For Marvel, this year has had both decent releases (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”) and ‘meh’ ones (“Eternals”), but Sony’s Dec.17 opening of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” could end 2021 on a major upswing. Spidey’s new movie got another epic trailer on Nov. 17th, exactly a month before his latest MCU outing drops in theaters. And boy did the trailer live up to the hype!
As it was hinted in the last trailer with the reveal of Doc Ock, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker (at one point shown in what looks like a black and gold suit) will be fencing with a multiverse of villains lined up from the franchise’s past. Fans were finally able to fully see Doc Ock in action, together with Electro, Green Goblin, and, even Lizard being punched by an invisible force. But the setting for these huge fights is just as interesting as the confrontations themselves. In one crucial shot of the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, Peter Parker swings down scaffolding surrounding the Statue of Liberty… but not as we know it. This statue suddenly isn’t carrying a torch. Instead, she has a giant Captain America shield.
The 3-minute trailer already has 34 million views as of this writing, barely 48 hours after it dropped. For comparison, the first trailer which was released two months ago, on Aug 24, currently has 78 million views.
Check the second trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” below.
The “Spider-Man: No Way Home” synopsis reads:
“With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.“
Spider-Man: No Way Home, the film picks up after the events of 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, which ended with Peter being outed to the world as Spider-Man by J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) and being framed for the murder of Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Keeping with MCU tradition, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” will feature a prominent Marvel hero, this time Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange.
In addition, the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” trailer features five villains from past Spidey franchises, including Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx, whose lightning bolts are now comic book yellow instead of his blue ones in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), Sandman (played in by Thomas Haden Church in Spider-Man 3) and Lizard (played by Rhys Ifans in The Amazing Spider-Man). Also returning are Peter Parker’s best friend Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), girlfriend MJ (Zendaya), Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and friend Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau).
The new trailer served as the perfect crescendo to the upcoming movie release. However, as action-packed and tantalizing as it may be, much of the attention is focused on what it didn’t show. There have been constant reports that it will also feature the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, playing their iterations of Spider-Man alongside Tom Holland; it had generally been assumed Sony would choose to avoid confirming their presence until Spider-Man: No Way Home’s second trailer. In the end, though, Garfield and Maguire are entirely absent, with the focus remaining on Holland’s MCU Spider-Man.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is set to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.