“Spiderman: No Way Home” sets big expectations

By Melanie Ibanez

Photo courtesy of Cristian Bortes, Wikimedia Commons

For the past year and a half “Spiderman; No Way Home” has been one of the most anticipated Marvel movies. There has been heavy speculation that the actors who have played Spiderman in the past will appear in this film. Although both Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield have denied the rumors, this doesn’t stop fans’ excitement. 

This new movie, coming out December 17, introduces the multiverse and will have all of the villains from the other Spiderman movies. This includes Electro (Jaime Foxx), the Lizard (Rhys Ifans), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) who are all played by their original actors. This just furthered everyone’s expectation about there being a crossover between the 2002, 2012, and current Spiderman.

The multiverse is a collection of alternate universes, which often formed as a divergence from other realities giving rise to various possibilities for the same characters. In the MCU, we have already seen this in the DisneyPlus “Loki” show, and will see more evidence in “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.”

“Spiderman: No Way Home” in particular has kept everyone on the edge of their seats since it was announced. After a leak, the trailer received 355.5 million views worldwide in just 24 hours when it was officially released. To put this number into comparison, “Spider-Man Far from Home” only received 135 million views in its 24-hour mark while “Avengers: Endgame” received 289 million. “Spiderman: No Way Home” set an all-time new record for the most global views in 24 hours.

This past Monday, tickets went on pre-sale and it was absolute chaos. Fans stayed up until midnight on “Spidey-Monday” to reserve their seats. The high demand for these tickets made many vendors’ websites crash which caused everyone to panic as evidenced by the buzz on social media. 

There were fans waiting on sites such as AMC, Fandango, and Regal for over an hour just to snag a few tickets. It has gotten so intense that scalpers are now selling tickets for opening night for 25 thousand dollars.

The film was originally set to be released on July 16, 2021, then November 5, 2021, but it was pushed back even further to December 17, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some fear the movie is over-hyped and cannot live up to the expectations, the fans are clearly excited.