When the official Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer finally dropped, so did our jaws. The contents of the trailer were nice and all, and we’ll get to that, but it was really more about finally being able to see what was happening after first sitting through that bootleg version that looked like a Minecraft video shot through cellophane and also underwater. It was like getting laser eye surgery from Jesus.

Ironically, the trailer was one hell of a ride, signaling the return of, among others, the Green Goblin and Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock. All in all, No Way Home looks like a really awesome movie, which is weird since it also seems to be based on one of the most hated Spider-Man comics ever.

From what the trailer tells us, No Way Home will be about Peter dealing with everyone knowing his true identity, going to Doctor Strange for help, and things going more tits up since that time all those helium-filled breast implants accidentally hit the market. That’s also the basic premise of Spider-Man: One More Day.

Released back in 2007, One More Day sees Peter dealing with the aftermath of Civil War when he revealed his identity to the world and then hunted down the man who shot Aunt May, while he's wearing a black costume. Please recall that wearing black and everyone finding out Peter is Spider-Man are also some of the main plot points of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Peter then goes to Doctor Strange for help and almost dies using a time-travel spell, which seems to jive with everything we saw in the trailer.

It’s what happens next that turns some fans into Comic Book Guy. See, to save May, Peter makes a deal with the devil. Well, OK, not the literal devil. Mephisto’s just an immortal demon that can buy souls, grant wishes, make people commit evil acts, etc. Totally different than the devil. Incidentally, we’d like to take this opportunity to announce our brand-new comic character: a scientist who gets blasted with gamma radiation and turns into a hulking, indestructible beast. We call him the Incredible Julk. He’s Latino.

But back to One More Day: in order to save May’s life, Peter makes a deal with Mephisto to sell him … his and MJ’s wedding. 

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As in, Peter will allow his marriage to be erased from existence in exchange for his elderly Aunt to live a few more years and almost marry Doctor Octopus again (because we should never forget that that happened.) We’re not going to get into whether this was dumb or just very stupid (though it is one or the other). Instead, let’s focus on Mephisto’s role.

We mentioned before that the Doctor Strange from the trailer cannot possibly be the real Doctor Strange since he agrees to perform a reality-altering spell way too easily. I mean, have you MET Tom Holland’s Peter? He couldn’t convince a coroner that his death certificate was issued by mistake. There is no way in HELL that he could convince The Sorcerer Supreme to risk unraveling the fabric of the universe. But there is a chance that that “Strange” actually is from Hell. It’d make sense given the clear One More Day inspirations, and, believe it or not, that’s a good thing.

Even the worst ideas have something good in them, and in OMD, that was Mephisto first disguising himself as a little girl and later, after buying Peter’s marriage, revealing that that would have been his and MJ’s daughter, who will now never be born. 

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No matter how much you may hate this comic, you have to admit that that was heartbreaking, so if No Way Home takes the RIGHT inspirations from One More Day, we may end up with one of the best Spider-Man movies ever.

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