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"You have a gift. You have power. And with great power, there must also come great responsibility."
May Parker to Peter Parker

Spider-Man: No Way Home is a 2021 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. The film is a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as a crossover/sequel to the Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man franchises. It is the twenty-seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the ninth installment of Phase Four. The film was released on December 17, 2021.

The film is directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Zendaya as Michelle Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro, Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

A sequel was revealed to be in development on November 29, 2021.[1]

Synopsis

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange's help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.[2]

Plot

Spider-Man and Michelle Jones attempt to escape the public

J. Jonah Jameson of The Daily Bugle has exposed Peter Parker's identity as Spider-Man to the world, while simultaneously framing him as the individual responsible for Mysterio's death and an alleged mass casualty event in London. Numerous civilians nearby begin to surround him and Michelle Jones-Watson, forcing them to flee from the media and the police. They hide in Parker's apartment and reunite with May Parker and Happy Hogan, who reveal that they have broken up. Not long after, the Department of Damage Control take them along with Ned Leeds in their custody for interrogation. Parker hires Matt Murdock to represent him, who manages to get his criminal charges dropped. However, as Parker, Jones, and Leeds return to Midtown High for their senior year, the intense controversy causes them to be rejected from every college they apply to, including MIT.

Doctor Strange tries to cast a memory-wiping spell

Parker visits the New York Sanctum and asks Doctor Strange to make the identity of Spider-Man a secret once more to get his friends into MIT. Despite being warned by Wong not to, Strange attempts to cast the spell with the Runes of Kauf-Kaul. However, Parker incessantly alters the spell when requesting various individuals close to him to be exempt from its effects. As a result, the spell becomes unstable, forcing Strange to contain it. For not consulting with college administrators before meeting with him, Strange furiously kicks Parker out of the Sanctum. Contacting Flash Thompson, who was admitted to MIT, Parker is led to an administrator heading to the Alexander Hamilton Bridge in an attempt to appeal his, Jones' and Leeds' applications.

Doctor Octopus meets Spider-Man

Parker is suddenly ambushed by Otto Octavius, who seems to know him personally. Octavius grabs him and rips out a piece of the Iron Spider Armor, transferring its nanites onto his tentacles. He goes for another strike, but Parker reveals his face, which is unfamiliar to Octavius. Parker then takes control of Octavius’ tentacles with the suit’s nanites and rescues the MIT admin from falling off the bridge, who decides to help get him and his friends admitted out of gratitude.

Green Goblin arrives at the Alexander Hamilton Bridge

The Green Goblin arrives and attempts to attack Parker, but he and Octavius are transported into the Sanctum, where Strange imprisons Octavius and the Lizard. He informs Parker that Octavius, Lizard, and Green Goblin are not of this universe, but from parallel realities within the Multiverse, who were pulled into this reality by the failed spell since they know Spider-Man's identity. To contain this spell, Strange locks it in the Machina de Kadavus, a mystical containment unit.

Spider-Man senses Electro

Parker is recruited to help find and capture these “visitors”, receiving a magic-based upgrade to his suit. With assistance from Jones and Leeds, Parker locates Max Dillon outside the city. Startled, he attacks Parker and gains the upper hand, but Flint Marko intervenes to shield the boy. The two work together to cut the power lines, which fully restores Dillon's body. When he is sent to the Sanctum, Marko believes Parker killed him, but is also captured before he can retaliate. Elsewhere, Norman Osborn attempts to escape from the Green Goblin, breaking his mask before fleeing to a F.E.A.S.T. facility seeking refuge. Parker locates Osborn thanks to May and brings him to the Sanctum as well. Osborn, Octavius, and Dillon soon realize that they were spared from death by being brought into this universe moments before they were thought to have perished.

Spider-Man attempting to escape Doctor Strange

Strange explains to Parker that these three are doomed to die fighting their own Spider-Men. He intends to use the Machina to reverse the spell and send them back to their fates for the sake of the greater Multiverse. Convinced that they can be cured of their antagonistic natures and be spared from death, Parker steals the Machina before Strange can use it and flees. Strange gives chase, takes Parker’s magic back, and sends him into the Mirror Dimension to retrieve the Machina, while also trying to implore him of the multiversal stakes relying on the visitors being sent back. Unfazed, Parker entangles Strange in a web matrix and steals his Sling Ring before returning to the Earthly Plane. He passes the ring to Ned and the Machina to Jones before releasing the prisoners from confinement.

