'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Going Gangbusters at the Box Office Proving Non-Woke Movies Are What We Want

'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Going Gangbusters at the Box Office Proving Non-Woke Movies Are What We Want
This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Tom Holland in a scene from "Spider-Man: Homecoming." (Chuck Zlotnick/Columbia Pictures-Sony via AP)

It looks like Sony/Marvel’s latest Spider-Man outing can’t be stopped at the box office as it continues to surge forward in sales, raking in $260 million domestically and over $600 million globally according to The Hollywood Reporter.

And no wonder. I went to the theater on Sunday to see what all the hype was about myself and had one of the best movie experiences I’ve had in some time. This was one of those movies you would easily consider a knock out of the park, and will likely go down as one of Marvel’s best movies alongside Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War.

I won’t spoil Spider-Man: No Way Home for you except to say that all the hopes you had for it will be met and more. As already somewhat foretold, even a Marvel’s Netflix character shows up, solidifying the connection between the works.

The writing is amazing (no pun intended) and while some of the banter does get a bit Wedonesque it never goes so far into it that it ruins the story. The plot even wraps up old plotlines and addresses regrets of some characters and films head-on. To be sure, this isn’t the happy feel-good movie one would expect from a Spider-Man film. It dangles melancholy and regrets over the heads of the characters quite a bit while giving them new ones, but it does it so expertly that you feel like the movie wrapped up nicely despite its typical Marvel openings for future stories to tell.

If you’re a Marvel fan or a fan of superhero films in general, this movie is one you won’t want to miss in theaters.

I will spoil one thing for you, however…the movie does not have a lick of wokeness anywhere in it.

To be sure, I braced myself for it. Something that would feel divisive or mean-spirited. The closest it got was a joke to Spider-Man by Jamie Foxx’s “Electro” saying that because of all the friendly-neighborhood work he does, especially for the poor, he was positive Peter Parker was actually black, but this didn’t seem to be done to make a political statement. In fact, it seemed more of an ongoing tease in Spider-Man films for the character Miles Morales.

Still, no wokeness came. All the characters acted as any human would. There were no 90 lb. girls beating up men twice their size, no socio-political commentary about how America is sexist or racist, not even a shoehorned in gay character. It’s just good, wholesome fun.

It’s no wonder so many have flocked to the theaters to see it. Not only is the movie very well written and acted out, but there’s no reason for anyone to feel attacked. Everyone felt welcome in the theater.

YouTuber “The Critical Drinker” said it well.

“It’s almost like people just want good old-fashioned escapist entertainment that doesn’t preach or pander or divide. Who knew?”

We’ve had so many examples of programs and movies going woke and thusly going broke. Recently, Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop was canceled after only three weeks with many viewers complaining about the writers stripping the show of its original soul in order to replace it with modern political sentiments.

(READ: What Hollywood Should Learn After Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Was Canceled After Only Three Weeks)

No one wants to pay for escapist entertainment and get a sermon about their character from people who don’t know them. People are tired of being mischaracterized and generalized by Hollywood, a place with too many people confined to a narrow ideology.

No Way Home isn’t making this movie for a certain audience, just show up and have a good time. It’s escapism as it’s meant to be, with care dedicated to the characters and writing that was handled skillfully. It deserves all the money it’s getting right now.

We can only hope that studios learn from this and understand the adage thrown around for a few years now.

Go woke, go broke.

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