23 details from the ‘Spider-Man’ movies and the MCU you should remember before watching ‘No Way Home’

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Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has a lot of things to worry about in ‘No Way Home.’ Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures, composite by Kirsten Acuna/Insider
  • “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is in theaters on December 17, with early showings the day before.
  • Since villains from previous franchises are back, you’ll probably want to rewatch every Spidey film.
  • If you can’t rewatch all seven live-action movies and “Venom 2,” here’s what you should know.

Everyone knows Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
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Spider-Man almost let’s out an expletive at the end of ‘Far From Home’ when his identity is revealed. Columbia Pictures
At the end of 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” a fake video is leaked to the Daily Bugle that makes it look like Spidey killed Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) using Stark technology. 

Mysterio then reveals Spider-Man’s true identity as Peter Parker to the world.

This kicks off the events of “No Way Home” in which Peter tries to get Doctor Strange to cast a spell to make people forget he’s the web-slinging hero. 

Yes, this presents a problem for Peter since people think he murdered Mysterio, but it’s something they should easily be able to fix since Peter’s Spidey suit captures first-person footage and would prove Mysterio’s lying.

But maybe it won’t be that simple.

Disney+’s “Loki” finale wrecked the multiverse.
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The multiverse branches off into multiple realities in the ‘Loki’ finale. Marvel Studios
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “sacred timeline” was compromised at the end of “Loki.” As a result, the show ended with over 60 alternate realities starting to branch off from the main one we’ve followed since the MCU began.

By the episode’s end, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) returned back to the TVA (Time Variance Authority), but it wasn’t the one he knew. According to the show’s head writer Kate Herron, Loki was sent back to a “very different” reality than the one where he existed all season.

With that in mind, it’s possible the “Loki” season finale may have ripple effects across the rest of the MCU, resulting in some alternate Spider-Man realities converging. That may explain why we’re seeing villains like Doc Ock and Electro from other Spider-Man films in “No Way Home.” Doctor Strange’s spell that goes awry in the trailer may be a red herring.

Venom may be in Spidey’s universe now.
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A news report from the end of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ started playing out on a TV in ‘Venom 2.’ Marvel, Sony Pictures
If you’ve seen “Venom 2,” then you know the film’s end-credits scene teases an impending showdown (or maybe a friendly meeting) between Venom and Spidey.

In the scene, Venom and Eddie are hanging out in a shabby-looking hotel room. All of a sudden, their surroundings change and transform into a swanky hotel room. It’s unclear what just happened, but the two see the scene from the end of “Far From Home” play out on TV where Spider-Man’s identity is revealed. 

Since the room change occurs before Peter asks Strange to perform a spell, this may be one of the many calamitous consequences of the “Loki” finale. Is Venom now in Spidey’s universe? It sure seems that way. “No Way Home” may confirm it for sure if he shows up.

Ned and Betty were a thing in “Far From Home.”
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Betty and Ned started dating briefly after sitting next to each other on a flight to Europe for a school trip. Marvel Studios/Columbia Pictures
The two were dating during their European excursion in “Far From Home.” 

Though the pair broke up, they remained good friends. This may be worth remembering since Betty Brant is now interning for J. Jonah Jameson’s Daily Bugle in “No Way Home.” Since Jameson seemingly has it out for Spidey/Peter Parker, Brant’s involvement with the Bugle may put him in danger.

Aunt May and Happy are dating… depending on who you ask.
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Aunt May and Happy aren’t on the same page about their relationship at the end of ‘Far From Home.’ Marvel Studios/Columbia Pictures
May and Happy appear to have a hidden romance going on throughout “Far From Home.”

When Peter finally interrogates the two about it at the film’s end, Happy says they’re dating, but May simply refers to it as a “summer fling” (ouch) before backtracking a little and saying they’re an on-and-off thing.

We know Happy is back in “No Way Home.” We’ll likely see if they chose to continue dating or are staying just friends in the sequel.

Someone purchased Avengers tower.
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A new hero or villain likely purchased the tower. Marvel
On the second episode of “Hawkeye,” Clint Barton mentions that someone bought the Avengers tower. Some prevailing thoughts have been that it could be Norman Osborn, Reed Richards (the eventual leader of the Fantastic Four now that Disney can use that character), or Daredevil and Spidey villain, Kingpin.

In an interview with Comicbook.com, Tom Holland said he has the answer, saying, “I do know who bought Avengers Tower!” He didn’t say anything else, though.

If Holland knows, perhaps we’ll finally learn the answer in “No Way Home.”

Peter’s original suit has a bunch of cool tech like instant kill mode, taser webs, and web grenades.
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Some of Peter’s many suit capabilities. Peter finally activated instant kill mode in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Marvel Studios/Columbia Pictures
If Peter’s other suits have similar abilities, some of those modes may come in handy when fighting villains like Electro and the Green Goblin who will return in “No Way Home.” After all, in “Homecoming,” we learned Peter has 576 possible web shooter combinations. We have to see some more of those, right?

Another tool, the Baby Monitor Protocol keeps recordings of everything Peter sees as Spider-Man, another useful tool that may prove helpful. At the least, it really should help prove his innocence against Mysterio.

