‘Spider-Man: No Way Home” makes box office history as love letter to beloved superhero


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Tom Holland and Zendaya both give outstanding performances as Spider-Man and MJ in No Way Home.

Luis Lopez, Contributing Writer

Marvel’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” swung into theatres on Dec. 17, 2021. The film’s cast includes Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch all reprising their roles as Spider-Man, MJ and Doctor Strange respectively alongside actors such as Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe and more reprising their iconic villainous roles such as the Green Goblin and Dr. Octavius from previous Spider-Man movies including the original Sam Raimi trilogy and the two “Amazing Spider-Man” movies from the early 2010s.   


The film begins immediately after the cliff hanger ending of 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” after Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) exposes Spider-Man and reveals to the entire world that his secret identity is Peter Parker. Peter then enlists the help of Doctor Strange, who casts a spell to make the world forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. However, Peter tampers with the spell which leaves ripple effects seen throughout the movie as villains from throughout the multiverse enter Peter and Strange’s universe. The concept of a multiverse of prior villains appearing in the universe of the current Peter Parker was an extremely intriguing plot idea and the entire movie creatively embraces that premise. The film is a love letter to new and old Spider-Man fans alike and the acting performances by the entire cast were top notch. Two highlight performances included Tom Holland and Willem Dafoe as both do fantastic jobs as the main protagonist and main antagonist respectively. Holland does a fantastic job of portraying a good, well-meaning Peter Parker as well as a heroic Spider-Man. Dafoe’s acting capabilities are seen on full display in this film. He excellently portrays Norman Osborn as a scared, lost, but intelligent man and is able to instantly switch from this timid character to Osborn’s alternate personality as the Goblin, as he becomes a cruel, angry and conniving villain. The movie is visually stunning as well with certain shots being breathtaking and iconic. 


The movie was praised by nearly all who watched it, with the film grossing over $700 million dollars in the domestic box office, becoming the highest grossing film released in 2021 and impressively breaking pre-pandemic box office records.  Fans were left excited and eager to find out what happens next for the webslinger as the potential for what comes next for this incarnation of Spider-Man is limitless.