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Why Spiderman: No Way Home was everything we needed

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SJSU chapter.

Spoilers for Spiderman: No Way Home!

I think everyone had high hopes for “Spider-Man: No Way Home”. After “Spider-Man: Far From Home” left us on a cliffhanger as to what would happen to our beloved superhero, fans couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This isn’t just a love letter towards my favorite Spiderling.

When the movie trailers started to come out, everyone was buzzing with excitement. A multiversal crossover from both the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Spider-Man films, with the added potential of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire reprising their roles? I, nor anybody else, couldn’t wait. There were so many leaks released and despite Andrew’s denials of his appearance (It’s okay Andrew you tried your best), everyone was hyped to see him in this movie.

When the movie was released, I was blown away.

I watched it on opening day and the amount of screaming I heard from the audience when little easter eggs came up was amazing. From Matt Murdock appearing as Peter’s lawyer to Andrew and Tobey appearing in portals, I was so impressed and couldn’t hold anything back. The villains were absolutely amazing. I got chills every time Willem Dafoe appeared as the Green Goblin, not to mention the Venom teaser in the post-credits scene. It was everything I wanted and more. Saying it was an emotional rollercoaster would be an understatement. I walked out of that theater a changed woman.

As I thought back to the movie, I thought “No Way Home” was a good way to tie up the loose ends for both Tom Holland’s Spider-Man as well as Andrew and Tobey’s. One of the things that stuck to me was when MJ was falling off the Statue of Liberty and Tom’s Peter couldn’t catch her, mirroring Gwen Stacy’s untimely death in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. However, this time, Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man gets to redeem himself and catch MJ, bringing himself to tears. A chance to fix something that held him back for years. Tobey’s Spider-Man got the chance to talk to Doc Ock, his mentor before he lost his mind, once again. 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-man trilogy itself is basically the whole origin story for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. This movie signaled a new beginning as Aunt May’s final words to him were the infamous “With great power, there must also be great responsibility”.

On another note, I realized how this movie was able to cater to people of all ages. The original Sam Raimi movies came out in 2002, which was the year I was born. My sister, who is six years younger than me, didn’t exist in that time period. Yet, we both shared our love for Spider-Man because our parents bought the DVD for the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb movies. In the theater, there were people of all ages watching, and even wearing costumes of the suit. Everyone was swarming social media about how much the movie affected them. Even if you didn’t watch the other movies prior to the MCU, it had bits that made everyone excited. It’s been several months since my best friend and I watched it and we’re still recovering from it. 

Peter Parker and Spider-Man are just characters that you can’t help but cling to. Regardless of which series you like better, each portrayal has bits and pieces that you can’t help but get charmed by. It’s hard to hate a character that both relates to you and also has an alter ego that likes to throw quips at villains. Spidey is arguably one of the most favorite characters in Marvel Studios. 

Spider-Man will be one of my favorite superheroes and I can’t wait to see what’s to come next.

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I am a Journalism major at SJSU. I fell in love with it and I hope to travel the world to learn new things and meet new people. I hope one day to have my works published for the world to see. In my free time, I like listening to music while I scroll aimlessly through social media or talking to my friends.