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‘How It Should Have Ended’ Raises Some Good Points About ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

tom holland looking sad in spider-man: no way home

How It Should Have Ended constantly points out how to fix some of our favorite movies. Most of the time, they’re making jokes until they show us how it really should have ended, and it’s normally a great solution to the problem. Their most recent episode did take on a pretty perfect movie, yet that didn’t stop HISHE from having some great solutions for our trio of Spider-Men.

The Spider-Man: No Way Home version of How It Should Have Ended starts off with a perfect solution to the movie: Stephen Strange maybe telling Peter Parker all of the stipulations on his spell? If you recall, Peter Parker thought Stephen Strange was going to help everyone forget what happened with the reveal of his identity, so he could get into college with his friends—the problem there being that Strange just started to do the spell and explained it to Peter as he was doing it.

One of the main (see: only) issues I have with No Way Home is that Strange doesn’t tell Peter what’s going on and then gets mad when Peter obviously interjects with some questions. Like, can’t those who knew before Mysterio still know? Or can we add this or that person to the list? Strange could have easily done that with some explanation. But How It Should Have Ended explores fixing those issues with the spell and more.

Clearly, we all are having the same questions about the spell, because really, how does the spell affect the other Peter Parkers? Are they going to go home and no one will know who the hell they are? Or was it somehow just our Peter Parker even though the spell brought in villains from the other universes?

Is this how it really should have ended?

What’s great about HISHE is that they often make great points, and this one does point out that the movie could have easily changed the spell to make everyone forget what Mysterio said, instead of focusing it on Peter Parker.

The ending would also be less heartbreaking if we went the How It Should Have Ended route—mainly because we wouldn’t have the uncertainty of when Peter Parker was going to find MJ and Ned and tell them who he is and about himself. Because as it currently stands, we don’t know if or when Peter will tell them who he is. He’s so worried about protecting them that he’s willing to lose them, and it hurts.

I did, however, love the Superhero Cafe’s list of solutions to the spell and how to fix it, like having Peter Parker kiss people he wants to remember, or Superman just turning back time to stop Mysterio from doing it. In reality, everyone just pointing out that erasing Mysterio from the narrative is important are right. That’s what Strange should have done.

So yes, I think that Spider-Man: No Way Home might be perfect and that I wouldn’t actually change a thing, but How It Should Have Ended‘s solution is something I could get behind.

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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Rachel Leishman (She/Her) is an Assistant Editor at the Mary Sue. A writer her whole life but professionally starting back in 2016 who loves all things movies, TV, and classic rock. Resident Spider-Man expert, official Leslie Knope, actually Yelena Belova. Wanda Maximoff has never done anything wrong in her life. Star Wars makes her very happy. New York writer with a passion for all things nerdy. Yes, she has a Pedro Pascal podcast. And also a Harrison Ford one.