Without any shadow of a doubt, Sony's upcoming release has all the makings of being the biggest cinema release of the year. And all within the final 17 days of the year.

Oh, this is going to be huge. Ahead of its release in Europe on December 15 (and in the US on December 17), the 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' ticket pre-sales are off the charts.

US ticketing company Fandago reports that fans have been pre-booking their seats in theatres in their droves, resulting in ticket sales surpassing the amount that was pre-booked for 'Avengers: Endgame' in 2019. Within its first two hours of tickets being on sale on the website, 'No Way Home' also overtook another MCU title from earlier this year, 'Black Widow'.

The Sony tentpole offering also outstripped other pre-pandemic blockbusters like 'Avengers: Infinity War', 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' and 'The Last Jedi', which is great news for movie theatres.

According to reports this week, 'No Way Home' ticket pre-sales managed to crash ticketing websites when they became available on Monday. With many screenings becoming sold-out within the first few hours, tickets have been seen on eBay for ridiculous prices - some as much as $10,000.

Cinemas here in Ireland, where 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' releases two days earlier than the US, are hosting extra screenings for fans to ensure that anyone who wants to see the blockbuster on its first-day release can do so.

Only time will tell how well 'No Way Home' will perform at the global box office, but all signs are pointing to it making mammoth numbers. 'Avengers: Endgame' made a total of $2.798 billion worldwide, slotting it into second place on the list of biggest-selling movies of all time, behind 'Avatar'.

While still not confirmed (and probably won't be until we see the film later this month), Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have long been rumoured to be reprising their respective Spider-Man roles.

The current iteration of the web-slinger, Tom Holland, is also in line to make at least a new trilogy of films for Sony within the MCU multiverse, with appearances in other films also on the cards.

'Spider-Man: No Way Home' swings into cinemas on December 15.