By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
By now, most fans of Spider-Man have seen No Way Home. It’s a game-changer in terms of what his new role is in the MCU and it sets the stage for new films by Sony, where Peter Parker’s life has drastically changed. Nobody knows who this person is. Only we know he is the masked webslinger.
The spell Doctor Strange cast won’t turn back time; It can, however, have far-reaching effects, which means altering the multiverse in problematical ways which Wong warned about. I read that as other versions of Peter Parker can get their life affected. Unless the spell has all the terms neatly defined (that is, to state only Earth-616 is affected) anything can happen. All we got to see are the runes being cast and forming rifts. We see some kind of being take notice (perhaps setting up his upcoming movie) and cross over, but the magician quickly put the malfunctioning spell in some kind of container.
The problem of Peter asking for changes mid-spell caused the original incantation to go awry. If the lives of all Peter Parkers did get affected, we see that with the return of Tobey Mcguire (his relationship with MJ is unique) and Andrew Garfield (stil reeling from the death of his Gwen) perhaps turned Batman. We’re going to need someone like The Beyonder or Madame Web to fix those alternate lives affected by the desire of Pete from one universe.
A few facts are certain.
- Spidey’s past adventures and missions haven’t been erased. All that isn’t recalled is who is the man behind the mask. For now, he’s just another costumed crime buster whose home base is New York City.
- The Time Variance Authority (introduced in Loki) won’t investigate as nothing about the past has been drastically changed. They might get curious with the sudden convergence of other universe villains at Earth-616, but we won’t know until more films and television shows have aired. I’m sure there’ll be someone curious about the rifts that formed around in New York City for a day. That type of cataclysm can’t go unnoticed.
- This particular Spider-Man doesn’t have access to tech once Peter revealed himself to Tony Stark. Anything offered prior might still be around, though.
- At long last, we may finally see a proper Venom than the side-story world that Sony created.
I’m glad Tom Holland will play the character for much longer. I thought all we’d get is a trilogy, but with the various spinoffs existing in their own pocket universe, to get a unification is still uncertain. We know the multiverse exists because of Into the Spider-verse, but as for whether that’ll get put into a singular place, keeping tabs will simply mean following all the movies that both Marvel Entertainment and Sony are planning.