Spider-Man: No Way Home left MCU audiences feeling a lot of things; triumph, melancholy, wonder, awe, admiration. More than anything, however, it left audiences hungry for more - both because of its inherent awesomeness and because of all the unanswered burning questions it left on the table.
No Way Home’s conclusion left Peter Parker in a very, very different place than he entered the film, and the number one question on everyone’s mind is “What comes next?” Even aside from that, however, there’s plenty to question and guess about the events that have already transpired, too. In fact, the two tracks of thought might be connected, because revelations about Spider-Man’s past are almost certainly going to continue to impact his future.
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Does The Spell Affect People Who Were Not On Earth At The Time It Was Cast? Do Nick Fury, Captain Marvel, And Other Spacebound Folks Remember Peter Parker?
All of the action in Spider-Man: No Way Home is centered around the planet Earth. All the inter-dimensional supervillains and Spider-Men come from alternate Earths, and even more attempt to pour through the cracks in reality to arrive at - and wipe out - the MCU’s mainstream Earth. That raises an interesting question, then, about just how far-reaching Doctor Strange’s spell needed to be, and whether it extends beyond the planet itself.
The simplest answer is that Strange’s spell did exactly what he said it would, and that everyone now forgets about Peter Parker’s existence, regardless of whether they were on Earth at the time of the spell or not. But there’s also reason to think that might not be the case and to hope for Spidey’s salvation from the stars.
The tears in reality were clearly focused around Earth itself, and the planet is well-established as a magical hub in the pages of Marvel Comics. It wouldn’t be entirely surprising if Strange only had to remove the Spider-Man-related memories of everyone on Earth to undo the damage, and then he’d probably be clever enough to do exactly that, so as to leave Peter with some remaining friends out there in the stars.
It’s made clear in No Way Home that Nick Fury has been in space for more than a year, and Captain Marvel is somewhere out there, too. The two of them remembering who Peter is would be quite the welcome and unexpected relief for the character. Imagine a scenario in which Spidey is feeling at his most alone in a future film, only to have Carol Danvers show up and say “Hey, Peter Parker.” What a thrill that would be.Tantalizing question?
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What Happened To The Cured Supervillains After Returning To Their Home Universes?
One of the maddening things about Spider-Man: No Way Home is that, even though it’s the longest Spider-Man movie yet, it still left so many dangling story threads on the table - and the knowledge that some of them will never be picked up again.
At the film’s conclusion, the three Spider-Men and Doctor Strange teamed up to cure the Sinister Five and send them back to their native universes. The stories of what happened next in those universes will likely never be told, but that won’t stop fans from wondering.
Did the villains retain knowledge of their time in the mainstream MCU? Just having knowledge of the existence of a multiverse would change the game for several of them just as much as their cures already have.
Did their returns branch off into five brand-new, distinct timelines? That’s presumably the case, but then what happened in each of those timelines?
What happens in a world where Peter Parker is suddenly joined by a sane Norman Osborn? Do the two become a team? Or a world in which Dr. Otto Octavius is free from madness and able to provide the planet with sustainable energy? Does he become the Tony Stark of his universe?
The possibilities are truly endless, and definitely worthy of a What If…? series all their own.Tantalizing question?
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Will Venom Go Looking For A Spider-Man In His Home Universe? And Who Would It Be?
The real winner of Spider-Man: No Way Home is undoubtedly Eddie Brock. While everyone else is experiencing trauma and heartbreak, he’s hanging out with Venom in a Mexican resort getting drunk. At the end of it all, he fades back to his home universe like all the other villains - but he returns there with clear-cut knowledge of the existence of Spider-Man, and a spoken desire to track the wall-crawler down in New York.
Whether the story is told in Venom 3 or some other film, it seems clear that Brock’s next step will be to head to his own Big Apple and see if he can spot a web-slinger there. If he does find a Spider-Man there in his native universe, a brawl between them is straight-up inevitable. But who might that Spider-Person be?
Some fans have been loud in their calls for Andrew Garfield to get another shot at portraying Peter Parker, particularly after his own threequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, was canceled. Could Garfield’s take on the character show up in the Venom-verse and make everyone happy? The table is certainly set for it.Tantalizing question?
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What Do Ned, MJ, Happy, Flash, And Everyone Else Remember Of Their Adventures With Spider-Man?
The terms of Doctor Strange’s spell at the conclusion of No Way Home are devastatingly simple: everyone will forget that Peter Parker ever existed. And yet, from that simplicity, so many procedural questions need to be raised, because everybody still remembers that Spider-Man exists after the spell, and that’s more complicated than it sounds.
For folks like the Avengers, it’s relatively easy. All they’ll probably remember is teaming up with Spider-Man on a few world-saving occasions, but they’ll just recall that he kept his mask on the whole time and they never learned his identity. That’s straightforward enough. Even Happy Hogan could remember Spidey solely through his collaborations with Tony Stark and May Parker and just assume he never found out the kid’s name.
But what about Peter’s closest friends? Surely, MJ, Ned, and even Flash Thompson retain some clear memories of their close encounters with Spider-Man - otherwise, their last few years would have some major gaps in them. But how can they explain them? How can Ned justify having been Spidey’s guy in the chair? How can MJ explain having swung around the city on the web-slinger’s hip? Flash wrote an entire book about his friendship with Spider-Man! What happens with that now?
It’s possible that everyone’s memory has been altered to remove both Spider-Man and Peter Parker when those memories heavily involve both identities, but that’s a pretty messy proposition. It could also be that MJ, Ned, Flash, and the others all remember having a close friendship with Spider-Man for some reason, but not that they ever knew his true identity.
That’s all fairly weird and would seem hard to truly believe. If Ned’s really convinced that he got hired as a superhero’s personal assistant on the strength of his wit and charm, however, it would do wonders for his confidence.Tantalizing question?