Spider-Man No Way Home Review


“You ain’t ready!” said Tom Holland after the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer was leaked online in August 2021. Four months later, on December 17, 2021, fans were indeed not ready for the amazing film that sparked a feeling of nostalgia from audiences young and old. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home is an emotional rollercoaster where everyone from the diehard fan to the casual viewer are almost guaranteed to laugh, gasp, cry, and be utterly shocked over the span of mere minutes. However, this two-hour and twenty eight minute film does not seem rushed and offers adequate screentime to all the characters involved and manages to not only leave the audience speechless, but also completes the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) origin story for Peter Parker’s Spider-Man. It is astounding what this movie is able to accomplish without overwhelming the audience in such a short amount of time. 

The actors did an outstanding job with their performances, especially with Tom Holland’s nearly comic-book-accurate representation of the web-slinger Peter Parker and Willem DaFoe’s creepy yet outstanding portrayal of the Green Goblin. 

No Way Home felt like a genuinely solo Spider-Man film that helped to develop the emotionally-maturing character of Peter Parker without being entangled in the rest of the MCU and Avengers franchise. Without focusing on Peter’s relationship with the Avengers, it allows the supporting characters to shine. Ned Leeds and Michelle Jones (MJ), Peter Parker’s closest friends, became unique characters aside from their roles as members of the “FOS” or “Friends of Spider-Man,” a term coined by Ned in Far From Home. Even the villains were given adequate story arcs, staying true to the film’s theme of second chances. 

Along with the theme of second chances, the question of what it means to be Spider-Man comes to the forefront of the film. Spider-Man has always been such a beloved character by the fans, and this movie proves that his relatability to the audience is one of his most defining traits. The film says true to the “friendly neighborhood” roots while expanding what we already know about the well-known and beloved character. 

Overall, the film was extremely enjoyable for both longtime fans and people entering the MCU fanbase for the first time. Furthermore, the major twists in the film would make fans leap out of their seats in excitement. While some would have preferred to focus more screen time on certain villains like The Lizard, the movie was well-paced and the themes were conveyed in an impactful manner. This is definitely one of Marvel’s best films yet, and we are looking forward to what the MCU has to offer in the future.Spider-Man  No Way Home in theaters, December 17, 2021

5.00 avg. rating (97% score) - 5 votes