Spider-Man: No Way Home is a Home Run

Spider-Man: No Way Home is a Home Run

Leo Thompson, Writer


Spider-Man: No Way Home has come to theaters; it is the newest film in the web-slingers saga and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many people are saying this film is the best out of all the Spider-man films, and I think the film deserves the praise. The film is about Spider-Man (a.k.a Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland) dealing with the consequences of the events in the previous movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home. In the final events of the previous film, his identity is revealed across the globe, everyone in the world knows his secret identity, and everyone thinks he killed the villain from the last movie, Mysterio , played by Jake Gyllenhal. Due to all of this, Parker and his friends experience a couple of months of not being able to live a normal life due to the publicity. He also is unable to get into college because the public believes he murdered Mysterio, and by extension, neither are his friends. In an attempt to solve all of his problems, he goes to Doctor Strange to craft a spell to erase everyone’s memories of his true identity, but he tampers with the spell too much, and the doors of the multiverse are open to his world. Because of this spell, everyone who knew Spider-Man’s true identity across every universe appeared, such as Doc Ock , played by Alfred Molina, and Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe.


In my opinion, it has some of the best performances of any marvel movie. From the spine chilling reprise of Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, to the returning performances of previous Peter Parkers in other franchises: Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield.  Defoe definitely steals the show perfectly, acting the part not only with his words but with his mind, body, and soul. He displays excellent  facial acting specifically, such as  when he smiles while getting beaten. Tom Holland easily gives his best performance as Spider-Man, and maybe of his career. He excellently displays the eccentricity and emotionality of the character.


This is probably, in my opinion, the best MCU film, cinematography wise. Also, it has some amazing decisions from the director, Jon Watts. A good example of this is when Spider-man’s “spider-sense” goes off throughout the film, we often don’t know what is about to attack him, and it builds strong tension. At times, the camera will do a close up shot of his face, and you get to see as he slowly looks around for the danger. They only do this a few times in the whole film, but they do it well, and they show that something is about to go down. Another thing: whenever Spider-man web slings and isn’t fighting, instead of having the camera stay still, it follows him and his movement translates well. 


The biggest problem with this movie, in my opinion, is that if you haven’t watched all ten of the Spider-man films, you may not enjoy it or understand it. I do not recommend  watching this movie without seeing all the films, all of which are worthwhile on their own. But if you have seen all the other Spider-Man films across each franchise, then you will most likely love the movie and all it’s callbacks to the other films.


I think this is probably the best movie in the MCU Spider-Man franchise, and one of the best Spider-Man movies ever. While this movie has the potential to be the worst for someone who hasn’t seen the older films,  if you have seen them, this will be one of the most fun and moving stories you will ever see in a superhero movie.