What Filipino fans should expect in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Spider-Man: No Way Home
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” boasts Filipino-American representation. Screengrab from Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.

Here’s why Filipino fans should look forward to the highly anticipated new Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The latest and third installment in the Spider-Man franchise starring Tom Holland as Marvel’s iconic web-slinger has already shattered numerous records upon its December release in the United States.

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The new film, directed by Jon Watts, picks up where the last Spider-Man movie, Far From Home, left off.

The first trailer for No Way Home released in August shows Peter Parker unmasked and no longer able to maintain his secret identity. In the film, Parker enlists the help of Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Hollywood actress Zendaya returns to play MJ, Parker’s love interest, while Filipino-American actor Jacob Batalon reprises his role as Spiderman’s beloved best friend and sidekick, Ned Leeds.

While most Filipino fans have yet to see “Spider-Man No Way Home” on the big screen until it hits Philippine theaters in January 2022, many have already shared their excitement and anticipation for the movie on social media.

Netizens are also wondering if the film will feature another Filipino character besides Ned Leeds. Fans began speculating after a Walt Disney Studios job posting said it was looking to cast a “Lola” (Filipino grandmother) for a new feature film set in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Project Casting post referenced Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man 3, leaving many fans wondering if the new Filipino character will be related to Ned Leeds played by Batalon.

Batalon, born in Hawaii to Filipino migrant parents from Pangasinan, has risen to Hollywood stardom via his Spiderman and Infinity War movies. He has also become a symbol of Pinoy pride in the film franchise.

Netizens who have already seen the box office hit have also shared their thoughts on the Filipino representation in the Spider-Man sequel without giving away any spoilers.

A scene in the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” movie will feature Filipino culture.

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The Filipino language will be spoken in the film.

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Filipino fans can watch “Spider-Man: No Way Home” showing in Philippine theaters nationwide on January 8, 2022.

WATCH the trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and TELL US in the comments below, what are you most excited to see in the film?

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