Two years ago, in Spider-Man: Far From Home, everyone found out Peter Parker was Spider-Man. Now, he’s dealing with the fallout from that—and his solution to the problem only makes things exponentially worse.
The official trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home builds cleverly on the first teaser for the movie, assuming you already know the key detail on which that teaser focused: that Peter (Tom Holland) asks Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to make it so that everyone forgets he’s Spider-Man. But mid-spell, he has second thoughts. What about MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei)?
Peter’s indecision is disastrous on a cosmic scale.
Sony isn’t holding back on letting us see the previous Spider-Man villains returning for this film: Green Goblin (Willem DaFoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx, Sandman (presumably Thomas Haden Church, though not officially confirmed), and, centrally in this trailer, Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus. “You’re not Peter Parker,” he sneers. Everyone is still being cagey—to put it mildly—about whether previous Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will also appear. But somebody’s in that black spider-suit, which may look familiar from Spider-Man 3. Could be Holland’s Peter. Could be another Peter.
While in the last movie it was Peter who was Far From Home, this trailer seems to suggest that the No Way Home part of the title refers to these multiversal visitors, who Strange says are a danger to our universe. (Strange is just so done. He’s tired. He’s wearing a hoodie. He’s making very bad choices at the whims of teenagers. I love him.) Who’s coming through at the end? Can Peter really handle most of the Sinister Six at once? Will they be able to Scooby-Doo this mess, with or without magic words? And, of course, how will this multiverse madness relate to everything that happened on Loki?
Spider-Man: No Way Home is directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who have all been on the spider-team since Homecoming. It premieres in theaters on December 17th. Tickets go on sale on Spider (not Cyber) Monday, November 29th, which is a gag even more cringeworthy than the trio laughing at poor Otto Octavius’s name.