No Way Home Writer Responds to Peter Parker’s Memory Confusion

Spider-Man: No Coming Home ended in a way no one would have guessed. As the credits roll, not a single soul in the MCU knows who Peter Parker is. That’s quite the commitment when it comes to storytelling, especially in such a vast and interconnected world. After all, the movie literally started with the whole world knowing that Peter was the webhead.

There were news reports, articles, online blogs, social media posts about Peter Parker as Spider-Man – so what happens to all of this? Will things in the universe physically disappear? Stacks of newspapers on the streets of New York, disappearing in the mirage of Doctor Strange’s fate?

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The film ends by giving the audience an answer to where Peter himself ends up, but leaves out any solutions to the questions raised by the intricacies of the spell. But do the writers themselves even have the answers to this myriad of questions?

Spider-Man Writers Address The Ending

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In an interview with IGN at their Fan Fest 2022 event, Spider-Man: No Coming Home Screenwriters Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna were asked about a key plotline presented by the film’s ending: what happened to Peter Parker’s physical evidence after Strange’s memory loss spell?

McKenna revealed that “[they] talked about it a lot, and made it clear how the duo felt “Answering these questions at the end… would be almost too much:”

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“We’ve talked a lot about it…and we can’t divulge a lot, but just know that we’ve talked a lot about it and there have been conversations about it. And I’ll say that answering those questions by the end of the movie, it felt like it would be almost too much to have to explain that, in this movie, so hopefully that’s one of those details that I think would have been a bridge too far for us to have to explain in this film. But we have thoughts and answers.”

Sommers said they “much deliberate” but at the end, “it would only harm the emotion” as the film drew to a close:

“We deliberated a lot… is it going to be like some kind of back to the future? Or are people going to disappear from the photos? Are the physical objects going to disappear? Chris said it, ultimately we decided it would take so much time and space in the film to explain all of this. It would only hurt the emotion.”

McKenna then revealed that “[they] to have [the] answers,” but they are fair “not authorized to disclose that:”

“Believe me, we have answers to that…but I don’t think we are…We have no right to release that. But we have answers.”

There is no answer yet

The obvious note to take away from their vague answers is that Marvel Studios probably has an ideal direction they want to pursue when it comes to the ramifications of the spell, especially when it comes to Peter. It’s great that they have those answers, because moving forward with the character in the larger MCU would be near impossible if they didn’t.

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Not revealing these details too soon also gives the behind-the-scenes creatives leeway for future stories instead of setting it all in stone too soon. Holding cards close to the chest is, after all, one of Marvel Studios’ specialties.

As frustrating as it might be not knowing some of the logistical elements of the spell, the writers ultimately made the right call. Focusing on the intricacies would have detracted from the emotional elements of the game – which were generally considered the best parts of the film for many.

Spider-Man: No Coming Home is now playing in theaters around the world.

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