Marvel and Sony Pictures cleared things up by letting everyone know that the latest installment is going to be called Spider-Man: No Way Home.
After that, things get tricky. The film’s production has seen a constant and deafening churn of gossip about who’s in it and what they’re going to be doing. Returning villains, cameos from heroes of all stripes, multiversal shenanigans — nothing is off the table for what Holland told Variety is going to be “the most ambitious standalone superhero movie ever made.”
It’s almost enough to make you forget that there was a brief time when it felt like this movie wouldn’t even happen, that Sony was trying to take back control of the character for use in its set of ancillary Spider-Verse movies like Venom and Morbius rather than letting him play in the greater MCU sandbox.
Now the question, among many others, remains: Are the two studios going to share multiple Spider-Men?
Here’s everything we know about the forthcoming superhero epic so far.
When will Spider-Man: No Way Home be released?
The third installment in this particular Spider-Man franchise is set to debut in theaters on December 17, 2021 … or possibly December 25, 2021, based on the video Sony released to announce the film’s title. It’s noted at the end of the clip that the movie is coming “this Christmas,” which could mean either the Christmas season or Christmas Day; Sony hasn’t yet clarified as of this writing.
Who’s in the cast of Spider-Man: No Way Home?
Tom Holland is definitely back as Peter Parker. From the few photos that have already been released, we can confirm that Zendaya will reprise her role as MJ and Batalon will return as Ned Leeds. Marisa Tomei returns as Aunt May. In addition to these veterans of previous MCU Spider-Man films, Benedict Cumberbatch is set to make an appearance as Doctor Strange.
The big question is to what extent some veterans of the non-MCU Spider-Man films –– Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and the two Amazing Spider-Man films from Marc Webb –– will be appearing. Jamie Foxx is already confirmed to reprise his role as Max Dillon a.k.a. Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Alfred Molina seems set to return as the villain he played in Raimi’s series high-water mark Spider-Man 2.
Holland has denied his predecessors involvement vociferously this month in Esquire and again on Fallon, but we think he doth protest too much. It wouldn’t be the first time audiences have been lied to about Spider-Man.
What’s the plot of Spider-Man: No Way Home?
Our best guesses on the plot of Spider-Man: No Way Home are somewhat hamstrung by the uncertainty surrounding its cast.
It’s safe to say there will be significant fallout to deal with from the mid-credit sequence from Far from Home, where J. Jonah Jameson played a video from Quentin Beck a.k.a. Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal a.k.a. Taylor Swift’s ex) revealing to the world that their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is Peter Parker.
Said fallout may even involve an appearance from another notable name, with rumors having it that Marvel Television’s Daredevil, Charlie Cox, may have shot scenes for the film. His alter ego, the attorney Matt Murdock may prove more useful to Peter at the moment.