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Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Welcomes Some Familiar Faces

In the first look at the highly-anticipated film, the multiverse is here, and once-dismantled villains from different universes (and film series) are coming back from the dead.

After months of casting news, various titles, and one very important leak, the highly-anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer has finally arrived. And just as expected, the various worlds of the titular superhero are about to intersect, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe explores the multiverse even further.

At the conclusion of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker had way more to deal with than the pressure of exceeding the expectations of his late father-figure Tony Stark. The angered former Stark Industries employee Quentin Beck, also known as Mysterio, used his final moments to transmit a message to The Daily Bugle’s iconic J. Jonah Jameson that revealed Spider-Man’s true identity to the world and framed Peter for the crimes Beck committed. The trailer — which certainly only showcases the movie’s earliest moments — continues that storyline, highlighting Peter running through the fallout of Mysterio’s announcement. He gets arrested, and his friends and family are brought in by the police for interrogation; he can’t even walk to school without being surrounded by thousands of news reporters and classmates who believe him to be a villain.

Therefore, with that being said, in an attempt to return to a state of normalcy, Peter goes to the only individual who may be able to help: Doctor Strange. And Doctor Strange is surprisingly more willing to help than expected, regardless of an ominous warning from Wong not to cast a spell that would interfere with events in the space-time continuum. Doctor Strange should’ve listened to Wong, apparently: While the epic conclusion of Loki appeared to set up the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, as it did for the new animated series What If…?, for now it seems that the conflict in the upcoming Spider-Man film is simply a result of Peter’s and Doctor Strange’s stupid attempt to rewrite the universe. “We tampered with the stability of space-time,” Doctor Strange tells Peter. “The multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little.”

The appearance of Doctor Strange in the trailer clearly highlights that the MCU is as intertwined as ever, but rather than picking up right where Loki left off, Marvel appears to be continuing to slowly ease its audience into the post-Infinity Saga phase of films and TV series that explore the idea of existing alternate realities. The upcoming multiversal war will certainly take place in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, while Spider-Man faces enemies he’s already defeated — albeit on alternate realities (and across various film franchises).

While the trailer appears to be teasing the return of Jamie Foxx’s Electro — who went up against Andrew Garfield’s version of Spider-Man in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — with two strong beams of lightning, it also confirms the return of Spider-Man’s greatest enemy of all: the Green Goblin, who fought Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man in 2002. And mere seconds after a voice that clearly sounds like Willem Dafoe’s claims, “Be careful what you wish for, Parker,” yet another of Spider-Man’s arch rivals emerges, mechanical tentacles included.

With Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and Electro all either prominently scattered or referenced in the trailer, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man must now fight three villains he’s never encountered before but who appear somehow view him as their nemesis despite coming from alternate realities. For years, Sony has been playing with the idea of creating a film focused on the Sinister Six, a team of villains who come together to defeat Spider-Man after none of them can do it singlehandedly. Now, it appears that it may be finally, actually happening, with the crazy idea of the multiverse being used as a means to bend some rules and bring back the dead super-villains.

Though their appearances are not as highlighted as the aforementioned trio of Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and Electro, it’s certainly possible that the trailer also showcases appearances from two more Spider-Man villains: Lizard (from Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man) and Sandman (from Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3). A shot showcasing Peter spinning around to see a jumping figure letting out an animalistic roar could mean the return of Dr. Curt Connors, while a large explosion of sand following a lightning bolt could showcase the return of Sandman. As for the sixth and final member of this potential lineup of the Sinister Six, there are still a bunch of Spider-Man villains No Way Home could select: Paul Giamatti’s Rhino from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would be a unique choice; Scorpion (Michael Mando) was recruiting Vulture (Michael Keaton) to battle Spider-Man in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Homecoming; Eddie Brock and the Symbiote appear to be slightly busy in another reality, but there is potential; perhaps even Mysterio could return to finish the job.

Although the trailer is a massive reunion for Spider-Man’s villains across nearly three decades of films, it does hide any signals hinting to the returns of Garfield’s and Maguire’s versions of Spider-Man. Garfield has denied that he’ll be in the film, and Holland, too, has dismissed all reports of a Spider-Men team up. However, the arrival of their villains appears to highlight that the Spider-Men may make an appearance.

After the success of Disney Plus’s Loki, No Way Home is certainly Marvel’s next big test of whether this expanding multiverse experiment will work when it hits theaters on December 17th. And although the quick teaser trailer already shows a lot of what’s to come in the mind-bending film, it also raises a bunch of questions and Easter eggs for fans to explore in the coming months. But barring any Sony mishaps or Tom Holland spilled-spoilers in the near future, for now the wait for Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield continues.

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