My Thoughts on the 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Trailer

When it was announced that the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer would be shown at CinemaCon rumors started right away saying we would see it shortly after. The question was whether Sony would release it online or whether it would appear online as a version recorded on a phone. What ended up happening was something I never saw coming, before the CinemaCon panel a trailer leaked online, but it was an unfinished version (the digital effects were not finished). The trailer was very quickly removed by Sony, but more versions kept appearing online.  I watched a few and they were indeed an early version of the trailer that was shown at CinemaCon. A co-worker of mine suggested that Sony had released the unfinished version, he thought Sony wanted to create hype and if it was Sony's plan then mission accomplished. I have to agree, for someone to get their hands on an unfinished version of the trailer, I would think that they had that footage at least a week before it was released. It is hard to believe that someone sat on the footage for that long or that the trailer was not finished until right before it was shown at CinemaCon. Whether Sony was a marketing genius or not, there was a lot of hype, the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home set up the world learning that Peter Park was Spider-Man. There was so much excitement to see the end result of that reveal, we then learned that Sony and Marvel could not come to an agreement and that Spider-Man was leaving the MCU. Fans were irate that we would never see what happens next, Sony and Marvel eventually came to an agreement (Sony likely getting its spideyverse in the MCU).  

Once the Sony and Marvel agreement was announced we soon started hearing details and rumors for the third film in the Spider-Man series. One of the casting reveals was that Benedict Cumberbatch would be appearing as Doctor Strange and then rumors circulated that Alfred Molina would be appearing as Doctor Octopus. Then things went crazy, rumors circulated that Jamie Foxx would reprise his role as Electro and that Marvel was trying to get Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire to appear too. What was this third film going to be if it was merging the villains and spidermen of all the live action films made. To have all of those characters the film would have to be dipping into the multiverse like Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. It was such a surprising choice, because the MCU had never referenced a franchise outside of their films.  I wonder how much Sony had to do with this, there were rumblings that Sony wanted to merge their other Spider-Man universe films (Venom, Venom 2 and Morbius) with the MCU.  With all of the crazy casting possibilities it is no surprise that the trailer was so hyped, fans were looking for confirmation of the rumors.  


The trailer opens with a very lighthearted scene of MJ and Peter hanging out on a roof, MJ is reading an article about Peter. We then see that Peter's world has been turned upside down by his secret identity becoming public knowledge. Peter is handcuffed to a desk, and he is blamed for Mysterio's murder, we those around him suffering too. Peter then decides to pay a visit to Dr. Strange; he asks Stephen for help he wants the world to forget he is Spider-Man. Doctor Strange is told by his ally Wong not to do the spell because it is too dangerous, but Strange winks at Peter. Strange attempts the spell but everyone will forget Peter is Spider-Man, even Aunt May, MJ and Ned. Peter disrupts the spell and things get crazy; it looks as if Spider-Man is now in the first Doctor Strange film. There is a lot of cool action scenes shown in very short clips, but the end of the trailer features two big reveals. We one of the pumpkin bombs that Green Goblin uses, and then we see the arms and then eventually the face of Alfred Molina reprising his role as Doctor Octopus.

The trailer was fantastic, and it has made the wait until December feel like an eternity, the film looks to be huge while also being a very personal story for Peter. We did not see Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield in the trailer, but that doesn't mean anything.  The rumors about who will appear in the film have been going on for almost a year now, but until we see the film all they will be is rumors. We know from the trailer that the doctors will appear (Dr.'s Oc and Strange), but one thing that kept bothering me was why is Dr. Strange helping Peter. I know Peter is an Avenger, but the spell seems very dangerous, and I am curious why Dr. Strange agree to do it jut to help Peter.  This does not seem like the thing Dr. Strange would do, especially not someone he barely knows. I was also confused why the inside of the Sanctum Santorum is covered in snow, it seems weird, and the trailer gave no explanation. Comic book fans will recognize that the storyline from No Way Home appears to be a retelling of the One More Day story.  In One More Day, Spider-Man after having revealed his identity during the Civil War event is now under fire. Aunt May is shot and is dying, Peter goes to all of his allies for help even Dr. Strange, but nobody can help. Peter then encounters a little girl who says can save Aunt May, but she runs off and when Peter chases after her he is met with alternate versions of himself. One of these alternates transforms into Mephisto (cue the Wandavision complaints) who offers Peter a deal, he will save May and make the world forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, but Peter will no longer be married to MJ as a result. Peter and MJ talk about this, and they decide to accept, Mephisto seals the deal and then tells them that the little girl was actually their daughter that they will now never have. Peter wakes up and Aunt May is fine, Harry Osborne is alive too, but Peter and MJ are no longer a couple.  

The One More Day storyline was not accepted by fans, it had essentially reset the character to a version that existed long ago. Fans and critics felt that the decision was done not in service to the character but rather the editor who wanted to be able to change up the character. I will admit that after all those negative comments I never bothered to read it, I will likely do it at some point, but the negativity surrounding it made me think I would not like it. I have no idea how close to One More Day will No Way Home be, it is obviously inspired by One More Day. I know the MCU will be putting a twist on the series with No Way Home, but I don't have a lot of theories based on the trailer. I do think something is weird with Doctor Strange (maybe he is Mephisto in disguise), or maybe his arrogance makes him believe he can do it. I do think that Marvel will do enough to change One More Day that we will enjoy the film. The MCU has earned our trust, the trailer looks good even though we cannot figure out what the plot is yet. I wonder how long the film we be focused on Peter's struggles before he goes to Dr. Strange, the longer the film shows Peter struggling the more worried I will become. If this film will introduce all the Spider-Man universes into one, then I think they will need some time to accomplish it. I hope they spend the time with Peter, but they also give us some depth to all of the characters from the other universes.  

The trailer looked great, it has fans asking questions, and it promises to be a big film that will likely have consequences for the MCU. At some point in the trailer, we see what looks like Peter running through a cafeteria wearing a black costume without a mask, it was such a brief shot, but it was a smart one. Fans will be wondering is this the black suit from the comics or will this be another variation of the suit Tony gave Peter in Homecoming. I don't think we will be getting a symbiote suit, not yet at least, but I do hope we get another version of the symbiote suit because Spider-Man 3 (Tobey Maguire series) was not a good film. With the variant virus still out there, I am worried that No Way Home might get pushed back, there was a report this week that said Venom 2 would be moved to 2022. The report about Venom 2 was never confirmed and I believed Sony denied it, but that doesn't mean much. If another lock down happens in major cities, then it becomes increasingly likely films will be pushed. I hope we do not have to go back theatres closing again.

Those were my thought on the No Way Home trailer, thank you for reading and please let me know what you thought of the trailer. If you want more coverage of the MCU check out my Black Widow review.

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