New Spider-Man Concept Art Proves We Were Robbed of a Perfect No Way Home Scene
Fans could have had a nice trip down memory lane, revisiting the most iconic moments from the previous films.
- No Way Home reestablished the hero's status quo within the MCU and finally distanced Peter from Tony Stark's legacy
- An epic scene in which Spider-Man and Doctor Strange travel through the key events of the previous films was planned
- It would also have featured one of the most tragic moments in Spider-Man movie history
Spider-Man: No Way Home, released in 2021, served as an epic conclusion (at least for now) to the MCU trilogy starring Tom Holland as the titular iconic hero.
It wrapped up Peter Parker's departure from Tony Stark's legacy, which he had relied on heavily and which had sparked debate among some fans who felt the latest live-action version of the hero lacked his own identity, being a mere Iron Man sidekick.
The webslinger's third solo film within the MCU restored the status quo, returning Peter to his classic starting point as a friendly neighborhood hero without the high-tech gadgets and hefty sums inherited from his millionaire mentor.
It was also a crossover of unprecedented proportions, fulfilling what many fans had dreamed of for years by featuring both previous live-action versions of the character, portrayed by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, along with the respective villains from those cult films.
However, it seems that it could have been even more ambitious than what we eventually got, as judging by the recently shared concept art for the film by Phil Saunders, it could have featured not only characters from different universes, but the other familiar worlds as well.
According to the artist's descriptions, we could have seen Spider-Man and Doctor Strange fight over the source of the reality-bending spell, revisiting several key scenes from previous films.
The first piece of art takes us back to the wrestling ring from 2002's Spider-Man, the very moment this version of the superhero was born.
Right after Peter wins the match, he gets screwed by the organizers, which leads to him letting a robber who stole from them escape, indirectly causing the death of Ben Parker, which was a pivotal event for him to start fighting crime.
The next one shows Mr. Ditkovitch and his daughter Ursula, who appeared in the second and third Sam Raimi films about the hero, and were very memorable as the grumpy landlord was at the center of many hilarious scenes.
The art also shows us the iconic train fight with Doctor Octopus, which remains one of the greatest action scenes in all of the Spider-Man films.
Making Fans Relive The Trauma
Then it takes us into Andrew Garfield's universe, specifically the final battle with the Lizard atop the Oscorp Tower at the end of 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man.
It also looks like the scene was meant to make fans relive arguably the most harrowing moment in Spider-Man movie history, as one of the images shows the familiar clock tower where Gwen Stacy met her end in the sequel's climax.
Although No Way Home was already one of the few truly great installments in the MCU after Avengers: Endgame, such a trip down memory lane could have made it even better.
Sadly, the idea was scrapped early on, according to Phil Saunders, and the callbacks to previous films were reduced to the familiar characters reappearing.
For now, the future of Spider-Man within the MCU remains rather murky, with no official announcements made in the nearly two years since the film's release.
Source: Phil Saunders on ArtStation