Spiderman: No Way Home (2021)Trailer Breakdown
The Spiderman: No Way Home official trailer breakdown
What a trailer. Straight out of the gate fans are bombarded with images of Peter Parker, Dr.Strange, Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, and Electro all within the first 4 seconds of the trailer. Even from those quick shots, it is obvious that some past favorites are reprising their roles as Spiderman villains in the upcoming film. Jaimie Foxx will be back as Electro, Doc Ock is once again played by Alfred Molina, and Willam Dafoe is playing the Green Goblin. Classic villains from the Andrew Garfield movies and the Toby Meguire Spiderman trilogy respectively.
“Ever since I got bit by that spider, I’ve only had one week where my life has felt normal. That was when you found out.” Peter says in a voice-over to MJ.
As he speaks, viewers see Spiderman flying through the air holding what can only be MJ as they speed past billboards proclaiming him to be public enemy #1 before they are seen traversing the subway system trying to avoid the still active trains.
Spiderman and Dr. Strange are building on the relationship viewers saw budding in the Avengers movies with Dr. Strange’s voice letting everyone know that Peter Parkers tried and failed to make the world forget he was Spiderman. Not only did he fail, he “botched it.”
They give fans a quick peek at this botched attempt. Viewers see Dr. Strange and Peter Parker casting a spell together before being blown back and the fabric of space and time being ripped apart. Then Dr. Strange says “..we started getting some visitors,” and the infamous laugh of Willam Dafoe’s Green Goblin rings out.
Ever since the success of Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse, there have been rumors and speculation that Marvel Studios would try to bring that concept of different universes into the MCU. This movie is that dream coming to fruition. This movie is a consolidation of all the past Spiderman movies coming together and unifying their shared subject.
Spiderman comes with so many different backgrounds and has gone through so many iterations with the title being turned over from studio to studio with reboot after reboot. It is good to see all of that finally being combined into one Spiderman experience.
Back to the trailer, viewers get the money shot of a few of this movie’s villains amongst explosions and chases. The next big surprise is fans get a glimpse of J.K. Simmons back as J. Jonah Jameson once again.
Then the big theme of the movie shows up. Dr. Strange says, “They all die fighting Spiderman. It’s their fate.”
This movie is going to be all about Peter Parker trying to fight fate while experiencing the evergrowing web of the Spider-verse. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is the youngest and perhaps the most naive of the Spidermans that have previously been depicted in film, but he is also the one who struggles the most with making the hard choices. This movie is going to have him confront those hard choices in more ways than one.
The rest of the trailer is a montage of close-ups that don’t tell viewers anything more than they already knew but do promise the film to be full of action and very exciting. The last few easter eggs in the trailer are when viewers see a giant face made of sand indicating the return of the Sandman once again played by Thomas Haden Church and a quick glimpse of the Lizard as played by Rhys Ifans.
This trailer is packed full of hints about the story and where the MCU is going at large. It continues events and themes past the introduction of multiple timelines and universes as established in Avengers: Endgame and the Disney+ show Loki. The trailer does leave one glaring question. If all these villains came from other universes, did any other Spiderman come through as well?
Rumors abound as fans come up with theories of modified or edited scenes. These theories are not without precedent. Many scenes in the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were modified in order to hide key moments and particularly impactful reveals. Fans everywhere are hoping for multiple spidermen in this film.
This movie is going to be a unifying force amongst the Spiderman movies as well as the MCU as a whole. The last battle in the trailer seems to take place on the Statue of Liberty with magical bands all around it. The statue of liberty is being rebuilt with Captain America’s shield, mirroring the shield Spiderman stood on when he was falling off against Mysterio in the last movie, and beyond that, the statue of liberty was the scene for the final battle in the first big-budget Marvel movie; Sony’s X-men. The bands of magic turn from gold to purple which generally indicates dark magic as seen by Agatha Harkness in the Disney+ series WandaVision and used by Dormammu in Dr. Strange.
The hype is real with this one. Swinging into theatres on December 17, don’t miss your friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
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