In 2018 and 2019, the MCU rose to new heights with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. These two films not only completed the arcs of both Iron Man's Tony Stark and Captain America's Steve Rogers, but they were also theatrical experiences that fans will be talking about for generations.
Who knew that only two years later, fans would be on the verge of that kind of "experience" so soon?
Set to release on December 17, 2021, Spider-Man: No Way Home is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films of all time thanks to the presence of Spidey villains from past Spider-Man franchises and rumors that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's Spider-Men will be joining Tom Holland's web-slinger as well.
After months of waiting, No Way Home's second trailer has finally arrived, offering audiences a surprising amount of information and new footage.
Interestingly enough, several new shots from Spider-Man and Dock Ock's heavily promoted bridge battle were revealed, including a move that fans have seen before, but from a different Avenger in an equally epic film.
Spider-Man Mimics Iron Man in No Way Home Trailer
Toys and marketing for No Way Home have suggested that Marvel audiences will be seeing several Spider suits in this threequel, including Peter's Iron Spider suit which - much like Tony Stark's Mark L suit - uses nanotechnology and can be controlled by a neurological interface.
In the weeks following No Way Home's first trailer, Sony and Marvel released stills from the film that mainly highlighted the showdown between Alfred Molina's Doc Ock and Holland's Spidey in his Iron Spider suit.
Fans were quick to point out that, in some of these shots, Ock's metal tentacles contained red and gold coloring similar to that Stark Tech and Peter's Iron Spider suit. Theories suggesting that Ock's arms absorbed that suit's nanotech were seemingly confirmed in the trailer, but that's not the only instance of how that technology came into play in this fight.
The new trailer also shows a brief shot of Peter about to be pinned against a concrete pillar by Ock's nanotech-infused arms; but if that wasn't enough of a problem, the chest of his Iron Spider suit is missing nanites.
The following shot shows the suit's nanites actually moving from Peter's head up to his chest to protect him from Ock, and they even fold in his Tobey Maguire-esque tie as they go.
This is why Peter's face is visible when Ock's newly imbued red and gold arm slams him against that concrete.
The Iron Spider suit's ability to move nanites from one place to another is something Marvel fans first saw in Avengers: Infinity War when Tony battled against Thanos on Titan.
In this scene, Thanos has just fractured elements of Tony's Mark L nanotech suit, whose capabilities he first displayed when he, Bruce Banner, Doctor Strange, and Wong confronted Ebony Maw in New York.
As Thanos comes at Tony again, Tony uses his repulsors against the Mad Titan even though his hands and other parts of his body are now exposed and vulnerable.
As Tony continues to use his repulsors, nanites begin to shift up his leg, similar to how they moved up from Peter's face to protect his chest.
In this scene, the tech then moves down Tony's arm where he's able to formulate a weapon to use against Thanos.
More Iron Man Callbacks to Come?
Even though the moment in the No Way Home trailer is brief, it shows how Tony's tech still has a presence in Phase 4 of the MCU while also serving as yet another connection between Peter and his mentor.
Considering Ock's arms absorb Tony's nanotech and are used against Peter, it's possible that Stark Tech has a significant role in the threequel and possibly beyond, especially if the film's other villains find ways to use it as well.
From what fans have seen so far, it looks like Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin has a new suit in the film, and Jamie Foxx's Electro's yellow makeover appears to be tech-based. Perhaps Stark Tech is the reason for these changes?
It's also possible that No Way Home will include other Iron Man callbacks, especially by Peter. In fact, Endgame director Joe Russo actually claimed that Tom Holland is "stepping into the role that Robert Downey once occupied for Marvel" while also comparing him to "the soul" of the MCU.
Also, it's worth noting that Tony Stark's greatest moment occurred in Avengers: Endgame, and No Way Home director Jon Watts has already referred to this upcoming film as "Spider-Man: Endgame."
Therefore, it seems to say that this moment from the trailer may be one of many parallels between Iron Man and Spider-Man in No Way Home and possibly factor into his future role within the MCU.
Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters on December 17, 2021.