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With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Spider Man No Way Home is a 2021 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The film was directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. It stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man alongside Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire. In the film, Parker asks Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) to use magic to make his identity as Spider-Man a secret again following its public revelation at the end of Far From Home. When the spell goes wrong, the multiverse is broken open, which allows visitors from alternate realities to enter Parker’s universe.
A third MCU Spider-Man film was planned during the production of Homecoming in 2017. Negotiations between Sony and Marvel Studios to alter their deal—in which they produce the Spider-Man films together—ended with Marvel Studios leaving the project in August 2019, but a negative fan reaction led to a new deal between the companies a month later.
Watts, McKenna, Sommers, and Holland were set to return, and filming took place from October 2020 to March 2021 in New York City and Atlanta. No Way Home features several actors reprising their roles from non-MCU Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, including previous Spider-Man actors Maguire and Garfield. The involvement of both actors was the subject of wide speculation and numerous leaks despite the efforts of Sony, Marvel, and the cast to conceal their involvement.
Spider-Man: No Way Home premiered at the Fox Village Theatre in Los Angeles on December 13, 2021, and was theatrically released in the United States on December 17, as part of Phase Four of the MCU. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the story, direction, action sequences, and the cast’s performances and chemistry. No Way Home has grossed over $1.9 billion worldwide, surpassing its predecessor as the highest-grossing film released by Sony Pictures.
It became the highest-grossing film of 2021, the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time, the highest grossing Spider-Man film, and set several other box office records, including those for films released during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received numerous awards and nominations, including a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 94th Academy Awards. A sequel is in development.
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Peter has a plan. The “wizard” he met when he saved half the population with The Avengers can cast a spell and make it all go away. So he asks Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to make the world forget that Spider-Man is Peter Parker, which, of course, immediately backfires. He doesn’t want M.J. or Ned or Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) to forget everything they’ve been through together, and so the spell gets derailed in the middle of it. Strange barely gets it under control. And then Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) and the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) show up.
As the previews have revealed, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” weaves characters and mythology from the other cinematic iterations of this character into the universe of the current one, but I’m happy to report that it’s more than a casting gimmick. My concern going in was that this would merely be a case of “Batman Forever” or even “Spider-Man 3,” where more was often the enemy of good. It’s not.
The villains that return from the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb films don’t overcrowd the narrative as much as they speak to a theme that emerges in the film that ties this entire series back to the other ones. For a generation, the line about Spidey was “With great power comes great responsibility.” “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is about the modern Peter Parker learning what that means. (It also helps a great deal to have actors like Molina and Dafoe in villain roles again given how the lack of memorable villains has been a problem in the MCU.)
Watts hasn’t gotten enough credit in his other two Spider-Man movies for his action and “No Way Home” should correct that. There are two major sequences—a stunner in a mirror dimension in which Spidey fights Strange, and the climactic one—but it’s also filled with expertly rendered minor action beats throughout. There’s a fluidity to the action here that’s underrated as Mauro Fiore’s camera swoops and dives with Spider-Man.
And the big final showdown doesn’t succumb to the common over-done hollowness of MCU climaxes because it has undeniable emotional weight. I also want to note that Michael Giacchino’s score here is one of the best in the MCU, by far. It’s one of the few themes in the entire cinematic universe that feels heroic.
With so much to love about “No Way Home,” the only shame is that it’s not a bit more tightly presented. There’s no reason for this movie to be 148 minutes, especially given how much the first half has a habit of repeating its themes and plot points. Watts (and the MCU in general) has a habit of over-explaining things and there’s a sharper version of “No Way Home” that trusts its audience a bit more, allowing them to unpack the themes that these characters have a habit of explicitly stating.
