Just when it was looking likely that the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer might not release until after the film itself, Sony and Marvel Studios dropped the long-awaited teaser trailer. Well, technically, they had their hand forced when a low-quality VFX-less version was leaked earlier on in the week, but we don’t talk about that.
No Way Home will be the third outing for Tom Holland’s web-slinger, and since its announcement, the Sony / Marvel Studios co-production has been the subject of many rumours and theories. Well, yesterday’s teaser trailer certainly delivered; it answered questions, revealed villains and left us wanting more, one-upping all of our wildest expectations.
Here are all the details we spotted in the epic trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The trailer begins on a rooftop, and has a lovely reference concerning one of Peter Parker’s creators. On the wall, to the right of Peter and MJ some graffiti reads ‘Ditko’ Steve Ditko was the Marvel Comics Artist responsible for co-creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, alongside Stan Lee.
Far From Home
Peter and MJ are relaxing on a rooftop away from the hustle and bustle of New York. MJ reads a newspaper with the headline “Spider Minions” and jokes about the article that claims Spider-Man can hypnotise women. The tabloid lies are due to J. Jonah Jameson revealing Spider-Man’s identity at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home. This indicates that the movie takes place right after the events of FFH, and the reputation of Spidey might be tarnished.
In the same rooftop shot, Peter can be seen wearing a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s. They aren’t just any pair; either they’re a pair of Jordan 1 “Hyper Crimson” The shoe features grey and black overlays, very similar in colour to Nike Dunks Andrew Garfield’s Peter wore in The Amazing Spider-Man. Tom Holland isn’t the first Spidey to wear AJ1s, Miles Morales wore AJ1 Chicagos in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. In a trailer full of details and reveals, Peter’s shoes seem pretty insignificant, but someone has taken the time to put Tom Holland in such an iconic shoe, and for that reason and for all the sneaker-heads out there, this detail makes the cut.
Peter can be seen handcuffed inside an interrogation room, forced to defend himself against Mysterio’s allegations. The officer asking the questions doesn’t seem to be buying Peter’s excuses, though, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. One of the characters rumoured to appear is Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, possibly as Peter’s Lawyer. In the trailer, an unknown figure is seen slamming down a stack of papers on the desk, the identity of whoever is wearing the white shirt and black tie remains a mystery. Could this be Murdock, hired to defend Peter?
An understated but crucial moment from the trailer sees MJ tell Peter that she’s relieved his secret is out. She believes that Peter no longer keeping his identity a secret is a good thing, but Peter disagrees. It’s this difference of opinion that goes on to set up the timeline-splitting events later on.
Some intriguing Easter eggs can be found amongst the crowd gathered as Peter, MJ, Ned and Flash head back to school. One person holds up a sign saying “he’s a menace”, a tribute to the famous J.Jonah Jameson quote from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. An easier sign to spot is one featuring a photo of Peter with devil horns and moustache inked on, accompanied by the words “devil in disguise” If something as obvious as this would have appeared back in WandaVision, I’d be telling you this means that Mephisto is confirmed, but this feels more like Marvel trolling us. Although when you think about it, the long-rumoured villain does have a connection to the Spider-Man: No Way Home story…
Flash gets new hair
Peter’s classmate and arch-nemesis Flash can be seen briefly behind MJ as they walk into school, and he’s got new blond hair. This look is taken from his comic character, and it seems that the Spider-Man mega-fan is now on Peter’s side.
As Peter walks through school, presumably for the first time since his outing, Betty Brant can be seen presenting her Midtown High newscast if you look in the upper right of the shot. With every other news outlet seemingly against Peter, it will be interesting to see if Betty is a voice of support for him.
This one’s another Easter egg to Sam Raimi’s Spider-man, starring Tobey Maguire. The climax of that film takes place on the Queensboro Bridge in New York City. In the trailer, Peter and MJ are on top of the bridge, which could be just a reference, or could it have something to do with the rumour that Tobey Maguire is returning as an alternate timeline, Peter Parker?
Who’s at the door?
The first time we see Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, she’s watching the news with Peter. The pair are surprised as someone enters the apartment while police lights flash outside. There’s a fair amount of speculation about who the mysterious intruder might be. Could it be one of the films many rumoured villains? Could this moment mark the MCU debut of Peter’s Uncle Ben? With the multiverse being blown wide-open, it’s possible that an alternate reality Ben might be appearing.
May and Ned questioned
As well as Peter facing interrogation, we see Aunt May and Ned being put thorough questioning about Peter’s involvement in the drone attack in London. Neither have anything to hide, but it is rumoured that Ned might follow his comics character and become the villain of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Is this the moment that turns him against his best friend?
Strange work friends
As Peter tries to figure out how to get things back to normal and solve his identity problems, he catches a glimpse at some Halloween lights with a wizard hat and familiar goatee. He realises that his new work friend Stephen Strange lives not too far across town and might be able to help.
