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‘Spider-Man No Way Home’ will shock fans — and for the reason you think? Not at all!

Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker in "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
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Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
©Sony Pictures/Courtesy Everett

In Tom Holland’s third solo outing as Spidey, a Spider-Boy now a Spider-Man.

You’d figure the Brit had crossed that bridge by now following the death-of-his-mentor pain he suffered in

“Spider-Man: Far From Home,”

or his first go-around saving New York from Vulture in

“Homecoming.”

Still it’s the enormous and intensely satisfying

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

in which the erstwhile Billy Elliot proves he’s beyond a teen idol with a Pure American accent. This time, his Peter’s got gravitas, emotional oomph, brutality, believable love, an anguished scene in the rain! The movie is the actor’s best performance still, in anything, Spandex or no.
Jon Watts’ Spidey reboot series, which sharply and intelligently re-conceive the web-slinger’s exploits as old high school comedies, still delivers on the jokes, just it’s beginning to nix the continual cute and instead
welcome the mythic power that throb through Sam Raimi’s aughts films. There’s a healthy dose of solemnity here that Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe has, for almost all part, given The Blip.

And newfound dramatic weight isn’t the only component from the older films at play in

“No Way Home.”

(Don’t worry, spoiler paranoiacs, I’m not going to disclose anything in this analysis that’s not plainly seen from readily accessible movie trailers that you’ve watched two million times.)

Watts likes to in a determined and forceful way shake up his films’ circumstances, therefore at the start, the conquered Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) has disclosed that Spider-Man’s true identity is Queens high school student Peter Parker. The media — led by The Daily Bugle’s editor J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) — descend on his apartment and denounce the poor kid as a a cruelly malicious person devoted to wickedness or crime.

“The web-headed war criminal!”

Jameson screams. Peter’s dispute causes MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) to be turn down by MIT, so the guilt-stricken teen asks magical Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to make everyone forget he was ever Spidey. Still, wouldn’t you know, the spell boomerang and the Multiverse is burst open open.

Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Ned (Jacob Batalon) and MJ (Zendaya) work to save the universe.
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The Multiverse, I’m 80 percent sure, is an unlimited number of actuality where bizarro Spider-Men and Mary Janes live and make completely different choices. nevertheless, they don’t all look the same or surprisingly have the same name.

Villains from the past films that featured Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield start streaming into New York. Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and the prominent Marvel actor ever, Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin, all clash in the same place and time.

Dafoe remains beautiful as Norman Osborne, by the way, and sinks his teeth into the Jekyll and Hyde shtick such as a Wendy’s Baconator. He’s certainly way more fun to play than Vincent van Gogh.

Tom Holland and Zendaya in a high-flying scene from “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
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Watts’ closing is bold. You’ll have never left a Marvel film with so much unpredictability as to what comes next. In the best feasible way, it sense like the director is saying,

“Try getting rid of me now, suckers!”

A lot of individuals will disregard parts of his extreme and unacceptable enjoyable movie as

“fan service,”

an-irksome and overused phrase that’s dismissive of, you know, pleasing paying audience members. It’s true that some of the reunion banter between the baddies is forced, and Peter’s choices in the lead-up can be quizzical.

Yet if, like me, you were 12 when you saw 2002’s “Spider-Man,” 22 when you were somewhat less taken by

“The Amazing Spider-Man”

and — ugh, you do the math — at

“No Way Home,”

you’ll be grateful you have a dumb mask to hide your ugly sentimental face when the credits roll.

Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus appeared in “Spider-Man 2.”
©Sony Pictures/Courtesy Everett

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12/14/21

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