At last – at long, long last – Sony and Marvel have released the first official trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home. The first teaser trailer was released a few months ago and teased the spell Doctor Strange casts at Spider-Man’s behest. More importantly, it showed that spell going awry and fracturing space and time, allowing villains from other universes to infiltrate ours. The first official trailer focuses far more on those villains themselves and on Peter Parker’s attempts to stop them.
It’s a whole lot packed into one trailer and there are a few blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments dotted throughout. In case you missed a few details, no worries. Here’s our breakdown of the Spider-Man: No Way Home official trailer, including Easter eggs, details, and reveals.
1. We Are A Long Way From ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’
In recent interviews, Tom Holland has said Spider-Man: Far From Home is “dark” and sad,” and the first shot of the trailer certainly seems to be the case. We are a long way from the happy high school bubblegum feel of Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is a Peter Parker dealing with the aftermath of Thanos’ devastation on top of all the stressors of being the only superhero in the MCU (so far) to still be in high school. That’s a lot for a kid to handle.
2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man Is Public Enemy #1
Add this to that the fact that Mysterio has outed him and J. Jonah Jameson has framed him (albeit unwittingly) for Mysterio’s murder, and Peter Parker is a 16-year-old kid dealing with being a superhero who has experienced tremendous loss, a teenager trying to juggle high school, and now being public enemy #1. Now that his sacred real identity has been blown wide open to the public, there’s literally nowhere he can turn to find peace.
3. Dr. Strange’s Spell Went Way More Awry Than We Thought
This first official trailer gives us a better look at the spell Doctor Strange does to erase the knowledge of Peter Parker being Spider-Man from everyone’s minds. It was a quick flash in the No Way Home teaser trailer, but this extended sequence shows a few different angles of the spell appearing to blow a crater in, well…reality.
4. The Green Goblin’s Pumpkin Bomb
Longtime fans of Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man movie know what it means when a pumpkin bomb goes rolling across the screen…
5. The Green Goblin Isn’t Far Behind
Our first glimpse of Willem Dafoe returning as Green Goblin, albeit from a distance. This will be the first time he has returned to the role since 2002. Almost two decades later, and he’s still one of the most beloved villains in a comic book movie for a reason.
6. Spider-Man Gets A New Stealth Suit
Spider-Man will apparently have a few costume changes in this movie and one of the niftiest will be what appears to be a modified version of his all-black stealth suit. It appears to have some gold threading and plating on it that hasn’t ever been incorporated into a live-action Spider-suit before, however.
7. …That’s Apparently Infused With Doctor Strange’s Magic
Which makes sense, as the next shot shows that Doctor Strange has either infused it with magic that Spider-Man can somehow tap into or he’s loaded it up with a few specific spells that Peter Parker can somehow trigger while in the suit. And yes, that’s Electro in the background – but we’ll get to him in a minute.
8. Doc Ock Figures Out The Peter Parker He Caught Isn’t HIS Peter Parker
After fighting Spider-Man on the bridge and pinning him against a column after pulling his mask off, Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus appears as shocked to find the MCU’s version of Peter Parker under the mask, and not Tobey Maguire, as Peter Parker is to see these villains from other worlds infiltrating our own. “You’re not Peter Parker,” he declares, looking Spider-Man up and down.
9. Is Doctor Octopus Friend Or Foe?
The trailer sets up Doc Ock to potentially be more than a villain–at the very least, it appears he and Peter Parker will be allies for a temporary time, or at least not trying to kill one another. Peter laughs when he introduces himself as “Otto Octavius” and it appears that Otto is a bit thrown by what’s happening. He was a good man before the tentacles fused with him and changed his personality and he redeemed himself at the end of Spider-Man 2, sacrificing himself to save New York. If any of Spider-Man’s villains are likely to want to assess the situation first rather than immediately create enemies, it’s Doc Ock.
