- Troy Juhn
Movie Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home Review: A Love Letter to Spider-Man
Spider-Man is one of the most well-known superheroes ever. I don’t think you can go up to any person without them at least knowing the basic premise of the iconic Spider-Man series: a high school kid gets bitten by a radioactive spider, and he gets spider powers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken the character of Peter Parker (Spider-Man in his human form) and changed a few things about his character from his previous iterations in Sam Rami’s and Marc Webb’s films. He’s known for being Tony Stark’s protege, so Peter sees Stark as the father figure he never really had. This new film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, for the first time in a while, feels like a classic traditional Spider-Man movie.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Review feels as if it is a love letter to the people that have watched this character develop through different actors. It is truly a tribute to the old-school Spider-Man moments and actors. It’s definitely hard to talk about this movie without spoiling it. For many, Spider-Man was the character that helped them get fully invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The MCU incorporates small details from previous different superhero movies into each newly released movie, giving the small gift of subtle references to long-time watchers.
In my opinion, No Way Home is a much better movie than Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War. I felt far more excited to see this movie than Endgame, a culmination movie for the MCU. This movie is funny, compelling, and ultimately, really sad at some points. In the last 30 minutes, the movie gets increasingly somber, and it has massive effects on future events in the MCU.
The film reflects the development of the franchise, including an increased emphasis on personal and romantic storylines. This movie is also a total crowd pleaser, and I don’t think anyone in the theaters didn’t clap at least once. Overall, if you're a huge MCU fan, this movie will not disappoint you. If not, then this is still a huge blockbuster that actually feels as if it was made for the audience and not just to make money. It’s full of heart, and it’s a great deconstruction of the characters of Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Thank you Jon Watts, thank you Tom Holland, and thank you Spider-Man.