Is ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Destined to Disappoint?
One of the MCU’s most anticipated films is just days away, and we continue Spider-Week by discussing why the massive expectations for the film could work against it. So is Spider-Man: No Way Home destined to disappoint?
For months and months, fans have waited on the edge of their seat for any tidbit of information regarding what is perhaps the most theorized and speculated about the film in the history of the Marvel universe.
Fans waited for months before August gave us our first look at the long-awaited teaser trailer – which the fanbase dissected frame by frame – scouring through every detail with a fine-toothed comb, desperately seeking answers to their endless questions.
More so than Avengers: Infinity War, or Avengers: Endgame after that, Spider-Man: No Way Home has ignited the imaginations of fans since we started hearing rumblings of a potential live-action multiversal Spider-Man film.
When Loki explored the reality of alternate timelines, fans were all the more emboldened. Then, when Doctor Strange showed up as a key piece of the upcoming film, with his sequel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on the horizon, fans were emboldened a little bit more.
Leaks, potential spoilers, minimalist promotional material, all encouraged speculation and theorization for fans of one of comic book’s most iconic characters.
The question remains, however, with all of the speculation and theorization, is Spider-Man: No Way Home destined to disappoint?
There has been an expectation placed on this film that perhaps no other film in history has faced, but it isn’t an expectation of quality.
Most fans aren’t worried about Spider-Man: No Way Home being a good film, after all, Marvel has a pretty substantial track record for massive, genre-defining epics.
But at what point would No Way Home be a disappointment?
Will the appearance of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield be enough to make fans forgive a muddled plotline and overstuffed narrative?
Will the return of Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jaime Foxx be enough to make fans forgive a convoluted story structure that is weighed down by complexity and exposition?
How will fans feel if the fan service that they desire comes at the expense of the film’s narrative quality?
Could all of this simply be nullified by the impossibility of Feige, Pascal, and Jon Watts creating a flawless masterpiece of the superhero epic?
The chances are highly unlikely, but the fact still remains, Spider-Man: No Way Home is destined to disappoint someone.
Either the fan service is likely to be great, and overshadow a lacking story, or the story will be so brilliantly executed at the expense of the fan service that has dominated many theories.
The reality is, only time will tell, but it doesn’t change the fact that Spider-Man: No Way Home is a moment in time for pop culture and cinema history; as we’re in the midst of something that may never happen again.