Warning: This article contains full spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home! If you’re just curious whether the sequel has any post-credits scenes, the answer is yes. As with most MCU movies, there’s a mid-credits scene and an end-credits scene, both of which tease major developments to come for Marvel Studios.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home is a real treasure trove for Spidey fans, bringing back a number of fan-favorite heroes and villains and capping off Peter Parker’s MCU journey so far. A lot has changed for our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, and not necessarily for the better.
Did the finale of No Way Home leave you scratching your head? Are you confused as to how Peter’s restored secret identity works or whether Spider-Man is still an Avenger? Let’s break down exactly what happened and why Spider-Man’s MCU future will be very different from what we’ve seen up until now.
No Way Home Ending Explained: How Does Doctor Strange’s Spell Work?
No Way Home ends on a pretty bleak note for an MCU movie. Having successfully dealt with the invading multiverse villains and bid farewell to Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men, Spidey successfully enlists Doctor Strange’s help in making the world forget his secret identity. However, there’s a pivotal catch. The world remembers Spider-Man, but no one seems to have any memory of Peter Parker. That includes his two closest friends, Ned and MJ.
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This worldwide mind-wipe is reminiscent of how Marvel Comics restored Spidey’s secret identity in the aftermath of 2006’s Civil War comic. In that case, Doctor Strange, Mister Fantastic and Iron Man collaborated on a hybrid magical spell/technological machine that made everyone in the world forget who’s under the mask. But the key difference is that, in the comics, no one was made to forget Peter’s existence, just that he foolishly outed himself as a superhero at an internationally televised press conference.
Peter had to go to extreme lengths to undo this mistake in the comics. Art by Steve McNiven. (Image Credit: Marvel)
But in the MCU it seems Peter Parker has basically become a nonentity. Peter even reneges on his promise to reintroduce himself to Ned and MJ, deciding his friends are better off no longer being caught up in Spider-Man’s drama. He’s now entirely alone in the world, which is a pretty depressing way to end a superhero movie, if we’re being frank.
The question that will no doubt be explored in future Spider-Man movies is what Peter does with this “gift.” Does he devote himself fully to becoming Spider-Man? Does he try to rebuild his private life, even having lost Aunt May and becoming a stranger to Ned and MJ? Is this where other iconic supporting characters like Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy will come into play? Is there still a place for Ned, MJ, Flash Thompson and Peter’s other lost friends? We’ll find out in Spider-Man 4.
Is Spider-Man Still an Avenger?
If the entire world has forgotten Peter Parker’s existence, what does that mean for his connections to the Avengers (or whatever shell of the team even exists post-Endgame)? Based on what we know of the effects of Strange’s spell, the world still remembers Spider-Man’s past exploits. The Avengers will remember fighting alongside Spidey in Infinity War and Endgame, but they no longer remember who was underneath the mask.
Essentially, Spider-Man’s history as an Avenger remains intact, but the team would have no way of contacting him in the event of another emergency. The ball is entirely in Peter’s court as to whether he still wants to serve alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. That may play into his future MCU character arc. Does he try to go it alone, or does he open himself up to new allies again?
This outcome may even be a case of Sony and Disney hedging their bets regarding Spider-Man’s cinematic future. Spidey nearly exited the MCU after the release of Far From Home, and at one point No Way Home almost followed a completely different plot as a result. The two companies are clearly on much better terms now, but this ending could theoretically have been used to justify Spider-Man’s sudden disappearance from the larger MCU. Let’s just hope that never becomes necessary.
The Avengers will remember fighting alongside Spidey in Infinity War and Endgame, but they no longer remember who was underneath the mask.
Spider-Man’s New Status Quo
Whether you view this giant mind-wipe as a happy or depressing ending to the current Spider-Man trilogy, it’s clear No Way Home is setting up a new status quo for Holland’s Peter Parker going forward. The MCU seems to be veering in a more comic book-inspired direction here.
Previously, Holland’s Spider-Man has always stood out for being different from the classical Spidey. He’s never really been the struggling, blue-collar hero who hides his double life from Aunt May and pays the bills with photos of Spider-Man. This version has instead been portrayed as the heir apparent to Tony Stark, with plenty of high-tech tools and the support of powerful allies in the Avengers. But by choosing anonymity, Peter has basically abandoned that destiny in favor of going it alone.
Future Spider-Man movies in the MCU may start to draw more heavily from the classic Amazing Spider-Man stories of the ’70s and ’80s, a time when Peter was juggling his superhero adventures, his college career and his chaotic romantic life. We may see