“Spider-Man: No Way Home” Rerelease Review


The new movie includes past Spider-Man’s Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

Jerry Hu, Staff Writer

“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time, was rereleased in theaters this month. While demand for the rerelease is nowhere up to par with its original release, fans are still flocking to theaters to watch extended scenes of the movie. 

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is the second installment of the new Spider-Man following “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” both starring Tom Holland. The movie centers around a distraught Peter Parker after his true identity is revealed. The film includes many mashups of different characters from the Marvel Universe, including Doctor Strange, who takes on the role of helping Parker cover up his identity again. 

Parker’s journey with Doctor Strange eventually brings out past MCU villains from the Spider-Man trilogies. But more surprising was the reappearance of the two past Spider-Mans played by Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The three reunite and team up to fight against their respective villains. Eventually, Parker grows and learns valuable lessons of responsibility through the alternate versions of himself.

Featuring 11 minutes of deleted scenes, the movie flows more naturally, and the new elements add a fresh touch to the film. More specifically, the most apparent additions to the film were dialogues between the three Spider-Mans before their final fight. In addition, the post-credit scene was changed, emphasizing Dr. Strange’s spell that made Parker’s identity completely invisible. Parker’s legacy is lost forever, and it also foreshadows another movie in the future. 

The rerelease also came as fans celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first-ever Spider-Man comic which launched in August of 1962. The extended footage was better received than past releases, such as “Avengers: Endgame,” which only had six minutes of deleted scenes. 

Though the overall experience was great for Spider-Man fans, the rerelease failed to replicate the same excitement everyone experienced while watching the movie for the first time and thus, is not recommended. Especially for people who have watched the movie multiple times, like me, it does not have a sufficient amount of extra footage to significantly alter the viewer experience. The majority of the new scenes were unnoticeable and unfortunately did not significantly enhance the film. With all the excitement gone, the film-watching experience is relatively bland for the audience.