Spider-Man: No Way Home evolved a lot during production, especially when it came to the massive third act.
Writers Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna spoke to The Wrap about pulling together all of the film's moving parts. And while Tom Holland's claim that the film didn't have a finalized third act when filming began is an exaggeration, things were in flux. "The third acts are traditionally tricky because we know it’s going to involve a big action sequence and we know we're drawing everything to a close, and so it's always a challenge and it's always something that you're working on through production, trying to hone down and sharpen," Sommers said. "This one was no different, except for the fact that I would say, just overall, the degree of difficulty was higher on this movie because we had more moving pieces, we had all these other characters."
While the film had its end, things were constantly changing. "There always was a third act, but it was always being worked on," Sommers confirmed. "That's the great thing about working with this team of people, Sony, Marvel, [Spider-Man producer Amy]Pascal and [director] Jon Watts, it's never just, 'OK, well, let's just rest on our laurels. That's fine.' It's just like, 'Let's keep trying to make this as good as possible, let's keep working on it as long as we can to make it as good as we can.' We were always working on it, and all the way up to the day we're shooting it, we're working on it. I'm just so glad it turned out the way it did."
Not only did the film need a big finale, but it also had to work in the death of Aunt May, the two Spider-Men showing up, the attempt to cure the villains, and the whole concept of a spell ripping apart the multiverse. Naturally, it took some work.
"We had the moving parts of, obviously, curing the villains was part of it, who was the main villain was an evolving idea, but was honed during pre-production as we stripped stuff away and we really started really leaning into the idea of Goblin being our main villain," McKenna said. "And the death of May is something that evolved as something that we thought was just, in terms of story, just necessary, it just felt organic that she would willingly know, that she knew that there was great sacrifice in her code of living and Peter has to learn that there is great sacrifice too."
"It was during production we were writing documents about what the spell did, what the box did," McKenna continued. "I think it was November , it was Erik and I working on this document while we’re doing daily pages, while we’re shooting, really trying to hone what does the spell do, what does the box do? How do we clarify these things? Because they are, they make fun of the term goobers in the Spider-verse. But it really is, it’s like how many goobers can you put in this movie that also has all these characters?... Then it became this idea that that was how we would do it to stop this influx of people. But then when would he do it and when would he know it was a lifetime sacrifice? That changed too, and that then became the donut shop scene where he thought he was really going to walk into that scene and reveal who he was and get these two loved ones back into his life, and then he makes the last hard decision of his life in that moment. That all evolved while we were in production."
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters.
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Source: The Wrap