Michael Keaton’s Vulture is still out there.
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Adrian Toomes was in jail the last time we saw him in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ Marvel Studios/Columbia Pictures
Adrian Toomes, the villain from 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” is still in jail and already knew Spider-Man’s true identity. 

Unlike some others, he doesn’t seem to be out to get Peter (for now, anyway). By the end of “Homecoming,” he has a great respect for Peter after saving the lives of him and his daughter, Liz, who was Peter’s former love interest.

She moved to Oregon when Toomes was sent to prison. But who’s to say the Vulture doesn’t make it out of prison in “No Way Home?” 

If not, we know Vulture will at least make a comeback in next year’s “Morbius” film featuring Jared Leto as the film’s titular vampire antihero.

Spider-Man is useless in the suburbs.
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One of the funniest scenes of ‘Homecoming’ is when Spider-Man realizes he can’t swing without high buildings. Marvel Studios/Columbia Pictures
It’s easy to take for granted, but without those tall city skyscrapers, it’s a bit tough for the web-slinger to get around as seen when Peter was running through the suburbs in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

If Peter finds himself lost outside of NYC in “No Way Home,” as is teased in a current sponsored car ad for the film, he could have a tough time.

Donald Glover played an important minor character, Aaron Davis.
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Aaron Davis is the uncle of Miles Morales, another version of Spider-Man. Marvel Studios/Columbia Pictures
In the comics, Davis becomes a villain named the Prowler. More importantly, Prowler is the uncle to a boy named Miles Morales who happens to become a different version of Spider-Man in the comics and who is featured in Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

If by some chance we see a version of his Spidey on-screen, don’t be surprised.

Flash seems to be having a family crisis, which may be a hint at a larger role for him down the line.
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Did you notice Flash’s text? Marvel Studios/Columbia Pictures
In “Far From Home,” there’s a small subplot involving Peter Parker’s classmate Flash Thompson you may have missed where the teen can’t get in touch with his parents throughout the film.

Why hasn’t Flash heard from his parents in days and why are we being shown this? In the comics, Flash Thompson becomes a version of Venom. 

A theory fans have discussed is that Thompson’s mother may have been working with Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) who was leading experiments on the different Venom symbiotes in Sony’s “Venom.” We don’t know the professions of Thompson’s parents, but we know they’re wealthy. 

It seems like there’s already a lot going on in “No Way Home,” but a connection between Carlton Drake and Flash’s parents would help make a natural bridge between Sony’s “Spidey” trilogy and “Venom” films at some point, maybe even in an end-credits scene.

Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man couldn’t save Gwen Stacy from dying.
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and Zendaya as MJ in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home.'
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Zendaya as MJ in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures
Her death happened at the end of 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” when she tragically fell in a clock tower and Spider-Man was a moment too slow to break her fall.

That may be important to remember.

In the second trailer for “No Way Home,” fans thought MJ’s fall resembled Gwen’s. A prevailing theory is that Tom Holland’s Spidey may fail to save her. Instead, Garfield’s Spider-Man could swoop in and rescue her, sparing Holland’s Spidey the heartbreak and loss he felt after losing Gwen and to help bring himself closure.

The Goblin died at the end of 2002’s “Spider-Man” when he was impaled by his own glider.
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Norman Osborn’s back in ‘No Way Home’ even though we saw him die in 2002’s ‘Spider-Man.’ Columbia Pictures
Willem Dafoe reprises his role as Norman Osborn/The Goblin in “No Way Home.” 

That may be a bit confusing since we saw him die on-screen at the end of 2002’s “Spider-Man.”

It’s not clear yet whether or not we’re seeing the same version of Dafoe’s villain from an earlier point of “Spider-Man” or a different incarnation of the character since other Tobey Maguire villains from later in the franchise after Norman’s death are also in “No Way Home.”

During an event for the film’s official trailer debut, which Insider attended, Tom Holland said he accidentally bumped into Dafoe the first time he met him, unaware it was the star.

The last time we saw Doc Ock in 2004’s “Spider-Man 2,” the neural inhibitor chip gets destroyed.
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A chip in the back of Octavius’ head allowed him to control the tentacles. Columbia Pictures
The chip is supposed to prevent the tentacles from taking control of and influencing Octavius’ brain.

Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) died at the end of the 2004 movie, sacrificing himself into a river to save New York City, when he was no longer controlled by his own AI. 

In the “No Way Home” trailer, it’s unclear if that’s still the case. He’s fighting Peter. Is another inhibitor chip made? Or is this Doc Ock acting of his own volition?

Earlier this year, Molina told Variety his character’s story will pick up from “that moment” in the river. So maybe his Doc won’t be all bad.

At the end of “Spider-Man 2,” he told the tentacles to listen to him moving forward.

It’s also worth remembering that Doc Ock has “nanowires” that go directly into his cerebellum, allowing him to use the tentacle arms.
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Doc Ock’s ‘nanowires’ may interact with nanotech we know from Stark technology. Columbia Pictures
“Nanowires feed directly into my cerebellum allowing me to use these arms to control fusion reaction,” Doc Ock tells a group of reporters in “Spider-Man 2.” 

