No way home: Why advance bookings crashed sites

If dodging a spoiler was easy for a fanatic, if the anticipation of watching the first-day first show of their favourite movie series wasn’t so mind-boggling, then Spider-Man: No Way Home wouldn’t be crashing sites and breaking ticket booking records. 

Yes, the holiday season has showered Marvel fans with a load of enthusiasm, and the reason of course is, Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Crossing the biggest wave of bookings since Avengers: Endgame, crashing the sites for advance bookings and PVR selling out more than 50,000 tickets in India in three hours, No Way Home is all set to release on December 16, 2021. Bringing these chills to you is a hope that this movie is going to be the highlight for you this year.

Amid the pandemic, Marvel fans witnessed the release of new movies like Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings and Eternals and lauded them for their story. However, watching Tom Holland as Spider-Man yet again will undoubtedly be a spine chilling experience.

Even though it is a Marvel movie and people do not want spoilers, there are a few more reasons why No way Home has broken all ticket booking records.

Let’s go back in time to see everything that brought this wave of exhilaration

1) It all began with Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire was the first man that was watched as the face of Spider-Man, in the movie Spider-Man (2002). The audience was in complete awe of this actor from the beginning. The love and connection people had with him were inevitable, for he was the original Spider-Man. Not just his performance, but the storyline also impacted the audience in a way that this character (Spider-Man) became a superhero. Maguire was in two other Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007) which hooked the audience just as the first movie did.


Still from Spider-Man, source: SONY


Every superhero movie is boring if it doesn’t want to make you kill the villain right?! So obviously, the audience became fans because of the villains as well. Starting from the Green Goblin in the first movie, moving to Dr Otto Octavius (a.k.a Dr Octopus) in the second one and ending at Sandman and Venom in the third film, all these villains became the face of evil.

(But why are we talking about the villains? Have patience, don’t skip the dinner to jump on the dessert dear readers.)

2) A new face, a new story

After the ginormous success of the first three films, director Marc Webb leapt at risk when he deciphered to create a whole new Spider-Man story. This time, there was curiosity among the fans as to what new were they going to see. Their speculations faded after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) starring Andrew Garfield. The super-hero was the same, but the story and face weren’t. This time, the origin of Spider-Man was different from the first Spider-Man movie. Not only this, due to the ten-year gap in the release of both movies, the origin of Spider-Man in this movie was technology headed, adding logical explanations to the story. However, even though the movie had a good viewership, their reaction to it was quite neutral. It was a neither happy nor sad situation for the audience, which led to the making of The Amazing Spider-man 2, for this risk was affordable for the filmmakers.


Still from Amazing Spider-Man, source: SONY


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) received a good enough appreciation from the audience. The storyline was good and the villains introduced in the story were appreciated as well. Electro was introduced as the first villain and Rhino was the second one, who was seen only for a short period. The movie also witnessed an old villain, Green Goblin who wasn’t liked very much in this part. However, this made the story good enough to be watchable, but what led people to sympathize with Andrew’s character in the movie?

Well, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) the female lead of the movie dies even after Peter tries all in his power to rescue her. This incident created a sense of sorrow in the audience creating a bond with Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man.

Unfortunately, for Garfield, the third movie didn’t go into making due to the right issues of Sony and Marvel. So, the efforts of creating a relationship with the audience went down the drains and people, somewhat chose not to see Garfield as the face of Spider-Man.

3) Marvel took the rights and presented Tom Holland 

In 2016, after the Marvel cinematic universe was all set, Tom Holland was seen in Captain America: Civil War as Spider-Man. Another face and altogether a different premise. Marvel’s Unique Selling Point (USP) was top-notch, as instead of introducing the character in a different movie, they blended Holland as an existing character in the film. The audience who were already awestruck with Avengers easily accepted the character to be the new face.

In 2017, Spider-Man: homecoming was the first film that starred Tom Holland individually. Although the character and the movie might have been based on him since Marvel had the rights now, they mingled his story with Marvels. Without wasting time in showing his origin, they made a storyline that contributed something valuable to Marvel and people. This became a strong point for Holland as the audience was compelled to watch him now. Other solid tactics used by Marvel.


Still from Homecoming, source: MARVEL studios


Despite the above reasoning, Marvel used its trump card to leave no stones unturned. Iron Man.

Homecoming shows a father-son like relationship between Tony Stark and Peter Parker. The affection that Tony had for Parker touched the audience. After Thanos snapped his fingers in Avenger: Infinity War and made half of the world disappear including Peter, a mourning Stark was the last thing people wanted to see, which grew their affection towards Peter even more.


Still for Homecoming and Endgame, source: MARVEL studios


In 2019, during the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, the return of Peter Parker among those who disappeared created a wave of happiness in the audience. However, this didn’t last long, for Stark sacrificed himself to save others. This incident broke Parker, the scene was so impactful that every fan cried for Tony’s death and also for Peter’s loss. 

In the same year, Spider-Man: Far From Home was released, which created a huge curiosity among people as to what happened to Parker after Tony died. The storyline covers how Parker tries to manage without Stark and eventually succeeds in beating Mysterio, the villain. The story, however, doesn’t end here. It turned out that Mysterio revealed Parker’s identity to a journalist who spreads the news like fire among the people, presenting him in the bad light. This journalist always had a major problem with Spider-Man. How so? The first movie had this same journalist who fought tooth and nail to destroy Spider-Man’s image and he got his chance in, Far From Home. 

4) What does this information have to do with No Way Home? 

Well, the wait finally ends. The trailer of No Way Home created a lot of speculations, hopes and enthusiasm amongst the audience. The story will continue from where it ended. After Peter’s identity is revealed, the people ought to think of him as the bad guy, so naturally, he to Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to ask him to use the time stone and go back to the time where his identity was unknown. Despite Strange’s warning of a hazard taking place, he still decided to choose to go back in time.

Those who have watched the trailer are aware that nothing of that sort happened. People still knew who Spider-Man was and there was no travelling back. However, the hazard that Strange talked about did take place. A multiverse was formed due to the miss happening of Strange’s magic. As a result of this, all the villains from Spider-Man 1 to Amazing Spider-Man 2 came together. 

Fan theories suggest that if the movie has all the villains, it might have all the Spider-Mans in one movie as well. The suspense and curiosity have been so high that no one wants to delay a single minute after the movie releases. The wait for the viewers is almost over as No Way Home is almost there, you Marvel fans.

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