The Marvel Cinematic Universe just blew up. With the release of No Way Home, things have taken a very strange left turn for superheroes. Mostly because the Multiverse is a concept that is now rampant in the MCU. It is the main theme of No Way Home and there are some payoffs that you would not believe. But there is an interesting bit at the start of the second half which blows everyone’s mind. However, the revelation that Spider-Man needed help was out of the left field. How did they know? Let’s try to figure it out together…
*Spoiler Warning For No Way Home*
At the end of the first half of No Way Home, things were desperate. All the villains had just turned on Spider-Man and things went south pretty quick. Not to mention the sacrifice made by Aunt May had left everyone in the audience flabbergasted. What more needed to be said now. Tom Holland had lost the anchor of his life and he had no way of making himself whole again. He had tried to do the right thing but it had bitten him the back and he no longer wanted to fight. He just wanted blood and revenge. This is a dark path for Spider-Man.
If he had walked down this path things would have turned very dark. However, there were other Spider-Men there to help guide him away from this dark path. Amazingly both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield show up in the second half of the movie and help guide Tom back to the light. It was one of the most satisfying third acts in a marvel movie we have ever seen. But what gave it away.
Spider-Man needed help
How did these two know that Tom’s Peter needed their help? We think we have the answer for the same. You see, there are two possible explanations for this. One that is covered by this movie and another that comes from Sony’s Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse. No Way Home does a pretty good job of advertising the perils of Spider-Man. Most of the credit for this has to go to J. Jonah Jameson for this. He made it his life’s mission in this movie to turn public opinion against Spider-Man.
It worked, for the most part, except where Spider-Man was actually revealed to be a hero and not a menace. This publicity may have tipped off other Peters to the fact that Tom needed their help and prompted them to look for Spider-Man. This is how they are found by Ned and MJ when Leeds opens portals to both of them. The second, more interesting theory, comes from Into the Spiderverse. It was shown that when spider people come in close proximity to each other their spider senses alert them to the existence of the other.
An extension of this ability could explain how other peters knew instinctively that Tom Holland needed their help. Spider-sense is a peculiar superpower. It allows its user to do things that should not be normally possible. Tom Holland displays this skill when he isolates the goblin in the middle of the movie and can differentiate him from Osborn. This is why the Peters might have also known that Tom needed their help as soon as they found themselves in a parallel universe. The instinct is what makes Spider-Man, Spider-Man.
We consider this to be the epitome of the character, which was on full display in No Way Home. At the end of the movie, we got this beautiful sequence where all three Spider-Men worked together in perfect harmony to take down all the villains one by one. They synced their spider senses to pull off feats that none of them could have done on their own. Not only did they make instinctive catches and throws but they also emerged together as brothers, for it is what they do.
Spider-Men together cured the villains and defeated them in straight combat. It is exceptional what heroes can accomplish. We were quite surprised by Molina’s redemption arc but we love it all the more. The chip that helped him regain his sanity brought the character down to a more human level. Almost like he was meant to be an ally all along. What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.