Oh man, I love the idea behind Spider-Man: No Way Home coming out Dec. 17, 2021. Sony released its trailer for it two days ago and I’m just now getting to watching it.
First off, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how funny it is to me that a “teaser trailer” is three minutes long.
Nonetheless, so, the general gist of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home is that Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) was outed by Mysterio as Spider-Man and also implicated in his death and the drone attacks in general.
The whole world knows who Spider-Man is and he’s also dealing with the legal thicket manifest by the nefarious Mysterio.
Now, in the follow-up film, a rather obvious solution to this conundrum exists: Call upon Doctor Strange, who not only is the new mentor for Spider-Man in place of Iron Man/Tony Stark, but can fiddle with time.
Again, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out how funny it is (and genuinely funny this time) that the first shot of Doctor Strange is him with his familiar red cape over top of a hoodie, a bubble coat and sweatpants. I forget why his mansion is so cold.
Despite being warned against casting a spell to make the world forget who Spider-Man really is, Doctor Strange goes along with it and true to form, Peter Park is blabbing about the whole time — asking if MJ and his friends can still remember him, at least — and that messes up the spell, apparently creating an entry point for fluctuations and disturbances in the multiverse. The idea of a multiverse is something Marvel has continued to expand more into, particularly with the spectacular television series Loki.
And what comes out of that multiverse that we do get “teased” with? Alfred freaking Molina as Doctor Octopus! I get chills even writing that. For the unfamiliar — after all, it was 17 years ago — Molina starred as Doctor Octopus in the Sam Raimi trilogy of films, particularly 2004’s Spider-Man 2.
How cool is that? That the multiverse has opened up the world to other Spider-Man films. This is like meta on multiverse madness!
I’m ready for the Doc vs. Doc action here, with Spider-Man caught in the middle. Let’s go. I wonder if that means we also get the Toby Maguire version of Spider-Man (because presumably he’d be fighting Doctor Octopus) or even the Kirsten Dunst version of MJ? I’d lose my freaking mind, if we did!
And holy crap, I didn’t realize until looking at the casting list for the film, they are also going back to the first Spider-Man film in 2002, with Willem Dafoe reprising his role as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. That is … to use a Spider-Man pun … AMAZING.
I cannot wait.