Spider-Man: No Way Home is the official title for the MCU’s third Spider-Man film – a title that teases the movie’s rumored connection to the multiverse. A slew of red herring titles were tossed around online leading up to the official reveal, including some from the film’s cast. Now that the official title of No Way Home has been announced, however, previous rumors of the movie featuring a multiverse-heavy storyline only look more likely.
The multiverse is becoming increasingly central to the MCU in Phase 4. WandaVision has dabbled in alternate realities, and that trend will continue in a major way when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness releases in 2022. Spider-Man: Far From Home teased its own multiverse plotline, though that later turned out to be an elaborate ruse. In the lead-up to Spider-Man 3’s release, a cavalcade of cameo rumors have circulated, primarily focused on characters and actors from past Spider-Man films. Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield’s versions of the hero have been the subject of many theories, as have Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, Jamie Foxx's Electro, and more.
All those rumors pointed to a multiverse storyline, which was supported by some of the false titles like Spider-Man: Home Worlds. Now that the official title – Spider-Man: No Way Home – has finally been revealed, the multiverse theories seem even stronger. With Spider-Man's secret identity revealed to the world and Peter framed for murder at the end of the last film, he might have to go on the run to sort things out. No Way Home could mean a trip into alternate realities for Peter, and possibly a tough time getting back. Could he be running from Kraven the Hunter?
Many of the theories about cameos in Spider-Man 3 focus on characters entering the core MCU reality from other universes, thereby canonizing Sony’s past Spider-Man series. However, the official No Way Home title could mean that the supposed plot is being reversed, with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker (and possibly his friends) traveling through other realities and encountering past versions of their own characters. That’s still just conjecture at this point, but it could make for an incredibly fun film.
Of course, the multiverse plot was already done on-screen recently with the critically acclaimed animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Retreading that same territory with Spider-Man in the MCU certainly could have drawbacks, but it also has unique opportunities to include past movie versions of popular characters. Marvel has done a good job so far of keeping details a secret, and most will likely remain unknown until Spider-Man: No Way Home releases on Christmas.
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