As Peter Parker reels with the revelation of Spider-Man’s identity courtesy of Mysterio, he looks to Doctor Strange to rewrite reality in order to make the world forget his secret. However, when the spell is miscast, the former Sorcerer Supreme inadvertently opens up a multiverse of madness, transporting in an assortment of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies from other universes. Peter is left to pick up the pieces as he battles to cure his foes before restoring order to the multiversal mayhem which threatens to devastate the world.
Now the top-grossing film this side of the pandemic, Spider-Man: No Way Home has solidified itself as one of the most popular and successful superhero movies ever put to film. Tom Holland caps off his Spider-Man trilogy with the most spectacular Spidey entry thus far, he and director Jon Watts offering a nostalgia-fest full to the brim with surprise returns and astonishing implications for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
In this Movie List from The Film Magazine, we’re looking at the most shocking, heart-wrenching, humorous and devasting moments of 2021’s biggest film in this, the 10 Best Spider-Man: No Way Home Moments.
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10. Matt Murdock Makes an Appearance
For fans of Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’, the surprise return of Charlie Cox in No Way Home was a welcome one. The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen was last seen in 2018 as he fought to purge the criminal underbelly of New York City, but the cancellation of all Marvel superhero series at Netflix led to a lengthy spell on the sidelines. However, the rights to Daredevil have since reverted back to Marvel, and hints of an appearance in the MCU commenced last year when Marvel President Kevin Feige assured fans that any future depiction of the character would be performed by Cox.
While he may not have donned the crimson suit, The Man Without Fear was able to offer legal counsel to Peter following the revelation of his identity. Murdock does shows a brief glimpse of his physical prowess when his quick reflexes prevent a brick from hitting Peter in the face, much to Peter’s shock and awe. “I’m a really good lawyer,” notes Murdock.
While his return was a brief one, theories are rife about his next appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially now that his archnemesis Kingpin has resurfaced once again in the ‘Hawkeye’ series on Disney+.
9. A Piece of Venom Is Left Behind
The post-credit scene has become a staple of the MCU, and experienced Marvel enthusiasts know better than to leave a screening before the credits have rolled. No Way Home continues this tradition, providing a stunning cameo in the form of Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock/Venom during the final stinger.
As the three Peters fought for their lives against an assortment of enemies in New York, Brock and Venom were sipping on cocktails in a bar in Mexico, utterly confused about their transportation to a different world. Just as he declares his intention to meet with Spider-Man in New York, Brock begins to dematerialise as he is drawn back into his own universe.
Their appearance was short-lived, but the implications will surely come back to haunt Peter in the future as a fragment of the Venom symbiote gets left behind to bond with a new host.