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Spider-Man: No Way Home One More Day Inspiration Is A Shock To Comic Fans

By Dean James

August 24, 2021

The first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home has finally released, which revealed some interesting inspiration from a rather infamous comic storyline.

After a leak last night, Spider-Man: No Way Home’s trailer was released tonight to coincide with its showing at CinemaCon 2021.

With the trailer available now, we finally have a glimpse at the story for the movie and how it really seems to tie in with one of the most hated comic storylines of all time known as One More Day. The No Way Home One More Day connections are rather surprising, but we have much more faith in Kevin Feige and company to make it work.

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What Is One More Day?

Easily one of the most disliked comic stories of all time, One More Day released as a four part comic series back in 2007. This takes place following the events of the game changing Civil War, where Peter Parker’s identity of Spider-Man was revealed to the public.

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The following story arc was known as Back In Black, which featured Aunt May getting shot by an assassin that was targeting Peter now that his identity was known.

By the time the first issue of One More Day came around, Aunt May was close to death from being shot and Peter was desperate. This leads to him making a deal with the devil, Mephisto, to save her life.

Peter had to pay a great price though, as Mephisto wanted something special in exchange. He didn’t want his soul though, but rather his literal marriage to Mary Jane and all the memories they had together.

This ends with Peter waking up alone at Aunt May’s house where he lives again in this new reality where all the years of character development and growth in the comics was thrown out the window.

This was easily one of the most controversial comic storylines in history, sparking a lot of backlash over the years. As a result, you would have thought taking inspiration from it would be a major no no in the MCU, but there is no question a lot of the ideas for No Way Home are being taken from this story arc.

Spider-Man: No Way Home One More Day Inspirations

With the first trailer out for the movie, we now have a basic outline of at least how the early events of the movie transpire. If you have not seen the trailer yet though, I do highly recommend checking it out before reading further.

As we already knew from the ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the world now knows about Peter Parker’s identity as Spider-Man thanks to Mysterio’s grand plan that resulted in his apparent death that is being blamed on Peter.

Thankfully for Aunt May, she is not on her deathbed that forces Peter to do something he’ll regret. Instead, Peter is getting overwhelmed by everyone knowing that he is Spider-Man and just wants a normal life again.

This is where he goes to Dr. Strange for help, which is an interesting take on the comic story. In the comic, Peter goes to Dr. Strange for help with healing Aunt May, but he is not able to help him there. In No Way Home though, Strange agrees to perform a dangerous spell that will wipe the memory of Peter as Spider-Man from the world.

The other major No Way Home One More Day inspiration comes at this point, where Strange mentions that this spell will wipe the memories of everyone, including MJ, Ned, Aunt May, and so on. Peter starts to freak at this and something happens, which sets up the whole multiversal elements of the movie that we know are involved with the return of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and beyond.

It will be very interesting to see if the spell was a success at wiping the memories, as it’s unlikely they would keep the entire world knowing Peter is Spider-Man forever. However, that is going to certainly cause a lot of drama with no one knowing he is Spider-Man, so we’ll have to see how they handle that.

Spider-Man: No Way Home will release exclusively in theaters on December 17, 2021.

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Dean James
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Dean has been a lifelong gamer ever since he got an SNES as his first game system and has continued to stay passionate about gaming ever since. He has always had a soft spot for most anything Nintendo, especially related to The Legend of Zelda and Mario series. Beyond that, he loves a variety of different games across all platforms, ranging from RPGs like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts to sports titles like MLB The Show.

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