Spider-Man: No Way Home Ending Explained: A Mature Choice By Peter

Spider Man No Way Home Ending

Spider-Man: No Way Home has garnered the amount of success that was unexpected during the pandemic times. It certainly carried the biggest hype this year promising the return of some big names to pick up the superhero suits again. It lived up to the same and explained a concept that would have been confusing to the audience. But the way Marvel executed it, it was all smooth in one go. In case you are still lost, here we are taking a look at Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s ending, and the future that lies for the franchise ahead.

To understand the same, we will break down the basic plot summary of the film and how the idea of the multiverse came into effect. The reason or more accurately mistake Peter did by approaching Doctor Strange to brainwash the entire world. The one that saw things going wrong to such an extent where threats from a completely different universe came walking to this and it was up to Spider-Man & Doctor Strange to handle it.

Spoilers Ahead

Spider-Man: No Way Home Plot Summary

Spider-Man: No Way Home picks up moments after the second movie in the Homecoming Trilogy, as in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Mysterio exposed Spider-Man’s identity as Peter Parker to the world. The city went into chaos for the web-slinging superhero. While some still saw him as a hero, some saw him as a murderer for killing Mysterio who now has painted himself a picture as a hero in this situation.

The identity reveal was already affecting Peter Parker with lawsuits against him for killing Mysterio. While the returning Matt Murdock, as in Daredevil was taking care of the law side of things. At the same time, the chaos heavily affected every other person who knew Peter Parker’s secret identity. For example, Peter’s friends MJ and Ned, who were rejected by MIT just because they knew Spider-Man. Meanwhile, occasional protests and ambushes at Parker’s house were some of the other things to look at.

Plot Summary of Spider-Man: No Way Home
From The Official Trailer Of Spider-Man: No Way Home Featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange

The fact that Peter hurt so many people at the same time didn’t fit well with him. This took him to Doctor Strange who with his magic could help him. Doctor Strange wasn’t a Sorceror Supreme anymore but he was ready to help Peter Parker with a spell that Wong, warned him about.

Doctor Strange decided to cast a powerful spell that will make everyone forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Things went sideways with Peter wanting at least some people to know his identity. This resulted in a blunder and Doctor Strange had to contain the spell. The moment Strange found out that Peter didn’t even plead the case of not getting his friends to MIT. Then came straight to him to brainwash the entire universe, he threw him out of Sanctum Sanctorum.

The simple way Strange suggested Peter worked later but by that time damage was done. Peter was fighting Doctor Otto Octavius and had a glimpse of Green Goblin. Both of the individuals certainly weren’t from this universe. At least Doctor Octavius was looking for a different Peter. Until Doctor Strange came to rescue Peter and Octavius.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Ending Explained: The Individuals Who Came From Other Universe Here

Doctor Strange explained to Peter that the spell did go wrong when he was trying to. Now the spell works in a way where every other person from other countless universes who know Peter Parker is coming here. This included Doctor Otto Octavius, Lizard as in Dr. Kurt Connors, and also Electro as in Max Dillon, Sandman as in Flint Marko, and Green Goblin as in Norman Osborne who Peter comes across later.

Who crossed over in Spider-Man: No Way Home?
From From The Official Trailer Of Spider-Man: No Way Home Featuring Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus, Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin and Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon / Electro

Peter’s job was to bring all of them to Sanctum Sanctorum. Doctor Strange will individually send them back to their respective universes. Things took a different turn when Otto Octavius revealed the fate of Norman Osborn in his universe. This also led Doctor Strange to reveal that every other individual present from another universe in front of their eyes dies at the hands of Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man. So basically, they were sending them to a universe where they may perish and won’t exist.

Peter on his side doesn’t want them to have a cruel end like this. He believed everyone deserves a second chance after talking to them. This led to an ultimate battle between Doctor Strange and Spider-Man in the mirror dimension. Spider-Man in a way managed to defeat Doctor Strange with a little help from maths. He not only brought the contained spell back but also Strange’s sling ring so that Strange couldn’t interfere until he figures everything out.

