After months of rumors and plenty of red herrings, the official title for what many have been calling Spider-Man 3 has been officially announced: Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Sony Pictures unveiled the title through a video on their Twitter account today, starring the film’s stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon. Yesterday, all these actors posted fake titles for Spider-Man 3 to their Instagram accounts, including Spider-Man: Phone Home, Spider-Man: Home-Wrecker, and Spider-Man: Home Slice.
But in the video, Holland is seen leaving the office of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts, saying that Watts has given Holland a fake title for the upcoming third movie. When Holland asks why Watts would keep doing that, Zendaya and Batalon say it’s because Holland accidentally revealed the title for the last film. As they say this, the three walk by a whiteboard with several different name options, but with Spider-Man: No Way Home at the center, the clear winner.
Certainly, many will be pouring over details on this whiteboard, looking for clues as to what we can expect in this newly-titled Spider-Man 3. There are what looks to be several compounds hidden throughout the board, amongst the aborted titles. Some of these fake titles include Home Alone, Stay At Home, and Homeschooled – which is crossed out with a note saying “Aunt May Says NO.”
But there’s still plenty to be curious about when it comes to the new title for Spider-Man 3. Spider-Man: Homecoming seemed to be titled that due to Peter Parker finding himself worthy of becoming one of the Avengers, while Spider-Man: Far From Home was given that title due to Parker going on a European field trip. The big question that arises in this title is why is there “No Way Home” for Peter Parker?
The answer might be problems with the burgeoning multiverse. Kevin Feige has said that Spider-Man 3 – when it was being called by that title – was the middle of an unofficial trilogy that includes WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Considering WandaVision has seemingly played with the multiverse already, with the appearance of Evan Peters as Quicksilver, and with Doctor Strange 2 having “multiverse” right there in the name, it seems to make sense that the multiverse is what connects these three stories together.
But not only does Spider-Man 3’s new title or Kevin Feige’s vague hints support this, so does the casting. Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Doctor Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and considering Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are being released only three months apart from each other, there will likely be some connective tissue between the two. Not only this, but Alfred Molina is reprising his Spider-Man 2 role of Doctor Octopus, while Jamie Foxx is returning as Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Yet with all the rumors about the multiverse, Tom Holland promises that we won’t see the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Men.
With Spider-Man 3 now titled Spider-Man: No Way Home, we are finally starting to get new details about this project from the studio. We will have to see why Peter Parker can’t find a way home when the third Spider-Man comes out at Christmas 2021.