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This post extensively discusses the plot & twists of Spider-Man: No Way Home. There are spoilers here!

Spider-Man: No Way Home is impossible to lớn talk about without giving too much away. The movie is so jam-packed with spoilers that I’m afraid to lớn spill a word until after your requisite warning. When shows up? When & go on ? And let’s not even talk about how .

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What happens in No Way Home doesn’t just happen in a vacuum. It not only resets the table for Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and the next few Spider-Man adventures, but it also shifts the entire future of the MCU. “How” is still a question, though — the conclusion khổng lồ the first trilogy of MCU Spider-Man movies may have sầu also left some wondering about what exactly happened.

That in mind, here’s my take on the five biggest revelations in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and why they’re so significant to lớn the nhân vật and the Marvel universe as we know it. Needless to lớn say, spoilers follow!

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What exactly happened with that ending?

In plain English, everything is sort of Peter Parker’s fault (which is the point of the movie, & he really feels bad about it). Faced with his identity being revealed, he sets into motion a series of events that ultimately ends with the death of his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) & all his friends và loved ones forgetting about him (which includes his lawyer Matt Murdoông chồng, a.k.a. Daredevil, as played by Charlie Cox and originated on the Netflix series of the same name).

The conduit to these events is Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who, in trying to lớn help Peter, casts a spell intended to erase the knowledge that Peter Parker is Spider-Man from everyone’s memory. Peter interrupts that original spell multiple times, makes it go sideways, and the spell ultimately brings in characters — Electro (Jamie Foxx), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Defoe), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), & The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) — from other timelines, i.e. past Spider-Man movies, the ones where he was played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, who also appear.

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Not Doc Ock! Spider-Man: No Way Home/Sony To fix the mess, Doctor Strange casts two spells: one sends everyone he pulled into Peter Parker’s world baông chồng to lớn their own timelines or universes; the other makes everyone in the MCU who knew Peter forget they ever knew hyên. And the latter is much more complicated once you start thinking about its implications!

Like, what went so wrong with the original spell Strange cast, which was supposed khổng lồ make people forget that Peter Parker was Spider-Man? Couldn’t he vì that spell again? How was that spell powerful enough lớn break the multiverse? And if said spell was powerful enough, why didn’t other magic-users lượt thích Wong (Benedict Wong) step in when it first went sideways?

No Way Home doesn’t really provide solid answers lớn any of those questions. A global threat with a lack of hero response happens in other movies too, most recently Eternals. At the same time, Marvel’s rules of spells and magic aren’t concrete. Marvel could, of course, make those rules more solid or provide a better explanation in the upcoming Doctor Strange & the Multiverse of Madness.

But for now, to save the multiverse from collapsing onlớn itself và spilling inlớn the main MCU timeline, everyone — including Strange himself — had lớn have sầu MCU Peter Parker wiped from their brains. Spider-Man and his acts of heroism still exist independently of Peter, however. Depending on the breadth of Strange’s spell, there may also be no records of Peter going lớn school, no SATs, no driver’s license or other forms of identification. I’m not even sure how he’s renting an apartment unless he’s paying cash.

What happens lớn the villains & alternative-universe Spider-Mans Strange sent home?

Namely, will they change for the better? I hope so!

Aunt May can’t die in vain, right? For me, Aunt May’s death was the movie’s saddest moment — much sadder than Peter saying goodbye khổng lồ his friends who will forget ever knowing hyên ổn.

After Bruce Banner and Tony Stark’s Snaps brought everyone baông chồng from The Snap, May created a homeless shelter. They finally gave the character more lớn vì chưng than just be “hot Aunt May” or “young Aunt May” by really leaning into how she wanted khổng lồ help people. We got to see more of that in No Way Home than we did previously. She also gives Peter the unforgettable “great power, great responsibility” speech và brings him to a clearer understanding of what it means to lớn be a anh hùng.

It’s the Avengers’ duty to save sầu the world, và goodness is intertwined in said duty. For Peter Parker, though, his goodness is tethered to lớn responsibility và remembering his love for Uncle Ben (in previous iterations) & now Aunt May. His heroism isn’t “avenging” but rather a continuation of their legacies of wanting to lớn protect và help innocent people.

By the over of the movie, the Peter Parkers have helped the entire rogues’ gallery & “cured” them of the madness. When they get baông xã lớn their timelines, the movie tells us, they probably won’t have sầu lớn die now that they don’t have khổng lồ be villains. They also have the opportunity to be good and change lives for the better in their own timelines, especially since more than a few of them are geniuses. With that second chance, they could make their universes exponentially better places. And for Aunt May’s sake, let’s hope they did.

What happens to lớn Peter Parker now?