In a “No Way Home” trailer, it looks like Doc Ock absorbs some of Spidey’s (Tom Holland) nanotech from his Spidey suit to change the color of his tentacles. 

Tobey Maguire’s J. Jonah Jameson is aware of Doctor Strange’s existence.
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Doctor Strange apparently existed in ‘Spider-Man 2.’ Columbia Pictures, composite by Kirsten Acuna/Insider
In “Spider-Man 2,” while coming up with a villain name for Otto Octavius, Doctor Strange is mentioned and quickly dismissed because Jameson says the name’s already taken. It will be cool to see if that’s acknowledged at all in “No Way Home.”
The last time we saw the Lizard (aka Dr. Connors), he had changed back from being a reptile.
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This is the Doctor Connors we’ll likely see return in ‘No Way Home.’ Columbia Pictures
At the end of Andrew Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Dr. Connors started turning back into his human form, saving Spider-Man, and realizing his wrongdoings. 

In “No Way Home,” he’s still reptilian and fighting alongside Electro and Sandman. It’s unclear from what period of time we’re seeing Connors in the new film.

There was also a Dr. Connors in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man movies.
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Dylan Baker played the first version of Dr. Connors. We never saw him transform on screen. Columbia Pictures
Though it’s likely we’re seeing the “Amazing Spider-Man 2” version of the character, it’s worth mentioning that Dylan Baker played another version of Dr. Connors in Tobey Maguire’s “Spider-Man” trilogy since we’ll be seeing villains from Maguire’s trilogy as well in “No Way Home.”

In the 2004 film, Dr. Connors is Parker’s professor and a friend of Otto Octavius before he becomes Doc Ock.

The Rhino made an appearance at the end of 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
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We only saw the Rhino at the end of the 2014 movie. Columbia Pictures
Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man went up against Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti) at the end of the 2014 film. Because we never received the third film in the franchise, we only got a tease of the classic Spidey villain. Could we finally see Giamatti back as Rhino?

Since “No Way Home” currently has five Spider-Man foes, many are wondering if we’ll see a sixth member to round out the Sinister Six, a group of well-known Spidey villains with a rotating roster.

Electro seemingly died in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
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The old Electro vs. the new one. Are we even looking at the same version of Electro? This new one seems to be using Stark tech. Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios
Jamie Foxx is reprising his role in “No Way Home,” but with a totally new look. 

Is this the same version of the character from before he was seemingly killed at the end of “The Amazing Spider-Man” or does his new gold look with, what appears to be a Tony Stark arc reactor, symbolize a variant of the character from another dimension?

The Sandman knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man and was the person who shot Uncle Ben in the first Tobey Maguire film.
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Peter Parker forgave the Sandman for killing his uncle. Columbia Pictures
At the end of 2007’s “Spider-Man 3,” Sandman has a heart-to-heart with Peter, revealing he shot Uncle Ben in the 2002 film in an accident when he was startled.

Parker forgives him and the Sandman leaves him in peace.

Clearly, the Sandman is fighting against Tom Holland’s Spidey in the new film. We could be seeing Sandman before he makes his peace with Maguire’s version of Spider-Man or he could simply be fighting to try and find a way back home to his daughter.

Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man was in a bit of a rocky patch with Mary Jane the last time we saw them.
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MJ and Peter Parker reunite at the very end of ‘Spider-Man 3,’ but they’re not engaged. Columbia Pictures
The last time we saw Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man on-screen, he started making amends with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) after kissing Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard). (Not OK!)

If Maguire’s Spider-Man shows up in “No Way Home,” will we get an update on his relationship status with MJ? He originally intended to propose to her in “Spider-Man 3.”

Realistically, there’s a chance MJ may not be aware that Peter is Spider-Man if this version if Doc Ock is still alive and is bad. Mary Jane only learned Peter was Spider-Man because Doc Ock kidnapped her and she saw Peter’s face during the battle as he saved her life.

Spider-Man could probably really use a father figure right now.
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Tom Holland’s Peter Parker looked up to Tony Stark, who died at the end of ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Marvel Studios/Columbia Pictures
Tony not only saw Peter as his mentee, but also as a son. The death of Tony hit Peter really hard and now that the entire world knows he’s Spider-Man, he doesn’t have “Mr. Stark” (as he’d fondly refer to him) to turn to for help.

Sure, Doctor Strange is in NYC, but the overly confident Avenger with a massive ego doesn’t exactly scream approachable-father-figure.

In “Far From Home,” he then tried to find a mentor in Quentin Beck/Mysterio and that clearly didn’t go well. It seems like Happy’s his go-to paternal figure at the moment, but he looks to be in danger in the “No Way Home” trailers.

In “No Way Home,” Peter may be looking for someone to look up to who could give him some friendly pointers on loss and the true responsibility of being Spider-Man.

As fun of a Spidey Tom Holland’s character is, in his first two solo outings, he has admitted to messing up and making a big mistake that he needs to rectify, leaning on others (Iron Man and Happy) to often help him out of trouble. He can’t do that forever.