After so much hype leading up to Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s no surprise that The Golden Cages for Biggest “Oh Shit” Moment was awarded to the latest installment in Tom Holland’s take on the popular web crawler. From leaks to claims of Photoshopping from one of the actors in the film, everyone knew before they walked into theaters that all three Spider-Men were going to appear at some point. How and when was not totally clear. Yes, plot details were all over the internet but Marvel and Sony were quite clever with their trailer releases, even going so far as to edit out the other two in a fight scene. I am of course referring to the moment Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield enter the MCU through a portal opened by MCU Peter Parker’s friend Ned.
Audiences reacted the same way they did at the end of Endgame with the “On Your Left” epic scene along with the line “Avengers Assemble”. Clapping, screaming, you name it. This truly was the worst kept secret in the MCU so far but it was so worth the wait. The chemistry between the three Spider-Men was great to watch. They basically treated Holland as a little brother. Tobey Maguire still has it despite all of the time that has passed. The moment he steps in to prevent Holland from straight-up murdering Green Goblin was a powerful moment given his own history with Norman. We also can’t forget Andrew Garfield saving this MJ from certain death and redeeming himself for not saving Gwen.
Whatever consequences this has for the MCU and their timelines will be interesting to see going forward (if we see it). Marvel is going to really have to continue to outdo itself with its upcoming theatrical releases such as Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness (X-Men and Fantastic Four please?). What is clear is that Spider-Man: No Way Home went down in the history books and blew up the box office, it will be extremely hard for many films to top that level of hype. Sure, DC is about to try and massively compete with The Batman and Flash but you can’t beat seeing three versions of Spider-Man kicking ass at the same time. Superhero films take note you have some very very big shoes to fill.