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‘Spider-Man No Way Home’ Will Need You To Turn Off Your Brain

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Spider-Man No Way Home is set to release this year on December 17th. And as the hype builds for the third installment of the MCU Spider-Man franchise, so do the rumors. The movie has been heavily guarded under secrecy, but is said to usher in the concept of the Multiverse into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I know what you’re thinking; for simply a “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man“, this movie seems to be anything just that. And you’re right. After Spider-Man Far From Home, fans were hoping to return to the more personal Peter Parker stories set in New York that didn’t have to deal with the huge overarching problems of the galaxy. And well, it doesn’t look like that’s the case. And as the rumors continue to roll out, not only will this movie have huge ramifications for the overall Marvel universe, it seems to be juggling a lot more than it has to and I think its best that we start to tamper our expectations now while we can. Because it’s looking like another Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker situation in which a lot of the rumors that seem outlandish and “fan fictiony” might end up actually being true…

The latest rumor comes to us from Collider reporter Jeff Sneider from his podcast, the Sneider Cut, in which he reveals that Willem Defoe will make his return as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man No Way Home. In addition he says that the film will also introduce the Sinister Six. Which is a popular villainous group that encompasses six of Spider-Man’s most dangerous foes. And according to Sneider, the Sinister Six lineup would feature Green Goblin leading Doctor Octopus, Electro, The Sandman, The Rhino and The Lizard. This is somewhat consistent with the other rumors that Jamie Foxx would be reprising his role as Electro, along with Alfred Molina returning as Doctor Octopus. But most notably it does seem to leave out some of the villains that Tom Holland has faced off against, such as the Vulture and Mysterio. These rumors also come off the heels of the reports of Aaron Taylor Johnson being cast as Kraven The Hunter in the “Sony Verse”. Although, it is unclear if it’ll have any connection to the MCU.

In the end these are all rumors, so they should be taken with a grain of salt. But at this point, it’s become apparent that Spider-Man No Way Home is more than meets the eye. And its because of this that I think we should all start to manage our expectations for not only what we think this film will be, but also for the quality it will be. I have made it clear that I don’t really have a connection to the Jon Watts iteration of Spider-Man, but I am intrigued to see what he’ll do with all these characters. Especially if we’ll get to see the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man.

But we’ve seen where this road heads. Although I find Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 to be a great film, Spider-Man films such as Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have a history of packing too much into one film that results in poor critical reception. But all I know it that this film sounds like a fun time. If you’re a fan of the wacky and crazy nature of comics, I think if you allow yourself to turn off your brain for just this one time, you’ll find enjoyment in this. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t expect a good film. I just feel like the writing is on the wall for what this film is. So if you find yourself not enjoying it because you were expecting a comic book masterpiece like Spider-Man 2, that’s gonna be on you. My strategy? Temper your expectations, turn off your brain, and enjoy the ride. Martin Scorsese did say comic book films are theme park rides after all…

Spider-Man No Way Home releases on December 17th, 2021. It stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Battalon. It is directed by Jon Watts and will be produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.

Writer, film lover, and all around comics enthusiast // Favorite character = Spider-Man // Favorite mythology = Star Wars // Favorite director = Zack Snyder

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