It isn’t often that a film series goes on and gets stronger. Over the past 15 years there have been 9 Spider-Man films and 3 actors who have played the lead character – Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and now, Tom Holland. Yet here they have come up with a clever twist on the usual superhero films. A different kind of telling of the tale of good versus evil.
Peter’s stress level goes off the scale when his real identity is revealed to everyone. Everyone knows he is Spider-Man. There is nowhere to hide. Plus newscaster J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons – Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Being the Ricardos) has turned everyone against Spider-Man. The only person Peter can turn to for help is Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch – August Osage County, Star Trek: Into Darkness).
Doctor Strange does what, well, Dr. Strange does and comes up with a spell to solve Peter’s (Tom Holland – Avengers: End Game, The Lost City of Z) problems. Only problem is that the spell goes wrong and the multiverse is shattered. Suddenly there are three Spider-Mans and, even worse, plenty of terrible villains are brought into this one.
Not only do you get the usual cool special effects that are typical of the genre but a fun trio of Spider-Mans, lots of humour and even emotions. Tom Holland is great as Spider-Man/Peter Parker. He is well-rounded in handling the timing of the laughs, has great chemistry with Zendaya and is able to convey the emotions of the part.
More about the excellent cast – Benedict Cumberbatch shows that he is the perfect choice as Doctor Strange. He has the right combo of dry British humour and serious demeanour. Then there is Willem Dafoe, who really puts a lot of scary into his villain character, Norman Osborn/Green Goblin.
This is the final part of a Spider-Man trilogy and the conclusion is a satisfying one. It really is like a love letter to all Spider-Man fans. A bittersweet ending as it was such a good film you just want the series to go on.
-Deleted & Extended Scenes
-Bloopers & Gag Reel
-Alternate Reality Easter Eggs
-A Multiverse of Miscreants