Review, Podcast: ‘Spider-Man’ makes history in ambitious crossover

Over The Popcorn Bowl – Season 1 – Episode 7 – “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

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Amanda Hare

Showing all of the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” characters, a digitally constructed image by senior Amanda Hare shows off Marvel’s latest movie. The movie debuted Dec. 17, in theaters only. “Overall, the movie was an absolute masterpiece,” Hare said in the attached review. “My expectations were sky-high, but the movie still exceeded them. I can’t wait to see where Peter’s story goes next.” (Photos courtesy of Marvel Studios, digitally constructed image by Amanda Hare)

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Click play above to listen to episode seven of the “Over the Popcorn Bowl” podcast reviewing the movie hosted by seniors Gabriella Winans, Amanda Hare, Christi Norris and Alyssa Clark. Continue reading below for a review written by Winans and Hare.

Author’s Note: The podcast and written review both contain major spoilers for “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

Cinemark crashed. AMC was down. Studio Movie Grill was unresponsive.

As “Spider-Man: No Way Home” tickets opened, every fan rushed to buy them, crashing every movie theater’s website. It took three hours of agonizing waiting in an AMC virtual line, but I finally got my tickets for opening night.

The movie, without a doubt, was worth the wait. It was definitely the best movie of 2021 and one of Marvel’s best. I was quite literally on the edge of my seat the entire movie, and seeing the three Spider-Men together was an experience I will never forget. Every actor and actress in the movie did amazing, and the movie’s humor made it even more entertaining.

As usual, I loved Peter Parker. He made a few poor decisions in the beginning, but he definitely grew out of that. I really just loved how this movie handled Peter’s character development. It really made him his own independent hero, not “Iron Boy Junior” as the critics have called him. 

It really made Peter’s whole character arc come full circle, because, in the end, nearly every superhero, especially in Marvel, has to make a decision of whether or not to sacrifice themselves. We see Peter grow from being a high school kid wanting to ask a girl to a dance to making decisions that will impact the entire universe.

I enjoyed how they handled the conflict between his life as Peter Parker and his life as Spider-Man, and I really thought the ending was perfect to settle that. He gave up his whole life as Peter Parker to save the world, but also to completely focus on being Spider-Man. I don’t know how they can continue his story from here though, since that seemed like the perfect ending to the story to me. 

Peter and MJ always hit differently for me. Something about their relationship and their progression in this trilogy has seemed so special from the beginning. I love how we got to see them navigate their next steps in life, and seeing the way they both opened up to each other, when they really had no one before. I love their bond, and I really want to see more of them again.

MJ and Ned were truly something else. Ned has always talked about being Peter’s “man in the chair” or the person who helps him, so it was so fun seeing both him and MJ in that role. They have a great bond, and I loved seeing them lean on each other when everything with Peter was kind of in limbo. 

However, the other Spider-Men definitely stole the show to me. Their dynamic was great, and they were just hilarious. I loved how they supported Tom Holland’s Peter and the fight scene with the three of them was honestly so cool. It was just really exciting to see the other Spider-Men that everyone kind of grew up with on the screen, and it’s nice that Andrew Garfield is getting recognition for his movies now. 

The villains did such a great job as well. The Lizard and Sand-Man didn’t really have any effect on the plot, however, if they were given a larger role the movie would have become too convoluted. I loved Doc Ock’s arc and how he ended up saving the Peters from Electro, and I thought Electro was great as well. 

The Green Goblin was the best by far though. Willem Dafoe absolutely killed the role. The personality switch between Norman Osborn and the Green Goblin was so clear. Even though his character wasn’t very scary compared to previous villains, the way Dafoe portrayed him was terrifying.

May’s death was devastating and just so well done. Her last words and Peter crying over her body while the police closed in and Happy saw from a distance was perfect and incredibly sad. The effect of her death was well done as well with Tom Holland’s Peter wanting to kill the Green Goblin and the other Peter’s stopping him from making the same mistakes they did.

Overall, the movie was an absolute masterpiece. My expectations were sky-high, but the movie still exceeded them. I can’t wait to see where Peter’s story goes next.