So apparently Peter Parker will just start from zero, which is a peculiar spot for this iteration of Peter Parker.

Aside from his first brief introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Peter has always had Tony Stark’s treasure trove of gadgets — new suits, nanocông nghệ, drone stuff, etc. Tony played the role of reluctant benefactor và even more reluctant teacher, và a lot of Peter’s adventures featured moments where he gets khổng lồ try out new stuff that Tony’s built for him. The Spidey saying goes “with great power, comes great responsibility,” và a lot of that great power in the past couple Spider-Man movies, including No Way Home, has been Peter learning how khổng lồ harness what Tony has given him.

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Spider-Man with a nifty suit! Spider-Man: No Way Home/Sony Now, with Tony’s death in Endgame, May’s death in No Way Home, and Strange’s spell that made everyone Peter Parker has ever known forget about Peter Parker, our anh hùng has nothing và no one. He’s facing a world with little security and copious amounts of unknown. That uncertainty feels more aligned with Peter Parker’s comic book origins. As in the Marvel source material, he’s now a teenager who’s clear-eyed about being Spider-Man but harbors anxiety, loneliness, and grief in his life as Peter Parker. This shift sets the table for some rich storytelling và an opportunity to lớn explore different facets of the character. Starting from zero isn’t a bad thing.

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What does this mean for Doctor Strange’s future?

In a passing exchange, Doctor Strange tells Peter Parker that Wong is now Sorcerer Supreme after Strange was snapped out of existence for five sầu years. It’s a small detail but actually has big implications. The Sorcerer Supreme is the Marvel magic-user that’s tasked with protecting the Earth from mystical threats. Wong is now in charge of surveilling Earth for any wayward or potentially harmful magic.

Considering Doctor Strange not only brought beings from alternate timelines into lớn the main MCU but also wrecked the fabric of the multiverse in trying to lớn fix his mistake, it seems as though Wong and other sorcerers will, at the very least, give Strange a stern talking to lớn. Can the Sorcerer Supreme ground someone from using multiverse-disrupting magic? Seems likely.

It sure looks like Doctor Strange’s impending fall from grace will become the plot to lớn Multiverse of Madness — the trailer-as-credits-scene nearly confirms as much. His reparative spell at the end of No Way Home, while saving the world, probably has wide-ranging effects that he feels responsible for. He’ll need khổng lồ repair the multiverse he broke, và he may go rogue — & seek out Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) — without the blessing of Wong và other sorcerers.

What does this all mean for the Avengers?

To be honest, I’m not quite sure how this works.

Technically, following the spell, none of the Avengers will know who Peter Parker is. Roughly all the Avengers knew Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Everyone who fought the last battle in Endgame attended Tony Stark’s funeral, where Peter quite publicly said goodbye. It’s sad, because there were some budding friendships there, between Peter and Strange, Captain Marvel, & more.

But, in this new world, Spider-Man và all of his heroics do still exist — as we know from J. Jonah Jameson’s last dispatch. So it seems like Spider-Man is still an Avenger, it’s just that the Avengers won’t know who Spider-Man really is. They’ll have sầu khổng lồ re-forge their bonds with Peter Parker. They might also need to find hlặng, since Peter Parker doesn’t seem to lớn have sầu any Stark technology left.

With the losses in Endgame, the Avengers are now down Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Blaông chồng Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and half a Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton desperately wants lớn retire). Wanda Maximoff is off-grid after what happened in Westview (as depicted in WandaVision).

Meanwhile, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, et al.), & Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) are off-planet. Blaông chồng Panther (the late Chadwiông chồng Boseman) is in Wakandomain authority (in spite of production delays). Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) seems semi-retired. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) và the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) are off fiddling with quantum things, probably, but we haven’t checked in with them for a while. Captain America, a.k.a. Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), và the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) are on Earth, still dealing with repercussions from the snap.

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Magic via Doctor Strange! Spider-Man: No Way Home/Sony In terms of new members, Avengers gained Shang Chi (Simu Liu), recruited by Wong. They’re also seemingly gaining the Blachồng Knight, as the Eternals credits scene hints at. And I’d be surprised if the new Blaông chồng Widow (Florence Pugh) và the new Hawkeye (Hailee Steinfeld) don’t join the team soon.

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It sure seems as though the Avengers are spread far & thin at the moment, và you could make the very svào argument that they don’t even exist as a team anymore (Wong’s meeting with Captain Marvel & Hulk in the Shang Chi post-credits scene is the only on-screen confirmation that they’re all still in contact with one another). Assembling them in one place would require space travel & maybe even some multiverse-jumping. But that’s nothing one big villain and one more movie can’t fix.