And, no offense to Batalon, turning Ned into a major character baffles me a bit. He always feels like a distraction from what really works here. On the other hand, this is the first of these three films that has allowed Zendaya and Holland’s chemistry to shine. In particular, she nails the emotional final beats of her character in a way that adds weight to a film that can feel a bit airy in terms of performance.
spider man no way home (2021) Credits
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Zendaya as Michelle ‘MJ’ Jones
Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange
Jon Favreau as Harold ‘Happy’ Hogan
Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds
Marisa Tomei as May Parker
Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus
Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon / Electro
Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
Tony Revolori as Eugene ‘Flash’ Thompson
Angourie Rice as Betty Brant
Martin Starr as Mr. Harrington
Hannibal Buress as Coach Wilson
J.B. Smoove as Mr. Dell
J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson
Benedict Wong as Wong
- Jon Watts
Writer (based on the Marvel comic book by)
- Stan Lee
- Steve Ditko
- Chris McKenna
- Erik Sommers
- Mauro Fiore
- Michael Giacchino
spider man no way home (2021) Plot
After Quentin Beck frames Peter Parker for his murder and reveals Parker’s identity as Spider-Man,[N 1] Parker, his girlfriend MJ Watson, best friend Ned Leeds, and aunt May are interrogated by the Department of Damage Control. Lawyer Matt Murdock gets Parker’s charges dropped, but the group grapples with negative publicity. After Parker, MJ, and Ned’s MIT applications are rejected, Parker goes to the New York Sanctum to ask Stephen Strange for help. Strange casts a spell that would make everyone forget Parker is Spider-Man, but it is corrupted when Parker repeatedly requests alterations to let his loved ones retain their memories. Strange contains the spell to stop it and makes Parker leave.
Parker tries to convince an MIT administrator to reconsider MJ and Ned’s applications but is attacked by Otto Octavius. Octavius rips Parker’s nanotechnology from his Iron Spider suit, which bonds with his mechanical tentacles and allows Parker to disable them. As Norman Osborn arrives and attacks, Strange teleports Parker back to the Sanctum and locks Octavius in a cell next to Curt Connors. Strange explains that before he could contain the corrupted spell, it summoned people from other universes within the multiverse who know Spider-Man’s identity. He orders Parker, MJ, and Ned to find and capture them; they locate and retrieve Max Dillon and Flint Marko.
Osborn reclaims control of himself from his split Green Goblin personality. He goes to a F.E.A.S.T. building, where May comforts him before Parker retrieves him. While discussing their battles with Spider-Man, Osborn, Octavius and Dillon realize that they were pulled from their universes just before their deaths.[N 2] Strange prepares to reverse the contained spell and send the villains back to their respective universes, but Parker argues that they should first cure the villains’ powers and insanity that caused their deaths, to change their fates upon their return.
Parker steals the spell, traps Strange in the Mirror Dimension, and, with May, takes the villains to Happy Hogan’s apartment, where he uses Stark Industries technology to cure Octavius. The Goblin persona takes control of Osborn and convinces the uncured villains to betray Parker. As Dillon, Marko, and Connors escape, the Goblin fatally injures May. Before she dies, May tells Parker that “with great power, there must also come great responsibility”.
Ned discovers that he can create portals using Strange’s sling ring, which he and MJ use to try to locate Parker. They instead find alternate versions of Parker from the villains’ universes who were also summoned by Strange’s spell and who are nicknamed “Peter-Two” and “Peter-Three”. The group finds this universe’s Parker, nicknamed “Peter-One”, who is ready to give up and send the villains home to die. The alternate Parkers share stories of losing loved ones and encourage Peter-One to fight in May’s honor, and the three Parkers develop cures for the villains.
The group lure Dillon, Marko, and Connors to the Statue of Liberty. Peter-One and Peter-Two cure Connors and Marko while Octavius arrives to help cure Dillon, and Ned frees Strange from the Mirror Dimension. The Goblin appears and unleashes the contained spell, which ruptures the barriers between universes, pulling in countless others who know Parker’s identity. Strange attempts to hold them off while an enraged Peter-One tries to kill the Goblin, but Peter-Two stops him.
