Spider-Man: feels like home

The new film is a fun recollection of the things that make the franchise great.

Laynie Clark, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

Spoiler-free zone: Everything mentioned can be found in the official trailer. 

Marvel Studios outdid themselves in their newest — and arguably most impressive — film, “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Tom Holland takes the screen again as Peter Parker, the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and is faced with villains unfamiliar to him, but incredibly nostalgic for the audience. As revealed in the official trailer, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sand-Man and The Lizard show up to wreak havoc amongst the citizens of New York City, which is unusual considering they are from previous Spider-Man adaptations starring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

The film picks up right where “Spider-Man: Far From Home” ends, leaving Parker in a state of distress after it is revealed that he is the masked hero … Or as the world now believes — a menace. Considering that the world is now against Parker, his loved ones and those associated with him are now under fire, which is something he is determined to reverse. In his act to claim serenity for those closest to him, he makes questionable choices leading to a whole new ‘multiverse’ of problems, including those aforementioned returning villains. Parker now must team up with his best friends to fight nostalgic characters while bringing back normalcy to his universe. 

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” smashed box office records by raking in $253 million in North America and $334.2 million overseas, amounting to a whopping $587.2 million worldwide, after only being released for three days. Filmmakers expected a large number of moviegoers, but this exceeded their expectations considering the new surge of COVID-19. The film landed as the third-best domestic opening in the United States, coming in hot next to a previous Marvel Studios film “Avengers: Endgame.” It is going to be an exciting month watching the success of this film play out and continue to grow.

The anticipation within me leading up to the premiere was unlike anything that I have ever experienced, which is terrifying because it puts a lot of pressure on this film to be entertaining. I can confidently confirm that it blew all expectations out of the water and is undoubtedly one of the best films that I have ever watched. This was not just a film, this was an experience being able to go into a dark room flooded with tons of other Spider-Man fans all cheering when smile-worthy scenes appeared and crying when hearts were ripped out. I am utterly amazed by how smoothly Marvel was able to merge the new and old worlds of Spider-Man to create something that everybody can love. There is nothing like a Marvel film to bring together a strong community of people, no matter the differences, to show that we are all the same.