Spider-Man: No Way Home is a 2021 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
No Way Home features several actors reprising their roles from non-MCU Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, including previous Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The involvement of both actors was the subject of wide speculation and numerous leaks despite the efforts of Sony, Marvel, and the cast to conceal their involvement.
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.
- Rating: PG-13 (Sequences of Action / Violence | Brief Suggestive Comments | Some Language)
- Genre: Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Adventure
- Original Language: English
- Director: Jon Watts
- Producer: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
- Writer: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
- Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfred Molina, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Willem Dafoe, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Angourie Rice, Jamie Foxx, J.K. Simmons, Thomas Haden Church, Rhys Ifans, Harry Holland, Christopher Cocke, J.B. Smoove, Benedict Wong, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Tony Revolori. Cameo: Charlie Cox, Tom Hardy
- Release Date (Theaters): Dec 17, 2021 Wide
- Box Office (Gross USA): $792.3M
- Runtime: 2h 28m
- Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Critic reviews for Spider-Man: No Way Home
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 93%, with an average score of 7.9/10, based on 402 reviews.
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 60 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare “A+” grade on an A+ to F scale, the first live-action Spider-Man film and the fourth MCU film overall to earn the score after The Avengers (2012), Black Panther (2018), and Avengers: Endgame. PostTrak reported 95% of audience members gave it a positive score, with 89% saying they would definitely recommend it.
Crossover comfort food with a redemptive twist. Full Review | Original Score: B+Steven D. Greydanus – Catholic World Report
Throughout all of it, the weird and complex history of Spider-Man as a cinematic icon isn’t a hindrance to the story; instead, it’s an enhancement, using the quirks of the character’s legacy as a source of illumination into why he has endured so long. Full Review | Original Score: B+Liz Shannon Miller – Consequence
The movie allows for a surprisingly impactful reappraisal of a long-held Spidey franchise consensus. Full ReviewAllegra Frank – Slate
This film is fan service at its best because even us, casual lovers, can enjoy the ride. Full ReviewAnupama Chopra – Film Companion
Dafoe and Molina are the scene stealers in the movie, with a special mention to Dafoe for bringing back the terror he gave me at the age of 6. Full Review | Original Score: Big Screen Watch
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This movie’s a total blast, but it’s also surprisingly emotional at times, too. Full ReviewChristy Lemire – FilmWeek (KPCC – NPR Los Angeles)
So often in these big multi-villain events, the hero gets swallowed up, but here he defines the film. Full ReviewRichard Whittaker – Austin Chronicle
A film destined to be enthusiastically embraced by both old-school web slinger junkies and fans of the multi-film corporate franchise in which he is currently ensnared. Full Review | Original Score: 3/4Oliver Jones – Observer
Despite Marvel’s usual bloat and a swirling storm of characters, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” earns its joy and sorrow with thematic substance, the breathless action often contrasted with quiet reflection and grief. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4John Wenzel – Denver Post
It’s a form of breaking the fourth wall, inviting the audience in to share a joke with the actors, and verges on parody. Yet somehow they carry it off without diluting our sense of involvement with Peter and those he loves. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5Sandra Hall – Sydney Morning Herald
An overflowing, funnel-web cornucopia of treats for Spider-fans. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5Wendy Ide – Observer (UK)
No Way Home isn’t just about looking back at old films. It also opens up new avenues for the Marvel Universe – or the Marvel Multiverse, to be more accurate. Full Review | Original Score: 5/5Nicholas Barber – BBC.com
It feels like the first time that this Peter Parker gets to grow up. Full Reviewtt stern-enzi – WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
It reaches a point at which the division between sincerity and cynicism doesn’t seem to matter much anymore – it will work for the right people. And that is an art in itself. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5Clarisse Loughrey – Independent (UK)
While the previous Holland films have been mediocre in modest ways, No Way Home feels downright aggressive in its mediocrity… Full ReviewBilge Ebiri – New York Magazine/Vulture
Spider-Man is always best on the back foot, and this film puts him thoroughly through the wringer. But it also gives him room to shine, and packs an emotional punch that could floor any of his villains. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5Helen O’Hara – Time Out
Tom Holland is better than ever in his surprise-packed, third solo outing as a teen hero in a onesie who’s out to save the world and a faltering pandemic box office. But this time the generic thrills are tempered with genuine emotion. Good one, Spidey. Full ReviewPeter Travers – ABC News
Short on story, long on insider humor, this Spidey entry marks a sudden drop-off in quality. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4Rafer Guzman – Newsday
You don’t need to have seen any of the previous Spider-Man movies to follow this one. But it’s much more entertaining – more affecting, too – if you have. Full Review | Original Score: 3/4Mark Feeney – Boston Globe
A bombastic, crowdpleaser which is sharp, funny and just as chaotic as its titular character. Like a bratpack movie, it’s a film about growing up, knowing one’s place in the world and appreciating it for what it is. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5Linda Marric – The Jewish Chronicle
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