Peter-Three helps Peter-One inject the Goblin with his cure, restoring Osborn’s sanity. Peter-One realizes that the only way to protect the multiverse is to erase himself from everyone’s memory and requests Strange to do so, while promising MJ and Ned that he will find them again. The spell is cast and everyone returns to their respective universes—including Eddie Brock,[N 3] who unknowingly leaves behind a piece of the Venom symbiote.
Two weeks later, Parker visits MJ and Ned to reintroduce himself, but he decides against it. While mourning at May’s grave, he has a conversation with Hogan and is inspired to carry on, making a new suit and resuming his vigilantism.
spider man no way home (2021) Box office
Spider Man No Way Home has grossed $804.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $1.096 billion in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.901 billion. It is the highest-grossing film of 2021, the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time, the third-highest-grossing film in the United States and Canada, the highest-grossing Spider-Man film, and the highest-grossing film released by Sony. No Way Home is also the first film since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) to gross over $1 billion, becoming the third-fastest to reach that milestone and the first to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It surpassed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) to become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film in North America. Based off a final projected worldwide gross of $1.75 billion (a figure that was surpassed), Deadline Hollywood estimated the film’s final net profit at $610 million, accounting for production budgets, marketing, talent participations, and other costs versus box office grosses and home media revenues. It returned the global revenue of Cineworld, the world’s second-largest cinema operator, to 88% of 2019 levels.
In the United States and Canada, Spider-Man: No Way Home earned $121.85 million (which included $50 million from its Thursday night previews) on its opening day, becoming the second-highest opening film after Avengers: Endgame ($157.4 million) and the highest-opening film for a December release. In its opening weekend, it grossed $260 million, surpassing Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7 million) to become the second-highest domestic box office opening of all time.
As of January 9, 2022, an estimated 54.4 million people have seen Spider-Man: No Way Home in theaters in the United States and Canada. The film remained at the top of the box office for three additional weekends until it was dethroned in its fifth weekend by Scream. In its sixth weekend of release, Spider-Man: No Way Home reclaimed the top spot at the box office. The film once again held onto the number one spot in its seventh weekend of release.
In March 2022, the film surpassed $800 million in the United States and Canada, becoming the third film to do so after Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Avengers: Endgame. Comscore Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian called the film “arguably the most important movie to the movie theater industry ever”, as it helped show the viability of the movie theater industry and the benefit of theatrical release windows while the industry recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. The film dropped to the 11th spot on its 15th weekend.
Spider-Man: No Way Home earned $43.6 million from 15 markets on its opening day, with Sony holding the best opening-day record in South Korea, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Italy, and Taiwan. In South Korea, the film grossed $5.28 million on its opening day, thereby beating Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s opening day in the country by over 11% and the biggest day-one figure for any film during the pandemic. In the United Kingdom, the film beat No Time to Die‘s opening box office record at £7.6 million ($10.1 million).
In India, the film’s box office on its opening day was ₹320 million (US$4.0 million) to ₹345 million (US$4.3 million), beating Endgame and the Indian film Sooryavanshi (2021). In its five-day opening weekend, the film grossed $340.8 million from 60 markets.
In Latin America as of January 16, 2022, it became the all-time highest-grossing film in Mexico ($72 million), and the second all-time highest in Brazil ($50.4 million), Central America ($12.6 million) and Ecuador ($7.9 million). As of February 27, 2022, the film’s largest markets are the United Kingdom ($127.3 million), Mexico ($76.2 million), Australia ($67.9 million), France ($65.2 million), and South Korea ($63.1 million).
spider man no way home (2021) Critical reception
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 93%, with an average score of 7.9/10, based on 415 reviews. The site’s critical consensus reads: “A bigger, bolder Spider-Man sequel, No Way Home expands the franchise’s scope and stakes without losing sight of its humor and heart.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 60 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare “A+” grade on an A+ to F scale, the first live-action Spider-Man film and the fourth MCU film overall to earn the score after The Avengers (2012), Black Panther (2018), and Avengers: Endgame. PostTrak reported 96% of audience members gave it a positive score, with 91% saying they would definitely recommend it.
