The weekend collections arrive and the results could not be more positive for 'Spider-Man: No Way Home', the third installment of Tom Holland's arachnid adventures. 260 million dollars in the United States, far behind the already optimistic estimates of 123 million that Sony made. This spectacular premiere has only been surpassed in the past by 'Avengers: Endgame'.
Of course, Spider-Man: No Way Home full movie has far left any other premiere Spider-Man: No Way Home of the pandemic and of 2021: in just one day it had already exceeded the receipts of all the films released in recent months. Good news for Marvel, which regains a clear position of dominance at the box office after a streak of not bad releases, but far, of course, Spider-Man: No Way Home from the blockbusters of the last Phase 3 films.
Thus, and as Tom Holland advanced a while ago, Spider-Man No Way Home starts immediately after Spider-Man Far From Home, the previous individual film of the arachnid superhero as part of the UCM. So much so, that we see Spider-Man watching in disbelief the exclusive news by J. Jonah Jameson on the big screens in Times Square, Manhattan, where the true identity of Spider-Man is revealed to the world.
Then, and seeing that people begin to surround MJ, Spidey "rescues" her to escape the crowd and the first popular accusations about the possible murder of Mysterio on his part, something that we already see in Far From Home as one more manipulation of the villain. All this while both reach the top of a bridge to be safe at the moment that Peter receives a call from his friend Ned shouting "dude!"
As a curiosity, while Spider-Man and MJ swing among the skyscrapers of Times Square, we can see a poster of the musical dedicated to Steve Rogers, the same one that appears in the Hawkeye download movie series that airs these weeks on Disney +. This same clip contains other sequences with previously unreleased images from the film.
So we have asked ourselves: why has 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' swept away where 'Eternals' or 'Shang-Chi' did not triumph so clearly? These are the reasons that have led him to crown the box office with the most spectacular premiere of the pandemic.
Not only is Spider-Man one of Marvel's most famous characters, but Tom Holland has already earned Spider-Man: No Way Home the tights in the same way that Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield did before. His participation in the collective MCU films and his own two solo adventures have given him the necessary packaging so that this film does not have to waste time with introductions or preambles. 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' goes to the point and does it with an actor that we already identify without problems with Peter Parker.
Since his appearance in 'Civil War', Spider-Man was already well integrated into the Disney MCU. In his movies, Iron Man's appearances made sure he never rocked completely independently, but that integration takes it a step further with this movie: Doctor Strange is not a mere secondary father figure like Tony Stark was, but a character. that he will continue in his own film with what is proposed here ... at the very least. We don't know how important the Multiverse will be in Marvel's future, but the truth is that Spider-Man's actions have never so strongly impacted the rest of the MCU.
Without going into more spoilers than those seen on the posters and trailers, from the moment in which the film resorts to villains from the previous sagas of the character, such as Doctor Octopus or the Green Goblin, there are already nods to the cinematographic past of Spider-Man that will appeal to more experienced fans. It is clear that the homages to the classics (even if they are recent) are still key to attract the fan public, and 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' has it very much in mind.
So far, Holland's Spider-Man had hardly any dramatic online moments, but perhaps as the culmination of an initial trilogy in style, Sony has believed that a little more dramatic packaging was needed to, perhaps, connect that Spider-Man ingredient. with its two precedents. We put aside the discussion about whether that decision is creatively correct or actually smooths the rough edges of this installment, but it has quite possibly turned the incarnation of Holland, in front of the general public, into a more affordable, traditional and comfortable hero.
Findings from the two previous Spider-Man installments are Reformulated here to make it clear the continuity with its two stupendous precedents: from the dynamism in the fights to the chemistry between Peter, MJ and Ned, passing through the aesthetics of suits and powers, this third film by Tom Holland pays tribute to its precedents with other interpreters, but without forgetting what his new actor has built for himself. A way of claiming a saga that depends on the MCU and at the same time has its own peculiarities.
Despite the success of this installment, some concern has to reign in Marvel. Attempts to prolong the mythology beyond the characters of the MCU's first decade of life, such as 'Eternals' and 'Shang-Chi', have not yielded overwhelming results, and whoever regains the pulse of the box office is a hero with three independent films behind him and numerous appearances in this shared universe. It's clear audiences wanted a return to what they've been consuming during the first three phases of the MCU.