Possible spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home. You have been warned.
An apt depiction of Sony’s reaction to the trailer leak
Once again, the internet is riled into a frenzy, this time over what was initially dismissed as a fake trailer, only to soon be confirmed as real, then back to fake once more, and now officially classified as a legitimate leak that can only be described as a monumental bungle on the part of the studio.
Now, for those of you who could not catch a glimpse of the trailer before it was predictably taken down, you can rest easy in knowing that you did not really miss out on much. In fact, it was near impossible to make out any sort of details given that the leaked trailer is a sloppy recording, of a recording, of another recording of the said trailer, with a video quality so downright horrendous, one imagines it was recorded by those Big Foot hunters we sometimes see on the news.
Nevertheless, let us talk about it.
The trailer begins with a shot of Peter Parker and MJ lying down atop an unspecified rooftop having a conversation about the aftermath of Spider-Man’s true identity being revealed. MJ then goes on to quote a newspaper article which states that some people believe that a male spider’s gaze has the ability to hypnotize female spiders. We see flashes of scenes whereby Peter is in handcuffs and questioned by the police, along with his good friend, Ned. The trailer then transitions to Peter seeking out Doctor Strange, where he asks the Sorcerer Supreme if he could use magic to make the world forget his secret identity. We then catch a glimpse of Wong warning Strange not to go through with the idea, but Strange does it anyway. What follows soon after are a series of unfinished CGI action sequences taking place in the Mirror Dimension and in the real world. There is a multitude of blink-and-you-will-miss-it moments alluding to Spidey villains from past films suggesting the inclusion of Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Green Goblin from 2002’s Spider-Man, and The Sandman from Spider-Man 3. The trailer then cuts to black before resuming with a quick shot of an iconic metal tentacle before the villain himself, Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2, is revealed, a seemingly de-aged Alfred Molina, who we then hear saying, “Hello, Peter.”
Based on the information above, we can conclude that there is most certainly a lot of exciting moments to be eager for when the film is officially released. However, as intriguing as that prospect may be, it will be as equally important to assess how the film aims to incorporate the various villains that it teases in the trailer, which could easily undermine the movie if not handled accordingly, as it could either make for a somewhat bloated film or be yet another bait and switch along the lines of what we witnessed in the Loki trailer.
That being said, we shall remain cautiously optimistic for the upcoming flick, as everything else that can be said about the film up until that very moment will remain in a multiverse of mere speculation.
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