Warning! Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: No Way Home
A bizarre video surfaced over the holiday break of Spider-Man eating the gingerbread man from Shrek. Spider-Man is riding high right now with the recent release of Spider-Man: No Way Home. About to cross the $1.5 billion milestone, the new film is easily the most successful film of the pandemic era. Another incredible achievement is that No Way Home now accounts for 12% of the 2021 box office. The franchise is being heavily discussed on social media, including demands that new Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield films be produced after the two previous Spider-Men entered the MCU with appearances in No Way Home.
The Shrek franchise provided some highly entertaining and successful films between 2001 and 2010. Since then, the ogre and his friends have found popularity through social media. Last May, Shrek trended on Twitter for the 20th anniversary of the original film, proving that this film is still beloved all these years later. The franchise itself is meant to be making fun of classic fairy tales, and now countless memes have been made parodying the films. The gingerbread man was an iconic character in the films and has made it into numerous of these memes himself.
Last week, Spider-Man fan Jokari P posted a YouTube video of Maguire’s Spider-Man eating the gingerbread man from Shrek. It begins with a famous shot from 2002’s Spider-Man, where Peter is seen swinging into his New York City apartment and then taking his mask off. The camera moves to see his family and friends coming to see what all the noise was but instead of Peter, they see a portal closing, like the ones seen in several Marvel films now. The video cuts to Lord Farquaad taunting the gingerbread man in his castle and then Peter is seen walking outside of the castle eating the beloved cookie. Check out the full video below:
Spider-Man appears in the Shrek universe in this video as opposed to the Tom Holland Spider-Man universe like the celebrated crossover surprise in No Way Home. In this parody, it seems that Doctor Strange made even more errors with the spell to make the world forget Peter was Spider-Man than the pretty majors errors he made in the actual movie. There seems to be no apparent reason why Maguire’s Spider-Man just happened to appear in the Shrek universe out of all other places, but with today’s meme culture, the audience will likely just accept it and be entertained.
The two franchises do share a few similarities, other than the fact that Spider-Man now has magic in his movies, thanks to the inclusion of Doctor Strange. Shrek is set in a fairy tale world, whereas Spider-Man is supposed to be relatable in ways that an ogre who marries a princess could not be, and the clash between the franchises made the parody video more entertaining. This video was a great way to celebrate the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home and to remind people of how much they enjoyed the Shrek movies.
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Source: Jokari P