3. Spider-Man: No Way Home
It’s no secret Phase 4 of the MCU was somewhat… disappointing. Its slate was a little too crowded, and it felt like some projects in it were made just for the sake of delivering content instead of wanting to tell an epic story. But if there’s one movie in Phase 4 that managed to stand out from all others, it would have to be Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The wall-crawler’s third adventure finally delivered on the promise of different universes clashing with each other, something the MCU was building towards ever since Avengers: Endgame came to an end. You can even say Spider-Man: Far From Home is a better multiversal film than Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which funnily enough has “multiverse” in its title. Yes, that’s how good Spider-Man’s latest movie is.
An emotional rollercoaster that made audiences laugh, cry, and shout in excitement, Spider-Man: No Way Home had everything. It brought together three different versions of the wall-crawler, and best of all is that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were more than simple cameos. Without them, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker would have murdered Green Goblin, and I seriously doubt audiences want to see Spider-Man kill. They greatly impacted the story and felt like fully fleshed characters (unlike the Illuminati in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, who were mostly fanservice).
Spider-Man: No Way Home also gave an amazing arc to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker as well. Now he’s more like the Spider-Man we all know and love who keeps his identity a secret, makes great sacrifices to save the day and stands on his own without the need of other heroes. If there’s anything negative about the movie, it would unfortunately be its use of magic. Since the multiverse wasn’t fully open by the time Spider-Man: No Way Home was released, Doctor Strange needed to make an appearance and do it by himself. However, the explanation given as to how three different versions of Spider-Men and their villains came together was heavily undercooked.
Movies like Doctor Strange try to set rules and limits to their use of magic, but Spider-Man: No Way Home uses it as a way to make the plot more convenient. The more you think about certain aspects of the story, the more you realize they don’t make sense. But while the movie could’ve benefited from a greater script, there’s no denying it was an incredible experience that blew everybody’s minds. Better yet, it’s one of the best projects in Phase 4 of the MCU, if not the best.