10. The Statue Of Liberty Is Getting Rebuilt With Cap’s Shield
It would appear the Statue of Liberty is getting an overhaul in the Spider-Man trailer, being redesigned and rebuilt to hold up Captain America’s shield instead of her traditional torch. But why? We know Lady Liberty survived the Snap. However, Marvel’s recent animated Disney+ series What If…? explored alternate universes across the multiverse, and in one of them, the fire demon Surtur accidentally broke off the Statue of Liberty’s arm that held the torch before hastily welding it back on. Coincidence? Or did what happen in that universe somehow leak through the cracks of the multiverse to affect our own Statue of Liberty?
11. MJ Says What We’ve All Been Thinking Since The Teaser Trailer
In one scene in the trailer, Doctor Strange blames Peter Parker for ruining his spell and everything going sideways. However, Zendaya’s ever-sassy MJ says to the Sorcerer Supreme what plenty of us have been thinking since the teaser trailer: “You know,” she points out, “all of this is kind of your mess.” She’s not wrong. Wong did warn Doctor Strange not to perform the dangerous spell in the teaser trailer, after all. Yet, he did it anyway. It’s arguably more his mess to clean up than Peter’s.
12. Enter Sandman (& The Daily Bugle)
It’s unclear what happened to set up this scene but whatever it is, it was enough to get multiple police cars and news station vans to the scene – check out the Daily Bugle truck on the right. Whatever situation they’re reporting on (and police trying to stop), Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman is wreaking havoc on the onlookers and news teams below with a huge sandstorm.
13. J. Jonah Jameson Is Loving This
Of course, the man who started this mess is in the middle of it all. J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson is clearly happy about whatever he’s looking at as he stands in front of the Daily Bugle van. This appears to be a shot from either right before Sandman starts pummeling them with his sandstorm, or it’s after and JJJ is thrilled as he’s convinced it means Spider-Man is somehow in league with these villains.
14. Spider-Man Is About To Meet The Business End Of A Pumpkin Bomb
And now we have what appears to be what’s happening inside that building the police and news vans have surrounded. Oh, Peter, it’s an extraordinarily bad idea to grab one of the Goblin’s pumpkin bombs. Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man would tell you this.
15. Doctor Strange Punches Peter’s Soul/Astral Form Out Of His Body
At one point in the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, Peter Parker and Doctor Strange are at odds. Doctor Strange wants to send the villains packing from our reality back into their own while Peter doesn’t as he’s been informed that all of those villains will die at the hands of the Spider-Men in their realities. If this is after Peter has already met Doc Ock and decided he doesn’t seem like such a bad guy, it’s unsurprising the kindhearted web-slinger would be loathe to condemn them to certain death, especially if it’s at his hands or the hands of his equivalent. Whatever Doctor Strange’s plan is, it appears to revolve around a magical cube that Spider-Man steals–at which point, Doctor Strange literally punches Peter’s soul/astral form out of his body and young Peter learns an extremely important lesson about why you don’t mess with all-powerful sorcerers.
16. Electro Gets Back To His Comic Book Roots
Behold, our first look at Jamie Foxx’s Electro in No Way Home. His look is drastically different than the bald-headed, glowing, blue-skinned Ultimate Spider-Man comic book design he sported in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Instead, his new design is much closer to his classic comic book look, with yellow lightning and a green suit and energy spikes above his head that are reminiscent of his classic mask and headdress from the comics.
17. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider Went Up Lady Liberty’s Spout…
Looks like at least one of the major battles will take place Lady Liberty – but will it be Act 2 or Act 3?
18. Down Came The Goblin And Washed The Spider Out
Finally, we get out first close-up look at Norman Osborn, a.k.a. Green Goblin. His suit appears to be virtually unchanged since 2002’s Spider-Man, at least this version, as he hovers on his glider.
19. Green Goblin Gets A New Suit
However, it appears he’ll also get a redesign of his suit, complete with goggles and what looks like some sort of advanced drones – great, more drones. The costume is so different from Green Goblin’s classic suit that plenty of people speculated that perhaps this was James Franco’s New Goblin or Dane DeHaan’s version of Harry Osborn. Some even speculated it might be an alternate universe of Peter’s best friend, Ned, who, in a different universe in the comics, becomes the Hobgoblin. But concept art leaked a while back showing what appeared to be a redesigned Green Goblin suit for Willem Dafoe, one that was less armored and more utilitarian with goggles, but it wasn’t confirmed as official. It appears that it was, as that concept art for Dafoe is almost exactly what’s pictured here.
