Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is swinging into new cities this year! The SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING sequel will take Tom Holland’s web-slinger to London and Europe for a much-needed break following the events of AVENGERS: ENDGAME. The sequel features new suits, new enemies, a mysterious character played by none other than Jake Gyllenhaal and a whole new twist for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here’s everything we know about SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME.
The Spider-Man: Far From Home Release Date
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME opens on July 2. This has been a Marvel-heavy year, thanks to the March release of CAPTAIN MARVEL and the global phenomenon of AVENGERS: ENDGAME, which opened in late April.
Spider-Man currently has that holiday weekend almost entirely to himself, with only the horror film MIDSOMMAR (from the director of HEREDITARY) opening at the same time. Films like TOY STORY 4 and GRUDGE will still be in theatres, however.
The Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer
The film’s first trailer arrived on January 15. The first SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME trailer set up several big parts of the movie, such as Peter Parker’s school trip, his evolving relationship with Michelle Jones (MJ), and the arrival of Mysterio and the Elementals.
The second trailer, seen above, gets to do a lot more, as Marvel and Sony no longer have to edge around ENDGAME spoilers. (If you haven’t seen ENDGAME, don’t watch that trailer just yet!)
Consider this a post-ENDGAME spoiler zone from here on out.
Who Are the Elementals?
Both FAR FROM HOME trailers show Spidey fighting a set of foes we’re calling the Elementals. There’s a giant man-shaped creature who seems to be made of earth (but probably isn’t Spider-Man villain the Sandman) and ones made of fire and water.
The water Elemental could be Hydro-Man, a Spider-Man villain who first appeared in the comic “Amazing Spider-Man” #212, published in 1981. There’s even a suggestion of that connection in the trailer! At one point, the camera pans by a boat with the identification ASM 212, which is about as pointed a clue as the filmmakers could create without actually naming the character in the trailer.
Still, the Elementals are mostly a mystery. Why are they attacking? What does Nick Fury know about them? Do they have a big plan? More to the point, are they somehow connected to the film’s other new character?
What About Mysterio?
The biggest mystery in SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is the guy we’d assume to be the main villain. Thing is, he doesn’t look like a bad guy in the trailers. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a character called Mysterio, real name Quentin Beck.
In the comics, Mysterio was one of Spidey’s first foes. He was a special effects guy who went from working on movies to using effects techniques to emulate Spider-Man’s powers as he committed robberies in Manhattan.
In the FAR FROM HOME trailer, Mysterio (wearing an amazingly comics-accurate costume, fishbowl helmet and all!) looks like he’s on the side of the good guys. He claims to be from a parallel Earth (more on that in a moment), but is that just a con? Seems like there’s a good chance that Mysterio is taking advantage of the chaos following ENDGAME to make a name for himself as a hero, whether or not he deserves it.
So, is his thing all an act? Are the Elementals actually his creation? We don’t know yet, but we’re on guard with respect to this guy.
You’re Saying There’s a Multiverse?
One reason ENDGAME is such a big deal is that it opens up all sorts of new possibilities for the MCU. Time travel is on the table, and so is the multiverse — essentially a set of parallel dimensions. If you saw SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE you already know all about that idea, but until now we didn’t know if the animated film would connect to the MCU. We still don’t know that for certain, but this is a good sign.
Of course, this assumes that Mysterio is telling the truth. If he’s not actually from a different Earth, is the multiverse still a thing? You’d think Nick Fury would be pretty well-informed about that sort of thing.
How Many New Spider-Suits Are in Far From Home?
At least two! Every new Spider-Man movie appearance is a chance to refine and experiment with his costume, and this movie is no different.
First up, there’s the armored “Iron Spider” suit seen in INFINITY WAR and ENDGAME. Spidey is still running around in that one, at least for a while. Then, there are two more traditional Spidey suits: one, probably the original HOMECOMING suit, worn at the charity event in the first trailer and when he’s in the boat with Nick Fury. Then, there’s a darker blue suit with a white spider logo.
Chances are that Nick Fury gives Spidey an upgrade. He (or Mysterio) almost certainly also offers the young hero that all-black “stealth” suit (which looks a lot like Nicolas Cage’s Spider-Man Noir character in INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE!)
Michelle Jones Takes Center Stage
In SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, Zendaya’s Michelle Jones (MJ) was a peripheral character. Despite being based on one of the two major romantic interests in Peter Parker’s life, she was more interested in snarking from the sidelines than developing any sort of relationship with Peter. (And vice versa — Peter had something else going at the time.)
In FAR FROM HOME, we might see MJ and Peter getting closer. There’s a lot of flirting and the hint of a future for the two.
Does Anyone Not Know Peter Is Spider-Man?
OK, so with all of that said, here’s what we’ve put together for the FAR FROM HOME story so far. Aunt May has accepted Peter’s role as Spider-Man and is even guiding him to do some good that doesn’t involve punching — as seen in his appearance at a charity event for the homeless. (We still don’t know how she dealt with the snap — or if she was among those initially destroyed by Thanos. For her sake, it might be better if she was. Just imagine May mourning Peter for five years!)
To get some post-ENDGAME downtime, and probably reconnect with the people in his life, Peter goes on a class trip abroad. That jaunt is interrupted by Nick Fury, who also clearly knows Peter is Spider-Man. The general idea seems to be that Fury and Maria Hill need help fighting the Elementals. There’s also the question of Spider-Man stepping up to fill Iron Man’s shoes. Oh, and one line from Mysterio — “Saving the world requires sacrifice; sometimes people die.” — has us wondering if he’s got some plan to get rid of Spider-Man by making it seem like he was killed in a heroic battle.
Finally, does MJ actually know Peter is Spider-Man, too, or is that merely a clever edit for the trailer?
Does the Spider-Man Sequel Take Place Before or After Endgame?
For a while, we didn’t know if FAR FROM HOME was set before or after ENDGAME, but now the answer is clear: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME takes place at some point after ENDGAME. In a recent interview, director Jon Watts said this story takes place “almost immediately after” the events of ENDGAME.
The Far From Home Cast
We’ve covered a lot of the SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME cast above, but let’s wrap this up by running through the players.
Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Holland’s version of the character has experienced a lot, from his battle with Vulture in HOMECOMING to assisting the Avengers in CIVIL WAR, not to mention fighting Thanos in INFINITY WAR, being killed, then brought back to fight Thanos again.
Zendaya also returns as Michelle Jones (MJ), a classmate of Peter Parker who seems to be developing a crush on him. The attraction is mutual. Jacob Batalon is back to play Peter Parker’s best friend, Ned, who knows about Peter’s superhero alter-ego. Characters played by Tony Revolori and Angourie Rice, Flash Thompson and Betty Brant, don’t know Peter is Spidey, but learning the truth would certainly blow Flash’s mind.
Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders turn up as former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury and his working partner, Maria Hill. And Jon Favreau returns as Stark’s right-hand man, Harold “Happy” Hogan. Based on the trailer, he’s happy to see Marisa Tomei, playing Peter’s aunt, May Parker.
And Jake Gyllenhaal plays Mysterio, a maybe-villain, maybe-ally who really lives up to his name! We don’t know much at all about the guy, but his powers sure do seem cool — if they’re not all illusions.
Also in the cast are Martin Starr as Peter’s teacher, Mr. Harrington; Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes, aka Vulture; Hemky Madera as bodega owner Mr. Delmar; and J. B. Smoove, Numan Acar, Oli Hill, Remy Hii and Zach Barack.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME opens on July 2.