A Breakdown of Everything We Know About Spider-Man: No Way Home — With No Trolling!
If it's felt like ages since we last got excited about Spider-Man, it has been. The last time we had any solid news about the third installment of Tom Holland's friendly neighborhood web slinger, it was during the tense tug of war between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures back in August 2019 over their film agreement. Luckily, the two studios reached an accord the next month, and since then, it's been a whirlwind of rumors, teases, and, of course, constant trolling from the cast. If you're still trying to sort through the bevy of information about the recently titled Spider-Man: No Way Home — we swear, this is the right title — we're here to help you break it down. Keep reading for an up-to-date list of what exactly is going down when Peter Parker returns to the big screen on Dec. 17.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Title
It seemed like the world stopped on Feb. 23 when Spider-Man stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon simultaneously posted three different titles for the third film installment. Was it a clue about the upcoming film? Were they hitting back at fans for making fun of the previous film titles? Or, did no one trust Holland enough to tell him the real title?! Turns out it was a little of all three! On Feb. 24, Holland uploaded a video to his Instagram page that revealed the title to be Spider-Man: No Way Home, a foreboding yet intriguing title for the next installment!
Spider-Man: No Way Home Cast
The gang is back together again! The main characters from the previous two movies have all returned for their third go, including Holland, Zendaya, and Batalon. But several familiar faces — both from the MCU and Sony's Spider-Verse — are making their debuts in Spidey's world! Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange will step into the mentor role previously filled by Tony Stark, with reports that Jamie Foxx's Electro and Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus are also appearing in the film. Did someone say multiverse?!
On Nov. 7, Spider-Man: No Way Home shared a new poster, seemingly confirming Electro and Doctor Octopus are back. But, there's more! The post shows Spider-Man fighting off those villains and Sandman, previously played by Thomas Haden Church, as well as the Green Goblin, previously played by Willem Dafoe, lurking in the background. "The Multiverse unleashed," the poster was captioned, followed by a tweet that read, "Go ahead, zoom in on those details."
What Is Spider-Man: No Way Home About?
Honestly, who knows for sure! Most of the cast have been keeping details mum, but star Tom Holland recently opened up about the movie, revealing that it's not at all what fans may expect. "What people will be really surprised about is that it's not fun, this film," he told Total Film. "It's dark and it's sad, and it's going to be really affecting. You're going to see characters that you love go through things that you would never wish for them to go through. And I was just really excited to kind of lean into that side of Peter Parker."
This in mind, the series could also logically follow the events kicked off in Far From Home, in which Quentin Beck exposes Peter's secret to the entire world. The title itself is a pretty big indicator that Peter will be lost in flux, maybe on the run from people coming after him because of his superhero alter ego. Will he be public enemy number one? Will he work out a cover story? Or will he take the route of his original mentor and just own his two identities? There are so many possibilities!
Will Spider-Man: No Way Home Involve the Multiverse?
The biggest question of the franchise right now! Far From Home introduced the concept of multiverses but it wasn't until WandaVision that the possibility was properly set up. Rumors have been circulating that the main cast from the two previous Spider-Man film franchises have inked deals to return, with claims that Andrew Garfield and Kirsten Dunst are already on board and Tobey Maguire and Emma Stone will be back as long as their schedules allow it. If those actors' characters are in the film, it's a secure bet that it'll explore the multiverse as their three worlds collide. Not only would this be a live-action iteration of the Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, but it would also be the perfect segue into Doctor Strange's second standalone film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. A film that also stars WandaVision's Elizabeth Olsen!