Spider-Man 3: No Way Home: First Trailer Features Zendaya, Tom Holland & Surprise Villain Actor

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
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The anticipation surrounding Spider-Man: No Way Home is high, especially after the barrage of multiverse-infused rumors that emerged about the film in the past months. 

The upcoming MCU threequel is directed by Jon Watts, and it will deal with the fallout of Spider-Man: Far From Home's ending where Tom Holland's Peter Parker was revealed as the web-slinging hero to the rest of the world by Mysterio. Alongside Holland, franchise mainstays like Jacob Batalon's Ned Leeds and Zendaya's MJ will also return. 

The discussion surrounding No Way Home has been centered around the film's massive cast. Different villains from previous Spider-Man franchises such as Jamie Foxx's Electro and Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus were reported to return, and this was amplified by the latter's confirmation that he will be de-aged for his comeback.

On top of that, the reported inclusion of Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange in the film further boosted the chances that No Way Home will be a multiverse-sized affair.

Now, after an online leak and continued fan speculation about its release date, the official trailer for the threequel has arrived.


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Following its debut at CinemaCon 2021 in Las Vegas, Sony Pictures publicly released the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, showcasing the return of Tom Holland's MCU hero alongside Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange. 

The first footage from the film also featured the surprise return of Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy alongside several hints at its multiverse-focused narrative.



Many would agree that the official trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home confirmed several reports and rumors, but it also raised a plethora of questions along the way. 

From the get-go, it looks like Tom Holland's web-slinger will deal with villains that are not from the confines of the MCU, starting off with Alfred Molina's Otto Octavius and Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin (thanks to the pumpkin bomb that was featured in the trailer).

From a narrative standpoint, the inclusion of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's respective Spider-Man makes sense now, considering that the odds are clearly stacked against the lone Avenger. That said, it's wise for Sony to not include the web-slinging pair in the film's first trailer so that there will still be surprises that will be in the cards for No Way Home.

Meanwhile, the addition of Doctor Strange presents many story possibilities for No Way Home, and a glimpse of the impressive dynamic of the two MCU heroes is definitely a visual treat. It will be interesting to find out how the pair's relationship will move forward after the threequel, especially after sneak peeks of Strange and Parker going at it in the trailer. 

Peter Parker's relationship with Zendaya's MJ appears to be the emotional crux of the film's storyline. Given that Doctor Strange's spell involves erasing memories of Peter's identity as Spider-Man, there's a strong chance that the hero's established bond with MJ could be sacrificed at the end, thus leading to the end of their relationship. 

This is further corroborated by a previous plot leak about Peter and MJ's relationship issues that will be explored in the threequel. 

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.