WARNING! This post contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Co-writer Chris McKenna doesn’t mind if the story of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker ends with Spider-Man: No Way Home. With a little help from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Holland made his MCU debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. He then went on to sling webs in five films, including Jon Watts’ Spider-Man “Homecoming” trilogy. As the final installment in that trilogy, Spider-Man: No Way Home picks up where Spider-Man: Far From Home left off, seeing Peter deal with the aftermath of Mysterio outing him as Spider-Man to the world. Naturally, Peter visits his friendly neighbor sorcerer, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), for help.
Instead of making the world (minus some selective individuals) forget Peter Parker is Spider-Man, Strange’s spell brings villains from the franchise’s past into the MCU. These characters, who supposedly all know that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, include Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and a pair of familiar faces who know a thing or two about great power and great responsibility. In more ways than one, Spider-Man: No Way Home wraps up both Spider-Man’s story in the MCU and on the silver screen… for now.
In an interview with The Wrap, Spider-Man: No Way Home screenwriters McKenna and Erik Sommers talked about crafting an ode to Spider-Man cinema that doubles as a satisfying conclusion to the Homecoming trilogy. In particular, the pair were asked about the film’s ending, in which Peter is essentially divorced from the MCU. McKenna answered that he thought Holland’s Spider-Man story ending with No Way Home would be “great.” Read what he had to say below:
“This should be a satisfying story unto itself. If it ends here, great … If you look backward and go, ‘This was an origin story that took place over three stories to get this Peter Parker to this place where he’s stripped-down, anonymous, has no billionaire benefactor, has been through the sacrifice of what it really means to have this power and what that responsibility that goes along with that is, and is now having to look for how to pay rent’ … I think that would be really satisfying, I think that’d be really cool.”
In Spider-Man: No Way Home, the only way to stop Strange’s spell from unleashing multiversal chaos is to make everyone in the MCU forget Peter Parker. Peter realizes this and asks Strange to cast it anyway, which is the hero’s way of accepting his “great responsibility.” Before the spell takes root, however, he says goodbye to his friends, MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon), promising them he’ll find them afterward. At the end of No Way Home, Peter decides not to refresh anyone’s memories and to go it alone — no friends, family, Stark tech and, potentially, no Avengers. Holland’s hero is left with only a homemade Spider-Man costume, a run-down apartment, and a police scanner, just like the old days.
Spider-Man No Way Home’s ending could facilitate a divorce between Marvel/Disney and Sony should negotiations break down again in the future. However, Sony producer Amy Pascal and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige have confirmed they actively developing a story for Spider-Man 4. Sony’s Spider-Man is committed to at least one more MCU appearance and, while Pascal said she wants Holland to star in another Spider-Man trilogy, the actor is under no obligation to put the mask back on. Sony has a plethora of options moving forward, including the introduction of Miles Morales, or more of Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man. So if this was the end of Holland’s webslinger, it was indeed a satisfying one. Though the actor’s exit would be a sad one, audiences have shown more than enough appetite for a new version of the iconic webslinger to take up the Spidey mantle.
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Source: The Wrap
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