Peter Parker will seemingly be back in school during Spider-Man: No Way Home, but how is that possible when he is public enemy number one?
After the stunt Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio pulled at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker is somehow returning to high school in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Out of all the past Spider-Man films that have come in the past, the latest Tom Holland installment ended on the biggest cliffhanger yet. While having stopped Beck, Mysterio had one final surprise left for Peter. Not only does Mysterio frame Spider-Man having murdered him, but he also outs the web-slinger’s secret identity. With that kind of an ending, it set the stage for the Spider-Man threequel to have bigger stakes than ever.
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Not only will Peter be trying to clear his name, but Spider-Man: No Way Home is also incorporating the Multiverse to some degree. Despite that, some set photos for the third Spider-Man film suggest Peter will somehow still maintain his school life, even though he is public enemy number one to the world. Given Peter’s secret is known to the whole world, how could the web-crawler still be attending high school? It would only seem natural that Spider-Man is on the run from every legal authority in existence. Regardless of the film’s secrecy, there are a few scenarios where Spider-Man: No Way Home could make this work.
One approach is taking a page out of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s book from how they structured the first season, which is where Charlie Cox’s rumored Matt Murdock appearance can factor in. In the first episode, Sam Wilson hands off Captain America’s shield to the U.S. government, solving a huge crisis left by the ending of Avengers: Endgame. If Cox’s Daredevil character is, in fact, representing Peter, then an opening scene with them at court or being close to finishing the case would do the trick. The third film could have the plot of Peter being framed as Mysterio’s murderer solved before the opening titles, and allowing the film to focus on the Multiverse shenanigans ahead. There is, however, another approach the film could take, which involves adapting a somewhat controversial Spider-Man storyline.
Even if they were to clear Peter’s name from getting Mysterio killed, Spider-Man: No Way Home still has to end in a believable way when it comes to concluding his identity now being public. If the story doesn’t end with Peter’s heroic identity becoming secret again, how would he live a normal life as a teenager when everyone knows he is Spider-Man? The way the MCU could tackle this is through Spider-Man: One More Day, a 2007 comic arc where Peter makes a deal with Mephisto in order to save Aunt May. While Peter is able to regain his secret identity – having publically revealed he was Spider-Man in the Civil War comic – he loses his marriage with Mary Jane Watson in exchange.
While it would certainly retcon a major game-changer Spider-Man: Far From Home, it would pave the way faster for the upcoming sequel to get into the Multiverse-angle. It would be a hard sell to see Peter – a public superhero who isn’t even 18 yet – be attending high school as normal while still being a known superhero. Even if Peter is cleared from all charges, if the world knows he is Spider-Man, he is going to be bombarded with everyday citizens wherever he goes, especially at school. Only time will tell what those set photos mean for Peter’s school life in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and how they are resolving this issue.
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