We may have finally received the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer this summer but that doesn’t mean that the fans aren’t hungry for more.
The epic footage which showed off the partnership between Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) also teased the return of Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus and the potential reprisal of Willem Defoe as the Green Goblin from the Sam Raimi films.
The introduction of the multiverse to the Spider-Man films had fans excited even for characters not in the trailer, with speculation rife amongst Marvel fans that both former Spider-Man stars Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will be appearing in the film as their iterations of Peter Parker opposite villains from their own respective film series.
While returns for Maguire and Garfield and their co-stars are yet to be confirmed, it’s still the perfect excuse to catch up on the Spider-Man films in order – and with Doctor Strange set for a big role in No Way Home also you could prepare with a Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon. If so, then check out our guide to the Marvel movies in order.
Alternatively, read on for everything we know so far about Spider-Man: No Way Home, part of a slate of upcoming Marvel movies.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home release date
Spider-Man: No Way Home is released in cinemas on December 17, 2021.
The film was previously due for release in July this year before being moved to November 5 and then again to December, with the last change due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While COVID-19 has wreaked on virtually every aspect of modern life, it has also affected the entire Marvel phase four release schedule, but it looks as though this is one Marvel Cinematic Universe film that will now be released as planned.
Production wrapped and seemed to go relatively smoothly, barring a minor knee injury suffered by Tom Holland which required him to take a few days off to rest (via Den of Geek).
Spider-Man: No Way Home is likely to arrive on Netflix at some point in 2022, after the streaming service signed a content deal with Sony Pictures earlier this year.
The MCU Spidey films will eventually be available on Disney Plus – after the deal with Netflix ends in 2026…
We’ll keep this page updated with the latest information on Spider-Man: No Way Home’s streaming release date as it comes in.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer
After a truly relentless fan campaign and the leak of an unfinished version of the teaser, Sony finally released the long-awaited trailer in August 2021.
However, fans are incredibly eager for more information and with the release date fast approaching, expect more footage soon.
In the meantime, catch the official teaser trailer from Sony below.
The trailer begins with the fallout from Far From Home’s shock cliffhanger, which saw Mysterio reveal Spider-Man’s secret identity and frame him for murder – leading to scenes of Peter’s arrest, questioning and what looks to be a trial.
However, the biggest takeaway from the trailer is the confirmation of the multiverse in the film, seemingly caused by Doctor Strange after a spell to restore Spider-Man’s secret identity goes awry.
This then explains the appearance of Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus at the end of the trailer – the first footage of Molina in the role since 2004’s Spider-Man 2.
A brief bolt of lightning also seems to tease Jamie Foxx’s Electro from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, who is also confirmed to be returning – and several fans are convinced that Sandman and Lizard can be seen in murky shots of the trailer also, though we’d take that with a big pinch of salt for now.
One character who will seemingly be making a return however is classic Spidey villain Green Goblin, after one of his iconic pumpkin bombs appeared in the trailer – widely believed to be the same bombs used by Willem Dafoe’s version of the character in 2002’s Spider-Man.
With so many evildoers involved, the trailer adds further weight to the theory that the film will set up a multiversal Sinister Six, a villain team-up made up of Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Electro and three other unconfirmed characters.
The return of several classic villains has also further fuelled a fan theory that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are returning for a live-action Spider-Verse storyline – and although they were nowhere to be seen in the trailer, it is thought that Doc Ock’s line “Hello Peter” may actually be aimed at Maguire’s Spider-Man.
If that wasn’t enough returning characters, there’s debate whether or not Charlie Cox’s Daredevil (or at least his arms) can be seen in the trailer also during Peter’s questioning – with the Man Without Fear rumoured to become Peter’s lawyer.
The trailer was our first look at the film since official images were released in February 2021, showing Peter, MJ and Ned back investigating a mysterious location – is it something we’ve seen before?
First official look at ‘Spider-Man 3’ 📸 pic.twitter.com/mXxbkn9DWS
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) February 23, 2021
Some fans have speculated that this could be a dilapidated version of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum as Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to appear here, but that remains unconfirmed at present.
Spider-Man: No Way Home cast
While we don’t have a complete cast list just yet, we do know that Tom Holland will be back in the role of Peter Parker, while Zendaya and Jacob Balaton are returning as love interest Michelle “MJ ” Jones and his best friend Ned Leeds, respectively.
In addition, Marisa Tomei is reappearing as Parker’s Aunt May, with Jon Favreau also set to return as Tony Stark’s former right-hand man, Harold “Happy” Hogan.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange has been announced for the cast in another mentor role, while his close associate Wong (Benedict Wong) was spotted in a recent No Way Home LEGO set, with the trailer later confirming that he too is returning.
