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Everything We Know About Spider-Man: No Way Home

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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.

Familiar faces

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.

New faces

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.

Cast rumours

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.

Plot

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.

Identity exposed

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.


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No Time To Die – Review

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No Time To Die is the 25th instalment in the official James Bond series. It’s the VERY long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Spectre. The 6-year gap between the two films is only matched by the same gap between Timothy Dalton’s last outing in 1989’s Licence To Kill and Pierce Brosnan’s debut in 1995’s Goldeneye. Here’s our review of No Time To Die.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the film, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

Of course, there are mitigating factors in that enormous gap. Namely COVID. Which made No Time To Die the first major film to delay its release due to the pandemic. Although, this film has had a difficult gestation irrespective of the global situation in the last 18 months. As soon as Spectre was released the speculation over Daniel Craig’s future in the role began. With him initially suggesting he would rather slash his own wrists than play the iconic spy again. He did a mea culpa on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show in August 2017, where he confirmed he would appear as Bond for a fifth and final time. The original director and writer, Danny Boyle and John Hodge, left the project a year later over creative differences. Cory Joji Fukunaga took over as director. While Bond script veterans Robert Wade and Neil Purvis took charge of the screenplay – with a sprinkling of magic from Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Delays

Originally slated for release in April 2020, at long last, we finally get to see Daniel Craig’s denouement as 007. His portrayal of Bond has been very much in keeping with the character of Ian Fleming’s original novels. His performances have certainly followed the dramatic lineage of Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton. Rather than the lighter portrayals by Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. Yet his Bond has displayed a vulnerability only really demonstrated with any plausibility by George Lazenby in his solitary outing as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The deference to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is presented in stark relief throughout this 2h43min epic. Making this the longest Bond film in the series. As this was the first film I’ve seen at the cinema since before the pandemic, I was already excited before I even sat down. As a massive James Bond fan as well, I was close to apoplexy! I felt a tangible shiver go down my spine as the iconic gun barrel sequence appeared before we see James cruising around Italy in the classic DB5 with Madeleine Swann at his side. This anticipation was clearly felt by other cinema-goers. They have made No Time To Die break the UK box office record for the biggest opening weekend. It took almost £26m, breaking the record previously held by Skyfall.

I’m not going to spoil the plot for those who’ve not seen it. I had made a conscious decision to avoid spoilers before I went.

A step up?

This film is another shot in the arm for those who see Craig as the definitive Bond. This was aided by a refocusing of the Bond canon after the main tropes of the series were stretched to breaking point by the invisible cars and melting ice palaces of Die Another Day. And then stretched still further by Madonna’s cameo as a fencing instructor. Daniel Craig was given leeway to truly regenerate James Bond for the 21st Century. The stripped-back nature of Casino Royale, without most of the supporting characters that have been a staple of the series like Q and Moneypenny. Gave him licence (pardon the pun) to explore the deepest and darkest recesses of the Bond psyche. Some well-drawn female leads and villains really allowed Craig’s Bond to spar with them with depth and genuine emotion.

That exploration continues and grows in No Time To Die. We get to see an ageing, truly world-weary Bond, whose past he appears unable to escape. This leaves him in a state of almost constant angst. Paradoxically though, we also see him truly relaxed at times. In a way I can’t recall ever seeing James Bond in any of his previous cinematic outings.

Screen time

The issue with that exploration is that a number of characters then have their screen time cut. Moneypenny is reduced to little more than a cameo. And Remi Malek’s Safin is almost secondary as he features in the opening moments as his story is told, but then disappears for what seemed like an eternity. He of course reappears but he almost seems a mild irritation within the plot and merely a conduit to allow us to see the climax of Daniel Craig’s Bond era. It’s a disappointing underuse of a terrific actor. One with a captivating screen presence, who could have been one of the most menacing Bond villains of all time. That said, the influence of his dastardly but highly sophisticated plan is felt by all of the main protagonists. Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld continues to wreak his havoc with malevolent glee from his cell. He again revels in the chaos of his twisted sibling rivalry with Bond.

Lea Seydoux is wonderful again as Dr Madeleine Swann, picking up where she left off in Spectre and giving Bond as good as he gets in every way imaginable.

There are new characters who definitely cut through. Ana De Armas is utterly charming in her relatively brief time on-screen as Paloma, while Lashana Lynch takes no nonsense from Bond as Nomi. She also gives us a potential indicator as to the future direction of the franchise. Which has been the subject of much discussion in all quarters. That debate has even made its way into the political sphere with even Boris Johnson weighing in on what gender the next actor to play 007 should be.

Score

Hans Zimmer’s score is classic Hans Zimmer, adding power and bombast to the usual mix of stunning scenery and brilliantly choreographed stunts. He brilliantly weaves nods to previous entries in the Bond musical tapestry throughout his score. While his cues are always thunderous, they never overpower the action on screen, but do add a sonic rumble that I don’t think has been heard in a Bond score for quite some time. I found Fukunaga’s direction a bit mixed, with some of the cinematography unnecessarily showy. Some of the tracking shots almost gave me motion sickness while some (admittedly beautifully composed) shots of the scenery seemed to have made the edit purely so as whoever the drone operator was could demonstrate their skills.

Duration

The film is much too long, although at no point did I check my watch. It’s not that any of the plot points are superfluous, more that the pacing is a little slow in places. Some of the dialogue feels cliched and clunky, making what is a great story feel a tad generic. Which doesn’t do anyone justice. However, there were some excellent jokes, and I laughed out loud several times. You don’t have to be a 007 super fan to get some of the self-referential humour that they seem to enjoy sprinkling throughout the film.

Billie Eilish’s theme song is a worthy addition to the collection and certainly sits comfortably within the top half of the ‘Bond Theme Chart’. It’s definitely more memorable and evocative than Sam Smith’s ‘Writing On The Wall’ for Spectre. Her voice trembles at times as you can almost feel she recognises the significance of singing the theme for Daniel Craig’s final appearance in the franchise.

It was also very pleasing to see that this film has moved with the times and reflects the world of 2021 with its portrayal of women. Every single female character had a genuine purpose and important role within the plot. While of course, the female actors playing those roles are all irrefutably glamorous and attractive. There was genuine respect and no objectification of women.

Wrapping up

I came out of the screening with mixed emotions. Glad to be back in the cinema on one hand, sad that Daniel Craig’s stint ordering Martini’s was over on the other. I was pleased that such a good climax had been created to bring this era of Bond to a close, and all its story arcs had been brought to conclusions. I’m also excited and apprehensive in equal measure for the future of such an iconic film series. But I was disappointed with some of the characters not getting the necessary screen-time to truly develop their characters. Surprisingly, I was almost tearful at the final few moments, especially as the credits rolled.

Overall, this is a loving homage to the James Bond series, past and present. It’s a solid if unspectacular film in its own right, but the performances of Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, as well as the Bond history it wraps itself in, elevate it beyond that.

It’s not Craig’s best Bond film, as Skyfall is almost untouchable in my opinion, but it does bring closure to his tenure in the tuxedo in a manner that should please Bond fans across the board. It also tantalises us as to what the 6th age of Bond will look like. Let the intense speculation begin!


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10


Thank you for reading our review of James Bond No Time To Die. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


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