Spider-Man: No Way Home Spoiler Review

Luke Chipley, Reporter

On December 17, 2021, a new Marvel movie was released to the public in theaters around the world. Spider-Man No Way Home was a hit success in the theaters, with box office results showing that the movie earned over $6 million, approximately $610 million. This was most likely because of the long-loved franchise that Spider-Man is, causing much excitement among the people who love the web-shooting teenager.

After his identity was revealed by the villain Mysterio, Spider-Man, also known as Peter Parker, realizes that his life will never be the same. In a desperate attempt to fix his life and the lives of people who know him, Peter decides to take a trip to the Sanctum Sanctorium, also known as Doctor Strange’s home. Peter makes a wish to the doctor to change the world, and make it to where no one knows that Peter Parker is actually Spider-Man. But after some reluctance in the middle of the spell, Peter ends up messing everything up. Soon, unknown and unique enemies begin to appear all around New York, and Spider-Man has to help fix the universe.

This is the main plot of the story, but there is a lot to unpack from the movie. From this point forward, there will be spoilers for the film. Anything said in this article will be from the movie, including the heavy moments. This will also be completely in my own opinion of the movie. If you have different thoughts on the movie than I did, then that is okay. Just know that I think this movie is amazing and is definitely worth a watch.

Off the bat without any build-up, this film is one of the higher-tier “Marvel” movies in recent years, ever since “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” for me. While the beginning was a bit slow and annoying for me, I think that the movie definitely gets better and better as it goes along.

That was my only flaw with this film. It started out very comedic. It was like the plot wasn’t taking itself seriously. While the “Daredevil” cameo was a shocking surprise, it still didn’t really change much about the beginning in itself.

But while the beginning wasn’t great, it was a nice surprise to see everyone from the very original Spider-Man movies back to stop Spidey. It was great fun seeing all the villains from the “Sony” versions of Spider-Man interact with each other making references to their original movie moments. It was one of the only comedic aspects that I enjoyed in this movie.

The middle act had pretty much the same energy as the beginning, but a bit more interesting. I thought that the fight scene with Spider-Man and Doctor Strange was beautiful. After that, it just seemed pretty boring, and just needed one big event to become memorable, and that event we receive.

When the middle act of the movie comes to an end, it hits you like a truck. The lesson of choices having dire consequences hit home for me, and it must’ve hit Peter too when Aunt May died. I never expected her to die at all throughout the franchise. It especially gives Peter Parker a lot of development in his character as the movie goes on.

Not mentioning Parker’s friend and girlfriend would be a crime. MJ was as great as ever, being her typical self towards the people she loves. Ned was just as good as MJ and brought just enough comedic relief into the movie to make it enjoyable.

Speaking of Peter’s friends, when they first encounter the other Spider-Men, acted by Andrew Garfield and Toby Maguire, it was shocking. I believe that every “Marvel” fan going into this movie predicted that the two would make their appearance since their own villains also appeared, but at the same time, no one wanted to believe that it would happen. So when they had their appearances, it was shocking. Critics, reviewers, and regular people everywhere were applauding from the sight.

As for the third act, to me, it was stellar. I loved how climactic the final fight was, with all three Spider-Men standing against the villains. There were so many moments in that battle that were very subtle, but immensely important. Peter’s fight with the Green Goblin was emotional and powerful, showing a dark, vengeful side of Peter Parker.

Everything about the final battle was amazing, but the ending was somehow a bit better. When Peter Parker sacrificed himself by making everyone forget about him, it was powerful. It showed how Peter Parker had developed to be a more mature person, not just since his own “Marvel” movies, but since the entire “Marvel” franchise as a whole.

Overall, this movie had a rocky start, enough cameos, a climactic final battle, and a bittersweet and heart-breaking ending powerful enough to make this movie one of the best Marvel movies since Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers Endgame.”