Marvel has hit it out of the park yet again. Spider-Man: No Way Home was released recently and as someone who got to see it, I just want to say that the movie does not miss a beat. It is an exquisite showcase of everything Spider-Man. Much like Into The Spiderverse, No Way Home has no wasted space. Every frame is deliberate and is used with deadly precision. The studio also made sure to pay homage to the internet by bringing to life their famous memes. Here are 5 infamous Spider-Man memes that came true in No Way Home.
*SPOILERS FOR NO WAY HOME BEYOND THIS POINT*
One of the most famous Spider-Man memes on the internet is undoubtedly the one from the old animated series. You know the one I am talking about. It is where we get to see 3 Spider-Men pointing at each other. The meme is used to mock things that are eerily similar to each other. With Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their role of Spider-Man for No Way Home, it was obvious that meme would be recreated on-screen.
There is a scene where all three Spider-Men are working in the lab together. They are making cures for all the villains so they all have their hands full but are still in close proximity to one another. Ned calls out “Peter” and all three of them reply together and then point at each other. Then Ned once again tries to clarify, “Peter Parker” and the three Spider-Men point at each other again until Ned’s head hurts. It is a hilarious recreation of one of the oldest and most famous Spider-Man memes on the internet.
Concept Art Recreation
With all the rumors surrounding No Way Home, there was a concept art leaked a little while ago that talked about the introduction of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The Concept art showed the three Spider-Men on a roof together, with Tom Holland looking up at Tobey and Andrew as they hung onto a water tank. Spider-Man No Way Home does fulfill this concept art in the second half of the movie after Tobey and Andrew join Ned and MJ.
We get to see the two older Spider-Men clinging to a water tank before they jump down to greet Tom Holland. This does remind us of the concept art a lot and makes us realize that some leaks of No Way Home did have some degree of legitimacy to them, which is quite interesting.
Webs Ran out
Back When Stan Lee was alive he shared in an interview that Spider-Man’s mechanical web-shooters were intentional. The idea was to make spidey run out of webs at crucial moments so that the writers could elevate the stakes whenever they wanted. Much like the climactic battle of Spider-Man Far From Home, Spider-Man runs out of cartridges for his web-shooters when he needs his web the most. This is done to ensure that he comes out on top not because of his gadgets but because of who he is as a hero.
But when we talk about live-action Spider-Men, Tobey Maguire is a little different from the others. He does not have mechanical web-shooters. His Webs are completely organic. Back when Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man came out there was a time when Reddit had a row over Tobey Maguire’s Organic Webbing. No Way Home pays homage to this by having Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield stare in awe at the organic webbing and obsess over it even before the final battle of the movie.
One of the most heart-wrenching scenes in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was when Peter lost Gwen. She was falling off a tower and Andrew tried his best to catch her but missed the opportunity at the last second. He was able to land his web on her but the web stretches and Emma Stone’s Gwen dies because she still meets the ground despite the web. Gwen Stacy has died almost in every iteration that she has existed but this one was the most grueling.
No Way Home remedies this situation by having Andrew Garfield save Zendaya’s MJ as she falls off the Statue of Liberty. This allows the hero to redeem himself for not being able to save Gwen. He has learned from his mistakes and instead of just shooting the web, he shoots the web and pulls on MJ, making sure to catch her before she hits the ground. An exquisite scene that will surely go down in movie history.
Guy In The Chair
Ned had his own arc in the movie that surprised almost everyone. But it played into his overall aesthetic as “The Guy In The Chair”. He is powered up by getting the sling ring and learning to use it with constant practice. This makes for an interesting character arc of its own. We also get a shot of Ned flying down from the Statue of Liberty with the help of Dr. Strange’s cloak which was also an interesting choice by the director. Overall, this was probably one of the most fun we have had in a Spider-Man movie.