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Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) – Trailer Review

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the trailer of Spider-Man: Far From Home. I suggest you watch the trailer, then go back to this reaction.

Spider-Man has always been one of my favorite superheroes growing up, alongside Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man and so on. I will always remember the time when I first saw the original Spider-Man film and owning the DVD for the film. Like many of you, I grew up admiring the character and watching the Raimi trilogy. The Raimi films are some of my favorite superhero films ever made and while it pales in comparison, The Amazing Spider-Man films does have some merits and Andrew Garfield did a good job as the webslinger. However, my favorite actor playing the character might be Tom Holland, who perfectly captures the essence of the character and proved to be a great edition to the MCU. So, while my excitement for the MCU has slowly diminished, I was intrigued by Spider-Man: Far From Home.

No Way Home might adapt the Spider-Verse storyline? Alfred Molina returning as Doc Ock? The possibility of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returning? I was really excited. However, just before the trailer was released, there was a rumor that the trailer for this film was leaked and it was taken down by Sony. Now that the official trailer has been released, let’s talk about it.

The trailer opens with Peter talking to Zendaya’s Michelle/MJ on a rooftop, as she reads a newspaper about Spider-Man. She makes a joke that one of his powers is to attract pretty girls, which prompts Peter to take MJ to a swing. However, as Peter is swinging in his Spider-Man costume, J. Jonah Jameson, once again played by J.K. Simmons, is announcing that Peter is Spider-Man. In the previous film, Far From Home, Mysterio has revealed Spider-Man’s identity to the world, which led to the city turning against him. I love how the trailer showcases the city’s reaction to Spider-Man now that his identity has been revealed and that the city is afraid of him. That’s a great set-up for a storyline in the sequel. We also see Peter being interrogated by the police about Mysterio’s death.

We see Peter visiting Doctor Strange in his Sanctuary Sanctum and he tells him to do a spell that would make the world forget that he is Spider-Man, as a lot of his loved are suffering because of him. Along the way, we also see some banter between the two, which is your typical MCU banter, as Peter is referring Strange by his first name, Stephen. There is also a cameo by Wong, who warns Strange about making that spell. During the trailer, we see Strange trying to cast the spell to reverse Mysterio’s actions from the previous film, but the spell breaks and it turns out the barrier of the multiverse has been broken.

Near the end of the trailer, there are some great easter eggs, such as Electro’s lighting bolt, Strange casting a spell on Peter, which references The Ancient One casting a spell on Strange in his solo film and Hulk in Avengers: Endgame, and the Green Goblin pumpkin bomb from the original Spider-Man trilogy, as well as the Green Goblin laugh, but the moment that had me in goosebumps the most has to be Alfred Molina’s return as Doc Ock. As longtime fan of the Raimi trilogy and considering that Spider-Man 2 is one of my favorite comic book films of all time, I was so happy to see him back as the character. He looks great with the de-aging effects and I was surprised that he still fits the role perfectly. I can only hope that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would return as the different Spider-Man and my childhood dream will be complete. I definitely excited for this film and I hope it will be great.

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