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Isabella Garguilo

After being delayed several times due to the pandemic, fans have received the long- awaited arrival of the latest installment in the Spider-Man franchise. Now, the wishes of fans have come true with a first look at the film, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” on Aug. 23.

Marvel fans have already watched Peter Parker (Tom Holland) take on Vulture (Michael Keaton) in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” This time, Spider-Man is tackling one of his biggest and most frightening challenges yet: villains emerging from a multiverse timeline.

Ever since the trailer’s debut, IGN reported that the trailer had broken the record for most global views in a 24-hour time period. The previous record holder was the trailer for “Avengers: Endgame,” which garnered 289 million views.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” surpassed the Avengers by almost 70 million views, as the trailer garnered a staggering 355.5 million views in its first 24 hours. Fans have a reason to be so excited for the film, as the trailer revealed a few familiar foes from previous film installments of the character.

In this installment, Parker is still reeling from the aftermath of Mysterio revealing his identity in the post-credit scene of

“Spider-Man: Far from Home.” Now marked as an enemy, Parker makes the decision to have everyone forget the secret identity of Spider-Man, enlisting the help of Dr. Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Things take an ominous turn when Dr. Strange is completing the spell, as Parker interferes to ensure his Aunt May, played by Marisa Tomei, his best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon) and his girlfriend, MJ (Zendaya), remember he is Spider-Man. As Parker interferes in the spell, the multiverse is ripped open, with the resurrection of titular characters, such as the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) from the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man installments. Rumors of a possible Sinister Six team up are possible in the film as well, with characters such Electro (Jamie Foxx) making their return to the big screen, throwing Parker into one of his most harrowing battles yet.

In reference to the expansion of the multiverse in current and future films, fans are excited yet worried.

“I’m actually super excited! I think the movie and the whole multiverse concept is going to be so cool! I do worry that if they keep making content around the multiverse beyond this phase (or phases depending on the story) that it’ll get confusing to follow. But I am so excited to see how they work with it now,” sophomore Kiki Johnson said.

Fans are also anxious to see the inclusion of other newly introduced villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as those introduced in Marvel’s limited series that premiered on Disney Plus.

“I hope they somehow tie Kang into all of this! I know it’s going to be a super packed movie so I wouldn’t be disappointed if they didn’t but I think it’ll be cool,” Johnson said.

With only one trailer released, it is evident that Spider-Man: No Way Home is going to be a huge hit at the box office. While the possibility of seeing old, or new characters, with the possibility of Andrew Garfield or Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, remains uncertain, fans can barely contain their excitement for this multiversal crossover, hitting theaters Dec. 17.



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