*Very mild spoilers ahead for Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home 

It’s finally here, Marvel fans; the MCU fully integrated the multiverse! As a long-time fan of Spider-Man, I’ve anxiously awaited Spider-Man: No Way Home since it was first announced. As more and more classic villains were announced, the anticipation grew. However, I feared there might be too much going on in the story. Keep reading to see what I thought of the result.

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About Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home picks up where Far from Home left off. J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) releases a video from Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), revealing Peter’s (Tom Holland) identity and blaming Peter for his death. After Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Peter’s apartment are swarmed with people and helicopters, Happy (Jon Favreau) takes them to a safe location.

After that, Peter, MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) try to resume their lives. Unfortunately, the big reveal hurts all of their chances to get into college. In an attempt to fix things for MJ and Ned, Peter goes to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help. Strange agrees to perform a spell that’ll make everyone forget Peter is Spider-Man, but Peter keeps interfering with it.

When Doctor Strange’s spell goes awry from all of Peter’s tampering, it pulls in everyone who knows Peter Parker is Spider-Man from throughout the multiverse. Primarily, the villains. Now, Spider-Man and his crew must stop all new threats and send them back to their respective universes.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange and Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.

My Thoughts

Oh, boy! Spider-Man is in my top three favorite superheroes and as a dedicated fan, I watch, read and purchase pretty much anything involving the character. That said, not every piece of media showcasing the character is good. However, sometimes there’s that one thing that blows everything else out of the water. Spider-Man: No Way Home is everything my little fangirl heart ever wanted! That’s the only way I know how to describe this movie.

As for the storyline in Spider-Man: No Way Home, I laughed hysterically and bawled my eyes out in equal measure. Not to mention all of the cheers and gasping. There’s a lot to unpack with this storyline, and I think it’s safe to say that when we next see Spider-Man on our screens, it won’t be the same innocent and happy character we have become used to with Tom Holland.

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I’m also thrilled we continued to see more of Doctor Strange’s powers. I think, for the most part, Marvel kept Strange somewhat in check. But we get a good dose of his power in this movie. It also shows how strong Spider-Man is and I loved the focus on Peter’s “Spidey-Sense”!

It’s hard to find anything that needs improvement because I loved the movie so much. However, if I had to nitpick, I would say I don’t feel like Ned got as much of a story arc as I think he could have. Of course, there were so many characters to keep up with, it was undoubtedly hard to give everyone enough attention.

Everyone got a good story arc, but Ned almost felt more like a background character rather than a main character. It seemed like even Peter wasn’t giving Ned much attention. Of course, Peter was focusing on his relationship with MJ, but it made Ned feel forgotten to me.

Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon in Spider-Man: No Way Home

Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, my thoughts on Spider-Man: No Way Home. The short version: I think it’s AWESOME! It’s my favorite Marvel movie of the year, and I’ve enjoyed them all.

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