Spider-Man: No Way Home review full of spoilers: “A masterclass”

No Way Home made the tricky landing.


This is the next one Avengers: Endgame. It’s bigger than Avengers: Endgame, because it combines 20 years of movies, instead of 10. It’s the movie that will save cinema, and it features the best best friend handshake ever.

Prepare for all of these hot shots and more here on CNET’s spoiler-filled Global Review at Spider-Man: No Path Home. Tom Holland Spider-Man’s third film is break box office records, and the reviews are, for the most part, overwhelming. It’s Spider-Man’s manna years that are crowd-pleasing and fan-service-loving, and somehow it’s blocking the landing.

Check out how CNET staff members reacted to Spider-Man: No Way Home below.


“A master class”


Spider-Man: No Way Home is a masterclass for balancing MCU Peter Parker history with nearly 20 years of legacy elements. Green Goblin is particularly intense, and Willem Dafoe is clearly having an amazing time being a total freak. Giving up the stupid flight suit was a wise decision; the new look allows Dafoe to do a lot of faces and brings him a lot closer to the horrific comic book version of the character.

The arrival of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Peters was beautifully timed, bringing hope into a super dark moment. It was fun catching up with Maguire after 14 years – I was super relieved that he and MJ stayed together. However, Garfield reminds us that he’s the most talented actor to play the role (but got stuck with a messy movie in The Amazing Spider-Man 2); he is overflowing with charm every moment he is on screen.

– Sean Keane, London

“Best Track: Charlie Cox’s Perfect Matt Murdock Cameo”

David Lee / Netflix

Almost everything you’ve read about the rumor mills online is in the movie – even the now iconic fight in the air, whose missing characters have been airbrushed. The bottom line is that, just like with an Apple press event when all the news has leaked ahead of time, the surprises aren’t exactly surprising, although they’re still pretty cool.

The three Spider-Men are doing what they came for, although I would have liked to see more Maguire-Garfield interactions as a pair of heroes out of the water (universe?), And they could have recovered a bit. of excess Happy Hogan screen time. One of the movie’s best grace notes is how the characters in the first two spiderworms are amazed that magic (of the Dr. Strange variety) exists on Earth-616 (or is it Earth-199999). ?). In fact, in the film’s ending, Spider-Tom resets to something closer to those more grounded incarnations, complete with a hand-sewn costume and a seedy new neighborhood to patrol. Best of all: Charlie Cox’s perfect cameo starring Matt Murdock. Worst of all: They couldn’t find a place for 1970s TV Spider-Man Nicholas Hammond.

– Dan Ackerman, New York


Sony Pictures

I’ve always said Avengers: Endgame is the best MCU movie because it’s the movie that draws on over a decade of movies to make an amazing, cohesive movie. Then we have No Way Home, and it does it even better. It combines three different universes that were never meant to be linked, and it works.

What I love most about No Way Home is the redemption that this movie brought to Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx. These are two great actors who were put in a bad sequel, but they were given another chance. Foxx establishes himself as the sweetest Spider-Man supervillain to ever face, while Garfield gives everything you expect from a great hero. I think the biggest compliment for No Way Home is that it’s easily on par with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which many consider the best Spider-Man movie.

– Oscar Gonzalez, New York

“Sense of closure”

Marvel / Sony

No Way Home isn’t just a great movie on its own, but it kind of retroactively improves on previous films – going back to the original Tobey Maguire trilogy. The film could have easily incorporated the cast of the previous films into unique cameos, but No Way Home brilliantly incorporates many of these characters, so they’re central to the plot and development of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

Andrew Garfield, as mentioned, had a bad movie, and the way the movie solved its arc by saving Tom Holland’s GM (post, spoilers, losing Gwen Stacy in the same way) was powerful, just like Maguire prevented Holland to kill Willem Dafoe. Green goblin. Little notes of grace like Maguire reconnecting with Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and Garfield chatting with Jamie Foxx’s Electro were good times that provided a cathartic sense of closure.

The ending, when Holland’s Spider-Man chooses to live in a world where no one remembers his Peter Parker, brings back this hapless classic character who doesn’t have the luxury and Stark tech or help of the Avengers. By turning the “Home” trilogy into an extended origin story, it allows us to better appreciate the films while being excited for the sequel.

–Roger Cheng, New York

“Incredibly moving”

Marvel studios

I am struck by the emotional impact of this film. Not only was it exciting to see the three Spider-Men reunite, it was also incredibly moving to see them relate to each other’s pain and loss. Nothing makes a superhero more relevant than the issues they can’t solve and their struggles to come to terms with a fate they can’t change.

I loved the advice the older Spider-Men gave Tom Holland’s character to never get bitter about what happened in the past because that won’t solve anything. It made me think about how everyone watching in that theater surely experienced some form of loss and grief, and we could all take a moment to disconnect from that pain and find solace in these characters – and , by extension, into each other.

– Abrar Al-Heeti, San Francisco

“Real issues”


What I like best about this film is its commitment to the real issues and the consequences that flow from it. It would have been easy for the writers to come up with a Dr. Strange quick fix to having a happy ending all around, but Peter is forced to make a real sacrifice and let go of the things that are most important to him.

The dynamic between the three Spider-Men was absolutely brilliant. Some people might think the “joke” got old during their dialogues (like how Spider-Man’s oldest superhero body could actually make straps), but I ate it every minute. All three absolutely nailed their characters and where they could have been realistic in their lives many years later. Although that proves once and for all what I’ve always thought: Andrew Garfield is the King of all Spider-Men.

Andy Altman, San Francisco

“Mix the vibrations”


If there’s one thing you absolutely need to give credit to this movie for, it’s how perfectly it blends the vibe of every Peter and his set. Tobey Maguire’s mature Peter always took on more of that responsibility, so it was all the more gratifying to see him as a wise mentor not only to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but Andrew Garfield as well. Meanwhile, Garfield’s Peter was by far the most troubled, so seeing him finally shed the emotional baggage and guilt in No Way Home felt good.

Yes, it is I who echo all the requests for an Amazing Spider-Man 3.

Tom Holland himself did a lot of the work, but I think it was very important that No Way Home brought back Peter’s wild scientific brain. From mid-dimensional mathematics to developing cures for not one, but five different ailments, Peter is rooted in science in a world that feels more magical than reality half the time. Science gives him something to hold on to.

– Steph Panecasio, Sydney



No Way Home turned out to be an incredibly educational film. It taught me several things. The golden ratio is a unique mathematical relationship that can be found in the natural world. Tobey Maguire is 46 (and still in incredible Spidey form). And, unequivocally, Andrew Garfield is the best Spider-Man ever and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has to happen. Please search # MakeTASM3 for more information.

– Jennifer Bisset, Sydney

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