Amelia Emberwing of IGN gave the film 8 out of 10, stating that its “impact on the universe as a whole, as well as the overall emotional beats, all feel earned” while praising the performances of Dafoe, Molina, and Foxx. Pete Hammond of Deadline Hollywood praised Watts’s direction and wrote, “Holland, Zendaya, and Batalon are a priceless trio, and the various villains and ‘others’ who pop in and out make this pure movie fun of the highest order. Fans will be in heaven”.
Peter Debruge of Variety praised Garfield’s and Maguire’s performances and felt the film “provides enough resolution for the past two decades of Spider-Man adventures that audiences who’ve tuned out along the way will be rewarded for giving this one a shot”. Writing for Den of Geek, Don Kaye gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, for its action sequences, performances and chemistry of the cast, stating that “No Way Home channels the entire spectrum of Spider-Man movies while setting the character on a course all his own at last”.
.Jennifer Bisset of CNET praised the action sequences, performances, and story, writing: “A Russo Brothers influence can almost be felt ushering Holland’s third Spider-Man movie into new, weightier territory. If the character is to become the next Tony Stark, this is the way to etch a few more scars into a more interesting hero’s facade. If you came for the biggest movie of the year, you’ll definitely leave satisfied”.
Kevin Maher of The Times gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, saying that it was “As satisfying to watch as it is perilous to discuss”, and described it as “a dynamite blast of smarty-pants postmodernism that never once abandons its emotional core.” Benjamin Lee of The Guardian gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, praising Watts for “bringing back numerous baddies from the previous Spider-Man universes, delivering a propulsive, slickly choreographed adventure that will appease a broad fanbase this Christmas” but feeling that the script “lacks the expected fizz, that sense of shaggy fun struggling to break through a more robotic plot”.
Kate Erbland of IndieWire gave the film a “B−”, feeling that Watts’s work was “satisfying, emotional, and occasionally unsteady”. She found that the script spent “far too long dwelling on the machinations of people and plans we already know, throwing in some awkward misdirection and simply delaying the inevitable”. The Hollywood Reporter‘s John DeFore felt that the inclusion of “multiversal mayhem” addressed the “Iron Man-ification of the character” that made Holland-centric films “least fun”.
CNN’s Brian Lowry praised the humor and wrote, “What’s already apparent, though, is that this movie was conceived to be savored and enjoyed. And in what has become an increasingly elusive phenomenon, that will include whoops and hollers from appreciative fans in theaters, where Spider-Man will first reveal its secrets, and then, more than likely, shows off its legs.”
Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 and praised the performances of Holland and Zendaya, writing: “There’s nothing new or particularly memorable about the serviceable CGI and practical effects, but we remain invested in the outcome in large part because Holland remains the best of the cinematic Spider-Men, while Zendaya lends heart and smarts and warmth to every moment she’s onscreen. We continue to root for these two to make it, even if the multiverse isn’t always on their side.”
In contrast, Bilge Ebiri of Vulture called the film “aggressively mediocre”, but praised Dafoe – who he said “once again gets to have some modest fun with his character’s divided self” – and Garfield, calling him a “genuine delight” and naming his the film’s best performance.
spider man no way home (2021) Accolades
No Way Home was nominated for an Academy Award, three Visual Effects Society awards (winning one), a Costume Designers Guild Award, a Golden Reel Award, three Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (winning all), and five Critics’ Choice Super Awards (winning three), among others. The film was disqualified from consideration for the 75th British Academy Film Awards because it was not made available on BAFTA’s streaming service, reportedly due to Sony being concerned about piracy.
It was included on preliminary shortlists for the 94th Academy Awards in the Best Sound and Best Visual Effects categories, and it was also submitted for consideration in other major categories such as Best Picture. No Way Home was ultimately nominated for Best Visual Effects. As part of the ceremony’s “Oscars Fan Favorite” contest, the three Spider-Men teaming up was one of the five finalists for Oscars Cheer Moment, and the film was the favorite to win the “Fan Favorite” film contest according to a Morning Consult survey.
It ended up finishing second and fourth, respectively.
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