Sony dropped the second full trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home earlier this week. And fans have gone crazy with the spectacle put up by Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange.
The rumoured appearances of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Men were not made certain in the trailer. But Marvel fans were blessed with larger and closer glimpses of a variety of villains coming up soon. Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock returned for more screen time. Green Goblin got his first official big reveal. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, fans were treated with a fantastic shot of a team-up between Electro, Sandman, and Lizard.
Regardless of the enthusiasm perked up by the villains, the trailer featured an immensely perplexing moment at the end of the trailer. We see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man tackling the chaos surrounding the Statue of Liberty. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange is trying his hardest at containing something that appears to be an unpleasant occasion of a Multiversal collapse.
So what does that scene signify? And could it be the beginning of leading fans to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?
To understand what exactly is unfolding here, we need to first go over the entire scene in detail.
The first look in the sequence features Tom Holland’s unmasked Spider-Man soaking in the shocking view in his damaged Integrated suit. After figuring out the extent of damage when he looks at the skies, Peter exclaimed to Strange: “What’s Happening?”
In the following shot, Strange is seen on top of the flame of the Statue of Liberty. It is where he is presumably trying to control the effects occurring in the sky. But then, Strange says something threateningly inauspicious in response to Peter. The words are, “They’re starting to come through, and I can’t stop them.”
So who exactly are “they?”
Recently, fans pointed out the striking resemblance between the visual effects seen in the skies above NYC and those displayed in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. While this might be a very unlikely scenario, it would certainly be a spectacular one.
Say you picture an animated Miles Morales from the project making an appearance in his cartoon form to stand alongside Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. And the two fight against the villains posing as a threat to everyone he loves. Now that does sound very exciting.
This could also work as a potential clue when it comes to decoding the future of the Spider-Man series. It might be that these tiny breaches are suggesting characters that Sony could spin off into other films. Imagine a Spider-Man 2099 TV Series or a Spidey Noir murder mystery. All these could only be turned into reality if Spider-Man successfully splits open the Multiverse.
If that is the case, then the danger is not about which people or what objects are coming through. But rather the mere possibility of them entering the MCU at all. Sony could use this as an incredible opportunity. If the production has plans for the webhead in the future, it could put them on display here through brief glimpses. And these plans could include a crossover with Kraven, Spider-Woman, Silk, and even Venom. As the latter has even received a confirmation.
Another potential candidate on the quest of trying to make a way through the cracks in the Multiverse could be Kang the Conqueror. Jonathan Majors’ character, or at least a nicer Variant of his, first made an appearance in Loki. This is where we see him send out a warning about his other self and the malicious and destructive power he possesses.
Kang also made sure to suggest a Multiversal war. This is why it is possible that when Peter and Strange’s spell went wrong, it created a dent in the fabric of reality. And that is something a particular timeline traverser could easily be aware of. This idea would raise eyebrows because of how stunningly improbable it is. And yet, it would be way more believable than an animated Spider-Verse cameo.
Spider-Man appears to be dealing with a lot in No Way Home. So bringing in another massive MCU villain might just add to the things Peter has to solve. However, we cannot fully dismiss the fact that Marvel Studios may have considered the idea. Meaning, the franchise has to already work towards laying the groundwork for its next significant universal threat. But the question to ponder is, how to go about doing so?
So apart from a vague mention here or there, No Way Home might not be the right project for the idea.
Looking at it from a lighter perspective, the other side of these breaches could just be holding something less complicated. And it could simply be other Spider-Man villains trying to enter the Prime MCU?
If this is what is happening, it would spring the opportunity for other brief cameos from previous actors. These could be the ones who did not make it to the bigger picture. But even that worked out well since the creators still managed to use them for a gimmick.
Because these are alternate Multiverses, it is fun to picture villains who were never a part of the big screen. For instance, the female Vulture from the canned Spider-Man 4. Or the Norman Osborn who would go ahead and become the ultimate Green Goblin in the Amazing Spider-Man 3, which was cancelled.
This theory poses a massive potential. They could just brainstorm ideas and make space for all kinds of different Easter Eggs. And these would be from the entire Spider-Man mythos. This way, anyone villain would never be a danger. Instead, it would be the deteriorating Multiverse and the astronomical amount of people pushing or falling through.
This last theory is what makes the most sense. The audiences might just come across this scene as a direct link to what is going to happen in next year’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
All we have seen so far is the clip from the trailer. So it is hard to tell what form the notion might take just yet. The sequence could remain subtle. And maybe it will just be a reference to the impending collapse of the Multiverse and its current unhealthy state. Maybe the film will throw in some scarlet visuals. Just to hint at the magnificent damage which Wanda made back in WandaVision.
It is possible that by “they”, Strange is referring to is Shuma-Gorath. Known so far as the rumoured villain of the Multiverse of Madness. The villain was first briefly spotted way back in What If…?. But his forthcoming role in next May’s adventures has been in discussions for a long time now. A big Lovecraftian monster is certainly a threat worth being scared about. and that would explain all the panic Strange is experiencing.
Creating a scenario for the collapse of the Multiverse is an important aspect in the finale of No Way Home. Because it would make sense if Strange went on to deal with the consequences of whatever Spidey’s third act wrought on existence.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is all set for its theatrical release worldwide on December 17, 2021. And the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to hit the screens on May 6, 2022.