Mysterio’s actions have massive repercussions in Spider-Man: No Way Home. But how did the unmasking of Peter Parker affect those close to him?
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home, currently playing in theaters.
Spider-Man: Far From Home was a fun adventure in Europe with Spider-Man (Tom Holland) where he faced off against Mysterio, becoming a hero in the process. However, Peter’s life was quickly turned upside down when Mysterio’s final act revealed Spider-Man’s secret identity to the world. So what was supposed to be the start of a relaxing summer break quickly got out of hand. But how did this affect those close to Peter as well?
In Spider-Man: No Path HomeIt wasn’t long before the Damage Control Department knocked on Peter’s door. Following Mysterio’s final act, he was taken away and questioned by authorities. But when Peter was questioned, so were his friends and family. For months after the ordeal, the consequences of his actions continued to haunt him and his family before Peter saw Doctor Strange.
It is Peter Parker who suffers the most from the effects of Mysterio’s plan. Not only is his identity revealed to the public, but all of his livelihood and safety outside of the mask are in jeopardy throughout. No way home. While he has his fair share of followers, some believe Mysterio is claiming Peter Parker is a killer. This leads to her and Aunt May’s apartment throwing bricks and paint on her upgraded costume. The revelation also prevents her from having a normal high school life and inevitably prevents her from going to college. As Spider-Man, he also needs to be more diligent about collateral damage so as not to suffer serious consequences from his fights.
Although Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) never actively assisted Spider-Man in his superhero activities, she tolerated it. This is shown by appearing at PARTY gatherings and wrapping his costume in Far from home. But in doing so, she ends up risking a heavy charge of endangering children in No way home. Given that Spider-Man is shown to have killed Mysterio, Aunt May could also be held responsible in some capacity since she is his sole keeper. This forces her to live with Happy and uproot her life to protect her and Peter.
Mr. J. Watson
Once apprehended, MJ (Zendaya) is very aware of her legal rights and refuses to speak to anyone without a lawyer. However, even though she didn’t say anything, she still dated Peter Parker and was shown to be with him as Spider-Man. As a result, any hope she has of growing up as an adult is tarnished. Additionally, knowing Peter, every college she applies to, including MIT, rejects her to avoid unwanted attention for being related to Spider-Man. While she doesn’t regret her choices, the guilt of holding her down weighs heavily on Peter for most of the time. No way home.
Ned (Jacob Batalon) was the first person to learn that Peter Parker and Spider-Man were the same person. Since then, he’s been her man in the presidency, giving updates on missions and helping keep people safe. However, when it comes to pressure, Ned cracks easily and Damage Control gets a lot of information from him. In doing so, they gain considerable leverage that can be used against him, and like MJ, he is rejected by any school he applies to. Although he never actively fights crime, he is Peter’s second most involved friend. Ned may not regret what he did, but seeing him in pain only adds to Peter’s ever-growing guilt.
Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) is still Chief Security Officer at Stark Industries in No way home. But with Stark’s drones and his involvement in Spider-Man antics, Happy faces the worst consequences of all. Not only are drones a PR nightmare, but Happy must also answer for the lives he risked while helping Spider-Man. Additionally, if Stark Industries cannot recover from Mysterio’s use of drones, even more people could be left out of work. Of all of Peter’s friends and family, Happy’s Loads represent the most ripple effect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: No Way Home is now in theaters.
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