The pair’s appearances in the film come ahead of the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
You can expect more from Peter, Ned and MJ’s fellow high school students, played by Angourie Rice and Tony Revolori, while JB Smoove has confirmed that he will also be returning as their well-meaning (but incompetent) teacher Mr Dell.
But of course, the announcements that have gained the most attention are the return of two Spidey villains from previous films set outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jamie Foxx is confirmed to be returning as Electro (from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Alfred Molina will reprise his Doctor Octopus role (from 2004’s Spider-Man 2).
“It was really fun to watch him see how technology has advanced,” Holland told Entertainment Weekly on the Doc Ock scenes. “When he was making these films, the arms were puppets, and when we did it, they’re all imaginary and CG. It was quite cool to see him relive it, but also relearn it.”
A pumpkin bomb seen in the trailer revealed we’d be seeing a version of Green Goblin also, with Willem Dafoe heavily rumoured – but still unconfirmed – to be returning from 2002’s Spider-Man.
When speaking to The Wrap, Dafoe said “no comment” when questioned about whether he had a role in the film.
He added: “I got lots of stuff happening now. And, you know, I always feel like when a film comes out, that’s when it’s time to talk about it.”
This has sparked rumours that Marvel could be looking to crossover their pre-MCU films for a Spider-Verse story, with original Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield widely speculated to also be involved.
As if that weren’t enough, industry pundit Grace Randolph claims that Kirsten Dunst and Emma Stone could also return as love interests Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy.
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) December 8, 2020
However, in its latest statement on the matter, Sony Pictures said that any potential No Way Home casting is not yet confirmed, so fans should take these reports with a pinch of salt for now.
It’s also been rumoured that JK Simmons will reprise his role as J Jonah Jameson, a role he originally played in Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, before returning for an unforgettable post-credits appearance in 2019’s Far From Home.
Speaking to Collider, the actor said: “There is a distinct chance, there have been discussions, and I’m not going to say anything definitive because I don’t know if I’m allowed to. But yes, I’m very optimistic that I’ll have some more JJJ in my future.”
Less optimistic is Paul Giamatti, who briefly played Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and told ComicBook.com that he was happy to “just leave it all”, showing little interest in returning to the super villain role.
Spider-Man 3 title
CONFIRMED: After months of speculation, we finally know that the third entry in Tom Holland’s superhero saga will be titled Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The news comes shortly after Holland joined forces with his co-stars Jacob Batalon and Zendaya to release three fake names for the film – Phone Home, Home Wrecker and Home Slice – which succeeded in fooling some fans.
This prank was seemingly part of Sony’s publicity strategy for the much-anticipated project, as it is referenced in this official clip unveiling the true title.
This, we can confirm. #SpiderManNoWayHome only in movie theaters this Christmas. pic.twitter.com/kCeI8Vgkdm
— Spider-Man: No Way Home (@SpiderManMovie) February 24, 2021
The reveal of Spider-Man: No Way Home has sparked fresh speculation that this movie will see the wallcrawler swinging into a Spider-Verse story, as it suggests he could find himself trapped in an alternate universe.
Prior to this announcement, fans had put forward their own comedy suggestions, which included Home Run, Work From Home and Homesick.
Spider-Man: No Way Home plot theories
As is typical for an MCU movie, plot details are few and far between right now, although there is heavy fan speculation that we could get a live-action Spider-Verse storyline in this third outing.
The return of Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange very much fuelled this fan theory, with the trailer later revealing that the Sorcerer Supreme would indeed be guiding Peter Parker through the multiverse.
Speaking about how Doctor Octopus would be able to return despite his death in Spider-Man 2, Molina explained that he was told by director Jon Watts, “In this universe, no one really dies” and that his storyline would pick up from his drowning in the East River at the end of the 2004 film.
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Both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire have been associated with this blockbuster sequel too, but they remain unconfirmed at the time of writing and Holland has also denied their involvement.
Besides, there may not be time for a full Spider-Verse saga when the sequel will also have to resolve the cliffhanger ending of Far from Home, which saw Peter Parker unmasked as Spider-Man in a viral report by conspiracy theorist J Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons).
If that wasn’t bad enough, he was also framed as a murderer in doctored footage leaked by the late Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), with the trailer showing Peter being questioned by the police.
Another possibility for the third film includes the prospect of the Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman and Kraven the Hunter) appearing on-screen together, something which has been teased by producer Amy Pascal.
