Spider-Man: No Way Home is a new 2021 Marvel movie and the third installment in the most recent Spider-Man franchise starring Tom Holland — the film is rated PG-13 for some language, sequences of action/violence, and brief suggestive comments.
Spider-Man: No Way Home was certainly hyped up a lot even before I saw it myself, so I definitely had high expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised. It honestly wasn’t what I expected (in a good way).
The movie picks up where Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) left off, just after Mysterio has revealed to the whole world Spiderman’s real identity; high school student Peter Parker. Having his identity revealed and now being in the public eye comes with a number of grievances, not just for Peter but for those around him. Desperate for some way to fix this, Parker ends up on the doorstep of Dr. Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts, who performs a spell that will result in everyone who knows about Peter’s real identity to forget that he is Spider-Man. However, realizing that this includes those close to him, he second-guesses his decision and ends up messing with the spell — this results in characters from other universes inadvertently being blasted into the current one, causing a whole web of chaos to ensue.
The film features the other two Spider-Mans from older installments, Tobey Maquire (2002, 2004, 2007) and Andrew Garfield (2012, 2014), as well as several villains from their respective universes.
With this many different characters from different movies all put into the same one, you would think the plot would get messy pretty quickly. But in my opinion, the movie actually did a pretty good job of keeping things organized. It manages to keep things interesting with many twists, while still making sure it makes sense so watchers can easily follow the plot. As long as you’re generally familiar with the characters and you’ve seen the other Spider-Man movies, everything in this one works together really well.
The villains are well-written and the characters are all likable, and I can appreciate how the movie manages to balance witty comedic scenes with heavier, more emotional and impactful ones. It was also really fun to see three Peter Parkers all interact with each other.
Overall, it was a fun watch, and if you’re a fan of the past Spider-Man films or Marvel in general, I think you’ll really enjoy No Way Home.