Spiderman No Way Home: (Spoilers) Who was right? Aunt May or Doctor Strange?

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS TO SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME. DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS.

One of the most conflicting philosophical points in the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to this point was the conflicting morale grounds demonstrated in Spiderman: No Way Home.

The bad guys from other realities eventually make it into our film after Doctor Strange’s spell goes wrong. Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Lizard, Sandman and Electro. All of them and it’s great.

Then Peter Parker has to figure out what to do.

Aunt May says that we’re supposed to help people And that they must be cured and given another chance before being sent back to face inevitable death. They deserve that opportunity.

Doctor Strange just wants them gone. They are after all, villains.

This sets off what is the best action sequence in the movie. It’s essentially Spidey vs. Strange. And Spidey tricks Stephen into a trap and decides to do it Aunt May’s way.

If you’re reading this, you know the rest. The villains are cured and sent back. But not before the Green Goblin kills Aunt May in a gut wrenching send-off.

Was it really worth it? Wouldn’t she still be alive if Peter had just pressed the button and sent everyone back to die?

Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe she just would have died in another accident or fight. We don’t know.

It’s the same kind of conflict Daredevil has with the Punisher. The same kind Spidey has with other occasional allies. Should evil be spared and rehabilitated? Or should they be snuffed out before doing more damage?

But we have to look at what’s in front of us. Normal had these villains gone. And Aunt May alive.

Doctor Strange was right.

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