Into the Multiverse with Spider-Man

With the new Spider-Man film trailer comes the obligatory 18 million blog posts, trailer breakdowns, and of course, the general shit-losing of the internet at large.

Like everyone else on the interwebs, we’re obsessed with the new looks at Spider-Man: No Way Home that have emerged in the last 24 hours. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, spoilers ahead!

Actually, here’s the trailer. Just watch it now before you continue reading.

There’s a lot to unpack in this trailer, and while I most definitely missed some Easter Eggs—confession: I have never seen Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man—I wanted to share my biggest takeaways from the trailer and, uh, the one thing I’m a little hesitant about.

Spideyverse is a GO.

I mean, we all kind of knew this from the teaser, but this trailer cements the presence of the villains from both Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s Spidey franchises in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s not only Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), but also Sandman, Electro (Jamie Foxx), Lizard, AND the Green Goblin (Willem Defoe!!!).

In the trailer, Doctor Strange says that “visitors” are coming from other universes, but “visitors” is a pretty generic term to describe supervillains, so it stands to reason that not only supervillains are coming through the portal/rip in the fabric of space and time. There’s a hint, a slight one, in the trailer—an homage, if you will—to some cinematography from Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse (2018) in which it was Miles Morales who encountered all his spider-counterparts from other dimensions. Will Miles make an appearance in this film? God, I hope so, but realistically (and, can we say almost a certainty?) it will be Maguire and Garfield reprising their Spidey roles and squeezing back into the spandex.

Enter the most appropriate time ever for this classic meme.

Gone, but not forgotten

Though the MCU has firmly entered stage four, the original Avengers are not forgotten by the newer superheroes that have entered the “Sacred Timeline.” We catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty holding Cap’s shield in the trailer, and that is perhaps the most obnoxiously American homage to the (maybe?) former First Avenger. (Let’s just conveniently forget that the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France and that the Shield was made from Vibranium stolen from Wakanda; yup, that sounds appropriately American.)

I love Sam Wilson as Cap (and I do love Sam a lot) and the MCU needed to progress to the point to include him as the official Captain America, but I am still glad to see that Steve Rogers is still remembered by the people he fought to protect…even if it is in the most ridiculous way possible.

There’s also a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it nod to the upcoming Disney+ series Armor Wars, which will bring back James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and Tony Stark-centric fanfiction’s favorite douchebag Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). I won’t tell you exactly what the hint is, but…pay close attention to all the armor/weaponry that appears in the trailer.

Lastly, I just want to see how happy I am that Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) still appears in the MCU. Really, we wouldn’t have any of this if he hadn’t signed on to direct the very first Ironman (2008), and I just really, really love him okay? (Also, he is the showrunner for The Mandalorian…so y’all, we need to send him a big giant thank you card or something).

Uhhhh…are MJ and Aunt May the only women in this movie?

Okay, realistically I know we will see other women in this movie, but so far, only MJ has a speaking role in the trailer, and we only get a quick glimpse of Aunt May. I know that historically the superhero game has been a boys’ club but…really, y’all? You have the friggin multiverse at hand and all the women Avengers/heroes in the MCU, yet there seems to be a real dearth of XX chromosomes in this film.

Before you say it, I know the trailer doesn’t show the entire movie…all I’m saying right now is that I’m not too hopeful for too many women in speaking roles in this film.

Still, I’m crossing my fingers for an appearance by Spider-Gwen. Or Gwenpool. Or both.

P.S. Does this mean I need to watch the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies prior to No Way Home? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!!

Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into U.S. cinemas on December 17, 2021. Tickets go on sale on “Spider-Monday” November 29, 2021.