‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Is the MCU’s Best Spidey Movie by a Mile

Marvel’s multiverse is a concept that, creatively and strategically, allows for endless reinvention and massive proliferation, both of which are the guiding principles behind Spider-Man: No Way Home, a gargantuan sequel (in theaters Dec. 17) that sets the franchise on an alternate-realities course by expanding to include not only its own characters but also those from Sony’s earlier web-slinging series. Chief among that cast are Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) and Electro (Jamie Foxx)—oh my!—yet there are many more surprising faces populating this would-be blockbuster, some of them wearing arachnid-y masks. The past and the present smash together in Jon Watts’ tentpole, begetting a future of infinite Frankensteinian superhero remixes and do-overs—and resulting, in the here and now, in the finest wall-crawling MCU effort to date.


Spider-Man: No Way Home Is a Very Tangled Web

To anyone who’s exclaimed in the last ten or so years something like, “Another Spider-Man movie??,” the new film Spider-Man: No Way Home(in theaters December 17) has a pithy reply. It triples down on the Spider-Man movie mythos, synthesizing Tom Holland’s third outing in the red and blue wetsuit with characters from two Spider-Man franchises past. It’s a nervy device that could only have worked in these times of comic-book oversaturation, using Hollywood’s troubling repetitiveness to curious, if slight, advantage.


White Balance

I open TikTok and make my way through its array of trending filters. One gives my face a peppering of light freckles, another transforms it into some sort of Halloween-themed pumpkin monster. After a bit of searching, I click the “Belle” filter, and my face changes once again. The contrast increases, reddening my cheeks and deepening the contours of my face. My skin smooths and my lashes elongate, and slight creases appear under my eyes.


Why There Is A Call To Funding For Research And Support For Autistic Individuals

On December 2nd, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its biennial update of autism’s estimated prevalence among the nation’s children. It was based on the active surveillance across 11 monitoring sites in the United States for 8-year-old and 4-year-old children in 2018. The new report showed an increase in prevalence with 1 in 44 children or about 2.3% of 8-year-old children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2018.


Marvel’s Miracle Man at a Crossroads, Part 2: Feige’s Star System

Quick, name the most important moment in the rise of Marvel Studios. You’d probably say the May 2008 release of Iron Man, which proved Marvel could produce its own films and take lesser-known characters to box-office heights. Or maybe Disney’s $4.24 billion purchase of the company 18 months later, supercharging Marvel content, theme park rides, and my kid’s awesome Hulk PJs. Or perhaps when Samuel L. Jackson signed an unprecedented deal to play Nick Fury in nine pictures, signaling the interlocking narrative strategy that would lead to the dominance of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Cosmologists Parry Attacks on the Vaunted Cosmological Principle

The latest attempt to rattle the foundations of cosmology appeared as a smattering of dots pulled upward into a cosmic sneer. The arc of distant galaxies, which Alexia Lopez presented at the American Astronomical Society’s meeting in June, sprawls so far across the sky that it would take 20 full moons to hide it. Spanning an estimated 3.3 billion light-years of space, the smile-shaped structure joined a controversial club: unexpectedly big things.


Embracing a Wetter Future, the Dutch Turn to Floating Homes

When a heavy storm hit in October, residents of the floating community of Schoonschip in Amsterdam had little doubt they could ride it out. They tied up their bikes and outdoor benches, checked in with neighbors to ensure everyone had enough food and water, and hunkered down as their neighborhood slid up and down its steel foundational pillars, rising along with the water and descending to its original position after the rain subsided.


The Court Invites an Era of Constitutional Chaos

After weeks of waiting, the Supreme Court this morning finally allowed abortion providers’ challenge against Texas’s functional ban on abortion, S.B. 8, to go forward. But the win for abortion providers is not the sweeping victory that seemed likely when the Court heard oral argument on S.B. 8 in November—and even if legal abortions resume in Texas, any reprieve probably won’t last for long, because of another major abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that could gut abortion rights when the Court issues a decision next year. More immediately, the Court’s decision today almost invites other states to imitate Texas’s approach, creating the possibility for more constitutional chaos—and not just on the issue of abortion.