Spider-Man: No Way Home
review by Bobby Blakey
With the MCU Phase 4 officially underway with the release of Black Widow, Shang-Chi and Eternals fans have been early awaiting the return of the wall-crawler Spider-Man. Now the wait is over as the highly anticipated and ambitious third film Spider-Man: No Way Home is finally here starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Benedeict Cumberbatch, Jon FAvreau, Alfred Molina and some rumored others. Could this stick the landing or will it get tangled in its own web?
Spider-Man: No Way Home picks up after the events of the previous film with Peter being exposed as not only Spider-Man, but also as guilty of murdering Mysterio. Looking to try to clean up the mess he looks to Doctor Strange for assistance and things seem to go from bad to worse.
This is a hard one to review because there is so much going on that going to have to keep it short, sweet and spoiler free. I can easily say I loved this one and it is not only my favorite Spider-Man film to date, from all the franchises, but also up there with the best Marvel has done. There is so much action, depth and fun here it is a wonder it works at all and yet it does.
The cast are all great with Holland giving his best and heaviest performance as Peter Parker. This story changes him as a person and evolves him past the goofy high school kid we have grown to love. The supporting cast of Zendaya, Batalon, Tomei and Favreau are all great. Some of them have less to do this time around, but still bring everything you want from them and more.
Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange is obviously here in a similar fashion as Iron Man in Homecoming, but serves a much bigger purpose without it fully becoming a team up movie with them. Within the first few minutes of the film it dives right in and wastes no time getting to the meat of it all carrying
over from the events of the last film. This is the catalyst that drives the film, but it ends up being so much more dealing with varying things we don’t often think about in the world of the superhero.
I am not going to speak on the rumored appearances of those we already know are there and those that have or have not been confirmed as I think it should be experienced on the screen. I will say the film doesn’t disappoint even if it doesn’t deliver everything some fans had hoped for. Trust me that is no secret message or tease in anyway, just shut down your internet and let it happen. It is worth every second.
With all that has been accomplished in the comic to film world that us fans never thought we would see it is amazing that they still find ways to step it up. I never expected an X-Men or Avengers film that would ever work yet here we are. This is more ambitious than that and hits all the marks to not only step up the MCU but fully changes the future of the Tom Holland Spider-Man series moving forward.
As great as the entire movie is it’s those final minutes of the film that had me smiling the most as we dive into the most Spider-Man moment ever and a promise of a fun new future for the web-crawler. Per usual stay through the credits for the mid-credit and after credits fun. Another note is if possible watch the new episode of Hawkeye before seeing Spider-man as there is a throwaway line in the show that directly ties into a fun visual element of this film, but in no way has anything to do with the story before people think I just spoiled something.
In addition to the hit film this release offers up a ton of bonus content including a blooper & gag reel, alternate reality easter eggs, featurettes and so much more. Swing into action with the multiverse with Spider-Man: No Way Home available now on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Home Entertainment.