With the MCU’s Spider-Man about to become a trilogy, everything points to an unprecedented webbed up film. Here’s everything we know about Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.
After a year of silence, Marvel is returning with the beginnings of Phase Four. WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki have all been met with rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Black Widow has also received good reviews after early screenings this week.
It seems that the next phase of Marvel is going to be an exciting one, and is heading in an innovative direction. But we haven’t had any movies in Phase Four post-Avengers Endgame, the only cinematic hint at life after the blip being the Phase Three movie Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Set to return to set is the core cast from past MCU Spider-Man films. Tom Holland as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Zendaya as MJ, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. Directing is Jon Watts, who also directed the last two films. And the writers include MCU Spider-Man veterans Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.
More interesting is the inclusion of Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange. When looking at release dates, No Way Home will be the last cinematic release before the highly anticipated Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The keyword here is “Multiverse.” Both WandaVision and Loki have set up the concept of the Multiverse; there being multiple realities with several different versions of our beloved characters.
Is the TVA wrong?
The TVA in Loki is pretty insistent that there is only one, or should only be one, timeline. However, the end of Loki will probably disrupt that and the TVA is pretty sketchy with the truth, to begin with. It’s also rumoured that Elizabeth Olsen will appear as Wanda/Scarlet Witch in Dr Strange and that Tom Hiddleston might appear as Loki. The actor mentioned in an interview that he celebrated his 40th birthday on set, but Dr Strange was filming then, not Loki. It is possible they might appear in this movie as well. We know for a fact that the next Dr Strange movies will deal with the Multiverse on a large scale. Dr Strange’s appearance as a mentor figure for Spider-Man in No Way Home suggests that the films will be a lot more connected than previously thought.
But perhaps the evidence for the next Spider-Man film’s involvement with the Multiverse comes in the casting. Jamie Foxx is set to reprise his role as Electro. The role he played in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man Two, starring Andrew Garfield. Also set to fill old shoes is Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, the character he played in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 2. And of course, the infamous post-credit scene attached to Far From Home has J.K. Simmons reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson. What fans thought was a cute cameo might actually be the beginnings of the Multiverse unravelling.
It’s clear that whatever happens in Loki will have implications for the Multiverse. And since Loki partially takes place in 2012 and also outside of time, it’s possible that the effects of the show could be felt in 2024, when Far From Home took place. So the J. Jonah Jameson we saw in Far From Home could literally be the same J. Jonah Jameson from the Tobey Maguire movies and was our first hint at the Multiverses colliding.
Furthermore, there are several rumours about unofficial castings. Jamie Foxx posted and then deleted a picture of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland together in response to questions about No Way Home. Andrew Garfield has vehemently denied his involvement in the film, but most fans have ignored those claims. A lot of people believe that he could just be trying to keep a reveal as big as that a secret.
Collider.com also reported that Andrew Garfield and Kristen Dunst will be in the next film. Dunst reprising her role as Mary Jane from the Tobey Maguire films. It’s was also reported back in December that Tobey Maguire will return if he can work out a deal with Sony/Disney. And that Emma Stone will come back as Gwen Stacy if her pregnancy permits. The only two official casting announcements have been for Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina, but the ties surrounding the rest of the Spider-Man alums are too strong to be ignored.
So what does that mean for the plot? If all these old Spider-Men are in the film, alongside characters from their prospective franchises, how will they interact? What does this mean for the Sony/MCU relationships? We’ve already been teased with a studio crossover. Evan Peters making an appearance as the character he played in Fox’s X-Men in WandaVision. And while this “Quicksilver” turned out to be a disappointing phallic red-herring, many fans speculate that all that might be another mislead. That Evan Peters does play Quicksilver in the MCU and is undercover. Regardless, the MCU relied on an actor who played a Marvel character for another studio for a reveal. Perhaps they were just dipping our toe in for what we’re going to see in No Way Home?
If this happens it will pull all the Spider-Man films into the MCU canon. This could also be a backdoor way for them to introduce the X-Men and Fantastic Four, whom we know are getting movies in Phase Five. It would be an unprecedented crossover, something Marvel excels at.
In terms of the actual plot, we know that Peter Parker’s secret identity has been revealed. The No Way Home title probably means one of two things. Either he can’t get home because he’s been exposed, and so has been on the run for supposedly murdering Mysterio. In that case, he will probably find sanctuary at the New York Sanctum with Dr Strange. How the other characters get involved is unclear. Or he gets trapped in another universe and has to find his way home.
Set pictures suggest that Peter is a fugitive with MJ and Ned, so the first outcome is most likely. Some fans postulate that Peter might end up jumping from reality to reality. All this to say, very little is known about the plot for No Way Home. Marvel is keeping a pretty tight lid on it, which is impressive given that Tom Holland is the main character. We do know that whatever happens in this movie will set up the Multiverse of Madness and will probably have much bigger implications for the MCU than expected.
