Back when the first Avengers aired, the potential of seeing Spider-Man ever join in on the fun was all but an impossibility. At the time, the first Amazing Spider-Man film had just dropped, meaning the webhead was far outside the MCU's reach. Little did everyone know, that in just four years' time, the entire landscape would be completely different.
Spider-Man's addition is widely considered to be one of the best things to happen to the MCU. It even brought about the relationship between Tom Holland's Peter Parker and Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, which became one of the key emotional pillars in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
The familiar bond between the two started in Captain America: Civil War, but only truly blossomed in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It's ironic that one of the strongest relationships in the MCU came from a requirement from Sony themselves; every Spider-Man solo movie had to star at least one big MCU player.
Now Tony Stark is dead. Spider-Man: Far From Home filled the Stark-sized hole with both Nick Fury and Maria Hill, and for Peter's third outing, it's Doctor Strange's turn to mentor Peter.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will see Spider-Man team up with Stephen Strange, and from the looks of recent promotional material, the way of the sorcerer has had quite an influence on Peter.
BLACK & GOLD SPINS A SPELL
Some brand-new promotional images from Spider-Man: No Way Home have been revealed thanks to some digging around on Amazon. This particular batch of images showcases Spidey's new Black and Gold suit, alongside some of his blue magical abilities.
The first image is an intricately drawn Spider-Man logo, similar to that which was first seen in one of the after-credits scenes for Captain America: Civil War.
The next image features some cool imagery that could indicate what the visuals of shattering through different universes could look like. Doctor Strange can be found casting a spell on the left, and Tom Holland's Spidey aiming to fire his magical webbing on the right.
Here's the audience's best look so far at Spider-Man in his Black and Gold suit, firing some sort of magical webbing from a device on his wrist. As for what it could be for, there's no telling; besides something to do with the multiverse at the very least.
Another good look at Peter's black and gold suit. It's worth noting how, in some images, his hands are red, and in others—like this one—they are black with gold detailing like the rest of the suit.
A similar image to those above, but this time with a golden coating, and through broken shards of something.
Spider-Man posing in his brand-new suit, firing a magical web, all the while doing so with a killer tagline.
A rather simple logo, with Spidey's logo held within the fiery orange of a Strange spell.
A more casual take on the images seen above, with a fun sketchbook vibe to it.
This one is fairly interesting, as it seems to indicate that his black and gold suit goes on top of his original upgraded suit.
The final image showcases imagery similar to that of when Tom Holland's Peter was creating his upgraded suit on Stark's computer system in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The suit seen above is not the black and gold suit, however, as it features a full-body Spider-Man logo on the front, which his magical suit does not have.
MAGICALLY THIWIPING SPIDER-MAN
The anticipation for Spider-Man: No Way Home is at an all-time high; it's rather insane. Sony's handling of the marketing of the film is only making it all even stranger. They've refused to release any trailers, yet have toys and promotional images leaking that are revealing an insane amount of stuff—especially since no one has seen any footage from the movie.
Fans will eventually see footage from the final MCU film of the year, with the highest likelihood lying with Shang-Chi's premiere. Though with that Delta Variant floating around, the way things are shaping up, studios may decide to push everything back again. It might be worth a vaccination for those holding out.
Regardless, the hype over the film is only going to multiply again and again the longer the movie goes without anything for the fans to satiate themselves with. Given the rumors of Maguire and Garfield, and multiple previous villains returning, the film has all the makings for one of the biggest of all time; it just has to release a trailer first.