'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Ending Explained: Will Peter Parker appear in the MCU again?
The door seems open, but the question will be, in what capacity?
Spoilers for 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' is finally in theaters, except for the folks in the US (It releases December 17 in the country), and the friendly neighborhood web-slinger returns with some of his most deadly foes to provide a fitting end to the 'Homecoming' trilogy. This article discusses 'No Way Home' in detail and also your last chance to look away before we hit you with a barrage of spoilers.
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' recap and ending explained
With his identity revealed, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) struggles to balance his life and the high-school teen seeks the help of Doctor Strange asking him to cast a spell that makes the world forget that he is Spider-Man. However, the constant changes in the spell make it go horribly wrong as the multiverse is ripped and drags everyone across dimensions who indeed know Peter is Spider-Man. The duo later goes about consolidating all the villains who previously appeared in the MCU — Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), Dr Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and Electro (Jamie Foxx).
The only caveat is that when the spell is fixed and they return back to their universe, they die. The news isn't taken too kindly by Peter who says he intends to fix them so they won't be the evil they were in their world and battles Strange, locks him in the mirror dimension, and goes about fixing the baddies. The Doc is fixed, but Goblin's persona gets the better of Norman Osborne who goes on a rampage and kills Aunt May in the process. Ned and MJ try to search for Peter only to find his other-world counterparts — Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire's Peter Parkers.
Together, they all find Holland's Peter and the trio comes up with a plan to cure the baddies. The final battle takes place on the Liberty Avenger where Lizard returns to his human form, and so does Sandman. Electro is unplugged and only the Goblin remains as the dangerous threat. Holland's Parker takes on Norman and his blind rage makes him ready to kill him only for Maguire's Peter to step in. But as it turns out, the Goblin stabs him and Garfield's Peter throws the cure that Peter administers to Osborne curing him. Maguire's Parker survives as well
Eventually, Peter and Strange undo the whole mess with one spell, one that sees the world forget who Peter Parker is. MJ and Ned forget Peter and he goes about with his life as the web-slinger, this time with his new suit, the classic red and blue the world grew up seeing.
What's next for Peter Parker?
Holland has surprisingly remained mum about whether he will return as the superhero. "I don't know," Holland told Total Film when asked about playing the character again in the future. "Looking beyond Marvel or Sony, I’m very excited. I just think there are endless opportunities for me to do what I want, and doing what I want might not be in the film industry. It might be completely separate."
Producer Amy Pascal previously said that they were “getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel”, she has since walked back those comments, saying on the No Way Home premiere’s red carpet: "As long as [Holland] wants to make Spider-Man movies, we will make Spider-Man movies… But I'm a producer, and I always think everything's going to work out."
We feel Holland will next probably be seen in a Miles Morales movie, with one of them already released and the second releasing next year. Perhaps, Holland's Peter could be the mentor Morales needs and if Marvel decides to go for a live-action version, that will be one welcome move.