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Spider-Man: No Way Home. Jon Watts stuck the landing. The entire trilogy is probably my favorite MCU trilogy, as the quality stays so consistent throughout. And…it’s Spider-Man! Far From Home is still my favorite of the three, but No Way Home was so good that I watched it three times in less than forty-eight hours. (It was a weekend, I have a bunch of family members who wanted to see it, and the rental period was very short. XD) And I’d still watch it again tomorrow, if I could. So there’s that.

Have you seen No Way Home? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Eva-Joy

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  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home is the ultimate love letter to Spider-Man fans. Whichever of the three Peter Parker actors is your favourite, they do justice to all three of them. Tobey’s Spider-Man gets some closure, and we hear that he managed to make things work with Mary Jane in the long run, despite the many issues they had in Spider-Man 3. It’s also nice to see him acting like a dad to the other two. Andrew’s Spider-Man finally gets some much needed closure to what happened with Gwen Stacey, and we also learn how her death affected him. Tom’s Spider-Man faces some deep consequences for his immaturity that he’s been able to get through in the past, and ends up growing up. This movie also opens the door for all three of these different Spider-Man series’s to continue in their own way, should Sony decide to bring the other two back again. But even if they don’t, this would be a satisfying conclusion.

    Is the movie perfect? Not quite, but it doesn’t need to be.

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    1. That’s a really good summation of the film. I agree–it was neat seeing Tobey’s Spider-Man acting as a bit of a father figure to the other two. ❤

      I'm really hoping we get an Amazing Spider-Man 3 now…

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  2. I literally just watched the scenes online that featured Tobey Maguire. (He will forever be my favorite)I mean, who can forget those memes of Tobey Maguire? Andrew Garfield is ok, but he seems like a better Spiderman than a Peter Parker. I still can’t accept Tom Holland as Spiderman. I’m sorry – he just doesn’t quite fit. There’s a reason why we call him Spiderman and not Spiderboy. Also, I don’t mind that he’s British, but I wish they could have casted an American for this role. It’s like hiring a toddler to play as a grown man.(I’m sorry, I had to say it). The scenes with Tobey Maguire brought a smile to my face, and I would love for him to have more cameos!

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    1. Well, I’m glad you were able to enjoy the Tobey scenes in No Way Home! I completely understand how important favorites can be. ❤

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    1. I love to hear that!

      I do think one’s enjoyment of this film largely hinges on whether or not you’ve seen the previous films (not just the first two Tom Holland movies, but–to a lesser degree–the Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire films). Don’t know how many of them you’ve seen, but I hope you enjoy this if you get around to watching it!

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      1. I have seen them all, I think. I love the original Spider-Man trilogy and own the complete collection, so I’m very familiar with it. I’ve seen the Garfield ones, though only a couple of times. I’m the least familiar with Tom Holland’s versions.

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      2. The villains most focused on are Doc Ock and Green Goblin, and Tobey Maguire gets some really great scenes. So yeah, you might really enjoy No Way Home. 🙂

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  3. Ok, this is where I stand. I saw Tobey/Spider-Man films 1,2, and 3. Then I watched The Amazing Spider-Man films with Andrew Garfield. There was no explanation as to why Tobey was not playing the role. MJ dropped off the face of the Earth (again no explanation), and Gwen Stacey was parachuted in, taking over the role of Mary Jane. I found the switch between the actors very confusing. Now, aunt Mae is hot stuff and Spider looks like he belongs in early high school. Everyday life gives me enough headaches, Spider-man can keep his. I don’t want to figure him out.

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  4. I plowed past your spoiler warning because I figured this would be a good article, and I was right. Now I really can’t wait to see NWH. We actually just bought it because the library was taking too long to get copies in. (I got my parents hooked on the Marvel films – no regrets – so they’re just as stoked as I am.) I grew up with Tobey so they’d better have done him justice!

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  5. “They’re all the same, because the good guys always defeat the bad guys”–sir, I have some bad news for you about, like, the whole history of human storytelling xD

    I’m rather wary of this movie for certain reasons, the villain redemption angle being one of them–you know how I feel about that, haha–buuuuuuuuuuuuut I’ll probably end up watching it anyway. For the Feels. And for the end of an era. And for ANDREW GARFIELD. ❤

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