Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

This is a spoiler-free review for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which hits cinemas December 17, 2021.

Once-in-a-lifetime movies are funny dreams for most studios, however, here’s Marvel showing the fact that they’re all getting us into the palm of their hands again. Spider-Man: No Way Home is somehow a perfect harmony between the Saturday morning animation and the deep drama we’ve come to expect from these epics. You won’t find any spoilers here, but the movie will remind you time and time again that there are many reasons why Sony and Marvel kept the details of this part as close to the jacket as possible.

Despite the fact that there Much We can’t talk about it here, we can still find plenty of anecdotes to discuss, because there really isn’t a dull moment in Spider-Man: No Way Home. This is due in large part to the excellent performance across the board. The MCU as a whole has never been on a slouch when it comes to transmission. Some of the best actors in the world are now taking on their own roles at Marvel. But, whether it’s the pandemic or No Way Home’s lack of buildup from other installments in the MCU, the performances here feel like something different. Willem Dafoe hints at everything he does, but his revenge on Norman Osborne is something for the MCU history books. His character – like the rest of the villains who find their way into Peter (Tom Holland)’s world – is given a new depth not explored in previous Spider-Man films.

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Built around shows like Dafoe’s — Alfred Molina’s Doc Oc and Jamie Foxx’s Electro aren’t something to sneeze at either — is the root of Spider-Man: No Way Home’s success. Amid the laughs and tears, there’s a deep and sincere sympathy that was felt missing not just in the early MCU, but in the Spider-Man movies that preceded this one. This is not the fault of the creators or the performers of those series in question, but a consequence of the times in which they were produced, and what audiences were expecting at those times. The early live-action era of superhero fare was more focused on the complex emotional impact of it all. Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Sympathy finds itself woven into the story’s plot in a way that doesn’t feel overly educational or pandering, but instead truly drives home the spirit of Spider-Man: with great power comes great responsibility. Even when it sucks freakin’. (Especially when she sucks freakin.)

The involvement of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) really helps bring back the age difference between Pete and the rest of the Avengers, which boosts The Spectacular Spider-Man. Underneath all of Tony Stark’s techniques is a kid who kind of wants to do things for kids sometimes. Like, learn, go to college or whatever.

It’s the Tony Stark of it all, though, that takes us to what might be the most exciting long-term impact of Spider-Man: No Way Home. In Other Laws, Peter’s engagement with Iron Man comes after he has established himself. The bad kid from Queens didn’t need a billionaire to sort out his gadgets. He did it alone. Now, we’ve clearly gotten past that pretty well in the Peter Parker story, but now that we’re far enough away from Stark’s downfall, Spidey is finally taking matters into his own hands. The child even uses mathematics to get out of a desperate situation.

While there is real excitement in watching a story of this scale, which takes from and adds a lot to the MCU as a whole, I wouldn’t tell you that Spider-Man: No Way Home is without its flaws. When people talk about superhero fatigue, they’re mostly not talking about fans getting tired of seeing people wearing capes. What they usually mean is general boredom with metaphors that have long been a staple in the genre. The MCU has been forced to reckon with these metaphors over the years with varying degrees of success, but there are some moments in this moment that fall into one of the most frustrating habits of the hero of them all: the lonely hero. This complaint has specific repercussions of certain choices Who made our friendly neighbors Spider-Man will undoubtedly see the decision in later films. But, for now, they are annoying.

The vast majority of everything presented in this new chapter works.


Spider-Man’s other little “pitfalls” are what you’d expect from a Marvel movie. Sometimes there might be a little more CGI than there should be, and some of the dialogue moments might be a little funny. But it’s our hockey moments, Dragit! When I compare Spider-Man: No Way Home to a Saturday morning cartoon, this was said in the coolest way possible. It has all the cheese you’d expect from high school Peter Parker, met with the silliness that comes with a kid who uses web launchers to swing around New York City to fight off bad guys who are sometimes literal lizards.

Those little tidbits aside, the scale of Spider-Man: No Way Home is unbridled. People are worried he was going to Spider-Man 3 with all the bad guys involved, so don’t worry. The vast majority of everything presented in this new chapter operates in such a way that you leave the stage cheery and count down the moments until we see Peter and his friends again.

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