Spider-Man: No Way Home
Stranger Things Season 1 Episode 4
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Taglines: The Multiverse Unleashed.
Peter Parker is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a super-hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Creators: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko,
Director: Brian Avery Galligan, David H. Venghaus Jr., George Cottle, Jon Watts,
Star Cast: Alfred Molina, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jamie Foxx, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Tom Holland, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe, Zendaya,
Producer (s): Amy Pascal, Avi Arad, David H. Venghaus Jr., JoAnn Perritano, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Matt Tolmach, Molly Doyle, Sarah Halley Finn, Victoria Alonso,
Music: Michael Giacchino
Production House: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pascal Pictures
Original network / Official Sites: Sony Pictures Releasing
Release Year: December 17, 2021
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction,
One week after Quentin Beck‘s attacks in Europe, Spider-Man is framed for Beck’s murder and his civilian identity as Peter Parker is revealed to the world. Parker and MJ escape the media and head to Parker’s apartment, reuniting with his Aunt May and Happy Hogan. With the apartment surrounded by the Department of Damage Control, Parker, MJ, May, and Ned Leeds are taken into custody and interrogated but have their charges dropped with the help of lawyer Matt Murdock. Parker, MJ, and Ned return to high school but all their university applications are rejected due to the recent controversy.
Parker consults with Stephen Strange in the Sanctum Sanctorum, asking him to cast a spell to make people forget he is Spider-Man. Despite Wong‘s warning of the consequences that could occur, Strange casts the spell anyway. However, the spell goes wrong when Parker’s constantly changing requirements destabilizes it. Strange berates Parker, after finding out that Parker didn’t consider contacting the MIT acceptance board before requesting the spell. Parker goes to the Alexander Hamilton Bridge and tries to convince an MIT administrator to accept Ned’s and MJ’s applications. Suddenly, the bridge is attacked by Otto Octavius, who rips Parker’s nanotechnology from his Iron Spider suit, causing it to bond with his mechanical tentacles. After discovering that this isn’t the Peter Parker he had previously fought, Octavius has his robotic arms disabled by the nanotechnology, before being captured and placed in a holding cell in the Sanctorum, along with Curt Connors, who has been captured by Strange. Strange reveals that his spell has begun bringing people from every part of the multiverse who knows Parker is Spider-Man into their world. With the help of MJ and Ned, Parker decides to help capture any other possible visitors. They find and capture Max Dillon and Flint Marko.
Elsewhere, Norman Osborn is retrieved after going to a F.E.A.S.T. building seeking help. Strange wants to send the villains back to their respective universes and meet their fates. However, Parker wants to cure and help them before sending them back in order to prevent their fated deaths. He frees them and confines Strange in the Mirror Dimension after a brief fight, taking the villains to Hogan’s apartment. Parker successfully cures Octavius by using Stark Industries technology to replace his broken inhibitor chip. When cures are developed for Osborn and Dillon, the Green Goblin persona takes over Osborn before the cure can be administered. The Green Goblin convinces Dillon to remove the device that Parker put on him to cure him and, despite the best efforts of Parker and Octavius, the other four escape. In the ensuing battle, May is mortally injured by the Goblin, with Parker unable to save her as she succumbs to her wounds. MJ and Ned accidentally learn how to open portals using Strange’s sling ring, which they use in an attempt to find Parker, but instead finds an alternate version of him from a different universe that was pulled to their universe. A second attempt finds another.
Ned and MJ find their Parker, who is comforted by them after learning of May’s death. He meets the other Spider-Men, who share their own stories of losing loved ones and encourage him to fight in May’s honor. They cooperate on curing the remaining villains and lure them to the Statue of Liberty. Ned and MJ protect the original bind spell by Strange as the Spider-Men battle their enemies together. After initially struggling to fight as a team, the Spider-Men decide to trust their instincts and plan a coordinatated attack on the villains. They are later joined by Octavius, and they manage to defeat and cure Connors, Dillon, and Marko after a lengthy battle. Dillon reconciles with his universe’s Spider-Man and is encouraged to abandon his villainous tendencies.
Ned frees Strange from the Mirror Dimension, who seizes control of the spell and works to protect the universe as the barriers begin to break down between other universes. Meanwhile, an enraged Parker fights and overpowers the Goblin, wanting to kill him for May’s death, but he is stopped short by the Parker from the Goblin’s universe, only for him to be stabbed by the Goblin. Parker injects the Goblin with the cure, restoring him to a regretful Osborn. Peter and MJ rekindle their love for each other and kiss before the spell officially starts. At Parker’s request, Strange fixes the spell, sending the alternate Spider-Men and their villains back to their respective universes, while making everyone forget Parker’s existence. Later, Parker tries to reintroduce himself to MJ and Ned, finding himself unable to do it. Parker visits May’s grave, joined by a now unaware Hogan, and vows to carry on. Parker creates a new suit from scratch to resume his independent heroics.
In a mid-credits scene, the universe-displaced Eddie Brock and his symbiote companion Venom sit at a bar and talk with the bartender about other superhumans, Thanos, and the Blip. While pondering how to “protect” this new world, the duo is swiftly transported back to their universe by Strange’s spell, unknowingly leaving part of the symbiote on the counter.