Still continuing its exceptionally awesome tun in theaters worldwide, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home is definitely going to become the grandest Spider-Man solo outing in history. The movie has finally revealed the spectacular ensemble of villains and heroes from the previous Spider-Man franchise. But not only that, No Way Home introduced fans to a multiversal breakout of the highest degree. And the kind of boost the movie is receiving is even greater than last year.
Spider-Man: No Way Home gives audiences a major thrill from the very beginning. The action sequences, the surprise factors, paired with humorous back and forth between our favorite characters. The movie made it possible for the whole fandom to be in awe of the several players joining in from three generations of Spider-Man’s big-screen legacy. Ultimately, the movie progressed towards presenting the monumental finale battle any MCU solo movie has ever made. By incorporating three Spider-Men, four powerful villains, and an incredibly powerful narration throughout.
When a production creates a big scale movie like No Way Home, there are various scenes that never make it to the final cut. Sometimes, they are excluded to shorten the run time, or set the overall pace. While other times, the reasons are more technical. Only recently, one particular scene surfaced on social media. And when viewed, one of the movie’s behind-the-scenes personnel expressed their dismay about its exclusion.
Spider-Man: No Way Home concept artist Marek Okon shared two pieces of concept art from the movie’s final battle on Twitter. The art featured Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin.
In one image, we see Spidey swinging in the air, at the Statue of Liberty’s head. He is slinging webs as he tries to get to Goblin, who is floating on his glider. Okun included the following caption with the image to describe the accurate picture of how the Statue and its scaffolding would have come into play:
“Let’s get started with my concepts for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Early study of the final battle around updated Statue of Liberty. We were exploring the flow of the fight and the look of the scaffolding set in those images. More to come soon ;]”
Another No Way Home artist Maciej Kuciara also commented on the tweet. He explained how the set that they built was pretty “rad”. To which Okon responded by saying that it “kinda sucks” that the set was not extremely exploited by the movie.
“Thanks man! Kinda sucks that only a part of it was used in the movie thou :P”
Among the whole discussion, there was a devoted Marvel fan who pleaded for the Green Goblin to have had a prominent presence in the battle. Instead of appearing without a foreshadowing narrative, he could have been given a longer time in the final battle. And Okon agreed with this expression. It is true that the artist understands why Marvel and Sony decided to chop scenes like this from the final cut. However, he also explains how an extended cut could have helped put the battle on a greater display:
“Yeah, I agree. Initially we designed that fight to be a bit more elaborate but I guess they had to cut some parts out… or give us extended three hours cut :P”
In addition to this, Okun also posted another image featuring the Spidey/Goblin fight. And in this one, the scaffolding and fabric outside the bottom of the statue were seen burning and disintegrating as the fight between the two got more intense. The image also reveals Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez, who is watching the battle from a nearby crane.
Okun included the following caption describing the action:
“One of the ideas for Spider-Man: No Way Home’s final battle was to slowly burn and destroy the scaffolding so as the fight goes on the Statue of Liberty underneath gets revealed. This is one of the concepts I did for how it would look. More to come soon ;]
Because of the pandemic’s raging conditions, Marvel constantly kept switching its theatrical release schedule for movies falling in the MCU’s Phase 4. Which is why the final product than was Spider-Man: No Way Home turned out to be a lot different that how Marvel Studios originally pictured it. Before the COVID induced delays to the MCU Phase 4. Marvel had planned to release the threequel in theaters after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. If Marvel had played things out by its initial planning, then the appearance from America Chavez in the movie would have made more sense.
Keeping America Chavez’s factor to the side, it is apparent that Okun and the entire team working on making No Way Home the spectacle it is had different, much grander plans for the final battle. Some of which never made it to the final mix.
No Way Home’s second act displayed a lot of intrigue and drama coming off Dafoe’s Green Goblin. But the villain only made his presence felt in the Statue of Liberty battle for a mere few minutes. And this was after the three Spider-Men coordinated their movies and successfully cured most of the villains. All No Way Home allowed Goblin to do was create tension around MJ’s big fall and fly around on his glider. However, his massive focus happened when he entered the violently overwhelming battle with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. Soon after that, he was cured and sent back to his universe.
The Spider-Man trio had a dozen characters falling into the mix. With a movie of such grandeur, it is disappointing to see that Dafoe’s Green Goblin did not get the limelight he deserved. Given he was an important villain along with the others as well as the classic Spider-Man trio. God willing, the studio has never decided to reveal some of the deleted scenes or even an extended cut in the coming future. Then fans will be able to see the movie’s main villain in a more intense final battle experience.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters worldwide. Grab your seat, if you haven’t already!