Sony Pictures held an event last night to mark the release of the second and final trailer for the upcoming blockbuster MCU film Spider-Man: No Way Home and it couldn’t have gone any better. Holding the event in Los Angeles, Tom Holland and company were on-hand to remind people that with great power comes great responsibility and the film was handled responsibly. Unleashed to a roar of the anticipatory crowd, the new Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer delivered to fans a complete look at what they can expect from the film when it hits theaters on December 17th.
As was expected, fans saw the full reveal of the army of villains Spidey would be facing in the third film of his historic trilogy, only made possible because of a landmark deal between two movie studios. And it’s because of this relationship that fans are about to see a film unlike any ever made in the history of cinema. Back into the fold comes Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Thomas Hayden Church’s Sandman, Albert Molina’s Doctor Otto Octavious, Willem Defoe’s Green Goblin, Rhys Ifans’ Lizard and that’s just what we know for a fact. There are still copious amounts of rumors about the involvement of Kirsten Dunst, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, and Charlie Cox.
The trailer did a great job of using exposition to save time in explaining things the first trailer covered. One thing that Sony should get a ton of credit for here was that this trailer picked up where the other one left off and it didn’t waste time showing you something you’d already seen before. They used exposition to talk about the botched spell. This helped move the trailer along and avoided covering topics we’ve seen a million times. Though there is one topic that has been covered a million times that we should talk about here for a quick second is the topic of how Peter Parker got his powers in the first place. For the first time in the MCU, Peter talks specifically about the spider bite and we get to experience that in this trailer as well.
This trailer also confirms what I wrote back in August about Spider-Man and Doctor Strange being loose adversaries in this film. The film clearly alludes to the fact that Strange and Peter disagree over whether or not these characters have to die because that’s what happened to them originally. They also disagree that Peter has to be the one who is responsible for their deaths as all of them died fighting Parker. The conflict between the two will likely carry over or have ramifications that carry over to Benedict Cumberbatch’s second solo Doctor Strange film called Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This film is clearly laying the groundwork for the multiverse and the rules surrounding it.
One would naturally think that many of these rules will be broken and that Strange will fall deeper and deeper into the role of the Master of Mystical Arts. His arrogance and disregard for Wong’s advice shown in the first trailer help display this trait to the audience. Maybe Strange learns a lesson here, but he and Tony Stark seem to have a lot in common when it comes to playing by the rules. They love to break them and figure out ways around them. Tony famously flaunted the rules and made it up as he went along. Strange shows a little bit of that in the trailer and we can expect to see more of this over the course of two films with the second film finally teaching Strange not to mess around so much.
All in all, Sony opted to keep quiet on the return and appearances of a number of famous names and former Spider-Man or Netflix actors. While this was a bummer for a good number of fans and it leaves plenty of questions as to how Sony will avoid these characters being spoiled by the press after screenings, it does prop up the film all the more. If you want to know what happens, you can’t see it in a trailer. You have to go opening night or risk having it spoiled for you and Sony is just fine with that. After all, I’ll be there opening night, won’t you?
Spider-Man: No Way Home opens in theaters on December 17.