Here’s how Spider-Man: No Way Home connects to the Amazing Spider-Man comic.
Fans have been eagerly waiting for the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home to drop for weeks. Differing reports kept suggesting possible times and dates that it would debut and it never did. Then, the trailer was leaked and fans went nuts. Soon after that, an official trailer was released. Not only did it not disappoint, it may have exceeded everyone’s expectations.
This writer found himself in tears at what he was seeing because the rumors were true: We were getting a combination of villains from other Spider-Man movies that didn’t take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We saw Norman Osborn’s Pumpkin Bomb from Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man project and an actual sighting of Alfred Molina’s Otto Octavius from Spider-Man 2.
The other thing that fans wondered about was how we’d eventually see the other Spider-Man characters that appeared in other films. We also wanted to know how the film’s central characters would deal with the world knowing Peter Parker’s true identity. Both of those questions were answered: We can blame it on Doctor Strange.
Doctor Strange: The cool uncle
Peter went to Doctor Strange to ask for his help in making people forget he was Spider-Man. Considering that he and Peter are battle buddies, it was the smart thing to do. However, Wong knows how foolish this idea is and tells Doctor Strange not to honor Peter’s request. Strange said he wouldn’t, but winked. As Wong predicted, the spell went terribly wrong because Peter interfered.
The multiverse is now in more trouble than it was after Loki all because Doctor Strange wanted to be the cool uncle. With Tony Stark gone, Peter needed someone to set boundaries, telling him that actions have consequences. Instead, Strange made them worse. As the Sorcerer Supreme, he knows that actions have consequences. Instead of trying to be the fun guy, he should have put his foot down. The comic book version would have.
In House of M, Peter asks Doctor Strange to remove a memory from his head. Strange said that’s not how magic works but even though he didn’t want to, he knew what had to be done. The Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, decided to just do things knowing it was a horrible idea.
One good thing comes out of this though. It sort of connects to a Marvel Comics story.
The Amazing Spider-Man: One More Day influence
Amazing Spider-Man: One More Day came after Marvel Comics’ Civil War event. Peter Parker revealed who he was to the world because he wanted to support the Superhuman Registration Act. After feeling like he was on the wrong side of this battle, he switched sides and joined Captain America’s team. Unfortunately, it was too late to put the genie back in the bottle. Wilson Fisk put a hit out on Peter and ends up getting Aunt May shot.
After taking care of Fisk (Peter beats him worse than anyone ever has), Peter goes on a journey to find a way to save Aunt May. This leads him to Mephisto – who says that he can make the world forget who he is, all it will cost him is the love between him and MJ. Peter says no and MJ whispers something to Mephisto and a new deal is struck. One in which the world not only forgets who Peter is, but also in which MJ and Peter were never married, thus ruining 50 years of continuity.
How can this connect to Spider-Man: No Way Home
Spider-Man may be one of the greatest heroes in all of comics, but even he has some duds. One More Day is one of them. To a lot of fans (this writer included) it ruined Spider-Man. However, it did usher in a lot of new and fun stories that wouldn’t have been possible if everyone knew who he was. So it wasn’t all bad. What Marvel Studios could be doing in Spider-Man: No Way Home is resetting Spider-Man in preparation for his possible departure from the MCU.
We don’t know what’s going to happen with Sony and Marvel Studios’ deal over the Spider-Man property. For all we know, we could be seeing the end of Spidey in the MCU after this movie. If it is, erasing his existence may be the only way to go. The fans will know, but not the characters in the MCU. This may be a cop out, but at least this could be a believable clean break if the MCU is forced to continue without Spidey when he had been such a major focal point of the franchise’s new era.
What do you think? Is this going to be like Amazing Spider-Man: One More Day? Why do you think Doctor Strange helped Peter? Let us know in the comments below.