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Spider-Man: No Way Home has been without a doubt the most anticipated film for what seems like forever. Between the pandemic pushbacks and non-stop rumors hyping everyone up, the expectations were at an all-time high. Advance ticket sales were through the roof, crashing websites and already beating a couple Avengers: Endgame sales records. And then it hit. The film finally released on the big screen. It was a beautiful, fantastic, celebration of three generations of films. This film marks the 59th anniversary of Spider-Man's comic debut, the 19th anniversary of Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man debut, the 9th anniversary of Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man debut, and the 5th anniversary of Tom Holland's Spider-Man debut.
No Way Home picks up exactly where Far From Home left off. The Daily Bugle's J. Jonah Jameson has just outed Peter as Spider-Man via video footage that Mysterio had doctored, framing Spidey for murder. The video split New York and turned almost everyone against him. The controversy surrounding Peter and his friends became so intense that none of them were able to get into MIT. Peter felt like he'd let his friends down and decided he would turn to Doctor Strange for help. Peter asked him if he could cast a spell that would make everyone in the world forget that Peter was Spider-Man. As Strange was casting the spell, Peter started having second thoughts, not wanting MJ and Ned or his Aunt May or Happy to forget him. The spell was tampered with so much that it went haywire, causing a rift in space-time and opening our world to the Multiverse. Strange was able to contain it, but not before some familiar faces show up. Doc Ock, Green Goblin, The Lizard, Electro, and Sandman all pop up one after the other. Strange gives Peter a device that will fire mystic energy with his webbing and send each one of these villains to a cell in the Sanctum Sanctorum so that Strange can send them back home. After a startling revelation that most of these villains die while fighting Spider-Man, Peter has a crisis of conscience, not wanting to send them to their deaths but instead to try to cure them. That's the point when the film becomes a non-stop thrill ride and at the same time an emotional roller coaster. Bring tissues or wear long sleeves because you're gonna be wiping tears several times, especially if you're a long-time Spider-Man fan such as myself.
What I loved about the film was its heart. Tom Holland's Spider-Man is so pure and so full of love and care that he legit just wants to do right by everyone, even villains. He doesn't want anyone to die, even if they deserve it. He's a good and honest kid who just tries to do the right thing no matter how much goes wrong in the world. As Doctor Strange says, "After all we've been through, I sometimes forget you're just a kid." Peter hasn't been altered or changed by the world but the world sure has been changed by him.
Doctor Strange and Spider-Man's fight scene was incredible, the beauty of the cinematography just as jarring as the fight itself. It's amazing how the original Doctor Strange film was seen as groundbreaking and now, in No Way Home, that's been expanded on further. I can't wait to see what madness befalls us in Doctor Strange's next film, Multiverse of Madness.
I am working on an analysis article for No Way Home, so for any of you who want to share and discuss then look out for that. But in this spoiler-free review, I will conclude with the simple statement that this film is the best superhero film ever made, the best Spider-Man film ever made, and the best MCU film thus far. The heart and emotion give this film what all the others were lacking: depth. Here's hoping Tom Holland returns as Spider-Man in the future. I give the film a perfect 4 out of 4. oh, and do stay through the credits. There's a fun mid-credits scene and a fantastic teaser for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Hint, you're gonna need to see WandaVision and What If, possibly Loki. The teaser alone hints at elements from all of those shows, which you can find on Disney+.
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