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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Appears to Follow One of Marvel’s Worst Ever Storylines

The trailer for 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' is finally here, and fans are losing it. Some familiar faces are back, and many fans are now wondering whether all of the rumors are true.
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Rumors about the next Spider-Man film have been swirling for years, ever since the excellent Spider-Man: Far From Home launched in 2019. Now, we’re only months from the release of the next Spider-Man film, with Tom Holland set to reprise his fan-favorite take on the character. With only months left until the release of the film, we finally have a proper trailer.

And now, some fans are worried that it could be disappointing.

Also, this should go without saying, but major spoiler warnings for the end of Far From Home and, of course, the No Way Home trailer.

What’s Happening?

For those who need a brief refresher, Quinten Beck, AKA Mysterio, framed Spider-Man for killing him in the climactic London battle at the end of Far From Home. Beck somehow managed to piece together a video that showed Spider-Man using the army of Stark-tech drones to gun down Mysterio, painting Peter as the villain.

To make matters worse, Beck even revealed Peter’s true identity, telling the world that he is actually Spider-Man. That’s where we open in the new trailer, with Peter scrambling to make sense of a world in which his cover is blown and the secret is out.

One More Day

Peter goes to Dr. Stephen Strange, whom he met during the events of Avengers: Infinity War, to ask for help with his new secret identity problem. Strange concocts a spell that will make the world forget who Spider-Man is, but something backfires in the spell and chaos breaks loose.

It’s hard to tell from the trailer what, exactly, is happening, but we hear Strange’s voice telling our hero “Be careful what your wish for, Peter.”

This should all sound pretty familiar to comics fans. After all, this is the plot of the “One More Day” arc from the comics, which occurred just after the original superhero civil war. That arc was a critical and commercial disaster, as fans hated the way Marvel undid years of Peter’s character development and even severed his marriage with Mary Jane Watson. As such, it’s likely the film isn’t going to completely follow the events of the much-maligned comic.

Familiar Faces

Doc Ock
Alfred Molina as Doc Ock in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 | Sony / Columbia

And, yes, you’re not dreaming, that IS Alfred freaking Molina at the end of the trailer. The beloved character actor returns as Doc Ock, reprising his role from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. We also see some evidence of other big-screen Spidey villains, like a Pumpkin Bomb from the Willem Defoe incarnation of Green Goblin and a burst of lightning that looks suspiciously like it could be from Jaime Foxx’s Electro.

The trailer shows no trace of Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield, the two most recent Spider-Men to take up the mantle in Hollywood movies. These two have been rumored to appear in the film for years, so their presence is a bit of an open secret. While the trailer seems to suggest some multiversal shenanigans are going down thanks to Doctor Strange’s spell, it remains to be seen whether this means that we’ll be seeing actors from the previous franchises web-swinging into action in the film.

Whether or not Maguire and Garfield reprise their earlier roles, fans are positively buzzing about the new trailer. Spider-Man: No Way Home opens in theaters on December 17, 2021.