May Parker gives Peter Parker a lecture on responsibility

Taking them to Hogan’s condominium, Parker attempts to administer cures for the multiversal refugees. He starts with Octavius, using a Stark Industries Fabricator to engineer a replacement inhibitor chip for his tentacles and restore his higher brain function. In addition, Dillon has an energy siphon installed into him which is designed to extract his powers. But before he could affect Osborn, the Green Goblin takes over his body, who persuades Dillon to remove the siphon before it can fully take away his abilities. He steals an Arc Reactor and, drawing its power, blasts Octavius out of the building. The Lizard, Marko, and Dillon escape, while the Goblin attacks Parker, sending him to the ground floor. Running outside, May injects an antidote into the Goblin, which doesn't work. She is struck by his Glider. He tosses two Pumpkin Bombs, which Parker fails to block and explodes in their proximity. Parker manages to locate May in the rubble. Unaware that she had been gravely injured, May tells her nephew not to give up helping others despite all odds, lecturing him that with great power comes great responsibility. As DODC officers surround them, Parker tries to save May, to no avail. Hogan arrives on the scene and is immediately apprehended by authorities.

Peter Parker mourning May Parker's death

Grief-stricken, Parker flees, his guilt worsening with Jameson's gaslighting coverage of the attack. Growing worrisome after Parker's silence, Jones prepares to activate the Machina, but Leeds manages to open a portal with the Sling Ring by accident. Attempting to find Parker, they see what seems to be their Spider-Man on the other side of the portal, calling him over. However, they soon realize that this Spider-Man is not theirs, but rather one from another universe that previously fought the Lizard and Electro. Leeds tries again, but summons yet another alternate Peter Parker, who previously fought the Goblin, Octavius, and Sandman. The group finally manage to find their Parker alone on top of Midtown and attempt to console him about May, but he is too distraught about his mistakes to even care. Before he can use the Machina to send the alternate Spider-Men home, they begin sharing their own personal experiences of loss and bitterness to help him cope and realize that he is not alone.

Michelle Jones encourages Peter Parker

A cheered up Parker then decides to do what he planned to do: heal the villains. The Parkers, Jones, and Leeds then retreat to a classroom laboratory in Midtown to create the cure for the villains. Osborn's Parker engineers an anti-serum for the Goblin as Dillon's Parker recreates the Lizard antidote to return him back to normal, while Parker prepares the cures for Marko and Dillon. Afterwards, Leeds brings them to the Statue of Liberty via portal as he and Jones remain in the lab, with the former cheering them up for the upcoming battle ahead of them.

Electro, Sandman, and Lizard confront three Spider-Men

Parker calls into The Daily Bugle to broadcast a message, using the Machina as a lure while announcing his presence to the Lizard, Dillon, and Marko. They arrive and attack the three Spider-Men on the scaffolding. The web-slingers are unable to coordinate effectively, which leads them to be easily overpowered by their enemies. Grouping up, Parker assumes command of the trio due to his experience as part of the Avengers; the three adopt codenames: Parker as Peter-One, the Parker from Osborn's universe as Peter-Two, and the Parker from Dillon's universe as Peter-Three. They decide to engage and cure one enemy at a time, with Marko first. After restraining the Lizard, Peter-Three retrieves Marko's cure and passes the device to Parker, who then delivers the cure to Peter-Two, allowing Marko to be neutralized.

Electro attacking the three Spider-Men

The three Spider-Men attempt to take the Arc Reactor from Dillon, but he proves to be too much of a match for them due to his increased power from the energy source. The Lizard breaks free and attacks Jones and Leeds in the lab, forcing Parker to leave and fight him. With the help of Leeds and his Sling Ring, Parker forces the Lizard to break open a bottle containing the antidote which reverts him back to his human form, Curt Connors. Leeds accidentally summons Strange to the battlefield who, upon seeing Connors, realizes Parker’s pacifist plan is working. Strange grabs back the Machina and his Sling Ring from Leeds. Peter-Two and Peter-Three are overpowered by Dillon, until Octavius arrives to extract the Arc Reactor himself and render him powerless with the finished neutralizer. Peter-Three reconciles with Dillon while Peter-Two warmly reunites with Octavius.

