The long-awaited trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home spends a lot of time confirming many of the juiciest rumors about the third chapter in the latest run at the Spidey saga. Namely, this entry intends to bring previous iterations of Spider-Man back into the mix, re-introducing classic bad guys from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man duology. In a case of magical hubris gone awry, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, decked in his coziest winter clothes) botches a spell, the multiverse streams intersect and IP from the past leaps to the present.
We see hints of Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin from the first Spider-Man movie and sharp-eyed fans have theorized a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it tease of Rhys Ifan’s Lizard from the first Amazing Spider-Man. But the main event (so far) is Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, one of the finest super villain portrayals of all time.
Spider-fans know that one of Spidey’s biggest headaches is the Sinister Six, a rotating cast of Peter Parker’s worst enemies who team up in sixes to take New York City’s stickiest superhero down. There are still a few mystery slots to be filled here (could we see Thomas Hayden Church’s Sandman? Paul Giamatti’s Rhino?) but it does seem like Spider-Man’s gonna be gearing up for the fight of his life. To that end, he made need some help, and where enemies of past franchises lurk, can heroes like Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield be far behind? We’ll just have to see in December.