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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ unleashes a theatrical, fun and deliberate piece of cinema that deserves to be the talk of the town.

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By Abigail Mulonas

Fulfilling fan’s expectations, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” acts on a complex concept that is clear to understand, without skimping on the usual witty Marvel formula. 

Following the direct events from its predecessor, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Mysterio reveals to the world that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. When Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange, a spell goes wrong and dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

This film features a reprise of characters of Peter’s girlfriend, MJ, his best friend, Ned, his Aunt May, and Happy, along with the beloved villains, The Green Goblin, Doc Oc, The SandMan, and Electro all making an appearance. 

I am the first to admit my bias toward Marvel and the character of Spider-Man, as I grew up reading the comics and obsessing over the film adaptations. However, there is no denying the wave of Marvel films being well-loved by superhero fans and non-fans alike – to which this film is no different and in utter deservance of its hype.  

Capturing the innermost and intuitive entertainment value that comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), this film earns every minute of its two and a half hour run time. Not only is it an encapsulating draw, it is also an energizing watch that does not feel lengthy in the slightest.

Tom Holland’s MCU’s Spider-Man is not my favorite rendition of the character, though, which is important to mention. 

In his first film in the trilogy, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” he is developed as a good comic-like Peter Parker – being awkward, funny, and trying to please everyone by doing everything right. But, he is babied by his mentor Tony Stark and never develops the agility, delicacy and strength of Spider-Man when the character needs to have a balance of both personas. 

The viewer witnesses Peter gain a higher acceptance of his responsibility within each film in this trilogy, and the plot specifically shows that Peter isn’t a kid anymore. He can’t take care of everyone and realizes his actions have consequences. 

This is what this film gets right. It not only achieves a rational understanding of so many intricate aspects, but it also shows us the immense growth of the characters.

And this is the turning point. In order to fully respect him, since we have seen him be a bad-ass, but always in a childish light, he is now unveiled as the independent superhero that he just needed time to become. 

One of the reasons that makes this film special is the fan-driven attention to detail. Bringing nostalgia and interrelated parts that collectively rely on each other and the loyalty of its involved audience to have it all come together, this film depends on its fanbase like no other. 

Since the majority of the movie trailer content was pulled from the beginning of the film, it makes for an unexpected first impression. Finding its footing quickly along the way, it shifts gears in the second and third act.

Given this is incredibly character and plot driven, the CGI, visuals and action are still as entertaining and well-done as expected, the viewer feeling every ounce of its cinematic experience.

Furthermore, keeping this spoiler-free, that’s really all that needs to be said upon watching.

While my only negatives come from the storytelling having its blocky moments and this film balancing on the brink of information override, imperfections are what makes Spider-Man, Spider-Man, so the good outweighs the bad. 

Plus, this film deserves numerous watches to fully say everything was absorbed, to which opinions on specific aspects can change. 

Entirely worth the hype, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” breaks out of its childish themes by implementing a logical understanding of a complex thought, inventing antagonists with relevance and grit, and dealing with real-world responsibilities.

Rating: 9/10

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