6 Things I Want to See in Spider-Man: No Way Home
The first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home arrived this week and the internet is having a celebration! Not all of the rumors were confirmed in the trailer, but enough has been teased that everybody seems pretty happy. I’m very excited myself. And as with most upcoming superhero movies, I have a list of demands!
Anything can happen in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The multiverse has been broken open, Into the Spider-Verse was a huge success, a lot of actors are still around; this movie could have everything. The only way to know for sure is to see it when it comes out on Dec. 17. But until then, I’m going to speculate wildly about what exactly I hope to see in this new movie. Life is just fun that way.
And feel free to share your own hopes and dreams for Spider-Man: No Way Home in the comments!
6. The obvious rumored stuff
There are a bajillion rumors about what’s going to happen and who is going to appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home. I have no advanced knowledge, so consider these just rumors at this point. Or informed rumors? Who can really say when it comes to movie scoops from the internet. But of all the internet rumors I’ve heard, I pretty much want them all to come true. I want both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield to return as their respective Spider-Men. Why not? It’s never been done in a movie franchise before, has it? Where the old actors meet the new actors from the reboots? So just do it and have fun with it! I also want Charlie Cox to reprise his role as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. I enjoyed the Daredevil show on Netflix and I agree with the rest of the internet that Cox killed it in the role, as did Vincent D’Onofrio as the Kingpin. So bring them both back. What does Marvel have to lose? Don’t recast from scratch when a great, popular foundation has already been laid.
The movie should feature all the rumored cameos. That’s what I want.
I’m super excited for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which arrives in a week! I’m going to the theater because my local area isn’t too crowded at the movies anyway. And…yeah! The Shang-Chi hype is real and I think he needed another shout out. And if he shows up in No Way Home to some degree, all the better!
4. Tom Holland’s Uncle Ben
We have yet to meet Tom Holland’s Uncle Ben. I’m perfectly fine with that. A lot of people complain online that this has somehow lessened the Spider-Man movies, but I think that’s silly. We didn’t need to see Uncle Ben die yet again. It’s implied in the very existence of Spider-Man. It’s like watching Bruce Wayne’s parents get shot in that alley in every single new Batman reboot. We don’t need to see it happen every single time. We know it happens. We know that’s how Batman works. We didn’t need to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man go through that same origin story.
But if No Way Home features all these returning Spider-Manses…why not have a scene with some Uncle Bens? And why not use that to finally reveal Tom Holland’s Uncle Ben. Perhaps Tom, Tobey and Andrew all have a moment where they recollect their Uncle Benses. Could be fun!
3. Comics accurate Green Goblin costume
Another rumor I heard about this film is that all of the returning villains will have updated costumes. And I definitely hope this is true for the Green Goblin. That Power Rangers armored worked for that first film, when nobody knew anything about making superhero movies. But the genre has grown a lot in the intervening decades. If Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin is indeed coming back, I would like to see an updated, more comics-accurate costume. Give him some purple. Give him some clothes. Even if you just put some purple rags over the top of his green armor, that would be an improvement.
2. Scorpion to round out the Sinister Six
Everybody is pretty confident that No Way Home is setting up the Sinister Six by using classic movie bad guys. Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Lizard, Sandman, Electro and…who is number six? I’ve heard rumors pointing to Rhino from the Amazing Spider-Man movies, but c’mon. Really? I’m be down for Tom Hardy’s Venom, but I really want to see Marvel and Sony come through with Scorpion. Mac Gargan appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, played by the excellent Michael Mando. Scorpion also happens to be one of my favorite Spider-Man villains. So I would be very happy if No Way Home made him real amidst all of their other madness.
1 Bruce Campbell cameo
If you’re going to bring back the Sam Raimi Spider-Man universe, you need to include a Bruce Campbell cameo. He doesn’t need to be revealed as secretly Mysterio. He just needs to show up and be a gag. That’s all. The audience will love it, the fans will freak out and all will be right with the world. I need this more than anything else on this list combined.