Even for a movie franchise that features iconic blockbuster outings such as Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never seen anything quite like 2021's Spider-Man: No Way Home.
From shocking news about casting inclusions going back more than a year to the confirmation that the threequel will fully explore the Multiverse, this film is in its own league with regard to the hype it's built.
Already having set the record for shortest time between a film's first trailer and its release date, that first look at No Way Home effectively blew the collective mind of the MCU fandom upon its debut. Seeing the interaction between Peter Parker and Stephen Strange, the hints of the Multiverse breaking, and the first full look at Alfred Molina's Doc Ock in the MCU had the world talking as the trailer garnered the most views ever in its first twenty-four hours.
Now, with just over a month until No Way Home arrives in full, fans are increasingly anxious about the lack of an official promotional tour.
Only a few days ago, fans in Australia spotted something that appeared to be an official poster for the threequel on a bus, although no official word has come on that reveal from Marvel or Sony.
Thankfully, the studios have picked up the efforts on pushing Spider-Man: No Way Home to the public with a promotional poster of their own.
Spider-Man 3 Finally Has Its Poster
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures delivered the first official poster for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which will debut in theaters on December 17, on the film's official Twitter page, along with the menacing caption: "The Multiverse unleashed."
The official Spider-Man Twitter account playfully responded to the Easter Egg-filled poster, telling its followers to "go ahead, zoom in on those details."
The new poster features Tom Holland's Spider-Man in his Iron Spider armor facing off against Alfred Molina Doc Ock while Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin closes in.
Additionally, hints of debris streaks and lightning tease other Spider-Man villains like Sandman and Electro.
Spider-Man Villains Everywhere!
At first glance, the movie's official poster does look quite similar to the image seen on the Australian bus in recent days. The most exciting part, however, is that fans get even further confirmation and teases for some of the villains that will help drive this movie's massive plot.
While the ground on which Peter is posing is hard to identify, it's becoming even clearer that Alfred Molina's Doc Ock will play a major role in his return from 2004's Spider-Man 2. This could be rubble from the bridge fight following multiple explosions and the impact of Doc Ock's arms, although it also appears to be smoldering from fire.
In the gaps between his mechanical arms are images tying back to three other classic villains from both Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man double feature.
A bolt of yellow lightning is prominently featured on the right side, which likely indicates even further that Jamie Foxx's Electro will make his return from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (a similar bolt was seen in the first trailer). Under that lightning bolt is what appears to be a sandstorm, which almost certainly teases Thomas Hayden Church's second round as Flint Marko/Sandman from 2007's Spider-Man 3.
On top of all this, although it's incredibly small, the upper right corner provides the MCU's take on Willem Dafoe's Norman Osborn as he suits up in the Green Goblin gear once again. The suit appears to include the classic mask from his 2002 debut in Spider-Man, although Sony and Marvel clearly don't want to give away too many details about this comeback.
With other leaks pointing to the Goblin having an updated suit from his first movie appearance nearly twenty years ago, fans will be keeping a close eye on the kind of imagery Sony and Marvel use for promotional material with Dafoe's villain.
Considering the litany of leaks coming from Spider-Man: No Way Home's production, Sony and Marvel took the most exciting parts from those leaks and teased them quite effectively in the movie's official poster. Now, with fans still waiting for the movie's second trailer, the hype for the Spider-Man threequel will only continue to grow exponentially.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will arrive in theaters on December 17.