Peter’s Drive To Help Costed Him

Peter was staying at Happy’s and had advanced technology from Stark Industries to help him in this process, if not Magic. He brought every one of them home. Norman Osborne who is more of a scientist himself wanted to help too. Peter managed to turn things for Doctor Otto Octavius who wasn’t in control of his tentacles anymore. In his respective universe, the tentacles were the reason he had lost control and became evil before Spider-Man helped him to realize his mistakes. But it was too late and Doctor Otto Octavius had to sacrifice himself.

Peter Wanting To Save Everyone
From From The Official Trailer Of Spider-Man: No Way Home Featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man

Peter was opting to use the same for everyone. Until his Spider-senses told him something different. This saw the turn of Norman Osborn who was pretending all the time. In fact, his alter ego Green Goblin had taken over his mind and was manipulating everyone. He encouraged the other villains to be Gods and go out and take over this new world they have in front of their eyes with the better version of themselves.

This saw all the villains going rogue except Doctor Otto Octavius who just go cured. A battle ensued with every one of them escaping. As Green Goblin left, he took a shot at the struggling Peter which saw his Aunt May getting hurt. Peter believed his wish to help and save everyone came at a huge price with Aunt May hurt. Aunt May comforted and inspired him as she took a final breath in Peter’s arms.

Promising Returns

Peter went off the radar as Ned and MJ were not able to contact him. After the events that took place at Happy’s house, they were certainly worried. Ned decided to use Doctor Strange’s Sling Ring. He wanted to use it for a while as he believes his family has a history with magic. With the help of the Sling Ring, they do find Peter but a Peter from another universe. Two Peters (yes we are talking about Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire‘s versions) from the different universes come to aid. Even they were brought to this universe with that spell along with their enemies.

Tobey and Andrew's Promising Return As Spider-Man
From From The Official Trailer Of Spider-Man: No Way Home Featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man

To avoid confusion we are just going to call them Holland’s Spider-Man, Andrew’s Spider-Man, and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man. The Peters knew the place they would go when they lost someone they loved. This helped them find Holland’s Peter who just lost his Aunt May. Both of them resonated with what Peter was going through. Even Andrew’s Spider-Man lost Gwen Stacy, who was his MJ while Tobey’s Spider-Man had lost Uncle Ben.

The trio of Spider-Men came together and agreed with the idea that if they are going send every villain back to their universes. Then they are going to make sure they get another chance at life to be good. This saw them working together to create cures for each of them. Holland’s Peter somewhere still had the drive to take revenge from Green Goblin for killing May. But Tobey’s Peter somewhere made sure Holland’s Peter doesn’t let his emotions take over his mind.

The Final Battle & Peter’s Ultimate Decision

The plan was to lure every other villain looking for Peter Parker and inject them with their respective cures. Then send them all off to their respective universe. Things got a little messy as Peter’s tried to coordinate. But they figured it out and took most of the villains out. Ned was trying to get hold of his magic which he was failing to. Luckily, it brought Doctor Strange back who was surprised how things have turned out since the last time he was here.

The Ending Battle of Spider-Man No Way Home
From From The Official Trailer Of Spider-Man: No Way Home Featuring The Final Battle Between Spider-Man and Electro, Lizard and Sandman

All the villains were down except Green Goblin who came attacking in the end. Holland’s Peter wanted to kill him right away but he decided to cure him instead. The version of Norman Osborne after being cured was quite surprising. Meanwhile, with everyone almost present in the scenario, Doctor Strange tried to close the multiverse as the spell was breaking. Things got a little messy but if Peter decides to let the spell go the simple way. That is to let everyone forget that he was Peter, a mature choice that would work.

So, this is what Doctor Strange decided to aim for as Peter went to say his final goodbyes to Peters, Ned, and especially MJ. He promised his friends he will remind them. Strange went on to cast the spell and every person who crossed over to this universe was sent back to their own. Also, the world once again forgot that Peter Parker is Spider-Man.

The Aftermath Of Doctor Strange’s Spell

Peter paid a visit to MJ and Ned who don’t know him anymore. He wanted to remind them but they were going to MIT. The university they dreamed of. Last time, only because they knew Peter Parker is Spider-Man, their life came falling. He doesn’t want them to go through that again. So he decided to walk away for now.

