Spider-Man: No Better Way To Put It (SPOILERS)

Major spoiler warning for those who haven’t seen Spider-Man: No Way Home yet! Alright, are we ready? Great, let’s start off by saying that Spider-Man: No Way Home was a phenomenal film that made us laugh, cheer, and even cry. We got to see fan-favorites like Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield return to their roles as Peter Parker as a result of Doctor Strange messing up a spell that was meant to make the universe forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Instead, it brought everyone that knew Peter Parker was Spider-Man across different universes into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe.) We’ve spoken to several web-heads, and casual watchers around campus about what they think about the movie, and we’ll give you a Rotten Tomatoes style rating at the bottom of the article.

Spider-Man: No Way Home currently sits at $1.37 billion in the box office, making it the 12th highest grossing film globally, and this isn’t for no reason. Apopka High School students seem to love this movie, and each for their own reasons. Junior Cayla Pitts tells us, “My favorite part is when they attempt to fight all the bad guys, but they then come back together and regroup and then they each do their different poses.” Not only was the movie great because we got to see the old Spider-Men return but because it sets up the plot for the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness film, as well as the next Spider-Man movie. Sophomore Kaitlyn Collins, who has seen most of the Spider-Man films and read multiple Spider-Man comics, says her favorite part is when Aunt May asked Doc Oc if he prefered freshwater or saltwater. Her favorite Spider-Man of the three is Tom Holland, but Tobey Maguire as a close second. This movie was packed full of great things, and most people that have seen the movie can agree that the main message of Spider-Man: No Way Home, is that “With great power, comes great responsibility.” This follows a common theme from previous Spider-Man films but never fails to make us emotional and cheer for the greatest web-slinger out there.

But to talk about the great, we must also discuss the bad. Don’t worry, most people we asked didn’t think there was much of it. “I don’t like how they made Doctor Strange sort of like this bad guy in the movie; cause like from Peter’s point of view, he [Doctor Strange] is trying to kill all these bad guys when Peter just wants to help them and send them back,” Kaitlyn tells us. This is a fair point, as typically Doctor Strange is a really good guy. He fought with the Avengers after all and was the Sorcerer Supreme before “the blip,” a cosmic event in the MCU when half of all living things in the universe, chosen at random, were exterminated by Thanos. Another complaint about the film comes from Senior Martine Joseph. She said, “I think the way they brought in Tobey, because it was just kind’ve expected, cause after they brought in Andrew’s Spider-Man I was like ‘oh my gosh, oh my gosh!’ but I wish they brought Tobey in differently so it could kinda be a surprise.” This is totally fair because fans have been waiting for Tobey’s Spider-Man to return for years and it’s true, he definitely deserved a more climactic entrance. One final grievance about the movie that we heard comes from Freshman Marcus Anderson: “I don’t really get why the other bad guys that knew who Spider-Man was didn’t come into this movie.” It’s true, we didn’t get to see Harry Osborn, played by James Franco return, nor did we see Topher Grace return as Eddie Brock/Venom, we’ll come back to this shortly. But yes, this is something that the movie fails to explain and is a plot hole; however, Marcus also goes on to say that this didn’t ruin the movie experience for him as a whole.

Most people we spoke to did stick around at the end of the movie for the post-credit scenes, and if you didn’t we strongly recommend going on the internet to find those clips before reading this paragraph. So, in the first post-credit scene we get to see the character Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, from the 2018 and 2021 Venom movies; this is a different Eddie Brock than we see in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3 film. We see that Eddie’s at what appears to be a vacation resort, we can assume that Doctor Strange’s messed up spell brought him there, he’s talking to the bartender about things that have happened in the MCU such as the blip mentioned previously. In mid-conversation though, Eddy Brock is transported back to his own universe but left a small piece of the Venom symbiote behind in the MCU, meaning that we’ll most likely see Venom in future Marvel/Spider-Man films. “My prediction for the next Spider-Man film is that it’ll be like the Spider-Man PS4 game,” says Sophomore Noah Henderson.

Spider-Man PS4, a game that recognizes that Spider-Man’s adventures, are just as or even more important than his origin story. We see him fight an evil group of villains known as the Sinister Six, which can consist of six different Spider-Man villains. The Sinister Six in the MCU could include some of the villains Spider-Man battled previously, for example Vulture from Spider-Man Homecoming, who we know is still biding his time in prison.

The next post-credit scene that we get is a trailer for the upcoming Marvel film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, showcasing what appears to be an evil alternate universe Doctor Strange, and we also get to see Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in it. It seems that Doctor Strange is going to have to set everything straight because of the consequences he faces because of his actions in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Everyone we interviewed for this article has seen both post-credit scenes.

Finally, we asked every single interviewee to give their own rating of the movie, out of 100%, and the average of all the ratings combined is 94.78%. To give it the fairest rating possible however; we must take into account all of the good, bad, and ugly mentioned before. Yes, there were plot holes, but they’re easily outdone by the amazing performances, the soundtrack, and the character development happening in this movie. Peter Parker from the MCU walked into Spider-Man No Way Home as Spider-Boy, and swung out a true Spider-Man with the help of his friends and fellow Spider-Men. Our final rating of No Way Home is a solid 95%, and no other recent film can boast the same kind of rating, and needless to say that it’ll be awhile before we experience a movie as great as this one again.