Spider-Man: No Way Home Actor Warns Fans About 'Dark' & 'Sad' Scenes

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Posted:
Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man

Spider-Man: No Way Home seems poised to become the biggest Spider-Man movie ever, mainly because of the different reports and rumors that are tied to the movie.

Directed by Jon Watts, the film will showcase the return of Tom Holland's Marvel web-slinger alongside franchise mainstays Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Jon Favreau. No Way Home is expected to address the fallout from Spider-Man: Far From Home, an ending where Peter Parker's secret identity as Spider-Man was revealed to the whole world by Mysterio.  

The first trailer showed that Peter will seek the assistance of Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, and that decision will start a domino effect filled with Multiversal shenanigans.

As a result of a "spell gone wrong" incident, different villains from previous Spider-Man films such as Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus and Jamie Foxx's Electro will start to emerge to disrupt the life of Holland's MCU hero. 

Now, a new comment from Holland may have shed some light on how No Way Home's narrative will shape the titular hero. 

Tom Holland Teases 'Dark' No Way Home 

Spider-Man, Doc Ock

Spider-Man star Tom Holland sat down with Total Film to talk about the secrets and tone of Spider-Man: No Way Home

Holland admitted that No Way Home will surprise fans because "it's not fun," teasing that it's going to be "dark" and "sad" since characters will go through things that "you would never wish for them to go through:" 

"What people will be really surprised about is that it's not fun, this film. It's dark and it's sad, and it's going to be really affecting. You're going to see characters that you love go through things that you would never wish for them to go through. And I was just really excited to kind of lean into that side of Peter Parker."

The young Marvel star then shared that Peter Parker's positive outlook would be tested in the movie, pointing out that the hero will feel "like he's met his match:"

"Peter Parker is always someone who's looking up. He's always really positive. He's always like, 'I can fix this. I can do this.' Whereas in this film, he feels like he's met his match. He's like, 'I don't know what to do.' That was an aspect of the character that I'd never seen before, and I was really, really excited to try to tackle."

Lastly, Holland admitted that he still hasn't seen the full version of the upcoming Sony/Marvel movie, but he did tease that it is the "best Spider-Man film" that they've ever made: 

"I haven't seen the film yet but I've seen pieces of the film, and it's the best work we've ever done. It's the best Spider-Man film that we've ever made. I really don't think fans are at all ready for what they've put together. I know that I'm not ready, and I know that it's going to be brutal."

Alongside Holland's interesting reveal, a brand new still featuring Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus and Tom Holland's Spider-Man was also released. 

The image shows Otto Octavius looking over Peter Parker, with the latter appearing to be calling out the Marvel villain from afar: 

Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, Tom Holland as Spider-Man
Total Film


A Tragic End to the Spider-Man Threequel 

Tom Holland's latest comments suggest that Spider-Man: No Way Home is the darkest and most personal entry in the web-slinger's MCU trilogy. This development is a major shift in tone, especially after Peter Parker's first two solo outings in the MCU. 

In a way, this makes narrative sense due to Spider-Man: Far From Home's game-changing ending. The big secret identity reveal goes hand in hand with Holland's remark about characters having to go through a complicated situation on behalf of Peter Parker. 

The trailer already teased some of the consequences, such as outrage from citizens and police interrogations with Ned and Aunt May. There's a strong chance that this could take a toll on Peter's friends and family, thus leading to his plan to seek assistance from Doctor Strange. 

It appears that No Way Home would lean towards educating Peter about the concept of responsibility. In the first two Spider-Man films, Peter seems to be lenient when it comes to revealing his identity to other people, easily trusting people with his secret and it eventually comes back to bite him in the end. 

No Way Home's narrative would teach Holland's Marvel hero the tough task of handling a major responsibility. If rumors are true, then it would be fitting if other Spider-Men, namely Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, would be the ones to educate Holland's Peter about the burden of being a web-slinger. 

From tackling the concept of responsibility to dueling different past Spider-Man villains, more and more evidence suggests that Holland's promise of No Way Home becoming the "best Spider-Man film" ever is indeed an accurate statement.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to premiere in theaters on December 17, 2021.

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- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.