“With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.” – IMDB
Spider-Man will always be one of the best Marvel characters. I think this because, no matter the iteration of Spider-Man, the character always seems to stay the closest to the original comics. Whether it is the Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland, or Shameik Moore series, they always feel the most like a comic. I think a big reason for this is because Spider-Man has always been a coming-of-age story and it has a playfulness to it that some of the other Marvel movies are lacking. Let me clarify…
As we begin SMNWH, Peter Parker’s identity has been revealed to the public with some unfortunate consequences to Peter and those he cares about. So, in an attempt to continue to his life anonymously, Peter enlists the help of Dr. Strange to change the universe to his own liking. However, this backfires in a big way when various universe’s come into contact with one another, causing Peter to face some of Spiderman’s old nemeses…
Without giving anything away, SMNWH is SO META. It is similar to Scream in how it plays on and with its own cinematic history. It allows the audience to feel they are being spoken directly to, without ever breaking the fourth wall.
And yet, the movie still moves the plot along in major, and poignant, ways. While my favorite moments were related to Spiderman’s past, I’m just as excited to see what his future holds, as the movie is left on a major cliffhanger. Overall, this movie was as fun as Marvel gets and is a great payoff to those fans who have stuck around for the past TWENTY YEARS (yes, there were Marvel movies before Iron Man, y’all).
Rating: 8 out 10 Claire Bears
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Streaming: In theaters
With: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed By: Jon Watts