Villains Of Our Time: Spiderman No Way Home Review




For many of us, the Spider-Man we grew up watching was played by Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield. Maybe our parents showed those movies to us, we saw them in theaters, or perhaps they just showed up on TV. The Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies have the most iconic villains with the most memorable performances. With all sorts of villains from Doctor Octopus to Green Goblin, both the Maguire and Garfield Spider-Man movies changed the villains they got from their comics, with Sandman or The Lizard being the closest to their comic designs. But designs aren’t what make the villain, the character is. 

The villains in the newest Marvel installment are nothing short of a continuation of where they were left off when we were young. With the return of so many villains, each brings something unique to the party. There was such sincerity in how the actor for Doctor Octopus, Alfred Molina, presented his performance that you could sympathize with the character as you watch this scientist go mad in pursuit of his goal and develop seething anger for Spider-Man in the second Maguire movie. He brings back that same driven performance, adding another level of watch value to the newest installment.

William Dafoe, the actor for the Green Goblin, brought back the energetic insanity that helped him make his mark in the original Maguire movie and turned it up to eleven. The character is incredibly enjoyable and almost cathartic to watch because of how well he presents the malicious instability, and how intensely the inner battle still burns between the Green Goblin and the character of Norman Osborn. Mr. Electro brings more humor to this movie than he did the second Garfield movie, with the same desire to be seen and feel powerful carried over.

Played by Thomas Hayden Church,  Mr. Sandman gave a very emotional and heartfelt performance in the third Maguire movie. He wanted what was best for his family and really just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Going into Far From Home, he brought more humor since we already knew his origin story. Overall, the villains in Far From Home brought their best, whether it be just as good as the stellar performance they gave in their original movies or a step up from the performance they left off with.

With the return of these classic villains, it’s a love letter to Spider-Man fans everywhere. If you grew up with Spider-Man as many did, this movie grabs you by childhood and doesn’t let go. They are a perfect way to bridge the gap of generations, and this film just ties them together with a neat little bow. Going into the announcement of the movie, very few expected it to include the same villains and their original actors. If you haven’t seen the Maguire or Garfield movies, those are a fantastic place to start if you want to experience the joyride of references this movie takes you on. I love the sweeping homage Spider-Man: No Way Home was to the original films, and if you share that nostalgia, you likely will too.