“Spider-Man: No Way Home” Becomes Highest Grossing Film of 2021 While Setting Up Confirmed Sequel

By Lexie Kauffman ‘22

Tom Holland took on the mantle of the beloved Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Since then, Holland has starred in two Avengers movies as well as a trilogy of his own.

On December 16, 2021, Spider-Man: No Way Home concluded Holland’s “Homecoming Trilogy.” Spider-Man: No Way Home was highly anticipated by fans, with many rumors circulating for years in advance (see A Live Action Spider-Verse Movie Possibly in the Works at Marvel and Sony from October 2020). 

The anticipation for the film paid off for Marvel and Sony as Spider-Man: No Way Home became the highest grossing film of 2021. The fan reaction has exceeded expectations, many claiming “No Way Home” to be the best Marvel movie yet. Some fans have put out public pleas for Oscar consideration. 

As the fans bask in the movie and the creators enjoy their success, the question of a sequel has already been raised. To the fans’ excitement, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Amy Pascal, the chairperson of Sony, have already confirmed a sequel for Holland’s Peter Parker is in the works. 

“We’re actively beginning to develop where the story heads next,” Feige announces. “Which I only say outright because I don’t want fans to go through any separation trauma like what happened after “Far From Home” [the previous Spider-Man movie, in 2019]. That will not be occurring this time.”

The separation trauma that Feige references is the infighting between Sony and Marvel experienced in 2020. Spider-Man: No Way Home owes its existence to the compromise between the two companies. Thankfully for fans, everything worked out between the two companies and there is a future of many more shared projects. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters now and will be available on DVD and Digital in March 2022.

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