Spider-Man No Way Home is packed with crowd pleasing surprises while Tom Holland & Zendaya's chemistry sizzles


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DOES the new Spider-Man movie live up to the excitement which has generated record advanced ticket sales?

In what could be Tom Holland’s final outing as the web-slinging hero, Peter Parker makes the schoolboy error of trying to change the past.

Having been outed as Spider-Man at the end of the previous movie he asks his old pal Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to mess with the cosmic timeline so that no one remembers his true identity.

This creates a rift in the continuum (or something like that) and suddenly he’s faced with a whole raft of baddies from other Spider-Man series.

That might be a disaster for the fictional version of New York that Peter lives in, but for the rest of us it's a path of amazing possibilities.

Willem Dafoe returns as Green Goblin, undoubtedly the best Spider-Man nemesis, the brilliant Alfred Molina is back as Doctor Octopus and Jamie Foxx gets a second shot at Electro.

Plus there are many crowd pleasing surprises which I can’t mention without spoiling the movie.

There’s a reason why advanced tickets for No Way Home have outsold those of No Time To Die and that’s the desire to see this Marvel movie before anyone gives away the twists.

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There’s a bit too much Spidey-nostalgia for my critic-senses, but you’ve got to admire the producers for being brave enough to bring back Foxx from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. 

If there was one film you’d want to erase from all memory it’s that one.

It is Holland’s chemistry with Zendaya, as his nonchalant love interest MJ, and his pal Ned (Jacob Batalon) that makes this trilogy work, rather than the gimmicks.

Casual viewers who haven't seen the previous Spider-Man films will be lost trying to follow No Way Home’s plot and won’t get the meta jokes.

But for superhero fans it will be hard to forget.

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