Spider-Man: No Way Home, Web Of Nostalgia


Zach Kaminski

Note: It is very hard to talk about this movie without giving away major spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, I wouldn’t read this yet.


Spider Man: No Way Home is Tom Holland’s third outing as Peter Parker. No Way Home follows Peter Parker as he deals with the consequences of his identity as Spider-Man being revealed to the world and opening up the multiverse.

To start, Tom Holland gives us the most emotional performance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man to date. Peter Parker goes through it in this movie. His identity revealed to the world, Aunt May being killed by Green Goblin, and losing everybody that was close to him. There is an amazing scene where the older Spider-Men are gi

ving Tom Holland advice on how to handle all of these things that are happening to him while not becoming vengeful for what has happened to him.

Spider-Man: No Way Home does an amazing job of bringing in all of the old villains (and heroes) and balancing them perfectly with Tom Holland’s story while also moving forward with their own stories. It gives the viewer insight into the lives of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men after their respective movies ended. It gives the viewer closure and retroactively makes those movies better.

The performances by all of the villains are amazing. Jamie Foxx gets to redeem himself as Electro, giving us a smooth yet brutal performance.

Seeing Alfred Molina don the Doctor Octopus outfit once again really brought back some memories from my childhood. He gives a great performance, both as the evil and good versions of Otto Octavius. 

But, by far, the standout performance comes from Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin. His ability to play such menacing character and commitment to the role are so energizing. 

However, the thing we were all waiting for with No Way Home: the return of Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The timing of their return is nothing short of spectacular. They come in after Aunt May dies and Peter is at his lowest (so far). The first scene with the three Spider-Men together is Maguire and Garfield giving Holland advice and relating to him with the loss of their respective relatives in their universes. I cannot express how happy it made me to see these three characters, my childhood, return on screen.

Now, for the insight into the lives of both Maguire and Garfield’s Peter Parkers. They keep it on the secretive side (hopefully for more sequels involving them). For Maguire, all we really learn is that he and MJ worked things out, which made me happy to hear. They mainly left it open ended (again, hopefully for a sequel). 

With Garfield, it is revealed that after Gwen Stacy was killed in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he “stopped pulling his punches”. He became vengeful for what happened to Gwen.

After the release of the No Way Home, people on Twitter started trending #MakeTASM3 (The Amazing Spider-Man 3) and #MakeRaimiSpiderMan4 (Tobey Maguire: Spider-Man 4).

Overall, Spider-Man: No Way Home is a perfect end to Holland’s first trilogy of solo Spider-Man outings. It sets up the next trilogy perfectly, while also tying up loose ends and allowing for other franchises to continue.