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Doctor Strange’s Spell Mistake In Spider-Man: No Way Home Explained

By Ishita Chatterjee
August 25,2021

Fans have been looking forward to seeing the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer for months. They were so impatient that a few days before the official trailer release, there was a low-quality trailer leak.

But now, there’s no need to go looking for that leak as Sony and Marvel Studios have finally released the official trailer of Spider-Man: No Way Home. And the trailer confirms what fans all fans already know, that this is going to be a multiversal story.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Brings Multiversal Mayhem

Spiderman and Doctor Strange Spell

Fans got to see Alfred Molina returning as Doctor Octopus for the very first time since the Sam Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy. Apart from him, there are clues about other rumored villains appearing as well.

For example, the shot of the pumpkin bomb does indicate that the Green Goblin is showing up. Also, the promo artworks showing Doctor Strange and Peter traveling through portrals turned out to be true as well. But one of the most significant moments in the trailer is Doctor Strange using a sort of memory deleting spell.

It was announced way back that Benedict Cumberbatch will be reprising his role as the master sorcerer in the Spider-Man: No Way Home movie. And fans quickly theorized that he will help Peter with his secret identity that was revealed in the last Spider-Man film.

Doctor Octopus

In the trailer that’s exactly what happens. It shows that not just Peter’s life, but that of this friends as well has been ruined by the release of his secret identity. Now, he gets relentlessly interrogated and harassed everywhere. Thus, he doesn’t have one moment of privacy.

Doctor Strange Has A Solution For Peter’s Problems

Spiderman and Doctor Strange Spell

Spiderman and Doctor Strange Spell

Peter is obviously at his wit’s end. He is thinking, “I’ve just been thinking about how to fix all of this.” And this leads him to Doctor Strange, who has his Sanctum Sanctorum in New York. When Peter enters, Doctor Strange says:

“So, Peter…to what do I owe the pleasure?”

Once the awkward introduction ends, Peter gets straight to the point and asks if there is a spell that could undo Mysterio’s revelation. Strange has a solution to Peter’s issue. He thinks that casting a spell will erase the memories of Peter’s secret identity from everyone’s minds.

But Peter isn’t happy with that. When Strange is doing the spell, Peter keeps interrupting and asks the sorcerer to consider some exceptions like MJ, Ned, and Aunt May. This pestering causes Doctor Strange to lose control of the spell.

And then chaos ensues.

Spider-Man Experienced The Same Issue In Comics

Peter Parker reveals his identity to the world in Civil War #1

Peter Parker reveals his identity to the world in Civil War #1

Comicbook fans of Spider-Man might have read a similar plot before. The very same situation befell Spider-Man during the Civil War event when he revealed his identity to the world as Peter Parker.

As expected, the situation ended badly for him as Wilson Fisk immediately wanted him dead, and Aunt May ended up being caught in the crossfire. As she was dying in the hospital, Peter asked everyone to try and save her.

One of the people he went to was Doctor Strange. But he wasn’t able to help her as well.

Now, it does seem stupid that the sorcerer supreme couldn’t heal one bullet wound or that no one from the superhero community could help Aunt May. But the story moves on and takes a dark turn.

Mephisto wants Peter's marriage with Mary Jane in 2007's One More Day

Mephisto wants Peter’s marriage with Mary Jane in 2007’s One More Day

Mephisto shows up and gives Peter a way to save his Aunt May. He says that he will save Aunt May, but he needs his marriage with Mary Jane as an exchange. Mephisto then re-arranges the events of history to make it seem like Peter simply didn’t show up for his own wedding.

So Peter and Mary Jane never broke up or fell out of love, they just never got married. Hell, Peter still ended up revealing his identity in Civil War, and as a result, Aunt May did get shot. But Peter was able to save her since he gave her CPR.

It was definitely funny because not one person thought of doing that when she flat-lined for the very first time. However, if you think that’s bad, you haven’t seen anything yet.

The dumbest part of this entire thing was the fact that ultimately Doctor Strange, Reed Richards, and Tony Stark end up being the people who have to erase people’s memories about Peter’s real identity.

They do it by using a magical techno-virus. The only ones who ultimately end up remembering his secret identity are Mary Jane and a few others.

“Amazing Spider-Man” (1999) — Issue #640

Right now, the plot of No Way Home bears many similarities to this. Except we haven’t seen Mephisto this season. Also, it’s unlikely that Reed Richards or hell, even Tony Stark will be showing up.

The only way fans are going to know how this spell exactly works is by showing up in theaters on December 17, 2021, for Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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