20. That…Is One Big Spell
Whatever spell Doctor Strange just threw, it’s enormous. But is it his attempt to protect what’s happening around the Statue of LIberty, or is it a massive spell going awry again because the energy of the world is so out of whack? Also, small thing to point out, but it’s neat that the interlocking rings of the spell look as though they’re forming an atom – likely just a coincidence, but if not, it’s a nice little nod to both Peter Parker’s science background and the fact that in the MCU, science and magic are two sides of the same coin.
21. The First Good Look At Sandman…And Lizard
Not only was Sandman officially confirmed in this trailer, but we finally get our first good look at his face – or at least, his face when he’s in Sandman form, not his normal human form as Flint Marko. Thomas Haden Church was easily one of the best parts of the maligned Spider-Man 3, so it will be nice to see him return. We also get our first glimpse (and confirmation) that Rhys Ifans’ Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. the Lizard, is returning for the first time since The Amazing Spider-Man. And, of course, there’s Max Dillon/Electro.
22. Spider-Man Takes On Multiple Multiverse Villains
That means there’s one villain from each of the previous Spider-Man franchises’ movies in Spider-Man: No Way Home:
- Spider-Man (2002) – Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
- Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus
- Spider-Man 3 (2007) – Flint Marko/Sandman
- The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) – Curt Connors/The Lizard
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) – Max Dillon/Electro
For those keeping score at home, that’s one villain shy of the Sinister Six – so who’s the final villain? Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio? Michael Keaton’s Vulture? Tom Hardy’s Venom? Or could it be another villain from one of the previous franchises? Regardless, if there were ever a moment in the trailer for a few other Spider-Men (*cough cough*) to be edited out, it would probably be this one. Just saying.
23. Damage Control Is On The Scene
Hey, it’s Damage Control! Or rather, the Department of Damage Control, to be exact, the joint venture between Stark Industries and the federal government responsible for cleaning up superheroes’ messes. If there’s a battle, they’re the ones who pick up the pieces, dispose of dangerous chemicals, rebuild damaged skyscrapers, junk alien spacecraft for parts, pay out restitution and insurance to victims, and all the other thankless dirty work that someone has to handle in the aftermath of another city-shaking superpowered event.
24. MJ Is In Trouble…Big Trouble
It sure looks like they’re recreating the iconic Gwen Stacy death scene from the comics that was also adapted in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Right down to the shot just after this one of Spider-Man reaching for MJ as she plummets, not off the George Washington Bridge, but off the Statue of Liberty. Fingers crossed that’s simply a misdirect because it would be a shame if she were to die.
25. The Multiverse Is Breaking Open
In the post title card shot, there’s a stinger that shows cracks starting to form in the sky. “What’s happening?” Spider-Man asks. “They’re starting to come through,” responds a clearly strained Doctor Strange, “and I can’t stop them.” Depending on when in the movie this scene is happening could have a major impact on what is happening here. If it’s early on in the movie, the “they” Doctor Strange mentions could be the rogues’ gallery of villains Spider-Man will shortly fight. But if it’s toward the end of the movie…who else could he mean by “they” – or what else? Whatever the case, if the fracturing is too powerful for even Doctor Strange to stop, that’s a problem.
Bonus: A Potential Tie To The Multiverse Loki Broke Wide Open?
Those purple tendrils/cracks in the New York sky of the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer sure look like the branches in the timeline that Sylvie and Loki created when they blew the timeline wide open in the finale of Loki (pictured above), no? Even though No Way Home ostensibly happens some time after Loki in the MCU timeline, it seems significant the MCU’s resident God of Mischief recently destroyed the Sacred Timeline in his series and started thousands of alternate timelines branching into existence.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters on Friday, December 17.