Peter Parker personally confronts Green Goblin

Parker returns to Strange as he prepares to use the Machina to send everyone home. The Goblin ambushes the group and takes the Machina, but Octavius and Strange grab it back. Unbeknownst to them, the Goblin had snuck a Pumpkin Bomb inside the object. It detonates and releases the unstable contained spell, tearing the fabric of the Earthly Plane and opens it up to the Multiverse. The blast also causes Jones to fall from the Statue of Liberty. Parker dives to rescue her, but is knocked aside by the Goblin — Peter-Three saves her, and begins to tear up as it reminded him of the night Gwen Stacy died. As dawn breaks, Parker confronts the Goblin alone. Ravaged with vengeance, he viciously beats him down and attempts to finish him off with his glider, but is stopped by Peter-Two. This however leaves him open to get stabbed in the back by the Goblin.

Peter Parker telling Doctor Strange to erase everyone's memories of him

Peter-Three provides Parker with the anti-serum, allowing him to cure Osborn from the Goblin. He notices Peter-Two’s injury, which was non-fatal, and realizes the extent of the damage he had caused. Strange struggles to hold the rifts in the Earthly Plane together, in which intruders are already preparing to invade this reality. However, Parker has him enact a new spell to make everyone forget who he is to fix it. Afterwards, Parker embraces his alternate selves, who encourage him to continue on as Spider-Man. Strange repairs the rifts with the new spell and successfully transports Peter-Two, Peter-Three, Dillon, Octavius, Osborn, Marko and Connors back to their origin universes, along with Eddie Brock, who unknowingly leaves behind a small remnant of the Venom symbiote in his place. Parker embraces Leeds and Jones for a final time, while promising to return someday and help them remember him. He then departs as Strange unleashes the spell, leaving the entire world completely oblivious to Parker’s existence.

Spider-Man swings freely around New York City

A few weeks later, it is now the holidays. Parker tries to reconnect with his MIT-bound friends, but after being reminded of Jones' wounds, he decides not to. He visits May’s grave to pay his respects and is joined by Hogan, who is also now a stranger to him. Contending to carry on with his new life, Parker moves into a new apartment alone and begins studying to earn his GED. Alerted to criminal activity on his phone, he stitches together a simpler suit and resumes his heroics undisturbed as Spider-Man, honoring May's mantra of community service and responsibility.

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Production

On June 26, 2016, Sony Pictures Studios chairman Tom Rothman announced that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios were committed to making more Spider-Man films after Spider-Man: Homecoming.[3]

On July 27, 2016, Kevin Feige announced plans for future Spider-Man films to follow the model of the Harry Potter film series.[4]

On June 14, 2017, during an interview with AlloCiné, Tom Holland announced that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios were making a trilogy of Spider-Man films, with two more films informally titled Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3, as opposed to the Homecoming 2 title that Sony had announced in December 2016.[5]

On June 19, 2019, during an interview with Comicbook.com, Amy Pascal confirmed that a third Spider-Man film was in development and that titles such as Spider-Man: Home Run or Spider-Man: Homeless were being considered.[6] Pascal also said that "So, you never know, he might be a fugitive. He's going to be in a very different place, and it's a different story than we've ever told before. You have to keep changing these movies, because there's only so many times it can be "To be Spider-Man or to be Peter Parker."[7]

On August 20, 2019, it was announced that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures had severed their partnership after a financial dispute, as Disney and Marvel wanted to receive more profits from the third Spider-Man film whereas Sony wished to retain their pre-existing agreement where Marvel received a modest five percent of first-dollar gross as well as all merchandising revenue. As a result, Feige and Marvel Studios were dropped from the project, removing the film and the character of Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[8]

On September 27, 2019, Sony and Disney announced that they had come to an arrangement and that the film, slated to be released on July 16, 2021, would be set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Kevin Feige restored as a producer. The new deal stipulated that Marvel and Disney would receive roughly 25% of the profits in exchange for putting up roughly a quarter of the financing while also retaining all merchandising rights. Additionally, as part of the new arrangement, Spider-Man would also appear in one future Marvel Studios film.[9]

