Too much fan service in Spider-Man: No Way Home?

Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers explain their choices.

Whereas Spider-Man: No Way Home a hit in the cinema (it has spent a billion dollars in revenue worldwide and is approaching 5 million admissions in France), the film is mainly talked about for its use of “multiverse”, which brings back several cult characters from all the adaptations of Spider-Man in live action. Spoiler-free (no more than what is shown in the trailers, anyway), this sequel plays with the expectations of fans of the Sam Raimi trilogy, for example offering beautiful scenes to the Green Goblin played by Willem Dafoe. , and the team also brings back Electro (Jamie Foxx), who faced Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, by Mark Webb.

Do these sequences which play on the nostalgia of the public represent too many “fan service” ? Discussing Movie asked the two blockbuster screenwriters, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who said they took care, with director Jon Watts and producer Amy Pascal, not to fall into this trap, even if it was often for them “a balancing act” and involved quite a few cuts, right from the writing, then during the editing (the unused scenes in the film will certainly be part of the bonuses?).

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“It’s true that it’s a complicated exercise, because we love the previous films, those of Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, and we want to pay tribute to them while keeping the fans happy, explains the duo. At the same time, you don’t want to be lazy fan service, because that will end up ringing the bell. It’s really a story of balance, where at each stage, you have to think about the story as a priority. So if you REALLY want to hear this villain say this cult line from a previous movie, you can’t just be guided by that and look for a good time to do it. If you’re just looking for those kind of winks, you’re just going to do that and end up writing scenes that don’t have any use in the movie. First and foremost, you need to stay focused on the Peter Parker story, and then hope to find opportunities to include those kinds of moments. We worked with a lot of smart, talented people, who we drew into these stages over and over again, rewriting them in a way that felt fluid, organic. We never did it just in the name of the fan service. (…) We were very careful (by reusing all these characters), already because as a fan, you want the actors to have fun finding them. But in the end, we must not lose sight of the fact that this is the story of Spider-Man, that we must tell the story of Peter Parker, and that therefore, everything must be at the service of this main story. We had to make a lot of painful decisions … You know, we would have loved to be able to do this or that, we were like: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if these two villains could do this thing ?!’ But since we were above all at the service of Peter and his development, we had to move forward. We had many “darling scenes” (“little darlings”, in original version), those little scenes that we loved, but that sometimes you have to know how to cut. “

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