After several cinematic outings and Disney+ projects, Spider-Man: No Way Home rounded out Marvel Studios' 2021 with a bang. The Spidey threequel not only delivered fans with a satisfying conclusion for web-slingers across the Multiverse but also delivered on monumental box office boons for the MCU and the film industry as a whole.
Now that all of No Way Home's secrets are out in the wild such as the inclusion of past Spider-Men and the post-credits tease of the symbiote, fans now look to the future for where Spider-Man will set foot next along with what projects his film will have an impact on.
Disney+ is now one of Marvel Studios' primary avenues for dropping projects, and several upcoming releases have No Way Home's sticky fingers all over them. Here's every MCU Disney+ series that characters and events from Spider-Man: No Way Home sets up.
All the way back at Disney's Investor Day 2020, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige officially announced She-Hulk as a Disney+ project. During the unveiling, Feige specifically mentioned that "you never know what Marvel characters are gonna pop up from episode to episode." With rumors swirling at the time, many fans took this as a tease at a Daredevil return given the character's dual-occupation as a lawyer and a superhero.
With Charlie Cox's recent return as Matt Murdock in No Way Home, an appearance from Daredevil in the Disney+ series is more likely than ever. Rumors have continued to suggest that the Devil of Hell's Kitchen is set to rear his horns, adorned in an all-new outfit.
As for what Daredevil will get up to in the show, perhaps he will guest star in an episode to face off against or team up with Jennifer Walters in the courtroom. When court is out of session, the two could then take to the streets to whip some bad guys into shape.
Alternatively, Matt could show up to introduce Happy Hogan to Jen. Matt recommended that Jon Favreau's character should lawyer up to combat potential association with missing Stark technology, so perhaps Jen will have a bit more know-how in this area. Which leads into...
The missing Stark technology mentioned by Daredevil in No Way Home sounds reminiscent of the brief synopsis provided for Armor Wars, which will see Rhodey dealing with "what happens when...[Tony Stark's] tech falls into the wrong hands."
Perhaps Happy will reunite with War Machine to track down all of Tony's loose ends, having Matt on retainer in case any legal troubles get in their way or Department of Damage Control agents come knocking on their doors.
So what of Stark's tech has gone missing? Peter Parker's EDITH glasses and combat drones haven't been mentioned since the end of Far From Home, so their whereabouts are completely unknown. Could the DODC have taken these away from Peter as evidence when he was arrested, or have some other miscreants had the chance to snag the goods right under Spidey's nose?
It's also possible that there could be some items circulating the criminal underworld following the destruction of the Avengers compound at the end of Avengers: Endgame, as proven by the auction in Hawkeye. Other villains may have ransacked the rubble to find tech to repurpose, similar to how the Vulture scavenged Leviathan wreckage after the Battle of New York.
But what if the missing Stark tech is a little closer to home? Happy had a Stark Industries-branded Fabricator sitting in his apartment; should he really be in ownership of a device that can create literally anything? Or maybe the feds are in search for Tony Stark's longtime pal DUM-E, who briefly appeared in No Way Home. Jon Favreau's character has been on the side of good throughout his MCU tenure, but kidnapping an innocent crane robot may just be the start of a villainous turn.
She-Hulk and Armor Wars aren't the only series that Matt Murdock may potentially impact, as the recent addition of Kingpin to the MCU may point to his inclusion in another Disney+ project too. After her introduction in Hawkeye, Maya Lopez is set to return in her own show Echo.
After the conclusion of Hawkeye, it seems that the show will follow up on Maya potentially shooting her boss in the face, heavily indicating that Vincent D'Onofrio will reprise his role for the series. And where Wilson Fisk goes, Daredevil follows. If Kingpin does appear in Echo as a central villain throughout the series, it would make sense for Charlie Cox to make the jump from No Way Home to the streets of New York City in Maya Lopez's solo show.
This is only bolstered by the rumor that Echo is set to soft-reboot Netlfix's Daredevil into the MCU, bringing back cast members as new incarnations of their characters.
And if MCU fans couldn't get enough of the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, there may be more Daredevil on the way. A rumor suggests that Matt Murdock will be getting a project of his own in the form of a film or a Disney+ series.
No Way Home officially reintroduced Daredevil into the MCU, which has paved the way for him to potentially star in a solo project of his own. And who knows? Daredevil paid Tom Holland's Peter Parker a visit, so perhaps Spidey will cross paths with Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock in his own upcoming project.
Holland is expected to return in at least one more future MCU project that isn't a Spider-Man flick, so it's possible that Marvel Studios could be saving him for the true Daredevil-Spidey crossover that fans have long been waiting for.