On January 16, 2020, it was reported that the film was expected to begin production in July and run through November in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and Iceland, under the working title "Serenity Now."[10][11]

On March 30, 2020, Discussing Film reported that Seamus McGarvey had joined the film as the cinematographer.[12] The next day, the British Film Institute reported that the production of the film had been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

On April 24, 2020, it was announced that the film had been pushed back from its initial release date to November 5, 2021.[14]

On July 23, 2020, it was announced that the film had been pushed back from its November 5, 2021 release date to December 17, 2021.[15]

On October 1, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Jamie Foxx would portray Electro in the film. Foxx previously portrayed the character in the non-MCU film The Amazing Spider-Man 2.[16]

On October 6, 2020, it was reported that the film would shoot in Queens on October 16.[17]

On October 8, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Benedict Cumberbatch would be reprising his Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Doctor Strange in the film.[18]

On November 21, 2020, Michael Giacchino revealed that he would be composing the score for the film.[19]

On December 8, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Alfred Molina would portray Doctor Octopus in the film. Molina previously portrayed the character in the non-MCU film Spider-Man 2.[20] The next day, it was reported that Charlie Cox would be reprising his Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Matt Murdock in the film.[21]

On December 14, 2020, it was reported Willem Dafoe and Thomas Haden Church were in talks to portray Green Goblin and Sandman, respectively, in the film. Dafoe previously portrayed Green Goblin in the non-MCU film Spider-Man and Church previously portrayed Sandman in the non-MCU film Spider-Man 3.[22]

On February 23, 2021, Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon, and Zendaya posted the fake titles Spider-Man: Phone Home,[23] Spider-Man: Home-Wrecker,[24] and Spider-Man: Home Slice,[25] respectively, on their Instagram accounts. The next day, it was announced that the actual title of the film would be Spider-Man: No Way Home.[26]

On March 26, 2021, it was reported that the film had wrapped production.[27]

On April 16, 2021, it was reported that Jon Favreau would be reprising his role as Happy Hogan in the film.[28] That same day, Alfred Molina stated that Jon Watts told him that the incarnation of Doctor Octopus that he was portraying "would pick up" after the character's final scene in the non-MCU film Spider-Man 2. Molina also stated that he was digitally de-aged with CGI to fit his character's appearance from the 2004 film.[29]

On April 22, 2021, it was reported that Paula Newsome had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.[30]

On April 26, 2021, J.B. Smoove revealed that he would be reprising his role as Julius Dell in the film.[31]

On May 27, 2021, it was reported that Lizard would appear in the film.[32]

On August 23, 2021, the film's official teaser trailer was released and it confirmed reports that Benedict Wong would be reprising his Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Wong and that Green Goblin, Lizard, and Sandman would appear in the film.[33][34][35]

On October 24, 2021, it was reported that Paula Newsome would portray a M.I.T. administrator in the film.[36]

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Music

Song title Artist Location(s)
I Zimbra Talking Heads
Native New Yorker Odyssey
Scraper Liquid Liquid
No Sleep till Brooklyn Beastie Boys
Flashpoint Eugene Thompson
Theme from Doctor Strange Michael Giacchino
Concerto For two Violins in G Major, RV 516: III. Allegro Antonio Vivaldi
Doc Ock Is Born Danny Elfman
Enter the Goblin
Spider-Man Main Title
I'm Electro Hans Zimmer, Tom Holkenborg
Deck The Halls Thomas Oliphant
Main Title - Young Peter James Horner
The Magic Number De La Soul
  • End credits.
Bailando Cumbia Danny Osuna

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  21. EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Cox is Back as Daredevil in 'SPIDER-MAN 3'
  22. Spider-Man 3: Willem Dafoe And Thomas Haden Church Negotiating A Return in Mind-Blowing Sequel: Exclusive
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  24. Jacob Batalon on Instagram - February 23, 2021
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  27. Spider-Man: No Way Home News on Twitter - March 26, 2021
  28. EXCLUSIVE: Jon Favreau Returning for Spider-Man: No Way Home
  29. Alfred Molina Details Doc Ock’s Return in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’: ‘The Tentacles Do All the Work’ (EXCLUSIVE)
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