Many fantastic sequences were removed from Spider-Man: No Way Home, according to screenwriter Erik Sommers.
From 2017’s Homecoming to the recently released No Way Home, he and his collaborator Chris McKenna wrote all three chapters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Tom Holland’s third solo appearance as the web-slinging superhero not only shattered box office records set during the pandemic, but it also had one of the greatest opening weekends of all time, directly behind Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Great Spider-Man: No Way Home Moments
The fact that No Way Home is one of the most ambitious crossover events in cinematic history has helped it draw such a big audience. Five villains from previous Spider-Man franchises find their way into the MCU in the wake of Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) botched spell: Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and Sandman (Rhys Ifans) (Thomas Haden Church).
The Spider-Men, played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, also appear at an opportune time, as Holland’s Peter is distraught by the loss of his Aunt May. (Marisa Tomei).
No Way Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers described how they were able to juggle all of the film’s multiversal crossovers in a recent interview with Discussing Film. According to Sommers, the objective was to keep it a Spider-Man movie at heart, which meant that every decision had to be made with Peter Parker’s tale in mind. Unfortunately, this came at the cost of the film losing a lot of fantastic character moments.
Take a look at what Sommers had to say in the following paragraphs:
At the end of the day, it’s a Spider-Man movie – you have to be telling the story of Peter Parker, and everything has to be in service of that. So there were a lot of painful decisions made, you know, we would have loved to have done this and that and “Oh, wouldn’t be great if these two villains could do this!” But it has to be in service of Peter’s journey, and you have to keep things moving. There were definitely a lot of what we call “little darlings” – little moments and things that you really just love – but sometimes you have to let them go.
It’s unclear whether the scenes Sommers is referring to were removed from the original draft of the script or were filmed and then abandoned.
If it’s the latter, fans will certainly be awaiting the special features and deleted scenes that will be included with No Way Home’s digital and Blu-Ray releases in the coming months. Fans can enjoy the different moments that did make the final cut till then.