While Spider-Man: No Way Home was always going to be a commercial hit, it’s also a critical one. But what may be most impressive is just how well the film is scoring with audiences, as the MCU has never seen anything like it.
While Spider-Man: No Way Home has secured itself as the second highest critically reviewed MCU movie, with its 95% on Rotten Tomatoes second only to Black Panther’s 96%, and just above Iron Man and Avengers: Endgame’s 94%s, it’s the audience scores that are really unprecedented.
Spider-Man: No Way Home currently has a 99% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes with a huge amount of reviews in already. And that includes recent, beloved MCU Disney Plus Series:
- Spider-Man: No Way Home – 99%
- Shang-Chi – 98%
- Spider-Man: Far From Home – 95%
- Guardians of the Galaxy – 92%
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 92%
- Iron Man – 91%
- The Avengers – 91%
- Avengers: Endgame – 90%
- Loki – 90%
- Hawkeye – 88%
- Thor: Ragnarok – 87%
- Spider-Man: Homecoming – 87%
- WandaVision – 86%
The same is true over on IMDB, where Spider-Man: No Way Home has a 9.2/10. There, nothing else is even close:
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- Spider-Man: No Way Home – 9.2
- Avengers: Endgame – 8.4
- Avengers: Infinity War – 8.4
- Guardians of the Galaxy – 8.0
- The Avengers – 8.0
- Thor: Ragnarok – 7.9
- Iron Man – 7.9
- Captain America: Civil War – 7.9
- Captain America: Winter Soldier – 7.9
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – 7.9
- Shang-Chi – 7.5
- Spider-Man Homecoming/Far From Home – 7.4
The point is, even if these numbers slip a little, the scores are like almost nothing the MCU has ever seen before, and a rare instance where fans and critics fully agree with one another. Ticket sales are the highest since any MCU movie besides Endgame, and it looks to be the biggest theatrical hit during the pandemic by far (and uh, hopefully not an Omicron super-spreader event, with relaxed theater distancing restrictions and mask requirements).
It’s not a huge surprise as to why Sony, Disney and Tom Holland have all committed to more Spider-Man movies going forward, the thought being a new trilogy to move on from the “Homecoming” era and probably put Peter Parker in college, with the door open to a bunch of new heroes and villains, some of whom may be teased in No Way Home itself (seeing it tonight, so no spoilers).
It’s kind of amazing that through all the leaks and takedowns and high expectations, Spider-Man: No Way Home still manages to deliver at this level. It speaks to the MCU’s ability to still produce classics over a decade since its inception, and it does not show signs of slowing down any time soon.