At the beginning of the year, Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe gave the starting signal with the premiere of the WandaVision series ; after the mind-blowing events we all witnessed in Avengers: Endgame. From that moment on, we knew that big things were to come and the date marked on the calendar was the launch of Spider-Man: No Road Home.
Honestly, I did not expect to witness a movie of the magnitude that Avengers: Endgame had, at least in a couple of years. And the rumors and leaks surrounding Spider-Man: No Way Home caused me more fear than pleasure. After so much previous furor, would the third installment of the arachnid fulfill my expectations?
I got the answer yesterday and I am not lying when saying that it exceeded my expectations. Yes, even with all the information that had come out about Spider-Man: No Road Home, the movie wowed me. The plot begins right where Spider-Man: Far From Home ended . Journalist J.Jonah Jamerson (JK Simmons) exposes the superhero’s identity thanks to a video by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal); in which he also accuses him of murdering him.
The first 20 or 30 minutes have a slow pace that is justified, as it is important that the audience understands what Peter Parker (Tom Holland) feels to be so exposed. In the streets there is a debate between whether Spider-Man is good or bad and the pressure that this young man from high school feels is perceptible.
Apparently, they are all negative consequences and Peter is not the only one affected. His girlfriend MJ (Zendaya) and his friend Ned (Jacob Batalon), are also victims of scrutiny to a level that can even put their future at risk.
For all this, Peter desperately goes to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to cast a spell that will bring back his anonymity. However, when you do it, everyone will forget that Parker is Spider-Man and he begins to regret it in the middle of the process. You want all your close friends and family to remember you and things get out of hand. The cracks collapse and the multiverse that fans have so much speculated about opens up before the audience.
The spell provokes the arrival of the beloved villains that come from other dimensions. Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and Lizard (Rhys Ifans); They arrive to make life miserable for Peter, but he is not the Spider-Man they expected. All of these enemies of the arachnid are played by the same actors as in the original Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield sagas.
It must be said that the most prominent are Alfred Molina and Willem Dafoe with their remarkable performances. The villains we met years ago are much less scary than when we first saw them; although it seems right to me that we see its more human side. However, as I said, Green Goblin is a show and it seems that the years have not passed, as Dafoe is the culprit of some of the most epic scenes in the film.
As in the other two Spider-Man films, director Jon Watts uses the devices of comedy and unbridled action. However, there are fewer shots that provoke laughter in the viewers and this is not bad, quite the opposite. It is already necessary to see a more mature Peter Parker and I’m sure that will be the case because of what happens in Spider-Man: No way home.
As always, Peter is well known for having a chicken heart and decides to help the sinister, rather than fight them. The person responsible for this idea is Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), but Doctor Strange disagrees. This decision triggers the most important events of the plot and will even affect the following films and series of Phase 4 of the MCU. In truth, it is not necessary to lose detail of the narrative, because surprises and revelations occur throughout the plot; even in post-credit scenes.
The good intentions of Peter Parker will mean a great loss for him. This will serve to further explore the mind of our favorite arachnid, who until now has had an immature side. “With great power comes great responsibility” and is what Spider-Man will have to learn in the next films.