If you A) have any sort of presence on the internet, or B) are even slightly interested in superhero-genre-movies, then you’re most likely aware that the second trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, was recently released. With all the rumors flying around, this trailer quickly became one of the most anticipated movies since the Infinity War/Endgame-era. I mean, Marvel and Sony literally had a trailer release date weeks in advance, and had a VIP viewing event like it was a legitimate movie. So it’s kinda a big deal.
The two most important pieces of information this new trailer revealed is, “who are the villains confirmed for this movie”? and, “What will the overall conflict be for our hero, Peter Parker”?
So far we have gotten two trailers and a bunch of short T.V clips that hint towards what is going on in this movie. In the first trailer we were given the bare-bones information. Directly after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter and his friends and family are dealing with the ramifications of Mysterio revealing Peter’s secret identity to the world. We also learn of what happened to give Peter all this conflict. So it’s not just two and a half hours of Peter hanging out swinging on webs. Peter and his now close personal friend, Doctor Stephen Strange, try to concoct a spell that will make everyone forget that he is Spider-Man. And of course, they screw it up.
Peter doubles back during the spell because he realizes that maybe a few people should know his secret identity, such as his Aunt May, or his girlfriend, MJ. This leads to the “multiverse breaking,” and mysterious, unforeseen things start to happen. For example, we get re-introduced to a classic Spider-Man villain, Dr. Otto Octavius, a.k.a Doc Ock. With Alfred Molina’s return as the famous villain, the audience is left to believe that this is no coincidence and that he is ripped straight from the 2004 Spider-Man 2 film universe.
Fast forward two months and with the release of this new trailer, we get way more details this time around.
Right off the bat, this trailer has the opposite tone as the previous one. Dark foreboding, and ominous. We can tell the stakes are going to be very high for Peter and things are not going his way.
We get a little more detail on what the ramifications are of screwing up the multiverse, and more info on the “visitors,” coming to their dimension according to Doctor Strange. We already knew that Alfred Molina was returning to reprise his role as Doc Ock, but this trailer also confirmed that Willem Dafoe and Jaime Foxx are returning as Green Goblin and Electro, as well. We also see The Lizard, from Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Sandman, from Spider-Man 3 (2007), return. It is unclear whether or not Thomas Haden Church is returning as Sandman, or whether Rhys Ifans is returning as Doc Connors a.k.a The Lizard. It is not so easy to tell from the trailer when they are in their lizard-form and their giant-sand-monster form. From the trailer, it is safe to say that these villains being played by their original actors from previous Spider-Man movies, is no coincidence.
These villains are believed to be pulled straight from their respective movie universe and brought directly to this one. These villains come from a universe with their own Spider-Man that they have a bone to pick with. One of the scenes revealed in the trailer shows Doc Ock fighting with Peter on a bridge. When Doc Ock catches Peter, he is shocked to see that the Peter Parker under the mask is not his Peter Parker from his universe. That would be Tobey Maguire, of course.
The other extremely important fact we learn is what the core conflict is going to be. What is the problem that is going to lead to the most awesome fight scene we’ve ever seen? Well, that’s complicated. In the trailer, Doc Ock informs Peter that all he’s doing is “fighting ghosts.” And so Doctor Strange fills in the blanks and tells Peter that all of these villains died fighting Spider-Man from their universe. And once they are sent back home they will die, and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. According to Doctor Strange, “it’s their fate.” Peter obviously does not agree with this. So now, with his own agenda of trying to save this rogue gallery, this causes some problems for Doctor Strange.
Okay. Now that we know for a fact what’s in the trailer, let’s talk about what we didn’t see.
First off, what makes this the most anticipated movie of the year is most likely the rumours surrounding it. The biggest one being that the two other live action Spider-Men, Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man 2002, Spider-Man 2 2004, Spider-Man 3 2007,) and Andrew Garfield (Amazing Spider-Man 2012, Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014,) will be returning to help Tom Holland’s Spider-Man stop the impending doom. This rumour has been all but confirmed. No one has outright said that they are returning for this film, but the villains returning are still ripped from their movie universes so it would make a lot of sense if they are in this movie. It is rumoured that their roles in this movie will be largely scientific. Peter Parker’s scientific mind helping Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. And then towards the end for the final battle, they will all “suit up” together. I hope for all of our sakes, this particular rumour is untrue. I think we all want some more spider-action throughout the movie from our childhood Spider-Men.
There have also been leaked images of Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock helping Peter and his family through the legal mess Mysterio left Peter when framing him. If the name “Matt Murdock,” sounds familiar, it should! Matt Murdock by day, is a lawyer protecting innocent people from injustice, by night he is the man without fear, protecting Hell’s Kitchen as DareDevil. Charlie Cox played Matt Murdock/DareDevil in Netflix’s DareDevil (2015-2018.) All of the Netflix Marvel shows, such as Luke Cage, Iron FIrst, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, and of course, DareDevil, were cancelled and assumed to be left forgotten by Marvel with no chance of any future cameos. But if Cox’s DareDevil returns this could mean the revival of any of the previous Marvel Netflix heroes or even villains.
There are also plenty of rumours circulating around Tom Hardy’s Venom. Some say Venom is going to fight Holland’s Spider-Man. Other’s say that the venom symbiote will somehow lose Eddie Brock as its host and have to attach itself to Peter Parker. If you have seen Venom: Let There be Carnage, (especially after that particular after credit scene,) you know that Venom has a major bone to pick with Peter.
This trailer also left a lot of questions unanswered and even gave us a few extra ones.
What are the multiversal-villain’s evil plans? They must be up to something pretty villainous to have Doctor Strange want them gone so bad. Does it involve the power lines we see Peter swinging around so many times in the trailer?
If all the villains died fighting Spider-Man in their own universe, how are they back? And if we’re not mistaken, Sandman and The Lizard left on pretty okay terms with their Spider-Men. So what are they fighting for?
Where the heck is Wong during all this? Seems like that guy always finds a way to conveniently avoid all the major conflicts. Just look at him in Avengers: Infinity War. He couldn’t get back to the Sanctum quick enough!
And finally, the most important question this trailer raised. What the heck does “Lets Scooby-Doo this crap!” even mean? Is that just one liner nonsense? Or is that a major clue. If you ever saw the movie, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), then you vaguely remember the final battle being fought with a device that would stop all the monsters and destroy them. Is this a reference to Peter’s mission in No Way Home? Perhaps the way to send back all the villains is by using the cube-shaped-device Doctor Strange has.
All these questions just build the hype for this movie to insane levels. We need answers!
If this trailer did not get the point across, the tone and the events that take place in this movie have the potential to make it one of the greatest, or dare I say… Amazing movies of all time. I recommend getting your tickets ASAP before you get this movie spoiled for yourself.