“Spider-Man: No Way Home” swings into the multiverse

Dec. 17, a day the entire world of Marvel fans had been anticipating. The day the third Spider-Man, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” arrived. Fans had many high hopes and far fetched theories for this movie, but, as most Marvel movies go, this movie did not disappoint.  

The previous movie, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” left fans on the edge of their seats with a cliffhanger, as Spider-Man’s identity was just revealed by Mysterio while Spider-Man is hanging from a traffic light (not a cliff, but that would be ironic). Two years later, “No Way Home” resolved the cliffhanger, (Spider-Man is no longer on a traffic light) and left the fans satisfied, for now. The movie starred Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Zendaya as Michelle Jones “MJ” Watson along with many other well known actors. 

The movie begins with a scared Peter Parker living a new life with his secret identity as Spider-Man being revealed to the whole world. Parker gets countless threats from the people and the government since his image was defield, being accused of murdering Mysterio. He continues going to school, which brings a confusing aspect of the movie. Peter Parker has been in high school for far longer than four years. After a couple college admission rejections, Parker does what any reasonable person would do when faced with despair and failure, he turns to Dr. Strange. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Strange attempts to cast a spell to fix Parker’s admissions and secret identity problems, but Parker disrupts him with his overambitious ideas, and so begins the real plot.

I really enjoyed that this movie fully adopted the multiverse theory as they had begun to in the end credits of the last Marvel movie. I think that the action packed scenes in the movie along with the emotional filled decisions Parker was forced to make really kept the audience captivated throughout the entire movie. I enjoyed the new characters “No Way Home” introduced and felt that this movie had a very satisfying cohesive theme by bringing together ideas that many fans desperately wanted to see, including myself. 

One issue is I do think the plot was weak. The plot starts when Parker does not get into the college of his choice and neither do his friends because of their association to Parker. While the care he has for his friendship is admirable, I do think there are other ways of getting into college rather than asking a wizard to cast a spell. In fact, college admission counselors are often great substitutes for casting spells. It seemed to me as though the main issue was created by Parker and the plot was really just him fixing the mistakes he made.

Overall, the movie was filled with surprises and exciting moments that made it worth watching, even though the plot was weak. The end credits scenes perfectly set up the next few movies in the Marvel universe and left the fans wanting more.

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