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Spider-Man: No Way Home

Published March 15, 2022

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Film info

  • Title Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • Director Jon Watts
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 2hrs 28m
  • Genres Adventure, Action, Science-Fiction
  • Tagline The Multiverse unleashed

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero's identity is revealed, bringin his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange's help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who've ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:05 Love that they’re swinging past Rogers The Musical billboards.
5:31 I do love J Jonah even though he talks pretty much non-stop nonsense.
7:35 “With all due respect, and I mean that very insincerely…”
8:21 OMG, Daredevil!
15:11 “I can Spiderman there.” I Spiderman, You Spiderman, He/She/It Spidermans.
23:06 It is cute how he’s so polite and calls people sir.
30:42 Forgot how awful the robo-tentacles are.
35:38 “The multiverse is real.”
46:50 How many cells has he got?
50:14 Don’t mention the son.
1:00:31 Wait, are the other Spiderman’s officially canon now? Cos I haven’t rewatched those.
1:06:03 “Damn, you gotta be careful where you fall.”
1:19:57 Raging now, May was the best thing in these movies.
1:29:51 The three of them hugging is potentially the greatest scene so far.
1:40:01 What the bloody hell have they done to the Statue of Liberty?
1:43:24 Spiderman self-help group one of the best.
1:46:29 “Trust your tingle.”
1:55:27 Dude. Peter catching MJ from falling… you’re crying, too, right?
2:11:37 Doesn’t he get to go to MIT as well now?

Thoughts

I wasn’t as big a fan of the previous Spider-Man movie as I’d hoped but it did leave us on a cliffhanger that needed resolving - Peter Parker’s identity revealed to the world. I was also aware this movie was going to take the Multiverse another step forward, and I’m very intrigued/nervous about how that all plays out.

Thankfully, this movie was a step back to the great for Spider-Man, ending this first trilogy of films on a really high note. It wasn’t perfect but it was very well done, particularly as the Multiverse aspect could have been very confusing. The more elements you throw into a movie, the more messy it gets, but this was handled spectacularly, remaining entertaining all the way through.

You can’t think too hard about the specifics of the Multiverse cracking open (why only heroes and villains we’ve previously seen, why no women, surely an Aunt May or an MJ of another universe would have wanted to head on over) but go with it and it’s great.

The emotional side was heightened here, poor, poor Aunt May, and what a shame as she really was one of the best things in these movies. That hat hangs on Zendaya now, who is also wonderful. And I can’t tell you how much I wanted to weep when Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man actually managed to save the falling friend this time. Proper emotional gut punch, that one.

Doctor Strange was good, dealing with the peppy Peter Parker with a mixture of gruffness, grudging respect, and paternal concern. There was arguably a bit too much time spent in that mirror dimension - I feel like that never adds anything to the movies and it was edging towards too long anyway - but Strange has teed us all up for his own movie next now anyway.

And that mid-credits scene… now I have to rewatch the previous five Spider-Man movies and two Venoms because they all may or may not be canon? Damn another Marvel movie that leads to more homework! But also, a great job all round. Well done team!

Rating: 5 / 5

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