One unexpected tease in No Way Home was aimed at Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn's Secret Invasion, where the duo will be faced with the Skrulls infiltrating the lifeforms of Earth.
When Peter attempts to defend himself against the DODC, he cites Nick Fury as a witness that can clear the situation up. Little does Peter know that he was actually interacting with a faux Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home, with the real agent being "off-planet for the last year."
This indicates that Fury has been living it up in space ever since the end of Avengers: Endgame. It's unclear what the former SHIELD director is doing up in the cosmos, but having to spend such a lengthened time among the stars must mean that he's working on something pretty important. Has Fury been traversing the galaxy in search of more Skrulls, or is he on the hunt for a rogue faction invading populations of planets before they find their way to Earth?
Maybe it's a bit both. Fury could be looking for Skrull refugees displaced after the Kree-Skrull war, only to welcome the rogue faction on board without knowing their true intentions. A return to Earth would allow the rogue Skrulls to wreak havoc on the planet's inhabitants, disguising themselves as members of society to cause all sorts of ruckus.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology plays a central role in the narrative of Spider-Man: No Way Home, acting as the main goal for Peter and his friends. While Spidey seems as though he won't be joining Ned and MJ to college, there may be another young superhero that will.
Dominique Thorne's Riri Williams was spotted filming at MIT in a set picture for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, confirming that the young tech wiz will be in attendance at the school. Williams may have a long few years of study ahead of her, possibly allowing for her education to continue into her own show Ironheart.
If MIT does continue to be a part of Riri's MCU journey, there is potential for Ned and MJ to be lab partners to Thorne's character or to bump into her around campus. Perhaps Spidey and Ironheart could even find themselves in each other's vicinity, considering the two are both college-age heroes. The wall-crawler may have a couple of wise words for the fledgling hero, especially if Riri is continuing Tony Stark's legacy much like Peter was originally supposed to.
What If…? Season 2
Disney+ allows a lot more freedom in the mediums that the MCU can deliver its stories, and no other Marvel show demonstrates that more than the animated What If...? The series' head writer A.C. Bradley teased that Season 2 would dip its toes into Phase Four, so what if No Way Home could be the focus of a future episode?
There are plenty of story opportunities for the series to subvert, such as exploring what would happen if Doctor Strange's initial spell worked. Fans could see Peter going to MIT with Ned and MJ, providing a cathartic alternative to No Way Home's downer ending.
What if other villains and Spider-related heroes found themselves in the MCU? A different version of Strange's spell could have brought different characters through the Multiverse, such as Paul Giamatti's Rhino, Topher Grace's Venom, or even one of the Harry Osborn's.
What If...? could even take advantage of its animated format by incorporating characters from another animated adventure: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen could be the web-slingers to jump through the portal instead of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker's, allowing Holland's Spider-Man to team up with webheads that already know a thing or two about the Multiverse.
Of course, there are a few snags that could prevent No Way Home from getting the spotlight in What If's second season. For one, it's unknown how far the threequel secrecy went internally at Marvel Studios. While Bradley was keyed into some of the MCU's then-upcoming plans, Feige and co. may have wanted to be extra careful when dispensing information about the Multiversal secrets of No Way Home.
In addition, the rights situation for the web-slinger are relatively murky, so it is unknown whether What If...? could use Spidey-related characters that aren't Peter Parker or even cover the MCU's Spider-Man movies.
Spider-Man: Freshman Year
Spider-Man is getting his own Disney+ series in the near future, coming in the form of the animated show Spider-Man: Freshman Year.
After No Way Home destroyed Peter Parker's relationships with his best friends, now fans will be able to see even more of what was taken away by Doctor Strange's spell.
The cartoon will likely delve more into Ned and Peter's friendship, possibly showing either how they became friends or revealing that they have been compadres for much longer. Freshman Year will also allow Marisa Tomei to return as Aunt May, which is sure to please fans who aren't quite ready to let go after her death in the threequel. This could also provide the opportunity for other characters to return, like Liz Allan, Flash Thompson, Betty Brant, and, of course, Michelle Jones-Watson.
There has also been no mention of Uncle Ben in the MCU so far, outside of a brief reference in What If...?. Therefore, Freshman Year could clear up whether the mainline Peter Parker has had an Uncle Ben figure in his life like his Multiversal Spider-Man brothers.
Learning about Peter's earlier school life will undoubtedly make No Way Home's ending all the more heartbreaking, as fans know that the show's events will all be washed away from the minds of the MCU. Perhaps this is all part of Marvel Studios' plan, leaning on that emotional connection to Peter Parker's past to make it all the more satisfying when his friends remember him in a future Spider-Man flick.
While fans wait for what mysteries the MCU has in store on Disney+, fans can catch Spider-Man: No Way Home in theaters now.