So now we’ve seen the second and (perhaps) final trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, released at last after near riots by fans clamoring to see how many Spider-Men would show up. And after some “down and to the left”-style analysis, we’ve come to some conclusions. And they are very important. Every other site does those “Easter egg” breakdowns, and it’s time The Beat did one. So here goes.
1. The trailer has a trailer
There is actually a 5-second TRAILER for the trailer IN THE TRAILER, featuring quick shots of Holland Spider-Man, Doc Ock, Green Goblin and Doctor Strange. The folks who cut this trailer knew it would be so emotionally draining for fans and Easter Egg hunters that they had to prepare them for what was to come.
2. Spider-Man has a black costume.
But it isn’t Venom, right? But it does have a glowy golden element to it, suggesting that Spider-Man somehow gets mysticaled by Doctor Strange after grabbing that cubey thing that seems to be the macguffin every one will be chasing and that Spider-Man will clumsily drop at dangerous and inconvenient times. Mr Stark, I don’t think I’m wearing your tech any more.
3. Doctor Strange is a jerk…or is he?
So let me get this straight. Doctor Strange does a time turner to make it didn’t happen, for something so trivial as Spider not wanting to be outed (can’t Peter just get a finsta?) and THEN he allows Peter to mess up the spell (as seen in the first trailer) and THEN he blames Peter for messing up the spell despite the gross unsafe working conditions of letting Peter be in on the spell, and THEN he gets all rude with Spidey, MJ and Ned, ordering them to “Scooby-Doo this crap” even though it’s HIS FAULT he messed up time and space. And THEN he gets all sad when he can’t stop the Sinister Six from invading from other timelines and movie series, and THEN he also tells Peter these invaders all have to die. Even for arrogant Doctor Steven Strange, there is something…strange going on here. Is he a Skrull? Is he Mephisto? Is he just a grossly incompetent Sorcerer Supreme?
In this clip from Jimmy Fallon, Benedict Cumberbatch shows some telling hesitancy when confronted with these possibilities but, alas, Cumberbatch is an excellent actor and is probably just pulling our leg. That said, I expect there must be more to Strange being a jerk it than the trailer reveals, and they’s why we go to the movie theater. Surprises!
Jimmy Kimmel: “Some of the fans think Dr Strange is behaving a little bit strangely, maybe he is not Dr Strange, but he is Mephisto, do you know anything about that?”
Benedict Cumberbatch:“😂😂. Ahh.. nah.”pic.twitter.com/WQK49DmBCt
— ۞Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness🦋 (@dailyDSITMOM) November 12, 2021
4, The Lizard is in this movie!
Hot damn! Everyone has been so excited about Alfred Molina as Doc Ock and Jamie Foxx as Electro and Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin they haven’t had any time to go bonkers for the most exciting return of all: Rhys Ifan as Dr. Curt Connors, the Lizard! Why has there been no celebration? Does no one care? What a cold, unfeeling world we live in.
5. Five of the Sinister Six are definitely in the mix
In addition to Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Electro, and the Lizard, that gust of sand in Trailer #1 was indeed Sandman, previously played by William Haden Church. Who will be the sixth member of the Sinister Six? Personally, I’d love to see Paul Giamatti as Rhino reappear, but no one really knows yet. Kevin Feige must keep some secrets. Fans have theorized that an alternate Green Goblin – the Emerald Elf, perhaps – might be Number Six, but it will probably end up being the most shocking surprise of all, unless you read any of the countless spoiler sites and Reddits that talk about this stuff all day.
6. Wait, did we talk about the posters?
These posters are so pathetic they just hurt to look at pic.twitter.com/oxGavUcWH8
— cryptic incognito (@CrypticNoHoes) November 15, 2021
In particular the teeny floating Green Goblin in pursuit mode has been mocked across the internet, leading to rollicking parodies.
POV: you’re in the alternate universe where the person who designed the No Way Home posters was in charge of the Black Widow posters pic.twitter.com/mlnDYlp5Dl
— ❄️Alaina ❄️ (@whenin_westview) November 16, 2021
Perhaps Sony’s poster making unit just has a different take on things. Very 2022.
7. Yet another Spider-man romantic interest is toppling and flailing.
If you love Peter Parker…you must fall. Those are the rules. Sam Raimi’s wonderful Spider-Man trilogy did have a habit of putting Mary Jane in terrible danger and she had quite a few falls, but survived them all. In Amazing Spider-Man 2, however, Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy was not as lucky. And in No Way Home, we see Zendaya’s MJ reprising this tableau yet again. And a Spider-hand is reaching for hers….but WHOSE? One Twitter user had a theory…
— sara (@saraa_oz) November 17, 2021
And ya know, a trailer that gives away the big emotional moment is not ideal but wouldn’t this be nice closure?
8. There will be a knuckle busting fight scene!
To give the trailer the spectacular debut it deserved, star Tom Holland showed up as a fan event in LA, Hollywood and made some remarks. Now 25, he has been trained to zip his lip a bit, and revealed no secrets, no longer needs Cumberbatch to chaperone him. We are proud of you, Tom. But he did reveal there will be a big ass ass-whooping in the film!
While Holland did not reveal any big plot developments, he did say that the hardest scene in the film to shoot was a “35-beat” fight scene between Peter and one of the villains that took days to film and left his knuckles bloody.
“You’re going to see a style of fighting in this film that you’ve never seen in a Spider-Man movie before,” Holland said. “They designed these fights to shock you guys, to really put you on your back foot.”
9. Happy will be saddened by the events of the film
While trailer #2 doesn’t show much of Aunt May, we do get a glimpse of Happy (Jon Favreau), Spider-Man’s most recent surrogate dad. Happy is sitting in a car and looking unhappy…what with Doctor Strange acting weird, multiple villains from previous movies appearing, and another girlfriend falling…not to mention Spider-Man in a creepy new black suit…who can blame him?
10. You will all be buying a ticket for Spider-Man No Way Home on November 29th – or “Spider Monday” as trailer man calls it
Finally, we’re getting to see The Lizard as he deserves to be seen…and fans won’t want to miss a second of it.
So there you have it, an exhaustive breakdown of all the Easter Eggs, surprises and plot points of the new Spider-Man No Way Home trailer! See you next time!