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Spider-Man: No Way Home marks the third installment for the web-slinger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It marks the 27th MCU entry, but is also a part of Phase Four. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic initially delayed production, and Sony and Marvel didn’t make any announcements regarding a trailer. As a result, fans were concerned that the film’s release date may get pushed into 2022. After the trailer suddenly leaked on social media on Aug. 22, the studios tried to pull down any traces of it. However, Sony and Marvel would end up posting it on Aug. 23.

The ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ trailer is finally here

Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) outed Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) identity to the world at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home. The sequel’s trailer introduces how it has changed his life. Law enforcement is questioning him regarding the terror attacks and the public has deemed him an enemy. However, MJ (Zendaya), Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) still support him.

Peter comes into contact with Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). He seeks his help to use a spell to reset things, so that the world forgets that he’s Spider-Man. As a result, the spell causes absolute chaos. The trailer ends with teasing the return of the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films. The different Spider-Man iterations are finally all colliding within the multiverse.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ has already made history

Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'
Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch | Matt Kennedy / Sony Pictures and Marvel

Sony Pictures announced in a press release that the trailer has already broken two global records. The hype surrounding the web-slinger’s newest movie is a huge factor in the trailer’s massive success. It’s possible that holding onto the trailer resulted in an even bigger turn-out.

The press release reads: “The teaser trailer broke the 24-hour all-time record for most global views with 355.5 million trailer views, eclipsing the previous record holder, Avengers: Endgame, which drove 289 million views.”

This is more than twice what Spider-Man: Far From Home achieved with its 135 million views at the 24-hour mark.

Sony continued: “Globally, the teaser trailer generated the largest 24-hour social media conversation volume of all-time with 4.5 million mentions.”

The trailer passed Avengers: Endgame‘s 1.94 million mentions with 2.91 million mentions within 24 hours. Spider-Man: No Way Home beat the MCU epic film in social media mentions within 12 hours.

Phase Four has only further expanded upon the MCU’s scope and scale. Bringing characters from the other Spider-Man movies ramped up the excitement that fans had. The tease of Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin received huge reactions from fans around the world.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and its theatrical release


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The press release confirmed that “Spider-Man: No Way Home will debut exclusively in movie theaters on December 17, 2021.” Therefore, release date concerns should be settled. The trailer and press release display a commitment to meeting the release date. Hopefully the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t interfere.

Spider-Man: Far From Home currently remains to be Columbia Pictures’ highest-grossing movie ever. It brought in over $1.13 billion globally. Sony and Marvel realize the stakes with the amount of hype surrounding Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, if any film will drive audiences back to theater seats, it’s this one.