The ‘No Way Home’ trailer might be pulling a huge bait and switch on us

The most recent trailer “Spider-Man: No Way Home”It brought many villains along with it. Did it also include another Spider-Man? This trailer may actually contain deceit, guys.

Let’s first address the sinister elephant in the room. We were greeted by four Sinister Six members as we entered this trailer. “No Way Home”: Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, Jamie Foxx’s Electro (although he looks way different than when we first met him), Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, and Sandman (though we still don’t know for sure if Thomas Hayden Church will be playing him this time around).

With Tuesday night’s trailer, Sony confirmed that Lizard will also join the villainous sextet, presumably coming from Andrew Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

The 'No Way Home' trailer might be pulling a huge bait and switch on us

He only appears in full Lizard form though, so it’s unclear if Rhys Ifans will return as Dr. Curt Connors in “No Way Home.”

The Sinister Six’s sixth and final member, the sixth, requires that you really look closely. Because along with Dafoe’s Green Goblin, it appears that we’re also getting a version of Hobgoblin. Refer to the trailer at the 2:11 mark. You can either pause it or slow down the video. You can also take a look below at Hobgoblin. “Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man” #85, art by Al Milgrom:

Spider-Man No Way Home Hobgoblin Side by Side
Sony Pictures/”Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man” #85, Marvel Comics

This is a strange coincidence, huh?

At this point, we’ve only ever officially met one Hobgoblin across the three Spider-Man franchises: James Franco. He briefly assumed the role in “Spider-Man 3” before being killed in the end — which would fit with Doctor Strange’s warning that every villain in “No Way Home”Spider-Man is his destiny.

But, Franco’s Hobgoblin was killed by Venom and Sandman, not Spider-Man. So in all likelihood, this could be someone we’ve never met in the Sony Spider-Man Universe. Some fans have speculated it might be Peter’s friend Ned. We’re not seeing it, but anything is possible.

All that said, let’s circle back to Doc Ock. In this trailer, Molina’s Otto Octavius is definitely introduced as a villain, but upon seeing that Tom Holland is not actually his Peter Parker, he pulls up. The trailer shows that he might even be working alongside Peter and his friends. Will he be a part of the Sinister Six? We aren’t totally convinced this isn’t a bait and switch.

And that brings us back to our original speculation that Tom Hardy’s Venom or Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kraven the Hunter may show up. Venom seems to be the most probable, given the post-credits scene. “Let There Be Carnage,” but it’s impossible to say with any certainty right now.

All this speculation about the villains of “No Way Home,” we should also address the speculation surrounding the hero of the film — or, if rumors and fan hopes are to be believed, heroes.

Though no real evidence this will happen has emerged — yeah, we’ve seen those purported set pics, but those things can be faked — fans are hoping that both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Men appear, considering their villains are. And honestly, it’s a valid theory. But we’re thinking this trailer might’ve introduced a second spidey and he’s not any of the three we’re expecting.

Let’s look closer at Black Suit Spider-Man. At first glance, it seems this might just be Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, in a new suit upgraded with magic by Doctor Strange. Strange’s voice is heard saying “The moment he appears” “There are others out there. We need to send them back.”

Spider-Man No Way Home Magic Spider-Man Send Them Back
Sony Pictures

This Spider-Man could be his reference, but he may not know it. It’s also odd that Spidey appears to have his back against Electro in the same picture. Unless he’s taking a moment to power up his magic — which Peter would also somehow have to learn — to deliver a strike, it seems like an unlikely move to make. Electro is quick to strike.

This Spider-Strange/Spider-Strange hybrid is it? Although it may seem a stretch, this world is based on comics. It’s not so outlandish of a possibility. Then again, it’s not necessarily a stretch to think that maybe Strange Has upgraded our Peter’s suit with magical device, allowing him to call for help.

This gets us back to those rumors that Garfield — who keeps denying it — and Maguire are going to show up in this movie. It doesn’t matter what happens, the reactions are going to be great. But even those rumors definitely aren’t true, you really don’t need them to do a live action “Spider-Verse” story. Although we are skeptical that Peter Porker the Spectacular Spiderham will appear anytime soon,

One last thought: For the third time in live action, one of Spider-Man’s girlfriends is going to end up falling from a very high height, just like Gwen Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #121 (1973). She will she die, like Gwen Stacy? “The Amazing Spider-Man” #121? We don’t know, but we’re leaning towards no, if only because we already got the death of Gwen Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Presumably, this will end up more like Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man,”Where Peter saved Mary Jane Watson.

Really, there’s a lot going on in this trailer — and we just don’t trust any of it.

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