It’s Spider-Man or Bust! No Way Home allegedly omitted some major Marvel characters. Phase 4’s latest entry, Spider-Man: No Way Home, was one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2021. The film recapped the events of its predecessor, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and also wrapped up Jon Watts’ “Homecoming” trilogy.
Spider-Man: No Way Home has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and fans alike. It took just six days for the film to become the highest-grossing US release of 2021. Some of the movie’s hype was due to the return of Spider-Man villains from an alternate universe. When Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and Sandman were combined with Electro and Lizard in NWH, the three eras of Spider-Man movies were effectively connected. According to numerous reports before the film’s release, both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men would appear in the film.
There were many characters to reminisce about in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but there were also some notable omissions. Yahoo! interviewed Spider-Man: NWH writers Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers about their work on the latest Spider-Man film. After being pressed on this topic by a fan, McKenna revealed some characters were cut. This is because they had to work around Tom Holland’s Peter Parker arc and the backstories of previous villains. However, the Spider-Man: NWH writers could only describe the characters as “big.” The full quote from McKenna is below:
I don’t know if we’re allowed to honestly, but there were big characters. But almost too big, because it always became a balancing act of how do we tell not only a story with all these awesome villains that we know we want to bring into this movie, the classic ones, but also how do we make this still a Tom Holland/Peter Parker story so that he’s not completely overshadowed? Because at the end of the day, it’s not going to be a great Spider-Man movie if you’re not telling an emotional Peter Parker story. We had these riches that we had to … This giant idea [with] all these great actors, but also we had to tell a story that felt like we were telling a personal story for our main character.
Sony has had a history of cramming too many characters into a single film. With Venom, Sandman, and the New Goblin crammed into a 2-hour film, Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was panned. This was similar to 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which also featured Electro, Green Goblin, and Rhino. With five villains, three versions of Spider-Man and Daredevil, as well as Doctor Strange’s story, the film could keep everyone’s narratives in sync. NWH could have faced the same criticism of the MCU movie had it included more villains like Tom Hardy’s Venom and Jared Leto’s Morbius.
McKenna was unable to say which characters were axed, so it’s possible they’ll show up in a subsequent film. Sony and Marvel have already teased a Spider-Man vs. Venom showdown, so Venom is the most likely victim of this decision. It’s possible that McKenna is referring to Kraven the Hunter. The character was originally planned to be a villain in NWH before they decided to go the Multiverse route. NWH concept art recently revealed that America Chavez was supposed to appear in the sequel. Because of the film’s ties to previous Spider-Man films, the MCU, and the Marvel comics, the possibilities are virtually limitless for this story to take place. However, it will be interesting to see if any of these characters appear in a future Spider-Man film.