As December 17 approaches, Spider-Man fans can hardly contain their excitement about the upcoming third edition of Tom Holland’s version of the famous web-slinger. Fan theories have been flying faster than the hero himself since the film was first announced in June. Despite the increased attention from the press and fans, many details remain a hopeful mystery, but the release of the second trailer on November 16 confirmed much of what had been speculated from the first.
For starters, the first trailer covered the basis for the likely plot of the third installment. After Peter’s identity is revealed to the world in Mysterio’s final deceptive move, he enlists the help of the master manipulator of time himself, Doctor Strange. In Strange’s attempt to erase knowledge of Spider-Man’s identity from everyone’s mind, Peter begins to understand the weight and consequences of the spell. His doubts alter the fate and this error opens the multiverse. While the rest of the trailer is chaotic and full of clues and implications, there isn’t much more confirmed.
Arguably, the biggest confirmations in the second trailer had to be the appearance of more classic Spider-Man villains that fans theorized and hoped to see on screen. The most exciting part of this reveal is that it confirms that some beloved villains from other versions of the Spider-Man films will be featured in the film. The Green Goblin and Sandman both showed their faces in the new trailer alongside Doc Oct, who appeared at the end of the premiere. The three served as adversaries in each of Tobey Maguire’s three film versions. To add to the excitement of fans, the three villains appeared to be played by their original cast: Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Thomas Haden Church. Two other original actors, Jamie Foxx and Rhys Ifans, will also reprise their roles from Andrew Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” films as Electro and Lizard.
Some shots in this trailer also seemed to reference or mirror some of the scenes from other versions of the film. Most notable was MJ falling through the air as Peter rushed towards her in a strangely similar fashion to Garfield’s Spider-Man with his love interest, Gwen Stacey, in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. Some theorists point to the advisability in this scene for Garfield to dive. Hopefully Holland’s Peter has better timing in his rescue attempt.
While there was no physical appearance of other Spider-Men in the trailer, fans were quick to point out points in the trailer where heavy changes appeared to have been applied. One version of the trailer released by the Sony Pictures Brazil account includes a clip that is one second longer than the US version, which strongly resembles a character that has been deleted. Whether Maguire and Garfield will reprise the beloved role of Spider-Man remains the most discussed mystery surrounding the upcoming film. Due to the excitement surrounding the theories, it would be a big disappointment if just one sympathetic neighborhood superhero ended up being in the movie.
Plot-wise, the second trailer revealed more of an emotional inner conflict with Peter when he learned that all of the villains who have entered the multiverse are destined to die at the hands of Spider-Man. The multiverse itself opens almost limitless doors as to which direction the story could go.
Known for his long history of accidentally messing up major details, Holland seems to have finally received the proper training in the matter. His responses to the press remain emotional but vague. It looks like fans won’t be getting any spoils from the star this time around.
All Holland could promise fans of the feature films, “the coolest scene ever,” which is more than enough to keep fans on their toes.