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Spider-Man: No Way Home: A Love Letter From Sony and Marvel to Spider-Man Fans

This sets in motion a journey that tests his values and leads to the discovery of what it takes to become Spider-Man

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Khushant Runghe
Khushant Runghe
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INDIA: Following the continuity of Far from Home, the plot kicks start with Spider-Man being unmasked, which causes his social life to be disrupted by the paparazzi and the Daily Bugle. With his identity revealed, Peter Parker’s life becomes chaotic, and he is unable to distinguish between his superhero identity and his social life. When Peter Parker noticed that his friends were suffering the most, he sought the assistance of Doctor Strange.

This sets in motion a journey that tests his values and leads to the discovery of what it takes to become Spider-Man. Jon Watts who helmed the prior MCU Spider-Man films continues his journey in this installment of the Web-Slinger trilogy.

Ensemble cast of Spider-Man

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Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is still likable and gives a better performance than the last one. Dr. Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, doesn’t get much screen time, which is reasonable considering that it’s a solo Spider-Man film (or is it?).

Aunt May, played by Marisa Tomei, has a lot to contribute to Peter’s journey, which culminates in his choices and decisions. Zendaya as MJ, who plays Peter’s love interest, is a simple teen and a supportive girlfriend that every superhero wishes he had. Ned Leeds, played by Jacob Batalon, is a lovable companion that completes the lives of every heroic teenager.

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In this film, the rouge’s gallery from earlier Spider-Man movies appears more frightening. Alfred Molina as Dr. Octopus, William Dafoe as Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman, and Rhys Ifans as Lizard. All of these characters’ interactions are entertaining to witness, which is enough to bring back memories for any Spider-Man fan.

Great Performances with a trip of nostalgia

In comparison to their prior appearances, every character in this film has provided their greatest performance. William Dafoe’s performance as the Green Goblin shines out the most; whenever he comes on screen, he dominates everyone else.

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His role brilliantly captures the eerie emotions of Green Goblin, while also showcasing the actor’s incredible ability to portray a split personality affected character. Whether playing Norman Osborn or the Green Goblin, William Dafoe perfectly captures the character’s unpredictability and craziness. His demeanor exemplifies the danger and destruction that the Green Goblin produces in the life of the wall-crawler. At times, we found ourselves glued to our seats, waiting to discover what the character’s next move would be.

Alfred Molina’s portrayal of Doc Ock is particularly remarkable; his introduction begins with a well-known Spider-Man foe perplexed by his arrival in an alternate universe. The actor’s portrayal of a turmoiled scientist enslaved by his invention is a perfect match for his character. We, as an audience, can feel his anguish and despair. Only a few powerful villains, such as William Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, have managed to develop buzz and become fan favorites. The appearances of both characters elicited enthusiastic whistling and screaming from the audience.

In most circumstances, all of the prominent performances from such brilliant actors may affect the performance of the lead character. However, Tom Holland as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man gives his all, and his performance isn’t overpowered by others. It’s hardly an exaggeration to claim that it was his finest achievement to date. He perfectly captures the disturbed adolescent who, no matter what, maintains his principles and ethics.

Tom Hollands’ reactions accurately capture his pain and loss. And all of Spider- Man’s shortcomings from prior MCU films are addressed through tremendous character growth. His character evolves till the end of the film and truly comprehends the meaning of the often-quoted phrase “with power comes great responsibility”.

The film involving different characters from previous films can be confusing for the audience. However, this movie successfully simplifies all of the difficult aspects for the audience in a linear format that is easy to comprehend. The action sequences are not only thrilling to watch, but they can also be quite emotional at times. Michael Giacchino’s background score calms the ear with all of the various emotions, from exhilaration to grief.

What could have been better?

William Dafoe and Alfred Molina, on the other hand, had the greatest screen time. Other characters, such as Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman, and Rhys Ifans’ Lizard, are not so lucky. Their characters appear for the shortest amount of screen time, which may have been extended. Also, Sandman’s character arc and motivation for fighting Spider-Man are perplexing to watch.

The movie is dark in terms of contrast, it was quite difficult to witness the action sequences which take place at night. This significantly detracts from the moviegoing experience.


This film is a perfect blend of appropriate comedic timing with stunning action sequences, resulting in a rollercoaster trip of emotions. All of Spider-Man’s conceivable fates are handled in the narrative, which has a nostalgic feel to it. Thanks to Sony and Marvel for their 20-year effort, which has resulted in one of the best Spider-Man films that live up to the anticipation. It’s a must-watch for every fan of comic books movies and especially Spider-Man enthusiasts.

Transcontinental Times rating: 4.7/5

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