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Serious spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home follow. Get outta here and go see the movie before you scroll any more!
Spider-Man: No Way Home sees the multiverses mingle after Doctor Strange and Peter Parker bungle a spell that would have erased everyone's memory in order to forget Spider-Man's identity. Villains like Sandman, Electro, Doc Ock and the Green Goblin are pulled mere moments from their demise into this universe, and it turns out that there might have been even more "big" characters who Peter, Ned and MJ would have met based on earlier versions of the script.
We got the chance to chat to Tom Holland about the significance of No Way Home both to himself and to the fans, and what's next for the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Check it out!
Speaking to The Wrap, screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers shed a little light on the creative challenge of introducing legendary characters into this universe. "We’re not just doing this for its own sake. If we’re going to do this, let’s try to really honor all of these characters and all of these movies and make it feel like we’re doing it for a reason, a story reason that has to do with our Peter Parker, but also treats those characters with respect and honors those properties," explained Sommers. That goal might have led to a number of notable characters being left behind but that's not all bad news.
"There were big characters," hinted McKenna. "But almost too big, because it always became a balancing act of how do we tell not only a story with all these awesome villains that we know we want to bring into this movie, the classic ones, but also how do we make this still a Tom Holland/Peter Parker story so that he’s not completely overshadowed?"
At the end of the story, Peter Parker orders Doctor Strange to complete the original spell that would have wiped the world's memories of Spider-Man so the universe stops splitting at the seams. Resultantly, Strange, Ned, MJ, Happy and all of his closest confidants have no idea who he is, and that conveniently acts as a soft reset for the upcoming trilogy of new Spidey movies. It's possible, therefore, that some of these "big" characters have been saved for future stories. See? All's well that ends well.
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