If you’ve seen all the previous Spider-Man movies, recently — well done. You will understand everything that happens in the latest escapade,
If you have not participated in a Spider-Man marathon, there may be a few details that need to solidify to help you fully understand the latest Spider-Man bonanza.
Here are the answers to all the big questions you may have after watching Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Who is J. Jonah Jameson? And where is he from?
That angry-sounding man makes the toothbrush mustache cool again? It’s John Jonah Jameson, played by JK Simmons (as you know from his Oscar-winning performance in Whiplash). Jameson first appeared on screen in 2002’s Spider-Man as the publisher of the Daily Bugle newspaper. He hires Peter (Tobey Maguire) as a freelance photographer. In the No Way Home universe, he (cozily) hosts TheDailyBugle.net.
Who is that lawyer in the beginning?
The excellent lawyer who can catch bricks faster than Spidey is Matt Murdoch, also known as Daredevil.to confirm that Charlie Cox would continue to be MCU’s Daredevil now and in the future, following his after his third season. Many wanted the actor to appear in MCU as the blind superhero once again, and that wish was fulfilled.
Explain the multiverse in one line?
Basically, when it comes to Marvel, the multiverse is a collection of alternative universes with a similar nature and a universal hierarchy.
What is the background of all the villains?
Well you asked. Let me redirect you to our useful explanation, not true.
How old is Spider-Men now?
Maguire’s Peter certainly looks a little more piggy around the edges (he’s still an incredible buff, of course), and he talks about “making it work” with his MJ and dealing with back and shoulder pain from all the swinging. Clearly, this is a much older Spider-Man. When we first met Maguire’s iteration, he went to high school in his final year as a 17-year-old. If we add 20 years to it, Maguire’s Peter is around 37 now. As for Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, his Peter was also 17 years old in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Add 10 and Garfields Peter is 27 years old.
What happens in the end?
In the film, the three adopt Peter’s numbers, but for the sake of clarity, I just want to use the actors’ names. Tom Holland is joined by Tobey Maguire, who met Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn (the green elf) in 2002’s Spider-Man, Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius (Doctor Octopus) in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 and Thomas Haden Church as Flint Marko (The Sandman) in 2007’s Spider-Man 3. The third member of the web-slinging trio is Andrew Garfield, who met Rhys Ifans as Lizard in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man followed by Jamie Foxx as Electro in 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2.
With Aunt May dead and the scary five at large, Peter Parkers develops a series of sera that will return the bad guys to their old human selves. They challenge Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Electro, Lizard and Sandman to a showdown over the Statue of Liberty – and if you’re not laughing when the three Spider-Mans get started together, I do not know what to tell you.
It is fitting that the final battle between Holland and Norman Osborn takes place in a smashed model of Captain America’s shield, which was in the process of being mounted on the statue. The falling shield is a symbol of Caps principles of justice and decency laid down, and Peter is close to betraying those principles as he prepares to kill Osborn. Fortunately, Maguire steps in. He does not even have to say anything for Holland to realize that this is not what Aunt May would have wanted.
During the final battle, Holland, Maguire and Garfield figure out how to coordinate and use the serums to cure the bad guys (though that raises some big questions about consent and the ethics of “fixing” people who won’t be fixed) . It helps that Doctor Octopus takes care of Electro for them, in one of Doc Ock’s various hallucinations. Incidentally, Electro is powered by Tony Stark’s arc reactor in the finale, but it’s still funny that even the electricity in the MCU is somehow “better” than in previous films. How to do to occupation?
Why does Andrew Garfield catch MJ?
Even though this is an MCU movie, and Holland is Peter-1 – and the electricity is better – the other Spider stars are still getting their share of the limelight. Maguire and Garfield get a whole scene to themselves before meeting Holland. And in the final, they face their own villains, where Garfield has time to reconcile with Electro. “There must be a black Spider-Man somewhere,” jokes Electro, and of course there are: Miles Morales, seen in the comics and in the acclaimed animated film Into the Spider-Verse.
The most outrageous moment, MJ sees the sling from the statue and falls to its doom – until Garfield jumps out and catches her. He lowers her crying to the ground and achieves a kind of closure in a similar moment when his beloved Gwen Stacey fell to his death in Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Unlike Maguire and Holland, Garfield never got a third film, so it’s nice to see him get a fitting rejection here. His film is not well remembered, so it’s a great moment when Tobey Maguire tells him he’s amazing. “I needed to hear it,” Garfield says. Awww.
What happens when the wicked become human again?
If you’re wondering who plays Lizard, it’s Welsh actor Rhys Ifans. Unlike the other stars who repeat their villainous roles, not much is seen of Ifans in this film, and he has no retorts once he is human again. This makes me wonder if he was stuck in the lockdown or was busy filmingor something, and the short pictures of his face are lifted from the previous film instead of being filmed specifically.
Oh, and it’s nice to see that the serum somehow reconstitutes Flint Marko’s infamous green-striped T-shirt. Stylish.
What happens when the villains go back?
The return of the villains to their own timeline is treated as a happy ending, but what if they have just returned to the moment they came from – their death? Crossing fingers with a serum that makes them human, and also saving them from being blown up or electrocuted or whatever happened to them at the end of their respective films.
Things get even more complicated when you consider that time went on in some of the previous films. Osborn died years ago, affecting the events that followed – his death even contributed to Octavius’ origins as Doctor Octopus.
This sounds like a job for the Time Variance Authority, the cosmic officers established as the guardians of time in the TV show Loki. Except that they’re probably busy when the multiverse is unleashed (see the post-credit scene and the upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for more on that).
How does the forgetfulness form work?
When the action is over, Peter visits the coffee shop where MJ works and Ned hangs out. None of them recognize him. Dr. Strange’s magic has worked, and everyone has forgotten poor Peter Parker.
However, the forgetful spell raises a lot of questions. Happy and MJ do not know Peter, which means they have forgotten the connection between Peter and Spider-Man. But Spider-Man still exists, which means time has not been affected. So what about the events of this and previous Spider movies? Does MJ remember being in the Statue of Liberty fight where she cut her head? Why does she think she was there? How does Happy think he met Aunt May? What do they see in their minds when they think of Spider-Man?
And if those events still took place, what about the news reports naming Parker? Have all these news reports and tweets just been deleted?
And if no one knows Peter Parker or has ever known him, then what does it mean for his life? Does he have a CPR number? Hopefully this will be clarified in the next movie, Spider-Man trying to get a driver’s license.
Of course, that’s not quite the end, check out our explanation for the scoop on the mid-credits and post-credit scenes.
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