Spider-Man’s identity is now revealed and known around the world Peter Parker asks Doctor Strange for help, to protect the people he loves but the spell doesn’t go to plan and dangerous characters from other worlds begin to show up.
This review will not reveal any of the plot twists and have spoilers, but characters that have previously been revealed in the trailers/posters will be mentioned and I therefore I will do my best not to have any spoilers, but I cannot promise that if people have not watched trailers etc!
At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming we were left with the cliffhanger of Mysterio revealing to the world that Peter Parker is Spider-Man and claimed that he killed him in the leaked video. Obviously as a viewer we knew the truth behind that, but we pick up at that exact moment at the start of No Way Home and it moves on from there. With the police investigating the claims and Peter, MJ and Ned all attempting to return to High School for the final year and get a place in college. Given the media frenzy surrounding the big reveal this is something that is extremely difficult for them all.
Not wanting to let his friends down and continue to protect May, Peter decides to visit Doctor Strange and ask for help, having him cast a spell that will allow them to have a life again. When he realises that he actually doesn’t want everyone to forget that he is Spider-Man this gets the spell all mixed up and confuses Strange which means it goes terribly wrong. This causes some massive issues and has opened up the multiverse, something that has been hinted at before but now it is about to become very real! One scene in particular with strange absolutely blew my mind, the mirror effect which made me instantly think about Inception.
Peter while trying to do the right thing accidentally ends up having to fight many villains from different worlds within the multiverse. Dr Otto Octavius being the first to sneak through and even though we have experienced the “Hello, Peter” moment in the trailer the full scene was even more amazing and impressive. With Strange’s instructions to Peter to track them all down, trap them in the basement and then send them back to where they came from. This obviously sounds rather straightforward but Peter wants to help and do more for them. Each villain that we have previously known is given a time to shine and quite frankly they all seem to be having so much fun! Norman Osborne actually showing some remorse? Well, maybe a little bit.
The brilliance around the film was being able to make you constantly say wow and OMG to yourself, every five minutes it would seem. Seriously I was so blown away constantly with the film and some things I was hoping for happened and then some! I was extremely excited to see the film and it was even better than I expected, quite possibly the greatest superhero film of all time. EVER.
It managed to keep some humour and lighthearted moments in to balance out the utterly dark and somewhat depressing scenes as well. Everything is pushed to the limits for Peter/Spider-Man and we see some amazing character depth and development which has been growing for years now but this is truly defining.
In terms of performances Tom Holland really does push the boundaries with where he has taken the role of Peter Parker and then Spider-Man and it is a true joy to witness unfold, he has been through a lot and even more hits within this film and its just breathtaking to see Holland in all different types of scenes throughout. Willem Dafoe was utterly outstanding as well, seeming as though he was having the most fun ever in a role! Going all in and so hard with the character and it brings out amazing results. Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Thomas Haden Church and Rhys Ifans all utterly go for it as well, the latter two more in voice form though. It was truly great to have them all back!
Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei and Benedict Cumberbatch all offer the best support as well, something that was totally expected but absolutely nailed again like the other Spider-Man films and that is what makes it all even more special. When you think about it now, this is probably the most focused on Spider-Man/Peter Parker films from the Holland collection. I know I cannot really mention a few things and that includes performance and moments but I guess the best way to describe it is truly perfect and outstanding!
A groundbreaking superhero film that captures everything and has also opened so many more things up across the now multiverse to add into the expanding Marvel universe. Couldn’t be happier with how this film has made me feel, seriously it is so perfect and I nearly cried about five times!