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Spiderman: No Way Home – Review

By Rena Ketelsen– Spiderman: No Way Home (2021), directed by Jon Watts, was officially released in theaters on Friday, December 17. It is the third installment of the Spiderman trilogy starring Tom Holland.

It also takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is very important for its expansion. It opens up a whole new range of possibilities with the introduction of the so-called multiverse.

The movie takes place right after the end of Spiderman: Far From Home (2019). It deals with the consequences of Peter Parker’s secret identity as Spiderman being revealed to the whole world.

Some people see him as a hero while many others see him as a villain and a killer. Everybody who knows Parker and is close to him is subject to public opinion which makes life difficult for them.

Parker seeks help from Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who is a magician and has previously helped save millions of people in Avengers: Endgame (2019) alongside many other heroes. Strange offers to cast a spell, making everybody forget that Parker is Spiderman. However, that spell goes wrong resulting in visits of characters from other parallel universes.

With the help of his friends, Parker has to deal with those characters and send them back where they came from. He gets some surprising help and ultimately needs to make a difficult decision.

This movie was greatly anticipated by fans, partly because of a huge number of rumors surrounding it, many of which turned out to be true. The last scenes from the previous movie added to that anticipation.

It takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster. Many of the scenes are funny, some are exhilarating and entertaining to watch, and some are sad. There were a few great moments between various characters which were well written, and heartbreaking.

The fun scenes, on the other hand, serve as comedic relief of sorts and are a strong contrast to other, more serious scenes. They bring out the goofy, childish side of Peter Parker, even though his past and his current circumstances require a high level of maturity from him.

For anybody who grew up with Andrew Garfield’s and Toby Maguire’s Spidermen, this film is particularly exciting because some of the characters from the older Spiderman movies appear in this one.

This film never gets boring and offers it all: action, comedy, drama, amazing special effects, some nostalgia, and a little romance. In my eyes, it may be one of Marvel’s best ones yet.

December 19, 2021

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