10 Genuine Concerns About Spider-Man: No Way Home

Why the year's most anticipated film could disappoint.

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We're just a few short weeks away from the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is by far the most highly anticipated film of the entire year.

There are a lot of reasons to be excited, for sure: it's the first truly huge-scale MCU film since Avengers: Endgame, it's the climax of Tom Holland's trilogy Spidey movies, and it's damn-near certain to feature the return of legacy Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

But if cinema has taught us anything over the years, it's surely that uncritically buying into all the hype is an easy way to end up bitterly disappointed.

This isn't to say that No Way Home will be a bad movie, and with all the will in the world it'll meet and even exceed expectations, but with so much weight and import placed upon it, it's worth considering the areas where it could fall short.

With the film's clear level of ambition in tying three eras of Spider-Man together, No Way Home has the potential to be an extremely satisfying blockbuster, but equally there are massive risks involved which could lead to disappointment.

By all means get excited for the movie, but don't be blinkered to these very genuine concerns...

10. It Might Be Trying Too Hard To Be Avengers: Endgame 2.0

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There's no denying that No Way Home is the biggest movie event since the release of Avengers: Endgame back in April 2019.

There's no greater proof of this than the fact that the rush for No Way Home tickets crashed websites around the world, a phenomenon we haven't seen since Endgame was successfully positioned as the must-see movie event of its era.

And while there's absolutely no question that the new Spider-Man film will be a mammoth commercial success regardless of its actual quality, it may ultimately be trying a little too hard to station itself as the next generation-defining global event we all remember years from now.

Endgame's cultural impact was in large part due to the fact that it was the payoff to more than a decade's worth of movies, and while No Way Home will surely exploit our nostalgia for the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, it may struggle to muster the same feeling of storytelling importance that Endgame had.

Inevitably if its big marquee moments fall short of Captain America (Chris Evans) grabbing Mjolnir, there are going to be many feeling that No Way Home didn't quite measure up, whether that's a reasonable stance or not. It is one encouraged by the marketing, though.

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