“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is a two-decades-in-the-making smorgasbord of nostalgia and heartbreak. Spider-most Man’s prominent villains are questioned in this film, but the webbed heroes show even more complexity. The possibilities for a live-action Spider-Man universe are almost limitless because of “No Way Home’s” access to the films of three different Spider-Man series and seven different Spider-Man films.
It’s no small feat, but “No Way Home” succeeds where its predecessors failed: entirely using (most) of its antagonists. An intriguing personality study is left unexplored in all three of Sam Raimi’s classic Tobey Maguire films, as is Marc Webb’s acclaimed “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies with Andrew Garfield. The original flicks might have shown much more of the Green Goblin’s power struggle before he was almost defeated. We all want to witness more of The Lizard’s internal fight. Our trio of web-slingers is not overshadowed by “No Way Home,” which gives attention to the compassion of its baddies.
This article outlines six reasons to love Tom Holland’s newest fling in his first Spider-Man trilogy.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Three Spider-Men enter a universe of Spider-Men
- 2 2. Two people rescue each other: Peter and Michelle
- 3 3. Peter, played by Andrew Garfield, has a new look
- 4 4. This time around, Doc Ock and Green Goblin get to shine
- 5 5. Peter recalls his humanity
- 6 6. OG Peter keeps Peter from making the same errors
1. Three Spider-Men enter a universe of Spider-Men
That final three-Spider-Man team-up in “No Way Home” is universally regarded as the film’s most significant moment. Taking three Peters from various Spider-Man realities may have resulted in a disastrous outcome. Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire produced sincere performances with their regular dose of one-liners and one-liners without skipping a beat. In some instances, fans believe that their favorite actors’ cameos are better than their original parts. The performers, like their characters, have matured and learned from their experiences.
Even though these appearances in movie previews may have been superficial and brief, their efforts to aid the future generation of Spider-Man have resulted in substantial character development. Everyone involved deserves praise for their actions. Our heroes’ return would have been disappointing, but instead, we get to meet an older version of them, and it’s a treat.
2. Two people rescue each other: Peter and Michelle
Even in today’s superhero flicks, women are often reduced to hapless damsels in need of rescue every minute. Spider-Man: The ORIGINAL Trilogy is the most guilty of this, with MJ getting into significant peril numerous times in a single film and being left useless until Peter arrives. Michelle and Peter work as a team in “No Way Home,” rescuing each other on several occasions.
The innovative take on an old cliché shows that culture is changing, and our superheroes must adapt along with them (and their leading ladies). We can all need a little help now and then, and it’s heartening to see Peter embrace support from someone he cares about rather than shoving it away. On your side, while combating crime and taking names, Michelle Jones should be your go-to gal. Moreover, she isn’t hesitant to tell Peter when he’s doing anything wrong.
3. Peter, played by Andrew Garfield, has a new look
It is not Michelle’s Peter who rescues her when she falls from the Statue of Liberty, but Garfield’s. Putting his anguish aside, he springs into action and rescues Michelle, saving Peter from having to go through the same agony and shame that he suffered in this realm. One of the finest moments in the film is when Garfield rescues her, and even the most hardened villain can’t help but cry.
4. This time around, Doc Ock and Green Goblin get to shine
Doc’s heroic journey begins his slide into villainy and his triumphant return to his compassionate self. Fans get to see even more of Ock’s humanity in “No Way Home,” which expands on the story arc he has previously built. However, in “No Way Home,” he becomes the hero and saves his fellow criminals so that he truly becomes the hero.
But the same goes for the original film’s Green Goblin. Norman will not be a parent of the year before he transforms into the Goblin. Even while battling his evil alter ego, the villain struggles with his humanity, making it difficult to cheer for him. The movie allows Norman to make better decisions, access his humanity, and maintain his dominating personality. More than their initial appearances, both villains receive solid stories that improve on the OGs.
5. Peter recalls his humanity
Peter finds someone at MIT to argue his case after Doctor Strange calls him out on his lack of objectivity. He convinces her with his usual charm. Peter is, by nature, a hero, and that factor plays a role in saving the woman’s life. Still, he takes responsibility, speaks to her personally, and runs across Doc Ock along the way. In any case, Peter seizes control of his circumstances and fights for a place at MIT by being himself.
6. OG Peter keeps Peter from making the same errors
Since he can’t bear the thought of another Peter following in his footsteps and becoming a cold-blooded executioner, Maguire’s Peter intervenes. “I’m trying to do better,” Peter said earlier in the film, a remark that recurs throughout the original trilogy. In the hopes that Peter would make better decisions than he did, he extends the same effort.