Since 2002 there have been 13 feature films that have either featured the character Spider-Man or a supporting character of his. And since small bits of news about Spider-Man No Way Home have been released, it’s left many wondering how the MCU would combine all information out there. Now that it’s out, the renewed calls for no spoilers echo the internet like it’s Endgame all over again. So this review might be shorter than my previous articles because I won’t spoil any twist, reveal any easter eggs, or speak of the mid-credit tease. So let’s talk about how No Way Home found a home as the 3rd best opening weekend of all time.
Anything I say here can be obtained from the trailer. The film starts seconds after the end of Far From Home. Spider-Man’s identity has been revealed to the world and now is forced into the spotlight along with those around him. So he seeks help from everyone’s favorite doctor wizard, Dr. Strange to make the world forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. But the spell goes chaotic and now Peter Parker must deal with the consequences of his actions.
That’s truly the biggest takeaway from not just the film but Marvel’s Phase 4 as a whole. After Endgame was dealing with stakes on a Galatic level I was wondering how is Marvel going to keep these heroes from being so powerful they don’t just auto-win every battle. Well, it looks like Phase 4 is all about heroes confronting problems that anybody could relate to, solving it, and being forced to deal with the repercussions.
In Wanda Vision, the Scarlet Witch was forced to face the emotional trauma of losing the love of her life and her own world of Westview. Sam and Bucky came to look at the Systemic issues of the American ideal both inside of and outside of the United States. Loki reflected on his past selfishness, acted upon what he thought was the right thing, but now the timeline of the universe is at stake. Even Shang-Chi, despite being a brand new addition to the MCU, had to face the consequences of both himself and his father.
Marvel seems to be shifting the ideal that villains aren’t always the antagonist of a story. Just because there’s a big fight scene in the third act doesn’t mean it’s the emotional climax. The writing in the film is the best selling point. I laughed, I almost cried, I laughed again, I almost cried again. The story is both simple and complicated, but ultimately it’s relatable.
It’s a Marvel movie. They go all out on the visuals and I think it’s why it had such a stellar opening weekend. Had it been on Disney+ I don’t think some scenes would have hit as hard. After all, would you rather see some web-swinging on a screen that’s measured in inches or feet?
The film also featured its fair share of action sequences. But if I’m honest Shang-Chi has the best sequences of any Marvel movie. Plenty of explosions, wanton destruction, and fights that feel at home in a comic, but on film feature plenty of cuts as well.
If I’m being honest No Way Home may just be in my top 10, maybe even top 5 MCU movies! It’s brilliantly written, expertly acted, and will appeal to any Marvel fan. Whether they’re collecting comics, have been a part of the MCU since May of 2008, or are just a casual viewer. Spider-Man No Way Home is a 5 out of 5, and a solid must-see movie.