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Spidey Movies vs. Avengers Movies

May 23rd, 2019Spidey Movies vs. Avengers Movies

Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has had a series of major adventures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, joining the fray in the significant CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and also taking place in the super-sized AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and AVENGERS: ENDGAME. In between, Holland has held down individual Spider-Man movies in both SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and the upcoming SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, and the young actor feels like the two types of films couldn’t be more different.

Tom Holland sat down with CinemaBlend during a recent visit to the set of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, where he opened up about the addition of Mysterio, teaming up with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the ways that these solo SPIDER-MAN movies stand apart from the massive ensemble flicks of the Avengers.

“The AVENGERS movies feel so removed from what we were doing in HOMECOMING and FAR FROM HOME, especially,” Holland said. “Our films are about people who are so grounded in reality — people who are very real. And then, when you get into the world of the Avengers, that’s the complete opposite. You have characters from all over the galaxy mixing with each other. And it's a very different feel on set, because you have people who are blue and green, Iron Man and stuff. It's pretty crazy. But this is a bit more low key and feels a bit … I always described these movies as the biggest indie movies ever made. Because it does just feel like we're making a high school movie that happens to be in Europe.”

That’s the plot of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. Following the events of AVENGERS: ENDGAME — which was real end-of-the-world stakes — Peter Parker (Holland) just wants to put his secret identity on a shelf and have an innocent getaway with his high school classmates (specifically, his love interest, MJ, played by Zendaya).

“He’s very much love-driven in this film,” Holland said. “And taking a break. This film is all about him trying to take a break, but the responsibility of being Spider-Man always takes over. Which is quite funny because the first film, we were really keen to show Peter Parker enjoying his powers and really wanting to be Spider-Man. Now we have Peter Parker, who still loves the aspects of being Spider-Man, but just needs a break, just needs a holiday, like everyone does at times. And that's not possible when you’re a superhero and you have responsibilities to save lives. So, it's an interesting balance of kind of watching your kid do his homework. That’s kind of how I’m describing it.”

Spider-man hanging from a bridge

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING definitely had some John Hughes inspirations to it, building on the chemistry of the high school kids and playing up Peter’s youth. Tom Holland says there’s more of that in FAR FROM HOME, but it also found ways to ramp up the action. “This one's kind of like if SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and SPECTRE had a baby. That's how I would describe this film,” Holland said. “It has the sexy aspect of being in Europe. You have the spy mission on its own. But at the heart of it, it's still a very similar film to SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING in the sense that it's really about Peter and his friends, and the lighthearted humor that they have, and what happens when a group of Americans go to Europe.”

… And when Nick Fury hijacks the trip, bringing Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) along for the ride.

Find out how the latest Spider-Man adventure plays out once SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME swings into theatres on July 2.

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