Spider-Man ‘No Way Home’ hits theaters

Marvel Entertainment

Bella Godfrey, Graphics Editor and Online Editor-In-Chief

Ever since the first story, Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy, no. 15 in  1962, Stan Lee’s Spider-Man has been a fan favorite. The story of Peter Parker, an orphan teen bitten by a radioactive spider, has evolved into three sets of films respectively starring Toby Maguire (2002-2007), Andrew Garfeild (2012-2014) and Tom Holland (2017-2021). The third installment of Tom Holland’s trilogy,  Spider-Man No Way Home hits theaters Dec. 17, and this movie has very high expectations from fans. 

The trailer of the movie contained five members of the Sinister Six: Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Sandman, Lizard and Electro. The only villain missing is Tom Hardy’s Venom. These villains have not yet been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). 

I have very high expectations for this movie.  I’ve been a Spider-Man fan for a lot of my life. I grew up on the original three movies. Growing up watching old movies, seeing characters like Defoe’s Green Goblin and Alfred Molina as Doc Ock again, I don’t know how to describe it,” senior Simon Tekie said. “With all that we’ve seen so far in the trailers, I have very high expectations of what’s coming in No Way Home.”

With all that we’ve seen so far in the trailers, I have very high expectations of what’s coming in No Way Home.”

— Simon Tekie

No Way Home’s trailer displays Peter Parker, who had just been exposed to the world as the identity of Spider-Man in the previous film Far From Home, desperate to erase the public knowledge of his previously secret identity. Therefore, Peter scrambles to find a way to fix the mess, and in doing so things go awry. Peter messes with a spell he asks Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange to conjure, resulting in the opening of the multiverse. Hence the villains who appeared in the trailer from the past trilogies. The question is: will Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfeild appear in the film?

Tekie thinks there is no way that Garfeild and Maguire are not in the movie, “without saying too much about what I have been spoiled with.” With the villains coming back, he thinks they’re in the movie.

Marvel claims that No Way Home is one of their most ambitious films yet. Director John Watts described the film as big as Endgame, the final Avengers crossover film. 

Senior Katie Liss is very excited. She thinks “it’s going to be really massive. And now that Tom and Zendaya are confirmed dating, I feel like it’s going to bring even more buzz to it.” With previous Spider Man characters coming into play, Liss thinks that the movie is going to be awesome. 

All three Spider-Man actors have brought different aspects of Peter Parker to the film table. Maguire’s Peter really played off of the quote from his uncle Ben in the film, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Garfield’s Peter was a more edgy version, which displayed the risky side of Peter. Holland’s Peter was really the best of both worlds, in the sense that he understands his responsibilities and is guided by ambitious mentors. 

“I think the closest to what people see him as in the comics is Tom Holland. He actually looks more like the age that spider man should be rather than, you know, an adult playing a teenager,” community member Tierney Shay said. “He has that super awkward, just a normal kid that gets powers unexpectedly kind of energy. It’s the most relatable I feel to what people saw in the Spider-Man comics.”

“Based on the trailers, I think I’m going to love it either way. I don’t know that it’s going to fully live up to the hype, because there’s a lot that people are just speculating,” Shay explained. “I think everyone is thinking it’s such a great idea that they’ll do it but I don’t know if all of our hopes and dreams are gonna make it on the screen. But either way, it’ll be a good movie.”