Even while the MCU builds up an impressive line-up of projects for the second half of 2021, it seems that the predominant topic on the minds of fans everywhere is still Spider-Man: No Way Home. And why shouldn't it be?
Already definitively confirmed for this movie are Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange and Alfred Molina's Doctor Otto Octavius, lining up alongside Tom Holland's titular hero. Rumors have pointed to other villains from both previous live-action franchises, along with both previous Spider-Men, and the possibilities for others that may show up are just about endless.
While No Way Home is certainly making headlines for the super-talent, it will also bring back key characters from the past two movies like Zendaya's MJ, Jacob Batalon's Ned, and Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan. The most recent update for the film continues this trend with one of Peter Parker's teachers coming back for more action.
JB SMOOVE COMING BACK TO THE MCU
In a recent appearance on The Daily Zeitgeist podcast, via iHeart Radio, comedian JB Smoove confirmed that he will be returning to the MCU in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Smoove played Mr. Julius Dell in 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home, and he gave the following quote on his return for the threequel:
"I don’t know how many people have done it, but you know I’m in both universes. The Marvel Universe, and the DC Universe. Marvel universe with Spider-Man: Far From Home, and I just did the new Spider-Man."
Andrew Garfield strongly denied the rumor that he is going to appear as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home.'
An official tie-in book for 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' was revealed in an Amazon listing, teasing a "magic" location that will appear in the film.
JB Smoove confirmed that he will return as Julius Dell in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home.'
THE POWER OF LEARNING
While most of this expansive movie will feature high-octane hero vs. villain action, a handful of Midtown High School's faculty will find themselves with screen time in this movie. Martin Starr and Hannibal Burress will be coming back from both previous movies as Mr. Harrington and Coach Wilson, which makes JB Smoove's return a seemingly natural fit.
As has been mentioned before, it's still unclear how much time Peter will actually spend at Midtown High considering his laundry list of super problems. With his identity having leaked to the world in Spider-Man: Far From Home's post-credits scene, he's going to have quite the interesting experience with his entire school knowing his identity.
No matter how much time JB Smoove sees in No Way Home, his return should add to the fun and humor for which the Spider-Man series is best known. Whether fans will see his reactions to villains like the Green Goblin, Sandman, and more is a mystery, but he does add to the impressive quality of cast this movie is building.
Spider-Man: No Way Home, starring Tom Holland, will release in theaters on December 17, 2021