Spider-Man: No Way Home - Everything You Need to Know
3/1/2021 • 4 min read
When a Marvel Studios character becomes popular, we know they'll feature in several movies. Spider-Man was popular as a movie hero long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe came into being, but the current version of the friendly neighborhood superhero, played by Tom Holland, has been so heartily embraced by fans that a third solo movie for the web-head is the most natural thing in Marvel's landscape.
Considering the cliffhanger ending of the second movie, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, we can't wait to see the next installment. Fortunately, a brief split between Marvel and Sony, which currently holds the movie rights to Spider-Man, was quickly reconciled. Now SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME is coming at the end of 2021!
Here is everything we know about the next chapter in the web-slinger's story.
The Spider-Man: No Way Home Release Date
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME is set to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.
When Does the Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Arrive?
The movie started filming in New York in the last week of October 2020 and is still shooting as of early March 2021, so there's still work to do. We might see footage soon, but in the meantime, there's the title announcement footage, which you can watch above.
The Spider-Man: No Way Home Cast
It goes without saying at this point that Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Benedict Cumberbatch is in the cast as well. And everyone in Spider-Man’s established orbit will be back as well: Zendaya (as Mary Jane), Jacob Matalon (as Ned Leeds), Marisa Tomei (as Aunt May). We have our fingers crossed for Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return, too.
The big surprise is that Jamie Foxx is cast as the villain Electro. That's odd because Foxx played the character in the second movie starring the previous incarnation of Spidey, 2014's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Alfred Molina, who played Doctor Octopus in Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN 2, is also back. So that's wild!
What Will Spider-Man: No Way Home Be About?
Spoiler alert for the ending of the previous movie: Peter Parker's secret identity has been exposed. What happens next?
Marvel has been pretty secretive about the plot of the new movie thus far, but things in Peter Parker’s world are definitely going to get strange. Literally. While Peter Parker previously enjoyed a supportive relationship with Tony Stark, the passing of Marvel's major heroic industrialist (in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, remember?) means things will be different this time. Nick Fury stepped into the mentor role in FAR FROM HOME, kind of, but he won't be around this time either.
In this movie, Peter's goateed mentor figure will be Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, and where Strange goes, weird things follow. Will this movie have shades of the dimension-jumping adventure of INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, only in live-action? Maybe! Or perhaps we'll see a reflection of a couple of comic book stories in which Doctor Strange's magic helps Peter hide his identity once again.
But how will Jamie Foxx return as Electro? Well, "return" may not be the right way to put it, since his Electro battled a different Spider-Man altogether. (The Andrew Garfield version. Remember him?) We don't know. There's also the rumor that Toby Maguire, who starred in Sam Raimi's movies, might appear in SPIDER-MAN 3, as well. Take all these reports, add Doctor Strange, and factor in the success of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE… it’s safe to assume there will be some alternate-universe hopping at play.
Some of that actually started at the end of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME when (another spoiler!) J. Jonah Jameson interrupted the film’s ending credits to frame Spider-Man for the death of Mysterio and expose his real identity to the world. Jameson is played once again by J.K. Simmons, who played the role for Sam Raimi. With his real face made public, it makes sense that Spider-Man would go to some cosmic extremes to put that toothpaste back in the tube. Whether that’s a good idea or not remains to be seen. (Hint: it’s usually not.)
The Filmmakers Behind Spider-Man: No Way Home
Marvel knows what they’re doing when it comes to keeping good filmmakers around. SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME is directed by Jon Watts, director of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. So if you liked those movies, chances are high you will like this one as well. (And since Watts has been confirmed to make FANTASTIC FOUR for Marvel, can we expect some hint of that team in NO WAY HOME? It's another big question.)
Further cementing the film’s familiar charm, this sequel is written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who wrote FAR FROM HOME and co-wrote HOMECOMING. We love continuity!
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