Spider-Man: No Way Home: Did the Web Fall Short?


Promotional poster for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Photo Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Brooke Sharp, Staff Writer

The long-awaited, Spider-Man: No Way Home has been released and with it shock waves across the country and the globe. The film marks the impressive return or many to theaters, breaking box-office records across the country.

Following the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spiderman’s identity is revealed and he’s left to contend with the consequences with the closest people around him. Peter then seeks refuge with Doctor Strange to reverse those events, which goes awry and opens the multiverse with the troubles within it.

Going in with very high expectations, this film exceeded them all. Personally, this is now one of my favorite movies in the Marvel franchise and is a close second to my favorite Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There was a great balance between emotion and humor, like most Marvel movies, but distinctly this movie brought together generations of Spider-Man fans into one movie.

This movie gave both redemption for characters and closure for fans of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man. As much as I loved the inclusion of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men in this movie, I liked the fact it still was centered around Tom Holland’s Spider-Man’s problems and the characters within his adaptation. However, the familiar faces, villains, deaths of beloved characters, and the true meaning of being Spider-Man–sacrifice–all made this movie.

The movie itself was phenomenal, but the experience of watching it with dozens of other passionate fans all reacting to the movie at the same time was unforgettable. There were kids and adults alike who dressed up as the idolized character. As creator Stan Lee once said, “the greatest thing about Spiderman’s outfit” is that, “he could be anybody under that costume.” Spider-Man is a timeless character and idol that generations relate to, and this movie is nothing short of that vision.