Peter Parker (Tom Holland)’s been struggling with the increased public scrutiny since Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) revealed his identity as Spider-Man at the end of Far From Home (2019). The newspapers are full of speculation about his powers, including that he can “hypnotise females” the way male spiders can, the police are interrogating him for his role in Mysterio’s death, and he’s worried about what his cover being blown means for his friends and family. “This is hurting a lot of people,” he says.
Hopeful that Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) can come up with a way to fix this, he asks the Sorcerer Supreme for make it such that Mysterio never made that announcement. “Don’t cast that spell, it’s too dangerous,” says fellow (more sensible) sorcerer Wong (Benedict Wong). Of course Strange promptly begins doing so. Peter has second thoughts about the whole world forgetting he’s Spider-Man, wanting his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) and girlfriend Mary Jane Watson (Zendaya) to remember. His rambling distracts Strange, who messes up the spell and winds up “tampering with the reality of space time” The multiverse splits open. Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, and Electro (Jamie Foxx) from Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man sequel show up in this dimension. That’s four out of six Sinister Six members. So far. Peter really should’ve been careful with what he wished for.
Directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: No Way Home releases in theatres on December 17.