The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been blown wide open over the last year. First came WandaVision that gave us the concept of other universes bleeding into ours. Then we had Loki, a show which was all about varying timelines. Lastly, came Marvel’s What If…?, a show that blew the premise of the multiverse out of the water. Now, No Way Home has taken the concept of Multiverse invasion to a whole new level. With Tom Holland trying to live two different lives everyone from all universes invaded the MCU along with a mystery yellow figure.
But who was this character? Was it someone who is already known to us or was it a cop-out from the studio? After all, most of the silhouettes don’t make sense to the audience but this one is a little special. Let us tell you why we think so. Starting from the first instance when the multiverse starts breaking, Dr. Strange warns Peter, “They are coming, and I cannot stop them”. Everyone who ever knew Peter Parker and/or the secret identity of Spider-Man was coming to the MCU. But there is another layer to this.
It seems that the spell of Dr. Strange (Runes of Kof-Kal) is not bound by the laws of space-time. As observed in the movie itself, the spell pulled everyone from all movies whether they had already been killed or not. Ergo the spell works despite the current time one is experiencing. It is so specific that it calls forth people from all timelines in the same reality and at the same time from all realities. It is a bit hard to wrap your head around but this discussion is relevant for our primary theory, I promise. The yellow figure at the end of the movie has something to do with the future. Let me tell you what it is.
Mystery Yellow Figure in No Way Home
At the end of No Way Home, there is a multiversal invasion by Spider-Man character variants. These characters are here for Peter and they belong to different timelines from different worlds. Whether it be from the ancient past or the distant future, they are here because they were called. One of these silhouettes is bathed in yellow light. We only get a brief glimpse at them but it seems that the character is also holding a spear and wearing some kind of garment on their neck. During a second viewing of the movie, we noticed that this was not a garment but actual fur.
There is only one character in Spider-Man’s rogue gallery who carries a spear and wears fur around the neck. Yes, my dear fandom I am talking about Kraven the Hunter. The unhuntable specimen himself was about to invade the MCU. But why did I mention the future? Well, you see, I believe this variant of Kraven the Hunter belongs to the future. It is the iteration that is still being developed by Sony in their production house. With the Kraven movie in pre-production and the cast being finalized it comes as no surprise that Marvel would put a Kraven Easter Egg here.
Especially when, Dr. Strange’s spell at the end acted as a soft reboot for the sub-franchise of Spider-Man in the MCU. Although it did bring Spider-Man closer to the comic book origins of the character, the spell also rectified the mistake of a boy. Marvel walked the sly line between inconsequential and epic. Something that they have grown increasingly adept at. Now, as things develop we may get to see both Kraven and Venom come back to the MCU. It is nice to have the Multiversal door open for characters to travel between universes.
But first, we need to see the Kraven movie and make sure it is not as bland as Let There Be Carnage. Sony has been trying its best to create an interesting universe and although they do not lack characters with the depth they have been making the same old mistakes of the Superhero genre. It is easy to get stuck in a rhythm here. But if the character does not have a proper growth arc in the movie then there is no point to the story itself. So it is essential for the movies to be not as uneventful as Let There Be Carnage.
We hope that this will be reflected in the Kraven movie. There will be a reckoning for the SPUMC soon if these errant ways are not corrected. Let us know what you think about our analysis down in the comments below.
Spider-Man: No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Jon Favreau, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Rhys Ifans, Thomas Haden Church and the previous two Spider-Men, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.