It’s no secret that MCU likes to keep its upcoming films TOP SECRET, but it may be especially true when it comes to the Spider-Man franchise and its newest addition, Spider-Man 3, set to release December 17, 2021. Perhaps, we’ve all become a little too spoiled by Tom Holland (Peter Parker), who has become well known for his loose lips, spilling one too many Marvel secrets here and there. Sadly, it seems like that may be a thing of the past. It’s all quiet on the front for Tom Holland these days, except for dropping a red herring here or there. It seems like the actor has had quite a change of heart and has gone from gifting us with sneaky spoilers to teasing us with misdirection: for instance, the title fiasco on social media in February. Those of you who were online that day likely were witness to the moment Holland, along with his co-stars Jacob Batalon and Zendaya, took to their social media accounts and separately shared a series of bogus titles for the upcoming threequel, all playing with the previous films’ “home” motif.
Chaos ensued. The contradicting posts had the whole internet in an uproar over which once, if any, of the titles were the real title.
Of course, we now know that none of them were, and the actual title that MCU finally deigned to give us is Spider-man: No Way Home. As far as the narrative content goes for No Way Home, however, it’s still very much a mystery. Fans have been begging MCU for a trailer since the film has wrapped but to no avail.
On May 20th, Marvel continued to toy with our hearts some more, tweeting a picture of a literal trailer – as in a van – with the movie’s logo displayed across its side.
Real mature, MCU. Reaaaallll mature.
Sorry, y’all. It looks like we probably won’t get a REAL trailer for another few months… I guess this means we can just collectively continue to spiral obsessively on the internet with our own headcanons regarding the plot of this movie. Fuuun…
What has been confirmed is that No Way Home will include a number of big MCU characters including Doctor Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Doc Ock and Electro, two iconic Spider-Man villains. They are played by Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx respectively in previous film iterations of the web-slinging superhero (featuring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man). Both Molina and Foxx will be reprising their roles for No Way Home.
The confirmation of Molina and Foxx have led fans to speculate on the possibility of Maguire and Garfield being involved as well. With the addition of Doctor Strange, explorer of alternate dimensions, it seems likely that this movie could go all out in the direction of Into the Spiderverse, Sony’s widely acclaimed 2018 animated Spider-Man feature, as a live-action exploration of Spider-Man’s multiverse. Andrew Garfield of the Amazing Spider-Man duology has since come out, in an interview with Josh Horrowitz, staunchly denying “getting a call” to be part of the project (but juries out if this is just another part of MCU’s ploy to keeping everything extremely confidential). One can continue to hope (and headcanon) that our younger Peter Parker will a chance to meet his older, wizened counterparts until MCU gives official word otherwise.
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T. Wu is a contributing writer at All Ages of Geek. You can follow T. on Instagram @kata_the_clown.