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Thoughts on the New Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer

Thoughts on the New Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer

So the second trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home dropped tonight, and it looks like a lot of fun! Here it is if you haven’t seen it yet:

Like any self-respecting comics geek, I’ve watched and rewatched this thing about a half a dozen times now, trying to decode what the final movie is going to be like from three minutes of mostly new footage. Here are my predictions. Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think!

  • Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will just be cameos towards the end, if that. And I’m okay with that. The focus will be on Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, as it should be. We’ve already had Into The Spider-Verse. We don’t need a live-action version of it.

    Andrew Garfield Spider-Man
    Just give Andrew a better costume than this, please.
  • Alfred Molina and Willem Dafoe will have a ball chewing the scenery as Doc Ock and the Green Goblin once again.

    Alfred Molina Doctor Octopus
    C’mon. You know this is going to be cool.
  • Jamie Foxx will be better as Electro than he was in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but he won’t be playing the same version of the character.

    Jamie Foxx Electro
    Because this guy looks pretty different to me.
  • Thomas Haden Church and Rhys Ifans will not return, and we’ll only see the Sandman and the Lizard in their transformed states (i.e. CGI).

    Thomas Haden Church Sandman Spider-Man 3
    Which is too bad, because Church looked PERFECT as the Sandman, even if Spider-Man 3 wasn’t great.
  • Similarly, James Franco’s New Goblin will only appear masked, and we won’t even have a voiceover from him. (Good.)
  • Even money we’ll see Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio in a flashback.

    Jake Gyllenhaal Mysterio
    He’ll return from another dimension to bring back Taylor Swift’s scarf.
  • Dylan Baker will once again be sadly forgotten. (I swear, Dylan Baker and Billy Dee Williams should do a buddy comedy as actors who paid their dues in movies that set them up as supervillains, but never got to have the fun of actually playing said supervillains through no fault of their own. That’s a fun premise, right?)

    Dylan Baker Lizard
    Curt Connors wuz ROBBED, man.
  • Michael Keaton and Tom Hardy have GOT to at least cameo as the Vulture and Venom, right? I feel like people are primed for both of them to return. (I’m personally fine if Venom never shows up, but Sony is big on the character, and he’s very popular among Spider-Man fans, so I get it.)

    Michael Keaton Vulture
    Pictured: The scariest moment in any Spider-Man movie.
  • It’d be cool to see Michael Mando become the Scorpion for real, too.

    Michael Mando Scorpion
    Because if he doesn’t return, it’s a terrible waste of a neck tattoo.
  • It’s a shame they haven’t established a live-action Kraven the Hunter before this. It’d be fun to see him in the mix. My pick for the role? Former Flash Thompson Joe Manganiello (META!).

    Joe Manganiello Kraven
    Manganiello would be a great Kraven. Call it a hunch.
  • J.K. Simmons will absolutely KILL IT as J. Jonah Jameson. Again. I hope we get to see lots of him in the movie.

    JK Simmons J Jonah Jameson
    Cue up “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon.
  • I’m absolutely fine if Jared Leto and Woody Harrelson don’t show up as Morbius and Carnage. Leto is one of the most annoying, pretentious, overrated actors working today as far as I’m concerned, and I’m indifferent to Morbius and Carnage at best. Woody Harrelson is great, but I’m just not a Carnage fan.
  • But hey, bottom line for me, it’s a Spider-Man movie cowritten by Chris McKenna, author of Community‘s “Remedial Chaos Theory.” Now there’s a guy who knows how to make a great story about alternate universes.

    Community Spider-Man Timelines
    We probably won’t see this crossover in the movie, but I can dream.

All right, those are my thoughts and predictions. I’ll do a follow up post in December to see how close I got! What do you think, folks?


  1. Le Messor

    Even money we’ll see Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio

    Oh, wait, the character I was interpreting as Mysterio was probably Sandman.
    Or maybe Imhotep.

    Technically, Abed has already been in the MCU. Along with Shirley, Dean Pelton, Troy, and the composer (Ludwig Gorensen).

    1. Yep. I love that the Russo brothers have included shout-outs to their Community and Arrested Development days in their MCU movies. And don’t forget Ken Jeong showing up in Endgame!

      Where did they use Ludwig Gorensen?

      1. Le Messor

        Apparently, I have forgotten Ken Jeong in Endgame! I’ve specifically wondered where he’d fit into the MCU. Where was he again?

        Ludwig Göransson scored Black Panther. Very well, if I might editorialize.

    2. I fall firmly on the side of “Easter eggs and inside jokes do not count as canon or continuity.” It would be a damn shame to exclude any of the Community cast from a major role in an MCU film because they did a non-speaking cameo bit in the background of one scene.

      Mickey, Goofy, and Donald appear in The Little Mermaid.

  2. Edo Bosnar

    Yep, looks like another fun one.
    And I’m glad it’s going to include probably the only things I liked from the preceding (pre-Holland) Spider-man movies, i.e., Jameson and Doc Octopus.

    1. Those two were standouts, for sure. It’ll also be cool to see Willem Dafoe back as Norman Osborn. I hope he has a least a scene or two where he’s unmasked, as I’m not a fan of the Power Ranger look for the Goblin.

      1. Le Messor

        “I’m not a fan of the Power Ranger look for the Goblin”

        Like the song says; “And he’s wearing that dumb Power Rangers mask, but he’s scarier without it on.”

      2. JHL

        There is stuff floating around the internet that implies the mask gets dumped at some point in the film. Which I am rooting for. I despise that goblin suit to the point where it really distracts me if I try to watch the first Raimi Spider-Man movie. Honestly the thing that makes me most trepidatious about the new movie is the return of Willem Dafoe’s Osborn. I like Dafoe, and normally consider his inclusion in a movie a plus, but I really disliked his performance and version of Osborn. Though I tend to put that at Raimi’s feet since I can only assume Dafoe gave Raimi exactly what he wanted.

        Conversely, while I am not convinced he will appear in the movie outside of a post credits stinger, while I never having been a fan of the comic’s character Venom I quite enjoy the movie version due to Tom Hardy’s performance. That is a man who took what could have been a paper thin role and threw everything and the kitchen sink at it. I ended up enjoying Venom 2 tremendously even though Carnage is a comic’s character I detest.

  3. Just remembered something I forgot to note above: In the shot of Doctor Octopus at about 1:56, as Dr. Strange is saying, “They’re a danger to our universe,” Doc Ock’s mechanical arms have a definite red and yellow color scheme. Has he retrofitted some of Tony Stark’s Iron Man tech into his arms? I’m thinking so!

    1. JHL

      My thought is that the arms absorb some of the nanotech from the Iron Spider suit, probably during their first fight. Spidey is using that suit in their fight on the bridge but in pretty much every other scene in the trailers he is wearing other suits.

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