The latest edition of the MCU that has rocked the nation.
By Madison Sciba
Spoiler alert to the five people who have yet to see the latest Marvel movie. Spider-Man: No Way Home arrived in theaters on December 17th after over two years of anticipation. Fans rushed to the big screens and gave No Way Home one of the most successful opening weekends of all time. It has become a sensation all over the world with the Marvel community exploding over two of the greatest character reveals: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both reprising their previous roles as Spider-Man to aid Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
I had the opportunity to watch the movie opening day, something essential if you wish to avoid spoilers. Although rumors of them being in the movie had circulated, the appearance of both Maguire and Garfield shocked audiences with screams and cheers erupting in theaters. Anyone familiar with Garfield’s Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man movies knows about the tragic death of Peter Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy after she fell and Garfield’s Spider-Man was unable to save her. In a deja-vous moment, MJ, the girlfriend of Holland’s Peter Parker falls during the battle, with Garfield’s Spider-Man being the one to catch and save her. The look on Garfield’s face was indescribable, even bringing many in the audience to tears.
Marvel movies are known for their end-of-the-credits scenes, but for the amount of hype that went into No Way Home, this did not translate into the first post-credit scene. All audiences got was a hint that Tom Hardy’s Venom might be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The second post-credit scene was not as disappointing, with fans finally getting a trailer to the long-anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. There was also a reappearance of Wanda after fans last said a sad goodbye to her in the award-winning Disney+ miniseries, WandaVision. After pushing release dates back months due to the pandemic, fans continue to sit on the edge of their seats for the Doctor Strange sequel, hoping it will answer several questions left unanswered in both WandaVision and No Way Home.
Overall, Spider-Man: No Way Home is a must-see film. If you plan on watching any of the next MCU films, you will need to have seen No Way Home first. There is a reason it has been so successful and extremely popular.
Melanie Moyer '22,