A ChucksConnection Film Review


Zendaya wears black high top Converse “Chuck Taylor” All Stars in the film.


Spider-Man: No Way Home

by Marcus Angulo

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Zendaya wears black high top chucks in this film for the third time as MJ Watson.


Spider-Man is one of the greatest super heroes of all-time, and one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. He made his film debut twenty yers ago in Spider-Man, and seven films later it has all led to the third installment of his MCU story: Spider-Man No Way Home. The film stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Tony Revolori, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire. It was released on December 13th, 2021 and has grossed over $1.8 billion since.

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MJ is NOT a fan of swinging.

Immediately following the conclusion of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker (Holland) and his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya) have to escape a mob of people after Peter’s secret identity is revealed to the world by Mysterio. He returns home to his Aunt May (Tomei) and is soon taken into custody by the Department of Damage Control. The DODC interrogate them but ultimately drop the charges against Peter after Peter gets some help from lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). However, Peter’s identity is still no longer a secret, which not only ruins his public life, but also ruins his, MJ, and Ned’s (Batalon) chances at getting into MIT. Seeing no other way to get his life back and save his friend’s futures, Peter turn to Doctor Strange (Cumberbatch) for mystical help. Strange casts a spell that would make everyone forget Parker is Spider-Man, but it is corrupted when Parker repeatedly requests alterations to let his loved ones retain their memories. Strange contains the spell to stop it and makes Parker leave.


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At least they have each other.


While trying to convince MIT to give his friends and him a second chance at admission, Peter is attacked by Dr. Octopus (Molina) and the Green Goblin (Dafoe). Strange brings Peter and Octavious back to the Sanctum Santorum and explains that when Peter messed with the spell it opened up the multiverse and villains who know Peter Parker is Spider-Man started coming to theirs. Strange has already locked up the Lizard, and task Peter and his friends with finding and capturing the others so they can be sent to their home dimensions. They soon locate Electro (Foxx) and the Sandman, and find a confused Norman Osborn at the FEAST shelter where May works. He’s split off from his Goblin personality and seems harmless for now. Upon talking to all the villains, Peter learned that they all die fighting Spider-Man. Strange prepares to reverse the contained spell and send the villains back to their respective universes, but Parker argues that they should first cure the villains' powers and insanity to prevent their deaths upon their return. Peter steals the spell, traps Strange in the Mirro Dimension, and takes the villains to Happy Hogan’s (Favreau) apartment to try and cure them. They’re able to cure Octavious but before the rest can be cured, the Goblin takes over Norman once more. After fighting Peter throughout the apartment complex, he kills Aunt May, but not before she tells him that “with great power, there must also come great responsibility.” Ned and MJ try to find Peter, but instead find alternate versions of him. First, the Amazing Spider-Man (Garfield) and then the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (Maguire). They all find this universe’s Peter and console him over the loss of his Aunt. Peter 1, Peter 2, and Peter 3 then team up to take on all the villains in one last epic battle to not only beat them, but also save them from themselves.

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Spidey and MJ take off from the mob of people.

This film is the culmination of twenty years of Spidey films, and acts as a celebration of the character and his rich history. This is less a movie and more a love letter to Spider-Man which creates an incredible experience for any fan of the character. There are references and easter eggs laden throughout this movie that fans of the wall-crawler will love finding. There are also incredibly satisfying moments with Peter 2 and Peter 3 that are great continuations of their stories and make their appearances feel like so much more than cameos. The inclusion of the not quite Sinister Six also feels earned and they all pose a unique threat to Spidey in this film. Tom Holland really turns in an incredible performance as Peter and really makes you feel for the incredible struggle he goes through in this movie. Zendaya and Jacob Batalon are amazing as MJ and Ned and really tether Spidey to reality. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield steal the scenes they’re in and Garfield especially really gets a chance to redeem his Peter Parker. Willem Dafoe is the standout villain of the bunch as he is absolutely unhinged as the Green Goblin. This film was a cinematic event in every sense of the word and the perfect cap to twenty years of Spider-Man films.

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Best Chucks Scene

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MJ gets to come through the window like Spidey.


The best chucks scene comes in the chaos that is the film’s opening minutes. After Peter’s identity is revealed, he and MJ race back to his place to hide out from the public. They arrive through a window while Aunt May is breaking up with Happy Hogan. May and Happy hear them come through the window and walk in on Peter trying to get out of his Spider suit. A one take then commences over the next few minutes as Peter and MJ try to keep the news of his identity being revealed from May. MJ runs around the apartment in her black chucks closing the door from peering neighbors and talking to May as this was the first time they met. MJ has always been her own person and her chucks are a big part of her identity. She’s worn them in all three films of this franchise and they show her individuality. They’re also a way for Zendaya to inject her own sense of style into a character she’s made all her own, as she’s always been a chucks wearer.

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MJ does her best to give them some privacy from everyone who now knows Peter is Spidey.

Spider-Man: No Way Home. (2021)Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Tony Revolori, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire. Directed by Jon Watts.
Categories: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction.
3 chucks rating MPAA Rating: PG-13


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