Spider-Man: No Way Home is the first MCU movie that introduces the possibilities of the multiverse. By now most of us have watched the reality-bending adventure, and as expected, there are some head-scratchers in it.
So we have some questions about the whys and hows of the multiverse that brought the superheroes and supervillains together. Let us share them with you:
The spell by Doctor Strange created a rift in the multiverse that drew in those who knew Spider-Man’s real identity. But if this is the criteria, then why is Jamie Foxx’s Electro among them?
We watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and there, Max Dillon never knew that Spider-Man’s real identity was Peter Parker. Max, in fact, was surprised to discover in No Way Home that his universe’s web crawler was a white dude.
He just assumed that someone from Queens who helped poor folks would be Black.
In the last moments of the movie, Doctor Strange finally completes the spell that effectively erases Peter Parker from everyone’s minds on Earth, himself included.
Having this anonymity does give Peter a new lease on life that he initially wanted, but it has also left us with some questions. For one, how will the characters who met each other through Peter Parker be affected? Will they continue to interact?
For example, in No Way Home itself, there’s a subplot that’s about Ned being able to slowly control Doctor Strange’s sling ring. When Strange joins the fight, he seems quite genuinely surprised that Ned could make portals.
His accompanying “huh” hinted that maybe this would be something that would be revisited later. At one point, it really did seem like Ned was going to get trained by Strange.
But now that Peter’s identity has been erased from everyone’s minds, that’s not on the cards anymore.
One would expect Doctor Strange to cast a spell that’s specific in its intent. It should have been similar to what Hulk and then Tony Stark did with the Infinity Gauntlet snaps.
But it seems like magic is a messy thing even when wielded by Doctor Strange. And we all got to see just how messy and troublesome it can become when the initial spell went wrong.
But when Strange cast the final spell to make everyone forget about Peter Parker, was he able to limit it to just Tom Holland’s Peter Parker?
Otherwise, just imagine Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s versions heading back to their universes and finding out that people don’t remember them. Yikes!
Now, if people in the other universes don’t forget about Peter, then that means something quite concerning.
It meant that the villains who were given their redemptions and second chances went back to their universes alive. And guess what? They know that Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
Or did something else happen? Even though they were saved by Holland’s Peter in his universe, did they die when they returned to their own? Also, the point in time they are sent back should make a difference.
After all, if the villains go back to the time before they die, but Tobey and Garfield’s Peters head back to a point in time that’s later in their lives ( like where they obviously came from), then do the Spider-Men that are fighting those villains have any idea what happened?
A little convoluted if you ask us.
At a glance, wiping out everyone’s memory of Peter Parker seems like an easy enough solution. But problems emerge if you poke a little deeper.
So what about all the medical records, paperwork, digital posts, etc… that Peter made and that was proof of his existence?
Did all of that just vanish? So is he completely scrubbed from everything? If this is indeed the case, then how can he live his life normally now? After all, won’t he have trouble getting a job, health insurance, and more?
Piggybacking off the above point, we have to further ask- how is Peter able to pay for basically anything?
After the spell is done, he goes to get coffee from MJ. But how can he afford that? Or even the rent for his new apartment? Does Peter have any money? And even if he does, where did he get it from, if no one remembers him even.
Did he get Aunt May’s life insurance? How does that work because, as we said above, he has been erased from everyone’s memories. Or maybe it’s the grandfather principle, since she was already dead by the time the spell got cast?
In the comics, Peter Parker already had a precarious financial position since he worked as a freelance news photographer to make ends meet. But at least, he had an established identity that allowed him to work and earn a living.
We love Doctor Strange, and so we loved it when he used the trick to push out Peter’s astral self from his corporeal body, when the web crawler tried to go away with the box that Strange was planning to use to send all the multiverse villains home.
But quite surprisingly, Peter could overpower Strange’s hold on his astral self while trying to get the magic box. But how was he able to do that? Peter hadn’t shown any indications of magical abilities before, and in fact, he hadn’t even experienced the astral plane before this.
So how on earth was he able to get the upper hand on a magician like Doctor Strange? Did his Spidey sense kick in and protect him? But even if that’s what happened, how is it possible for a physical reaction to overpower magic operating on a separate plane of existence entirely?
Right now, that spider-sense is the best guess anyone has. But honestly, that’s still a huge leap and we do get the sense that overall, they did Doctor Strange dirty in the movie.
Charlie Cox’s cameo as Matt Murdock was indeed delightful, but literally, zero explanation was given for it. There’s media furor surrounding Peter after his identity gets revealed. So, Matt would have known about him from there.
But how did he even convince May to let him handle Peter’s case? It’s possible that Matt might have known May through her F.E.A.S.T work. After all, Matt Murdock and Daredevil both help the unfortunate.
Also, even though the entire world forgot that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, Peter does know about Matt’s impossibly fast reflexes. So later, will he seek out a lawyer for help and maybe discover his secret identity along the way?
Tobey’s Peter Parker is getting on in years, and he has been stabbed before for sure, but why didn’t his spidey sense warn him about the fact that Green Goblin was going to stab him in the back?
Is Holland’s Spider-Man’s spidey sense more accurate since it alerted him when Norman was just thinking about making trouble? However, one would think that Spidey’s sense should have warned Tobey’s Peter when Norman was going to stab him.
And since we are on the topic, why did Peter’s spider-sense fail to work when Goblin was going to knock him away from MJ while saving her?
After all, it worked well enough when Norman was just thinking about hurting him. Hmm.. makes one think of inconsistent use of powers.
Garfield and Maguire’s Peters name-check their Uncle Bens and the impact he had on them. But Holland’s Peter never even mentions Uncle Ben. Spider-Man: Far From Home did show us that Uncle Ben exists in the MCU since Peter used an old suitcase with his name on it.
But it’s Aunt May, who in her dying moments in the movie gives Peter his “with great power, comes great responsibility,” and not Uncle Ben. So did Ben die before Peter was born as some fans have theorized?
The ending of No Way Home gave the MCU a chance to at least visually show Uncle Ben by showing his grave when Peter went to visit his Aunt May. But that didn’t happen, and we didn’t see his final resting place.
So these are the biggest questions we had after watching Spider-Man: No Way Home. Do you have any? Let us know.
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