Snow in the Sanctorum
Peter visits Doctor Strange at New York’s Sanctum Sanctorum, last seen when Bruce Banner crashed through the roof during Infinity War’s opening sequence. The building seems to have been repaired but appears to be housing its own microclimate, with everything covered in snow.
When Peter Parker and Stephen Strange met for the first time in Infinity War, Peter believed that Doctor Strange was a superhero name, joking that they were using their made-up names. He calls Strange ‘Sir’ this time, to which the master of the mystic arts argues is too formal. Peter goes with ‘Stephen’ instead, which the pair confirm sounds weird. This detail hints that Strange will take over from Tony Stark as Peter’s father figure in the MCU.
As Doctor Strange chats to Peter, he can be seen wearing an outfit not dissimilar to what most of us wore throughout 2020’s lockdowns, although it is probably down to the freezing temperatures for Strange. He’s seen drinking from a mug with the words “for fox sake” This plays on the informality of Stephen Strange, like sending Wong out for sandwiches. Could the mug be a reference to the Disney takeover of Fox and finally getting access to all of the previously off-limits fox characters like the X-men and Fantastic Four? Spider-Man: No Way Home’s director is lined up to direct the MCU’s Fantastic Four reboot, so who knows?
Strange seems, strange?
Something is up with the Sorcerer Supreme. Aside from casting a reckless spell, which is kind of in character, he looks menacing and doesn’t seem like himself. One theory already suggests Mephisto has taken on the form of Strange, or that this is a darker, Strange variant, or a Mysterio projection. I’m throwing Loki in the mix too, who’s known to call Doctor Strange by his first name in the comics. Whatever is going on, Doctor Strange isn’t his usual self.
In a blink, and you’ll miss it moment, Wong can be seen leaving the Sanctum, presumably to go appear in Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings to battle Abomination. He’s the voice of reason here as he tells Strange not to cast the spell.
Down in the Sanctorum’s basement, already leaked by a Lego set (seriously, why is it always the merch), Strange begins to cast a spell to wipe everyone’s memory of Spider-Man’s identity. However, Peter tries to make some amendments, and before you know it, the sorcerer’s concentration is broken, and the multiverse has been opened!
Already confirmed in leaked merch (seriously, again with the merch?), the black and gold suit can be seen while Peter runs through the homeless shelter Aunt May volunteers at. The suit’s purpose remains a mystery but appears to have been made with Doctor Strange’s input.
A flyer in the background confirms that Peter is running through the Feast homeless shelter, which appears in the comics and the Spider-Man Playstation game.
We get confirmation that Forehead of security, Happy Hogan, is returning, although he doesn’t look at all happy as police surround his car.
Wanda first hinted at in WandaVision, after she heard the voices of her kids while using the Darkhold. Then, Sylvie split the sacred timeline in Loki, and now it appears Doctor Strange has well and truly opened up the multiverse. This, of course, brings with it a lot of possibilities and fuels the rumours of returning heroes and villains to the main MCU timeline. Is this the true beginning of the Multiverse Saga?
In a moment from the trailer, Peter can be seen holding what looks like a relic swiped from the Sanctum Sanctorum. He’s hit hard by Strange, becoming an astral projection. It appears that Strange and Spidey are going against each other in this clip, but why?
Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus is the biggest reveal; as we see him fully, he even greats Peter, but did you spot the other villains teased? Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin is heard laughing as one of his pumpkin bombs rolls into a shot; there appears to be a fight between some lightning and a sand cloud which hints that Jamie Fox’s Electro and Sandman are returning. There’s also a quick frame that seems to have Lizard leaping towards Peter. So if rumours are true that the movie will be packed with villains, then its possible we’ll get the formation of the super-villain group The Sinister Six.
Doctor Strange appears to be attempting to trap Spider-Man by manipulating a train roof, which further proves that the two are against each other. Could Spidey be fighting an evil Strange?
Although it wasn’t seen much during Spider-Man: Far From Home, the iconic Iron Spider suit appears in this trailer. The suit made its first MCU appearance in Infinity War, which Peter found ‘ridiculously intuitive.
Another small detail that could prove vital is a line of dialogue spoken by Doctor Strange, perhaps explaining why he’s at odds with Peter. “The problem is you trying to lead two different lives.” This could, of course, be Strange giving Peter advice on living as a superhero and trying to lead an everyday life, but it could have a deeper meaning. Perhaps Peter uses the broken multiverse to simultaneously live in one reality, where no one knows who he is, as well as in a reality where he can be a superhero and save the world. Is this what’s meant by “no way home?”
Did we miss anything significant? Let us know in the comments if there were any details you noticed. Spider-Man: No Way Home will open in cinemas this December 17th.