Normally at Geekster we never miss a press vision of a Marvel film so that we can hype you up a bit before release or adjust expectations where necessary. But the life of volunteers, like that of a superhero, means that what you are “during the day” can throw a spanner in the works. “By night” we will be present on the opening day anyway, so we’ll give you our spoiler-free thoughts about Spider-Man: No Way Home , surely the most anticipated film of the year.
Much ado about Spidey
It’s been a year and a half since Spider-Man: Far From Home dropped a bomb in the last minutes. For the first time in the history of live-action Spider-Man movies, the masked neighborhood hero’s identity was revealed. Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) also accused him of his death. The devil is out of the box, putting Peter (Tom Holland), MJ (Zendaya), Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) right in the eye of the media storm. This immediately has practical consequences that make Peter feel even more guilt.
So he asks Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to make everyone forget that he is Spider-Man. However, he changes his mind mid-spell and wants the people who already knew he was Spider-Man to still know. As a result, the spell doesn’t go quite as planned. Suddenly, bad guys from all over the universe begin to arrive who have already fought Peter Parker. Just not the Peter from the MCU continuity. So, along with Doctor Strange, MJ and Ned, he must get them back before the multiverse breaks.
Ghosts from the Spider Past
This is what we know from the trailers and we won’t say more. (Could you reach for speculation visit our podcast .) We thought in Far From Home already it existed the multiverse (damn you, Quentin Beck), but the real start was given in Loki and here they will get to take brilliantly. If you’re a fan of all generations of Spider-Man movies, this movie is definitely made for you. It’s a joy to see icons like Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina crawl back into their characters. For some, it will be less to the taste that the villains of the Amazing Spider-Man films are also seen as equally important. Although Dafoe and Molina rightly get the most screen time.
The whole thing is as meta as can be. For someone who loves the stories as much as the production behind them, it’s really nice to see the different generations interact. There are plenty of stitches and meta-jokes, such as the question of whether Electro has had a makeover and the return of a few well-known quotes. It’s also interesting to see those old hands interact with this very youthful Peter. Throughout it all, Tom Holland really remains the anchor of this film. Because it doesn’t just stop at jokes and jokes, and Holland often delivers his best work in those moments.
Party for the fans
The freshness in terms of story is a bit off compared to Homecoming in particular . We know who he’s up against, so that mystery isn’t there anymore. But as Hawkeye is now proving, these stories don’t always have to rock the world to be entertaining. The best thing that survives from the previous films is the great friendship between Peter, MJ and Ned. Their dialogues often remain a highlight. Also because Jon Watts is not always the most dynamic action director.
The downside of all this is, if you’re not into the old movies, this one will probably leave you a little colder. So the purpose of this film is clear, because if you do, you’ll have the time of your life. Nostalgia is something powerful and due to a few good twists (expected and less expected) there was a bit of shouting in our screening. This movie has quite a few moments that made me feel like Thor arriving in Wakanda from Infinity War . The future of Peter and the franchise itself is also quite intriguing. Ultimately, Spider-Man and Peter Parker is celebrated here, and what a party it is.Also expect a Castard special next week and the spoiler bible coming soon.