Peter paid a visit to Aunt May’s grave to also meet Happy. Even he doesn’t recognize Peter anymore. From now on, Peter was on his own with no one backing him up. He can’t use the Stark-Tech anymore. Living on rent, he may work, go to college and fight crime at night with his new self-designed suit. Much like his comic-book counterpart, Peter Parker was completely your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man now.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Mid-Credits Scene Explained – Is Venom In MCU?

The mid-credits scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home opens up at a bar. Eddie Brock and Venom from Sony’s Universe Of Marvel Characters are getting an understanding of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Who are the Avengers? Who is Thanos? How he erased the population of half of the universe for five years. A bartender is helping him understand all the events that took place. Until Eddie and Venom disappear. This suggests that this scene took place the same time Doctor Strange sent everyone back.

The only takeaway from this entire scene is the fact that Venom left a small piece of him behind. Of course, Venom had already claimed that symbiotes have been traveling through spaces and the universe for 80 billion years in the Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage Post-credit scene. So he had to make sure to stay in this new universe he was discovering. We are not sure if he entirely stayed here or left just a small piece of his or probably another offspring of his or something like that. Since Venom 3 could be coming, we are counting Venom to be there for his universe as well.

Venom In Spider-Man no Way Home Mid-Credit
From The Post-Credits Scene Of Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage

There is another theory surrounding that this Venom is from Sam Raimi’s trilogy of Spider-Man. As Venom said, he has been traveling to universes. So, there is a chance that this Venom is the same one we saw in Spider-Man 3 that took over Topher Grace’s Eddie Brock. Especially with the fact that the characters crossing over were only present because they knew one or another form of Peter Parker from some universe.

Talking about the universes, things are a little confusing at this point. Sony’s Morbius also happens to be in Venom’s universe and at the same time in MCU that makes us scratch our brains. We may only have the answer to this mess through watching Morbius and Venom 3 if it’s happening. Doctor Strange: Multiverse Of Madness might have a good answer for this as we move to our Post-credit scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Post-Credits Scene Explained – Doctor Strange: Multiverse Of Madness Glimpse

The post-credits scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home was not actually a scene. It was more than that and gave us a lot about Doctor Strange: Multiverse Of Madness. The next movie on the schedule of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four. The post-credit scene opened up with the words we heard coming from the mouth of Doctor Strange himself in Spider-Man: No Way Home. It clearly states that Multiverse is a concept way beyond our understanding and what we know.

What we see in the trailer is Doctor Strange and Wong struggling to keep the universe intact. They are certainly facing a threat far more stronger than Sorceror Supreme. This sees Strange taking help from Wanda. In the Disney+ show Wanda Vision, Agatha claimed, because of Wanda’s Chaos magic she is far stronger than a Sorceror Supreme. Lastly, we see the America Chavez/Miss America being part of the trailer as well. She will have her introduction to MCU with Xochitl Gomez filling in the shoes for the same role.

Spider-Man: No Way home Post-Credits scene in ending
From The Official Trailer Of Spider-Man: No Way Home Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange

The main takeaway of the post-credit scene is the evil version of Doctor Strange we see. He has quite a resemblance with Doctor Strange Supreme from the Disney+ series What If? but we are yet to find more about him. He might end up being the main antagonist that Doctor Strange, Wanda, and Miss America are fighting. Apart from him, we also saw the return of Mordo who was teased to be a villain moving on for the next Doctor Strange franchise but doesn’t seem to be the main focus here in the trailer yet.

Everything happening in Doctor Strange: Multiverse Of Madness might have to do with the number of times Avengers or the characters from MCU have meddled with reality. We are not sure where it all began, probably 2012’s Loki failing to stop Sylvie who was killing He Who Remains in the Disney+ series Loki is the reason. After all, He Who Remains is the one who maintained the continuity of each universe.

Then we saw Doctor Strange using Time Stone to meddle with time to defeat Dormamu in 2016’s Doctor Strange. Avengers went back in time to retrieve the infinity stones and restore the population of their universe. Captain America decided to stay in the past. Now Spider-Man changed the outcomes of individuals from the different universes. This all sees the multiverse in the mess that may trigger the events of Doctor Strange Multiverse Of Madness.

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