There is No Way Home was full of pleasant moments but one of the biggest surprises was Andrew Garfield who eclipsed everyone as the best Spider Man in the movie. In the past Marvel fans have criticized Andrew Garfield for playing Spider Man because he was too cool as Peter Parker. Spider Man There is No Way Home demonstrated the opposite in the long conflict of the Spider returning to the big screen.
Gwen Stacys death in The New Spider Man 2 pushed Peter Parker into total darkness due to accumulated guilt over the deaths of Uncle Ben and Gwen. He temporarily left as Spider and when he eventually returned it was a much more violent version of himself showing that he had stopped holding back his punches. Gwens death destroyed Peters sense of morality along with the teenage innocence left after Uncle Bens death. Peters perception of himself has also changed he has become riddled with self doubt seeing himself as a loser. It would be an understatement to say that Gwens death was a tragedy for Andrew Garfields Spider-Man.
As soon as Garfields Peter Parker was magically summoned to the universe inhabited by Tom Hollands Peter Parker 1 in Spider Man No Way Home it became clear that Peter 3 was still not himself. Even at its worst he provided much of the films comedy with witty jokes and an inordinate amount of self deprecating jokes even by MCU standards. In the end Tobey Maguires Peter 2 cheered Peter 3 up a bit and told him he was wrong about being the worst right before the decisive final battle culminating in the cheesy joke You are awesome. It was really an omen because later Peter 3 was so amazing that he finally got the crown of the best Spider No Way Home saving MJ Zendaya. This scene is long overdue to complete and confirm the identity of Spider Man Andrew Garfield. It also best illustrates what makes Spider-Man such a fan favorite hero.
The scene with MJ and Garfields Spider was profound because it reflected Peters failed attempt to save Gwen Stacy. As soon as Peter 3 landed on his feet with MJ safely in his arms his face said it all for itself. The moment that stole the film was both heartbreaking and touching it was a triumphant display of closure and self affirmation that should have happened a long time ago. Spider Mans attitude to tragedies is part of what makes him a compelling character. Peter Maguire did it in his trilogy. Peter Holland did the same thing towards the end of Spider Man There is no way home. Meanwhile Garfields Peter remained in limbo for eight years because a possible New Spider Man 3 was canceled after The Amazing Spider Man 2 was lackluster.