The trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home briefly shows Spider-Man with a mysterious box, but what is it and why is it so important to Doctor Strange?
The first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home confirmed the presence of some villains from previous Spider-Man movies and the multiverse being at the core of the story’s conflict, but it also left many questions, such as what is the box that Spider-Man steals from Doctor Strange. With the Infinity Saga now over, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is moving forward with its highly-anticipated Phase 4, which covers both TV shows and movies to further expand this universe. The main theme of this new era is the multiverse, which has already been explored in Loki and will continue bringing trouble to the MCU in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
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After Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) framed Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and revealed his identity to the entire world at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter will have to deal with the consequences of having his biggest secret exposed in Spider-Man: No Way Home. This will lead Peter to seek Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help so he can protect the ones he loves, so Strange casts a spell that will make everyone forget Peter is Spider-Man, but it won’t go as planned. Peter and Strange will further mess with time and space and create more multiverse problems, making way for the arrival of a variety of villains and a potential conflict between Peter and Strange, as seen in the trailer.
Although Strange seems to be taking the role of mentor of Peter now that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is gone, there’s a scene in the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home that suggests there will be some trouble between them. Right after Strange tells Peter that the problem is him trying to live two different lives, the trailer cuts to a scene with Strange punching Peter’s astral form out of his body, similarly to how the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) did with Smart Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in Avengers: Endgame and Strange himself in Doctor Strange. What’s curious about this scene is that Peter is holding a box, and what makes it more intriguing is that it has the Seal of the Vishanti.
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The Seal of the Vishanti is a symbol mostly seen at the Sanctum Sanctorum, and it protects the Sanctum from most supernatural invaders. The Seal of the Vishanti also marks the Book of the Vishanti, which contains the most powerful spells there are, and it can also be seen in the Eye of Agamotto. Now, the box Spider-Man holds in the aforementioned scene doesn’t seem to have a comic book counterpart, but just by being marked with the Seal of the Vishanti, it has a connection to the Eye of Agamotto and thus the Time Stone. Although the latter was destroyed, the box could contain what’s left of the Time Stone’s energy, which would explain why Peter tried to take it away from Stephen, perhaps in an effort to undo the spell that triggered a new wave of problems for him.
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There’s a lot of speculation around what that mysterious box could be and why it’s so important that Strange would separate Peter’s astral form from his body to keep it safe, but given how Spider-Man: No Way Home is dealing heavily with time and space and the box has the Seal of the Vishanti, it could be all about time and undoing the spell, though that’s a lot easier said than done. There are a lot of magical and potentially dangerous artifacts kept in the Sanctum Sanctorum, so there has to be something very special about that box for Peter to try to steal it.