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No Way Home: How Spider-Man Gets His Secret Identity Back In the Comics – Screen Rant

The first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home reveals how Peter Parker gets his secret identity back, with a twist taken straight from the comics.
Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer and the comic Spider-Man: One Moment In Time.
The first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home revealed that Peter Parker will have his secret identity restored using the same fix he utilized in the comics; Doctor Strange. This revelation surprised many fans, despite the last Spider-Man movie, Far From Home, ending with Mysterio posthumously exposing Spider-Man’s secret identity to the world, and the promise that this would be a major part of the sequel’s storyline.
The first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home showed something of how being outed as a superhero had made Peter Parker’s life more difficult, with the paparazzi hounding him on the streets and his relationship with Mary Jane suffering. This led Peter to approach Doctor Strange (whom he befriended during the events of Avengers: Infinity War) and ask the Sorcerer Supreme if he could cast a spell that would cause the world to forget that he was Spider-Man. Surprisingly, Strange agreed, but the consequences of that spell will apparently have dire consequences that both Strange and Spidey will have to cope with. This is essentially a streamlined version of the events of the Amazing Spider-Man comics and how Peter Parker’s secret identity was restored following the events of Marvel’s Civil War.
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Originally, Peter Parker revealed his secret identity to the world intentionally, to help Tony Stark promote the Superhuman Registration Act. Shortly afterward, the Kingpin attempted to assassinate Peter, fatally wounding Aunt May in the process. This led to the controversial One More Day storyline, in which Peter made a deal with the demon Mephisto to save Aunt May’s life, at the cost of his marriage to Mary Jane Watson. Ignoring that the story was based around the ever-responsible Peter Parker making a Faustian bargain rather than face the consequences of his actions, many also disliked One More Day because of the many continuity snarls caused by erasing Peter and Mary Jane’s marriage from the timeline. Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-chief Joe Quesada attempted to address these problems with a sequel to One More Day titled One Moment in Time, which revealed how Peter and Mary Jane’s wedding played out and how the world came to forget that Peter Parker was Spider-Man after the events of Civil War in the new timeline.
One Moment In Time revealed that Mary Jane had been fatally wounded after trying to protect her Aunt Anna from a second assassin the Kingpin had sent to take out all of Spider-Man’s family. Taking Mary Jane to Doctor Strange for treatment, Peter asked the Sorcerer Supreme if he could work a spell that would rewrite reality so that nobody remembered he was Spider-Man. After consulting with Tony Stark and Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange agreed to help and everyone but Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson forgot who Spider-Man was, even if they had already known Peter’s secret identity before he revealed himself to the world.
It was bold for the minds behind the MCU to end Spider-Man: Far From Home with Peter Parker’s secret identity being ruined. However, it may be bolder still for them to reference a comic book storyline as widely despised as One Moment In Time in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Thankfully, while it is still uncertain just which villains will be appearing in the movie, it seems safe to say the demon Mephisto will not be among them; a fact sure to please many comic book readers.
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Matt Morrison has been writing about comics since before the word “blogging” was coined. He got his start writing for the legendary DC Comics digital fanzine Fanzing, before receiving his own column, The Mount. Since then he has gone on to write for over a dozen websites, including 411 Mania, Comics Nexus and The Cult of Nobody. He holds both an MS in Information Science from the University of North Texas and a BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Known as a font of comic book history trivia, he has delivered lectures on the history of American Comic Books, Japanese Manga, Doctor Who, and Cosplay at over a dozen conventions and served as an Expert In-Residence for a course on Graphic Novels for Librarians at the University of North Texas. In addition to his work for Screen Rant, Matt is currently the Editor In Chief of and writes reviews for No Flying, No Tights – a graphic literature and anime review site aimed at teachers and librarians. He also maintains a personal blog – My Geeky Geeky Ways – which hosts his extensive episode guide for the television series making up The Arrowverse as well as his comedic Let’s Play videos. What little spare time he has is devoted towards acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.


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