Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) take center stage in several new posters for Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel Spider-Man: No Way Home. The pair of Avengers will unite (before eventually dividing it seems) in order to tackle the emerging multiverse, which has begun to split and bleed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unleashing a whole host of Spidey supervillains from franchises past.
While it might appear that The Sorcerer Supreme and Peter Parker are working together on these posters, this may not be the case. The relationship between the duo of Marvel icons was at first described as being a mentor-mentee connection, this was recently debunked by Tom Holland, who revealed that the partnership quickly breaks down, and is nothing like Peter’s bond with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. “It’s a very different relationship [from Tony Stark and Peter Parker]. I wouldn’t consider Doctor Strange as a mentor in this film – it’s more as a colleague,” Holland said. “At this point in the films, Spider-Man has established himself as quite a powerful and serious Avenger. Doctor Strange sees that in him and treats him like an equal. And throughout the course of the film, their relationship breaks down. And rather than becoming colleagues – they don’t become enemies, but they’re definitely not friends.”
As demonstrated by the various trailers that have now teased the movie, Parker will irk Doctor Strange early on after wrecking a spell intended to once again disguise Peter Parker’s identity as Spider-Man from the rest of the world. Peter’s life and reputation have been turned upside down following the actions of Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and he asks his superhero pal to restore his secret identity with magic. Unfortunately, thanks to Peter’s verbal diarrhea, the spell goes awry and unleashes the multiverse on the MCU, bringing forth several villains from previous Spider-Man franchises.
These villains, which include Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, and Jamie Foxx as Electro, have since died in their universes at the hands of their respective Spider-Man, and it seems that this will be what tears the MCU version and Doctor Strange apart. While Strange wants to put things back the way they were and send the bad guys back to their inevitable doom, Holland’s Peter Parker instead wants to try and save them, leading to a schism between the two former Avengers.
“What people will be really surprised about is that it’s not fun, this film,” Holland previously revealed. “It’s dark and it’s sad, and it’s going to be really affecting. You’re going to see characters that you love go through things that you would never wish for them to go through. And I was just really excited to kind of lean into that side of Peter Parker.”
Spider-Man: No Way Home is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man alongside Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, J. B. Smoove, Benedict Wong, Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, and Rhys Ifans. Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 17, 2021, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.
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