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Since the release of Marvel’s last “Spider-Man” movie, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” audiences were eager to see what would happen next for Peter Parker, after being left with a cliffhanger from the previous film. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” directed by Jon Watts, was released only in theaters on Dec. 17, 2021, finally giving fans what they have been waiting for. 

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” picks up right after the last film as Peter, played by Tom Holland, deals with the aftermath and scrutiny from the public. After having his identity revealed and being framed for the death of Mysterio, Peter’s privacy gets invaded as he is watched by the public. The public begins to question Spider-Man’s true intentions, affecting not only Peter himself, but also those around him. Seeing the negative effects of the news on his loved ones, he enlists help from Dr. Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. This unfortunately goes awry, as a tear is created in their world, bringing in villains from other universes who have previously fought Spider-Man.

With Spider-Man being arguably one of the more favored superheroes, it is no surprise that fans were highly anticipating the new film. Besides wanting answers after the cliffhanger, fans were anxious to see more of the Multiverse on the big screen. The Multiverse is a phenomenon in the Marvel Comics in which there are various other universes existing at the same time. With the Multiverse being explored in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans were excited to see more stories and characters be brought in. This tied in to “Spider-Man: No Way Home” as it was revealed that villains from Sam Rami’s “Spider-Man” trilogy and Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” film series were going to be featured.

Upon the discovery of the old villains being featured in upcoming films, fans were buzzing to see these actors stepping back into their roles. Since then, major talk around the film began to spread. Speculation arose over whether or not audiences would see the past Spider-Mans, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, reprise their roles for the film. Many different generations grew up with either franchise, holding the films and its characters close to them. This created a nostalgic factor for fans from different generations to enjoy as they were brought back to the past. 

From an impressive cast list, many of the actors bring in phenomenal performances. Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and Marisa Tomei each do an amazing job as MJ Watson, Ned Leeds and Aunt May, respectively. Despite being supporting characters, they deliver strong, moving performances with chemistry that amplifies the film. With the returning villains of Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Rhys Ifans as Lizard and Thomas Haden Church as Sandman, fans were able to see them ease back into their roles and deliver impressive performances that helped build the film. However, Willem Dafoe’s performance as Green Goblin remains one of the highlights of the film. His eerie performance of the crazed scientist pulls audiences at the edge of their seat as he switches from a confused man to the deranged Green Goblin. Tom Holland excels in the film as he takes on a more mature and emotional side of Peter Parker. Despite the large cast list, Tom Holland does not get overshadowed and shines in his rendition of Spider-Man. 

While it may have been difficult to keep up with all the characters and their ties into the plot, the chemistry between the characters and ease of screenwriting gives audiences a jam-packed film. The chemistry of the actors bounces off one another, keeping the fun and wild energy of the “Spider-Man” franchise. The movie takes audiences on a rollercoaster of chaotic fun, action and emotions in just under two hours and 30 minutes. Everything fits into the film, keeping the audience engaged without rushing too soon into scenes. The movie is filled with heart and humor but does not shy away from dealing with more pressing, emotional issues that are sure to tug at the heartstrings. The film ends on a bittersweet note that will pave the way for the future of MCU’s Spider-Man. 

Since the release of the film on Dec. 17, 2021, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has smashed box office records. According to its studio, Sony, the film made an estimated $253 million in the domestic box office on opening weekend. Now that the film has been released, fans have been raving about the film on social media, making it a must see. 

Verdict: With the thrilling plot that keeps audiences on their toes, “Spider-Man: No Way Home”  has fans satisfied and cheering from their theater seats. It is a nostalgic, exciting film for fans of the “Spider-Man” franchise to experience and enjoy.