Spider-Man: No Way Home – now in cinemas worldwide – sends Peter Parker/Tom Holland’s Spider-Man on his craziest single-player adventure yet, as he takes on returning villains from five other films of Spider-Man. But what about its future? Holland hemmed and hauled, and others who gave concrete information tried to back up on their comments. The ending of No Way Home leaves Parker on a clean slate, and the credits scenes tell us nothing new about Holland’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That said, the mid-credits scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home sets up a new face-off if Spidey returns. There’s only one scene to be fair, the No Way Home post-credits scene is a trailer.
Warning: major spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Proceed at your own risk.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Ending, Explained
After curing all of Spider-Man’s past villains, the MCU’s Peter Parker (Holland) discovers that Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is struggling to hold their universe together. As Parker approaches him, Strange warns him that he cannot hold the fort any longer and other threats from all other dimensions begin to filter through. Parker then wonders if things would go back to normal if Strange were to use the original spell: make everybody forget Peter Parker. Strange says that would be the case but asks him if he is sure. After Parker nods, Strange tells him to say goodbye as he is running out of time.
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Parker first descends to have a final chat with the other Peter Parkers, played by Tobey Maguire (from the Spider-Man trilogy) and Andrew Garfield (from both The Amazing Spider-Man films). He thanks for their help, before walking away to see his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya) and best friend Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), where he breaks the bad news. They are about to forget that he ever existed. MJ tells her he loves her, but before Parker can respond, she tells him to tell her when he sees her again. Ned makes Parker promise he’ll fix things.
As Strange’s spell is about to kick in, Parker walks away – I wonder what would happen if he stood right in front of their faces as they forgot about him. The visiting Peter Parkers vanish into thin air and are transported to their own world. Villains Cured – Dr. Norman Osborn/Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Dr. Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Flint Marko/Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Curt Connors/Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and Max Dillon/ Electro (Jamie Foxx) – follow them.
A few days or weeks later, Parker visits the cafe where MJ worked, with a little note he prepared. After he enters, Ned follows him right after but walks past him. Parker orders a coffee then listens to their conversation while Ned congratulates MJ on his acceptance to MIT. As MJ returns with her coffee, Parker congratulates her on MIT – and they have an exchange over MJ’s oft-repeated line (“If you expect disappointment, you can never be disappointed.”) MJ is surprised at see that this stranger knows it.
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Parker tries to bring up the subject, but then reconsiders probably because he sees how much better MJ’s life is now. He turns around and leaves the cafe, breaking the promise he made to MJ and Ned. Soon after, Parker moves into a small, new apartment, then walks around New York City at Christmas in a new costume he appears to have designed for himself.
Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Mid-Credits Scene, Explained
Mid-Credits Scene in Spider-Man: No Way Home Finds Eddie Brock/Venom (Tom Hardy) – de Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage – wearing a Mexican hat and drinking at a bar. He talks to the bartender (Cristo Fernández, from Ted Lasso) who told him about the types of superheroes and villains that exist in the MCU. It’s mind-blowing for Brock (a flying billionaire in a tin suit? A purple alien who likes rocks?).
Brock then wonders if they – Venom always speaks in a “we” persona – maybe should visit this Spider-Man in New York. The Spider-Man: No Way Home mid-credits scene ties into the Venom: Let There Be Carnage mid-credits scene, where Brock was seemingly transported into the MCU and learned Parker’s true identity on the news. His teleportation into the MCU makes a little more sense after seeing Spider-Man: No Way Home – it’s thanks to this weird spell.
Although it makes no sense why Brock is really here. After all, he doesn’t know any Peter Parker? It’s not something we were told in the Venom movies. Anyway, back to the mid-credits scene from Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The bartender wants Brock to settle the bill before he leaves for New York in search of Spider-Man, but before that can happen, Strange’s second spell since the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home enters. in game – sending Brock back to his universe. Well, not all of him, it seems, as the camera trains on a little black goo that was left behind. What is the logic to this now? Why does a piece of Venom remain?
Truth be told, it’s a purely cynical motive for Sony Pictures to have Holland and Hardy meet in the next Venom or Spider-Man movie – or cast someone else as Venom in the MCU. . Maybe it will be that bartender, who knows.
Spider-Man: No Way Home post-credits scene
It’s new to the MCU, at least to my memory. The post-credits scene for Spider-Man: No Way Home isn’t a scene, but rather an early trailer for the upcoming Marvel film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, directed by Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen. Guess it’ll be live soon, but until then, here’s what happens in the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer.
It starts with Strange’s words earlier in Spider-Man: No Way Home about how woefully little we know about the multiverse. We then see Strange visit Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Olsen) who has been into farming, it seems, since the days of WandaVision. He asks her what she knows about the multiverse. There’s plenty of action, Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) getting married as Strange watches, and first looks at America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) and mentor-turned-enemy Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor)’s new hairstyle.
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But easily the biggest reveal – and this will be a SPOILER for those who like going to movies completely in the dark – is what appears to be the main villain: another Doctor Strange (Cumberbatch), from elsewhere in the multiverse that I understand. He looks a bit like this Doctor Strange Supreme we met in the Disney+ animated series What if…?
The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer — or the Spider-Man: No Way Home post-credits scene, depending on how you see it — ends by saying, “Doctor Strange will return.”
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in India in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released on May 6, 2022 in cinemas worldwide.