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Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer brings in Doctor Strange and teases a wild multiverse plot

Some fan-favorite Spider-Man villains are about to make a big screen return. 

The highly anticipated first trailer for Marvel's Spider-Man: No Way Home was released Monday, teasing a wild plot that looks to be bringing in numerous characters from prior Spider-Man film universes. After Peter Parker's identity was revealed to the world in Spider-Man: Far From Home, he convinces Doctor Strange to cast a spell that would undo these events. But that apparently has some unintended consequences, and the trailer ends with a big reveal: the return of Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus from 2004's Spider-Man 2. It also appears to tease Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin from 2002's Spider-Man

It's a significant moment for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which generally doesn't incorporate characters or plot lines from non-MCU movies, like the original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire. But fans have long speculated that No Way Home could involve all three of the live-action, big screen Spider-Man franchises being combined following some crucial multiverse events in Loki, and there have even been rumors that prior Spider-Man actors Maguire and Andrew Garfield could potentially return. That still hasn't been confirmed, but the film is also reportedly set to feature Jamie Foxx as Electro, a character who originated in Garfield's Spider-Man series. 

This is all certainly a far more ambitious storyline than you might expect from an average Spider-Man sequel, and the trailer also teases what looks to be a big role for Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange. Rumors surrounding the movie's multiverse connection have made this trailer among the most anticipated in recent superhero movie history — though the fact that it fails to reveal whether Maguire and Garfield are indeed returning means the frenzied speculation is unlikely to stop anytime soon.