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Tom Holland is dazzling in the new Marvel movie

by Stewart Cole

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It’s not just the hilarious “Avengers” movies that are becoming impressive, action-packed epics with many surprising characters. Fans can now expect this in movies featuring the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s friendly neighborhood, Spider-Man.

Whether he’s fighting a street enemy like Vulture or a cosmic evil like Thanos, Tom Holland’s teenage superhero always finds a way to be the perfect underdog, and it happens again in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (½ ½ at four, rated PG-13, in theaters on Friday) as the craziest obstacles fall in his direction. (And given that he joined The Avengers and was out of existence for five years, that says something.) Director Jon Watts’s third film Spidey is a thrilling entry into the comic book character, a film very much about second chances and a cleverly crafted reminder of this famous saying: “With great power comes great responsibility”.

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“No Way Home” opens by paying the cliffhanger from “Spider-Man: Far From Home” of 2019: After a top battle ends with the death of the illusory Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), the secret identity of 17-year-old high school student Peter Parker as Spider-Man is revealed to the world by DailyBugle.net Internet conspiracy theorist J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons, again in the role he was born to play). Almost immediately, the lives of Peter, MJ (Zendaya)’s girlfriend, Ned’s best friend (Jacob Batalon) and beloved Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) are turned upside down by the disturbing media flooding his Queens apartment, the authorities threatening with accusations and JJJ’s public propaganda machine featuring Peter. an “cybercriminal”.

Suffice it to say that Peter’s sophomore year could have started better and gone viral in the worst way now threatening the dreams of Peter and his friends attending MIT together. The young hero is looking for the magic Doctor Strange bud (Benedict Cumberbatch), who can devise a spell to make everyone forget that Peter is superhero. But when Peter realizes that his loved ones will not know who Spidey is, he inadvertently falsifies Strange’s misleading mojo, causing Peter supervillains to appear in reality from other universes.

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Peter, MJ and Ned commission Strange to “Scooby-Doo” to solve the problem of men like Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) and Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) from Tobey Maguire’s “Spider-Man” and Electro (Jamie Foxx). ) from the time of Andrew Garfield “Amazing” Spider. The ambitious design of the youngsters unfolds with a lot of positive, triple magic, quirky humor, a little sadness and various clever ways to bring the largest Marvel universe together.

But no matter how extensive this thing becomes, “No Way Home” completes well the Watts trilogy that began with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in 2017. Sure, the weird bad dad and summer trip went wrong, however at the heart of these films was Peter trying to figure out how to be a kid and a superhero at the same time – and he usually fails before taking a deeper lesson. Watts maintains this aspect as consistent in the new film, thus grounding all the great MCU-ness in a relative universality, even when Spidey meets the business end of Doc Ock’s tentacles and throws Pumpkin Bombs at the head from Green Goblin .

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There are many welcome returns to “No Way Home” – most of which you must see for yourself, true believers! – but watching Dafoe have fun having another chance as Spidey’s insane enemy from the comics is a heavenly pleasure, and a second time is undoubtedly the charm of Foxx’s Electro. The heart and soul of the film, however – as in the previous two films – is Holland, who lends his dazzling enthusiasm to Spidey, but shows new toughness and gravity.

“No Way Home” also turns out to be a bit of a Christmas movie, with an interesting “It’s a Wonderful Life” atmosphere that gives a new perspective to its main character. It’s a quintessential Spider-Man movie that pays homage to the past, checks all the necessary Marvel boxes, and still manages to do something refreshing together.

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