Spider-Man: No Way Home could be a dark hint about Tom Hollands Marvel future – digitalspy.com

Spider-Man: No Way Home might be swinging into cinemas later this year, but we still know relatively little about Tom Holland’s third solo MCU outing.

Sure, we’ve have endless rumours about the return of previous Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as well as other characters from across the Spider-Verse, such as Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2.

But in terms of concrete facts about No Way Home, it’s thin on the ground and the three images we’ve had so far don’t really give us much either. It looks like Peter Parker and his BFFs are in the Sanctum Santorum, but that’s not a surprise since we knew Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange was in the movie.

That leaves us clutching for any clues we can find in what we know so far, such as the ominous-sounding title. Could it be that No Way Home is even darker than it sounds though?

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It’s widely thought that No Way Home refers to the sticky situation that Peter Parker found himself in at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

In case you need reminding, the mid-credits scene of the sequel saw Spider-Man unmasked to the world by J Jonah Jameson, thanks to a video filmed by Mysterio during the final battle. What’s more, Spidey was blamed for all of the Elementals and the destruction they caused.

So it stands to reason that Peter will be on the run, at least initially, in the new movie until he’s able to clear his name. Maybe that’s why there’s “no way home” as he’d be arrested and it’s what sees him seek out the help of Doctor Strange.

It’s plausible and could be the main reason for the title, but perhaps there’s a hidden meaning behind it all too – not one Spider-Man fans will want to hear though.

Tom Holland has confirmed that his Marvel contract is up after No Way Home, although he would return “in a heartbeat” if Sony and Marvel asked. He’s also spoken about taking a well-deserved break after a busy run that’s included not only Spider-Man outings, but Cherry and Uncharted as well.

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There’s every chance that Sony and Marvel will renew their contract with Holland for future movies and/or appearances in other MCU offerings. But it’s rare that a Marvel hero gets four solo movies, with Thor the first to do so with the upcoming Love and Thunder.

And then there’s the whole confusion about how the Sony universe and the MCU are going to combine in future. Morbius looked to be bringing the universes together, but now that’s delayed, we’re no clearer how it’ll work.

No Way Home is set to involve the multiverse in some way and with crossovers from the other Spider-Man series, it’s not a stretch to say that each of those will be from those universes, rather than those characters appearing in the main MCU timeline.

Alfred Molina has confirmed he’s been digitally de-aged for No Way Home and that the storyline picks up from Spider-Man 2. It’s hard to see that happening in the main MCU timeline, so we could be returning to that Sam Raimi world.

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If the rumours about the other Spider-Men teaming up with Holland’s version are true, then maybe he crosses into some of those other timelines. Potentially he uses the Quantum Tunnel to do so, as we saw can happen in Agents of SHIELD‘s finale.

That leads us to think that maybe the “no way home” will be Peter not being able to return home to his own timeline, not just the fact he’s on the run. Perhaps it’s a sacrifice play he needs to make to fix the multiverse shenanigans.

If we’re right (and we hope we aren’t, really) and Peter is left in a different timeline at the end of No Way Home, that would open him up to appearances in Sony’s universe in the likes of Venom and co.

It wouldn’t fully rule out an MCU return as the same circumstances could be replicated in future to allow him to hop back over to the main timeline. However, it would bring closure to his MCU journey if Holland doesn’t get another Marvel contract.

Holland is arguably the most popular star left in the MCU after the major exits in Avengers: Endgame, so the idea that No Way Home could be his last Marvel movie does seem odd.

But when it comes to Marvel, you should know by now to expect the unexpected.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home is set for release on December 17.


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