Everything that’s come out about this next instalment in the MCU has made it a highly anticipated film. With so much unknown and so many people rumoured to be in it, it could be a pivotal film for the MCU. Luckily we don’t have too much longer to wait.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will be swinging into cinemas on 17 December 2021.
That’s everything we know so far about Spider-Man: No Way Home. Did we miss anything? Are you looking forward to the return of Spidey? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out Marvel’s post-credits scenes ranked by importance HERE.
Read IMDb information on Spider-Man: No Way Home HERE.
9 Bands You Forgot Played Themselves In Movies
There are more bands than you think that played themselves on the big screen. Here are nine bands you might’ve forgotten appeared in movies.
1. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)
Being a teenager in the nineties was great for many reasons. Two of those being the release of the Wayne’s World movies. The genius that is Mike Myers created one of the best music-based films of all time. Plus, he convinced one of the greatest rock musicians of all time to be in it. If you’re not a geek like me, you may have forgotten that Alice Cooper was featured in the film. It had the iconic scene of Wayne and Garth meeting, Alice, backstage on bent knees. We’re not worthy, indeed. Alice himself pulls off the diva Rockstar brilliantly, even though he’s a genuine, down-to-earth guy who plays a lot of golf.
2. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Let’s try and erase the recent Bill & Ted movie from our memory and head back to 1991 for their bogus journey. They come from the future to kill the non-robot versions of themselves and ruin their performance at a Battle of the Bands competition. What’s cool is the band who are playing before them. Californian alt-metal kings Primus. Although the clip is only short, they play themselves and sound as you would expect. Epic.
3. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive (2008)
You’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. The teen sex comedy from 2008 is forgettable and won’t really appeal to anyone apart from its teen target audience. If you can sit through all the cringe-inducing moments, you will spot pop-rockers Fall Out Boy. They are performing in a barn in front of some drunk Amish teenagers. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t bore you with it here. What is good, is the soundtrack of the film. As well as Fall Out Boy, it features Airbourne, AC/DC and weirdly, Kenny Loggins.
4. Twisted Sister – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Paul Reuben’s character Pee Wee Herman made his big-screen outing in 1985. The children’s show star had a scene where he is being chased through a studio parking lot. Unbeknown to him, glam rockers Twisted Sister are recording a music video on a car. Lead singer Dee Snider is always up for a laugh, so it’s no surprise they’re featured. The clip is brilliant. Pee Wee’s prop-laden bike is just about to crash into Twisted Sister and the look on Dee’s face is genius. Go check out the clip.
5. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)
Who can forget the brilliant Zoolander? Starring Ben Stiller as the dippy model, it’s one of the funniest comedies ever made. One of the best scenes of the film is the walk-off. This involved Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters doing a catwalk-off. Of sorts. Can you remember who refereed it? The legend himself, David Bowie. It’s not the first time Bowie was in a movie – remember Labyrinth? But this time, he plays himself. And does it with all the cool swagger you would expect.
6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Clueless (1995)
I can’t say that I was a massive fan of this teen comedy at the time. The plot revolves around Alicia Silverstone’s character giving her friend a makeover. The premise doesn’t sound like it lends itself to a cool band cameo. You’d be wrong, though. There’s a scene where the lead characters go watch a gig. The band that are playing are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Boston ska-punk legends are only on stage for a moment, but it’s a slick clip. It certainly brings the film up a level on the cool stakes.
7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (2010)
This sequel to the original sci-fi classic is a cracking movie. The visuals and effects are stunning, as is the atmosphere of the film. The music to the film is also rather special. A futuristic and dystopian movie could only have one act doing the score, and that’s Daft Punk. It works a treat. The music is intertwined into the movie and becomes a part of it. The delicious electronica is the perfect complement to the visuals. The French electronic masters also have a cameo at the end of the movie. They’re spinning the decks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene.
8. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World (1993)
We’ve already had an appearance from the first film further up our list, and the second doesn’t disappoint either. The plot revolves around Wayne and Garth putting on their own music festival. Book them and they will come, is the advice given. And they certainly did. The headline band for the festival were none other than Aerosmith themselves. They do a sterling effort on stage as performers. And Steven Tyler also shows that he can handle his own on the acting front too.
9. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball (1998)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in this bizarre and hilarious sports comedy. Written by the king of spoof David Zucker, it’s become a cult classic. The soundtrack heavily features ska-punkers Reel Big Fish. They do a brilliant rendition of A-HA’s Take on Me, which they also perform in the movie. The band are the entertainment at the stadium where Parker and Stone are competing. You can tell by the footage that the band are clearly enjoying themselves. They add a touch more fun to an already hugely funny film.
That’s our list of nine bands who played themselves in movies. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our list of actors in bands HERE.
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