When can NZ see Spider-Man: No Way Home and what’s it all about?

Following a world record-breaking trailer release, we’ve got the details on Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s cinema release in New Zealand.

According to YouTube analytics, you would have seen the new trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home approximately 37 times by now. Claiming the record for most global views within a 24-hour period, the trailer clocked 355.5 million views in a single day, beating Avengers: Endgame‘s 289 million views.

A rubbish-quality trailer leaked the weekend prior, which would have either helped build hype for the proper trailer or hinder it from reaching 400 million views. One thing’s for sure: no-one at Disney or Sony will be weeping about it.

Whether you’re one of the few humans on the planet who haven’t seen it yet or one of the average humans who are keen to see it a 38th time, here’s the trailer:

While this is still Peter Parker’s story, and thus Tom Holland’s film, the heavy use of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange feels right at home given what the pair went through in Infinity War. As seen in the trailer, the arrogant Strange ignores Wong’s advice and attempts a spell to undo the ending events of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Unfortunately, he didn’t account for a power greater than his magic – Parker’s big mouth – to intervene and break the time-space continuum.

It leads to some multiverse shenanigans that borrow a visual cue or two from both Doctor Strange‘s 2016 film and the recent Loki series. The sight of Spider-Man surrounded by six flying bullet trains hints at some mind-melting set pieces to come.

Undoubtedly, though, the big showstopper was Alfred Molina’s return as Doc Ock 17 years on from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (along with the brief sound of Willem Dafoe’s manic cackle as the Green Goblin). The nerdier among us were already prepared for the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Men universes to merge with the MCU, but to see it in action still prompted uncontrollable gasps of excitement.

Of course, as intended, such a trailer sparks a forest fire of geek speculation. Will the TVA come into play here? Could we see other Sony Marvel films enter the fray? Will Spider-Verse‘s Miles Morales enter the MCU? How about Tom Hardy’s Venom? And where the hell’s Mephisto? Most of these are valid questions, but we’ll leave those discussions to Reddit.

What we can say for sure is that Spider-Man: No Way Home currently has a New Zealand cinema release date of December 26. Jon Watts, director of Homecoming and Far From Home, returns once more to complete his Spider-Home trilogy.