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Film in 2021-2022
February 6, 2023
2nd watch : Spider-Man: No Way Home: Written and directed by Chris Mckenna and Jon Watts.
Overview: As people everywhere watched the cliffhanger of Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017, Jon Watts brings us one of the best Marvel movies of the year in Spider-Man:No Way Home. With a romantic yet action-packed film, we watch Peter Parker’s life as a high school student and watch him save the world yet again.
Summary: The beginning of the movie pans into the city of Gotham. All over the news is the reveal of the real Peter Parker, AKA, Spider-Man. Peter struggles through surprised and angered crowds with his girlfriend, MJ. We see Peter trying to adjust to life with the whole world knowing he’s Spider-Man. When Peter and his friends MJ and Ned are rejected from admission to their dream school, MIT, Peter looks to the most powerful source in his town, Doctor Strange. This is where things take a turn for the worst not only for Peter but for everyone and everything around him. Peter’s wish for Strange is that only he and a few other people would know he is Spider-Man to prevent controversy. When this goes wrong, the multiverse opens, exposing Peter and the world to heroes and more importantly villains of the other universes in the galaxy. As Peter fights off the villains, he sends them to Dr. Strange’s basement, where they are in cages to prevent their powers from being exposed. Dr. Strange’s idea is to send them back to their dimension, but Peter being more loving and selfless, he decides to send Dr. Strange into his own dimension and attempts to save the villains. With the death of his Aunt May, caused by the estranged villain Dr. Osbourn, the other villains revolt, and chaos takes over the town of Gotham. The most memorable and empowering moment of the film is when the current spiderman, played by Tom Holland, meets previous versions of spiderman, played by Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield; and together they find the cures to humanizing the villains, and send them home safely. With the multiverse continuing to open, Peter gives Dr. Strange permission to make everyone, including Peter’s girlfriend, and best friends forget that he is Spider-Man. This would change Peter’s life, but bring peace back, and most importantly close the multiverse. After Peter and the other Peters cure the villains, we see Peter’s final battle with Dr. Osbourn. With the success of the multiverse closing, Peter is forced to leave his loved ones and let them forget about him. Although every story can’t end happily, in some ways this was a happy ending. With no more controversy over Peter Parker’s identity, MJ and Ned are admitted to MIT. Despite this, one of the final scenes is Peter visiting his friends in their workplace, the bakery. With Peter unrecognizable, this is the final moment of Peter and MJ being together. This tear-jerker moment brought audiences to wanting more and seeing how this change affects the world. The final scene shows Peter moving into his own apartment, and breaking in his spider suit around the snowy town.
Final Summary: Spider-Man: No Way Home was a huge turning point for future Marvel movies and Marvel fans. Not only was this the introduction to the multiverse and its powers, but the future for the newest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This isn’t the end for Peter Parker, as we see a preview of Venom and Spider-Man together in the post-credit scenes, once again leaving the audience with a cliffhanger.