Given that Sony and Marvel’s new deal currently only extends to one more solo movie, it could also be that the film will have to give a reason for Peter leaving the MCU after that. We’re calling multiverse shenanigans again.
Will Daredevil appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home?
It has long been rumoured that Charlie Cox’s crime-fighting lawyer Daredevil could finally make the jump from Netflix to the big screen in Spider-Man: No Way Home – but we’re still agonisingly waiting for confirmation.
Back in April 2020, Cox responded to early speculation of his involvement with a firm rebuttal, even suggesting that Marvel could be recasting the role with another actor (via Comic Book).
However, in December 2020, fresh reports emerged that Cox would appear in No Way Home, accompanied by a flurry of all-new rumours that he could be in the running for a Disney Plus appearance.
The topic came up once again in February 2021, when Sony Pictures released a casting call for actors to appear in a courtroom scene in the upcoming blockbuster. Fans wasted no time connecting this to the hopeful return of the MCU’s most prolific practicing lawyer: Matt Murdock.
The trailer included a shot of a man dumping some paperwork in front of Peter during his questioning – and while the man’s face was not revealed, this did not stop fans speculating whether this could be Cox’s Murdock.
Again, there’s no official word yet on the return of Daredevil so you would be wise not to get your hopes up too high – although given how enthusiastic the response was on social media, it might be too late for that.
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What happened with Sony and Marvel?
Essentially what happened was that after three years of making Spider-Man movies together, Sony and Marvel’s coproduction deal fell apart, with sources suggesting Disney wanted a bigger slice of the profits than Sony were willing to give.
There was a huge fan backlash against the change with many pinning the blame on Sony, and for a while it seemed unlikely that a new deal would be made.
However, a few months later the two studios struck a new deal to create one last solo Spider-Man movie together, and to include Tom Holland’s webbed wonder in at least one more MCU team-up movie. After that, who knows?
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” said Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige in a statement.
“Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
“This is terrific,” added Sony exec Amy Pascal. “Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in Far From Home and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes.
“This has been a winning partnership for the studios, the franchise and the fans and I’m overjoyed it will continue.”
In a surprise twist, apparently it may have been Holland who saved the partnership, with reports suggesting the deal was “100 percent dead” until the young actor used his influence at Sony and Disney to thaw relations and get people back around the table (via Hollywood Reporter).
Spider-Man connections to Venom: Let There Be Carnage
While Spider-Man is part of the MCU, Sony has already been developing its own franchise of Spidey villains seemingly unconnected to that franchise, starting with Tom Hardy’s Venom in 2018.
However, the latest Venom film included quite a surprising end credits scene that hints at more multiversal madness to come from both the Sony and Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
The scene featured Tom Hardy’s anti-hero in a scene that appeared to connect to a previous Spider-Man film.
Read more about that Venom: Let There Be Carnage end credits scene in our explainer here.
Spider-Man connections to Morbius
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Additionally, the new trailer for Morbius hints at some surprising links to Spider-Man, which you can view below.
Morbius is a vampiric anti-hero that first appeared in the Spider-Man comics as an adversary before being an heroic figure in later scenes.
Oscar-winner Jared Leto stars as Michael Morbius, a scientist infected with a form of vampirism, while Doctor Who star Matt Smith portrays Loxias Crown – a friend of Morbius’ who also suffers from the same rare blood disease.
The film also stars Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, and Tyrese Gibson as additional supporting characters.
However, most intriguingly, The Flash movie’s Batman star Michael Keaton will reprise his role as Vulture/Adrian Toomes from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Will there be a Spider-Man Sinister Six movie?
Rumour has it that long-dead plans for a Sony movie based around the Sinister Six – a loose collection of Spider-Man villains that often includes Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio and Sandman – could be back on the cards.
Sony executive Amy Pascal has hinted that the presence of Vulture, Mysterio and sometime team member Shocker in the recent Spider-Man movies could point towards a team-up in the future.
“These villains we now have in our universe happen to be characters that are in the Sinister Six,” Pascal said. “There may be something that happens with that.”
With the trailer revealing that Green Goblin is also in the film along with Doctor Octopus and Electro, they are only three members short of a Sinister Six – which is where Vulture Mysterio and Shocker could come in.
Previously, Sony had worked on a script with writer-director Drew Goddard to be spun out of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man incarnation, but when that film series was called off the idea was mothballed.
But as recently as last December Pascal had suggested she fancied bringing the idea back to life.
“I’m just waiting for Drew to be ready to direct it,” Pascal told Vanity Fair. “I would do anything with Drew Goddard. I’m just waiting for him to tell me he wants to.”
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