Why Multiverse of Madness Will Be Better Than No Way Home


When watching Spider-Man: No Way Home for the first time in theaters with a friend of mine, we were both awestruck by every second. We watched and were amazed at the boldness of Marvel for creating such an ambitious film made solely for fans.

From seeing the return of both Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, all the iconic villains from the past, to seeing our main star, Tom Holland, coming to his own as a mature, independent hero was truly an epic experience.

However, even though I completely fell in love with the movie, I can recognize its many flaws and many shortcomings. 

From the overuse and over-dependence of CGI. The seemingly infinite number of conveniences scattered throughout the story, to the large plot holes that if you think about for too long, ruin the appeal of the movie. 

It physically pains me to say that No Way Home is unfortunately a prime example of everything Martin Scorsese famously says comic book movies are.

An exciting theme park ride.

If I am being honest, this movie felt more like a visual and nostalgic spectacle and not a true proper marvel movie. For better or worse, it’s an MCU fan fiction come to life. 

No Way Home is a part of the larger Marvel multiverse saga. The next installment of this saga, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, seems to have everything I felt was lost in No Way Home. This is almost definitely an unpopular opinion, but I can promise you that, even without watching the movie, Multiverse of Madness will be far better than No Way Home.

According to the numerous leaks and whispered online rumors from fans and inside sources, the cast for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will without a doubt rival Avengers Endgame.

Before the most recent trailer for the movie, I really didn’t believe in any of the speculation surrounding the film. Appearances from characters like, spoilers, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, the Marvel zombies, and different versions of Ironman, Black Widow, and other Avengers seemed only like a dream that would never become a reality.

However, after seeing the latest trailer and combing over every frame, it seems that the Multiverse of Madness’ cast will be everything I didn’t think was possible. This larger cast of characters already makes it superior to No Way Home because it feels more like an epic crossover than trying to focus on a single character.

Also, another rumor that was confirmed by the trailer was the introduction to the Illuminati. A secret society of superheroes across the Marvel universe.

With the Illuminati playing a seemingly key role, and the members being characters from previous Marvel franchises, like Fox’s X-Men series, coming back to almost definitely get slaughtered by the Scarlet Witch gets me more excited than No Way Home ever made me. 

Another reason why Multiverse of Madness will be better than No Way Home is because of its larger scale and future consequences. Unlike No Way Home, this movie won’t be confined to one particular universe and setting.

We will see Wanda, Doctor Strange, and the dozens of other supporting characters fight across time and space. This grander scale will lead to far more exciting plot elements, fight scenes, and will allow the filmmakers to play with the pure wildness and insanity that comes with crafting a multiversal story 

But all of these reasons are dwarfed by the biggest reason of all. Multiverse of Madness will have a far better plot and overall story.

No Way Home, unfortunately, sacrificed story for the character. Multiverse of Madness will not make that same mistake. Multiverse of Madness will be the story of the clash between two characters that are each other’s mirrored image. Wanda Maximoff and Steven Strange are two complex, relatable figures that are forced to fight against each other due to their opposing beliefs.

Wanda’s slow descent into madness as she seeks to create chaos and disorder across the multiverse due to the loss of her magically created family and the world seeing her as the villain she never was.

Steven is practically obsessed with control over others to fuel his superiority complex.

This story-driven, emotional story won’t just be about the standard good versus evil. It’s about order and chaos.