We’ve been catching up on previous Spider-Man movies, rewatching Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man franchises to refresh our Spidey memories.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) makes its debut THIS WEEK in cinemas, and it seems to be the most eagerly-awaited MCU movie yet.
Now, the first critic reviews are in and the movie has soared to the top of Rotten Tomatoes.
The official trailer for Jon Watts’ No Way Home broke the internet last month, with the upcoming movie seeming to be the most anticipated movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Avengers: Endgame (2019).
With the appearance of characters like Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man franchises in the trailer, fans believe that Peter Parker actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will be appearing alongside Tom Holland in No Way Home.
After a lengthy dispute, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige did not show the two Spider-Man stars in the official trailer for the upcoming MCU movie, so it is yet to be known if we’ll all be cheering in the cinema this week.
With only 3 days to go before Jon Watts returns with the third solo outing for the famous Marvel web-slinger following his successful Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the first screening of the movie has seen some amazing reviews.
And yes, this article is spoiler-free!
After 47 reviews on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, Kevin Feige’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is sitting at an overwhelmingly positive 100% “Certified Fresh”.
Does this mean the new Marvel Studios movie lives up to its incredible hype? The current 100% status means Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently the highest rated MCU web-slinger film, as Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) has 92% and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) has 90%.
It must be noted that this review score doesn’t take audience reviews into account yet, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie debuts later this week in cinemas for the public.
Back in November, Marvel’s recent movie Eternals (2021) had many positive critic reviews before becoming the first MCU movie to hold a “Rotten” score on the review website. So don’t expect No Way Home to keep its perfect score for long.
Eternals currently sits at 47% on Rotten Tomatoes and is the worst scored movie in MCU history. So far, all three Spider-Men movies sit inside the top 10, with all three gaining more than a 90% score.
Following the worldwide premiere in Los Angeles on Monday, during which Benedict Cumberbatch was seen running from security, Rotten Tomatoes critics have been full of praise for Tom Holland’s new Spider-Man outing in the MCU.
Kirsten Acuna of The Insider commenting the ambition of Tom Holland’s new movie, writing:
“Easily a film you’ll want to watch again, “No Way Home” is a ride I never wanted to end. It’s a marvel that something this ambitious came together.”
Rachel Leishman, writing for The Mary Sue, put it simply when she said:
“No Way Home understands Spider-Man fans like no other Spider-Man film before it.”
And Pete Hammond of Deadline Hollywood Daily compared No Way Home to the “best movies”, with his comment about cheering in a theatre resonating with Avengers: Endgame fans:
“This movie does what the best movies always do: They thrill you and move you and make you want to cheer in a crowded theatre.”
Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s 100% perfect score puts it on top of the MCU’s all-time list on Rotten Tomatoes. Currently, Black Panther (2018) sits in second at 96%, Endgame is at 94%, and Robert Downey Jr.’s first outing as Iron Man (2008) is at 94%.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Spider-Man Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), The Avengers (2012), Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), and Spider-Man: Far from Home complete the top 10.
More on Spider-Man: No Way Home
Spider-Man: No Way Home will feature Benedict Cumberbatch in his fan-favorite role as Doctor Strange, alongside Zendaya (MJ), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), and Jon Favreau (Harold “Happy Hogan), in a Multiversal series of events. The Multiverse was first seen in the MCU in the Disney+ series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston, and most recently in What If…?.
Joining Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Do you have tickets for No Way Home this week? What are your theories?