Spider-Man: No Way Home Writer Says A Lot Of Great Moments Got Cut

Spider-Man: No Way Home Writer Says A Lot Of Great Moments Got Cut

Spider-Man: No Way Home writer Erik Sommers says they had to cut a lot of great moments from the film that weren’t in service of Peter Parker’s story.

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home screenwriter Erik Sommers says a lot of great moments were cut. He and his collaborator, Chris McKenna, have penned all three installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man trilogy from 2017’s Homecoming to the recently released No Way Home. Tom Holland’s third solo outing as the web-slinging superhero not only shattered box office records set during the pandemic but had one of the biggest openings of all time right behind its MCU peer, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

The main reason No Way Home has been able to attract such a large crowd is because it is one of the most ambitious crossover events in cinematic history. In the wake of Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) botched spell, five villains from past Spider-Man franchises make their way into the MCU: Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church). Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men also show up at an opportune time as Holland’s Peter is in despair after the loss of his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei).

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In a recent interview with Discussing Film, No Way Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers discussed how they were able to juggle all the film’s multiversal crossovers. The key, according to Sommers, was to make sure it remained a Spider-Man movie at heart, meaning every decision had to be made in the service of telling Peter Parker’s story. Unfortunately, this came at the expense of a lot of great character moments being cut from the film. Read what Sommers had to say below:

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.


Peter Parker with MJ and Ned in Spider-Man No Way Home.

It’s unclear if these moments Sommers is referring to were stricken from early versions of the script or were filmed and left on the cutting room floor. If it’s the latter, this is surely another reason for fans to get excited for the bonus features and deleted scenes that will be included with No Way Home‘s digital and Blu-Ray release in a few months. Until then, fans can take in the various moments that did make the final cut.

With No Way Home, writers McKenna and Sommers pulled off the impressive feat of bringing three generations of Spider-Man together in one movie, while largely avoiding fan service and giving each character their own individual arcs. Not only were they tasked with handling the multiverse storylines, but continuing the returning characters’ stories, such as Zendaya’s MJ, Jacob Batalon’s Ned, and more, all in a 2-and-a-half hour runtime. While Spider-Man: No Way Home could have easily become a mess, the writers kept it intact by making sure Holland’s Spidey was the focus.

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Source: Discussing Film

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