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Fans Think People Are Overreacting To This Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Scene

The November 16 release of the second official trailer for "Spider-Man: No Way Home" has caused something of a sensation among Marvel Cinematic Universe fans. People who like the MCU version of the "Spider-Man" franchise have been forced to wait months for any news of the film, delays that were further extended by the COVID-19 pandemic. So the emergence of anything from a bit of licensed merchandise to a teaser trailer has sent avid fans of the series into a frenzy.

Now that they've got their first look at the movie, those devotees are now dissecting each new moment and scene they've been given. One particular incident in the "No Way Home" trailer has struck a nerve with fans of Spidey. Some supporters who gather at the Spider-Man subreddit, which serves as a discussion hub for fans of all of the ol' webhead's genre-spanning endeavors, think that their fellow fans are overreacting to this particular moment. What has them so upset?

They think people are overreacting to Peter's Doc Ock joke

During the trailer, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) asks Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) to repeat his name. "Doctor Otto Octavius," Doc Ock says. Peter and his friends Michelle "MJ" Jones (Zendaya) and Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) share a hearty chuckle over this. "Wait, no, seriously," Peter says. "What's your actual name?" 

The remark has engendered a lot of negative discussion in places like Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit. u/Garret_Newma0524 thinks that their fellow fans are blowing things out of proportion. They posted images of the above scene and noted in the headline that people are "overreacting" to it.

"I didn't think it was that big of a deal, it makes sense; Otto Octavius is a goofy name and they're still kids," agreed u/Soft_Supermarket_503. Several fans pointed out that characters within the Sam Raimi "Spider-Man" trilogy of films also made fun of Octavius' name. "Spider-man making fun of anything is one of the most trademark things he does," wrote u/Smash96leo. They were among many fans who pointed out one of Spidey's superpowers is sarcasm.

But the absurdity of Peter and his friends' reacting to the oddball nature of Otto's name in a world featuring characters with monikers like "Rocket Raccoon" wasn't lost on the subreddit's posters. "In a world where his friend is called Doctor Strange? Otto Octavius is a funny name to Spiderman?" u/slashdotnot mused. u/RobynLocket97 also disagreed, saying "it's not overreacting when you consider it's symptomatic of a lot of people's problem with the MCU: it's reliance on infantile humour."

Fans will find out how funny Spidey is — or isn't — when "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is released on December 17.