After a wait that seemingly took forever, the first official teaser trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home is here. I already had some theories and predictions for it, but I have even more now after watching the first look.
It goes without saying that I’m incredibly excited for Spider-Man: No Way Home. In fact, it’s my most anticipated film of the year for a number of reasons. Many things have already been confirmed about it, even before the trailer, specifically casting news. For example, Alfred Molina returning to reprise his role as Doc Ock, as well as Jamie Foxx as Electro. What wasn’t known is whether these would be the same versions of the characters we’ve already seen in Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Well, the trailer definitely confirms Doc Ock is probably, more than likely, the same version from Spider-Man 2. But, with everything revealed in Loki and WandaVision, there isn’t a for sure answer anymore since all of these villains could very well be variants of the ones we already know.
Obviously, there are far too many unanswered questions about this movie considering what we’ve already seen this year. But, it makes it all the more exciting because of all the possibilities. Even Willem Dafoe’s return as Green Goblin is all but confirmed with a little tease of the pumpkin bomb. This only means there are more surprises in store, no matter what the actors are saying about their involvement in the film. So, let’s begin to speculate. Keep in mind, this post will contain heavy spoilers of what’s already transpired in shows like WandaVision and Loki. Then again, I feel these are necessary watches if you want to understand what’s going on in No Way Home.
Keep in mind, these are also simply theories I’m throwing out there. Some may be true, and some won’t be. But, that’s the beauty in speculation. Sometimes, you’re right and it’s great. On the other hand, as we’ve seen this year when our predictions don’t come true, you’re also very wrong. No matter what the writers decide though, I’m all in.
4. This Electro is definitely a variant
From the trailer alone, although we don’t actually see Jamie Foxx in the flesh as Electro, it’s all but confirmed he’ll be making an appearance in the movie. Rumors and casting details starting circulating last year and even Foxx himself posted something about it, but it was quickly taken down. Regardless, I’m almost positive he’ll be in this movie. In the trailer, you see lightning come crashing down, but it’s definitely different from what we’ve already seen. This lightning is actually yellow, which is a bit more comic book accurate when you compare it to the original iteration of Electro in the comics. The Electro we see in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is entirely blue and simply weird-looking, with his lightning being blue as well.
This leads me to believe that, seeing the events from Loki, this is a different Electro. The better term for it would be a variant. Foxx himself has already said his version in this movie won’t be blue, so I’m led to believe it’s a new Electro all together. With the events of Loki and the different branches coming about from the Sacred Timeline, this is opening the multiverse, which I feel is what’s truly happening in the trailer while Doctor Strange is trying to cast the spell. I think it’s happening at the same time since once Strange finishes with the spell, you can see similar color patterns and a structure that looks very familiar to He Who Remains’ Citadel. This is most likely the reason why we’re able to see the original iterations of Doc Ock and Green Goblin. In this case, however, I think it’s an entirely different Electro due to the differences I see in the trailer. Everything I’ve seen about Doc Ock and Green Goblin points to them being the ones from the Sam Raimi trilogy.
3. Doctor Strange is a bit… strange
It doesn’t take much to see Doctor Strange in the trailer is acting a bit weird. From the snowy Sanctum Sanctorum, to his extremely casual get-up, he doesn’t seem as serious or as methodical as we’re used to seeing him. Granted, I do think there’s a reckless side to him, but, at least to me, he’s always been a bit more serious. Then again, arrogance has always been one of his character traits. From what I see in the trailer, I have a feeling this might not be the Stephen Strange we already know. There’s a chance it could be a variant, but I don’t think it’s likely since this is happening before he casts the spell. I have another theory that may be a bit controversial and redundant.
What if it’s Mephisto who’s disguising himself as Strange here? I mean, it would kind of fall in line with one of the most controversial Spider-Man comic book arcs in history, that being One More Day. I know, I know, I’m sure most of you have just about had it with hearing about Mephisto and all the theories and expectations falling short. But, hear me out. In One More Day, Aunt May is shot and she enters a critical state where she’s about to die. Peter sees this and makes a deal with the devil (Mephisto) to save her life. In exchange, Peter and Mary Jane must allow Mephisto to erase their marriage in order for Aunt May to live. So, they agree.
The storyline in the movie is obviously very distinct from that in the comics, but I can definitely see the similarities and the inspiration the film is taking from this arc if it does end up being true. Of course, only time will tell, and maybe we’ll finally get that Mephisto appearance we’ve been longing for.
2. Matt Murdock will be Peter’s attorney
There have been a number of rumors pertaining to Charlie Cox making his MCU debut in No Way Home. Although his role may not be as big in this movie, I have a strong feeling these rumors are true. Honestly, it makes a ton of sense to have him in this movie to legally represent Peter. I mean, he’s definitely going to need it since Mysterio revealed his true identity to the world and now, a large majority believe he’s responsible for the death of Mysterio/ Quentin Beck. I have a few reasons why I think it’s true.
For one, the multiverse. Considering all of these Spider-Man characters will be in this movie (Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Electro, and so on) because of the events of Loki and whatever Doctor Strange did, I think this makes room for a bunch of other Marvel characters from other Marvel universes to make an appearance as well. Again, because of what’s going on, Daredevil makes perfect sense. The two have had numerous interactions in the comics and it’s finally time for them to meet in the MCU and further expand this universe with all the characters Marvel has to offer.
Another obvious reason is the new trailer. This could be a huge reach, but in the trailer, there seems to be a character that closely resembles Cox’s Matt Murdock. The trailer does a great job at subtly hiding his face in the shadows, but if you look closely, the haircut looks the same, as well as the outfit he wears and his body figure. In the next scene, you also see someone throw a bunch of files on a table where Peter is being interrogated. Of course, as mentioned, this could be someone else entirely, but I have a good feeling it’s Murdock, which is exciting, since I absolutely love the Netflix Daredevil series.
1. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are definitely in it
No matter what any of the past actors have said about their potential involvements in No Way Home, I’m convinced that some of them will be in it, especially the two other actors who have played Spider-Man before, those being Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. I mean, put it this way, if you’re going to put Raimi’s Spider-Man‘s Green Goblin, Raimi’s Spider-Man 2‘s Doc Ock, and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Electro (and potentially Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Lizard and Raimi’s Spider-Man 3‘s Sandman), then are you not going to bring back Maguire and Garfield?
Let’s be honest here. Unless the Avengers come to help Tom Holland’s Peter out against the new (at least to him) enemies, how is he going to stand a chance against all of them? If this movie ends up doing what I think it’s going to do, Peter and Strange will be in a different reality all together, so the chances of them knowing anyone else who could help them is pretty slim.
This is where Maguire and Garfield come in. Since one has faced off against Green Goblin and Doc Ock, while the other has fought Electro, their experience will come in handy in aiding a relatively young Peter Parker/ Spider-Man in Holland. There’s a moment at the end of the trailer where we’re led to believe Doc Ock is saying “Hello Peter” to Holland. However, I think it’s simply a trick to try and throw us fans off. As far as I know, the only Peter Doc Ock knows is Maguire’s version. It could be that Doc Ock somehow has some awareness of the multiverse and is aware of Holland’s Peter. It could also be a variant of the Doc Ock we know as well. But, I think it’s the same one from Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.
To reiterate, this could all be speculation and none of these rumors or ideas could come to fruition. We could, once again, just see the story the writers always had in mind from the beginning, and honestly, I’m mostly okay with it. It would definitely be a missed opportunity if they don’t end up being in it, but I have a pretty good feeling they will be.