October 26th, 2020
 Spider-Man: Far From Home 
Character: Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Created by: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Produced by: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Other cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal
Release date: 2 July 2019
Premiere date: 26 June 2019
Genre: Comic book
Running time: 129 minutes

Directly following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has been changed forever.


Synopsis

In Ixtenco, Mexico, Nick Fury and Maria Hill investigate an unnatural storm and encounter the Earth Elemental. Quentin Beck, a super-powered individual, arrives to defeat the creature. Beck subsequently defeats the Air Elemental and is recruited by Fury and Hill. Meanwhile, in New York City, the Midtown School of Science and Technology completes its year, which was restarted to accommodate the students who previously disintegrated five years ago as a result of Thanos’ actions. They had reappeared un-aged, thanks to the actions of the Avengers. The school organizes a two-week summer field trip to Europe, where Peter Parker—who is still mourning the death of his mentor and father figure Tony Stark—plans to reveal to classmate MJ his attraction to her. Happy Hogan informs Parker that Fury intends to contact him, but Parker ignores Fury’s phone call.

Parker and his classmates travel to Venice, Italy, where the Water Elemental attacks. Parker helps protect his classmates, while Beck arrives and destroys the creature. Fury meets with Parker and gives him Stark’s glasses, which were meant for his successor. The glasses enable him to communicate with and take command of the artificial intelligence E.D.I.T.H., which has access to Stark Industries’ databases and commands a large orbital weapons supply. Beck claims to hail from an alternate reality within the Multiverse, where the four Elementals killed his family and destroyed his civilization. He predicts that the Fire Elemental will appear in Prague. Parker declines Fury’s invitation to join the fight and returns to his class trip.

Fury secretly changes the class’s itinerary to divert the students to Prague. There, Parker is forced to help Beck fight the Fire Elemental to again protect his friends. Beck manages to destroy the creature with Parker’s help. Fury and Hill invite Parker and Beck to Berlin to discuss the formation of a new superhero team, but Parker decides that Beck should go alone and transfers control of E.D.I.T.H. to him. In actuality, Beck is secretly a former Stark Industries holographic-illusions specialist who was fired for his unstable nature, and now leads a team of disgruntled ex-Stark employees, using advanced projector drones to simulate the Elemental attacks, masquerade as a hero, and gain control of E.D.I.T.H. so they use the orbital weaponized drones to increase the scale of their illusions.

After MJ tells Parker she knows he is Spider-Man, they discover that a piece of debris she retrieved during the battle is a projector that shows part of the Air Elemental’s attack, leading them to realize Beck isn’t who he says he is. Parker travels to Berlin to warn Fury, only to be tricked by Beck with an illusory “Fury” into revealing the names of his friends who know about Beck’s plan. Left for dead by Beck, Parker regains consciousness and contacts Hogan, who flies him to London, where his classmates are. Beck uses E.D.I.T.H. to orchestrate a fusion of all the Elementals, as a cover to kill Parker’s friends. Parker is able to disrupt the illusions, so Beck attacks him with drones. Parker defeats Beck and regains control of E.D.I.T.H. Beck is killed by misfired gunshots from the drones, but one of his associates escapes with data from the drones. After returning to New York City, Parker begins a relationship with MJ.

In a mid-credits scene, J. Jonah Jameson of TheDailyBugle.net broadcasts doctored footage of the London incident in which Beck frames Spider-Man for the drone attack and his death, but not before exposing his secret identity to the world, much to Parker’s shock. In a post-credits scene, Fury and Hill are revealed to be the Skrulls Talos and Soren in disguise, under orders from the real Fury while he is away commanding a Skrull spaceship.


Behind-the-Scenes

In June 2016, Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman stated that Sony and Marvel Studios were committed to making additional Spider-Man films after 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The following month, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that if additional films were made, the company had an early idea to have the plot of each film cover a new school year, with a second film intended to take place during Parker’s junior year of high school. By October, discussions had begun for a second film. In December, after the successful release of the first Homecoming trailer, Sony slated a sequel to the film for 5 July 2019. Sony’s insistence that the sequel be released in 2019 complicated Marvel’s preference for secrecy regarding their plans for Spider-Man in this film and their other MCU films, since the character would die at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, and would not be resurrected before Avengers: Endgame in April 2019, by which time marketing for this film would have already begun.[52]

After being able to include Iron Man for Homecoming, Sony was revealed in June 2017 to have the use of another Marvel Studios-controlled character for the sequel. Marvel and Sony both wanted Homecoming director Jon Watts to return for the sequel, with Watts adding that he was contractually signed on for another Spider-Man film. By July, Watts was in negotiations with the studios regarding his return for the sequel, and Marisa Tomei expressed interest in returning as Aunt May from the previous films.

A specific amount of time is not stated in the film, but Watts felt it was almost immediately after Endgame. Given this, Watts felt this posed “a fun creative challenge” for the team, allowing them to deal with many of the unanswered questions from Endgame.

At the end of August 2017, as the film was entering pre-production, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers were in final negotiations to return to write the sequel. In early October, Jacob Batalon confirmed he would reprise his role of Ned in the sequel, while Kevin Feige confirmed in December that Jon Watts was returning to direct the sequel. By February 2018, Zendaya was slated to return for the film, reprising her role as MJ. Location scouting for the film began at the end of the month, as did the pre-visualisation process for the creative team to begin planning action sequences and visual effects for the film. In May, McKenna and Sommers were also confirmed to be returning as the the film’s screenwriters. They began working on the film from a set of notes that Marvel had put together based on different influences and story ideas, including the directive that the film would be releasing shortly after Endgame and would need to deal with the death of Stark due to the relationship between that character and Spider-Man that previous films had established. The film also needed to deal with the aftereffects of “the Blip”, the five-year period between Infinity War and Endgame where half of all life disappeared. That month, Jake Gyllenhaal entered negotiations to play Mysterio, while Tomei and Michael Keaton were confirmed to reprise their respective roles of May and Adrian Toomes / Vulture. The next month, Gyllenhaal’s casting was confirmed alongside news that Michael Keaton would not be appearing in the film.

At the end of June 2018, Holland revealed the film’s title to be Spider-Man: Far From Home.[70] Kevin Feige explained that they decided to have Holland reveal the title because they thought it was likely that it would leak after filming began anyway. Filming was scheduled to begin in early July 2018, and would primarily occur in London – a change from the first film, which was mostly produced in Atlanta. Feige explained that one of the reasons behind this change in location was because a majority of the sequel would be spent around the world, outside New York City.

Principal photography began on location in Hertfordshire, England on 2 July 2018 under the working title Fall of George. After wrapping there, filming moved to London, with locations including East London, and at London Stansted Airport. Studio work occurred at Leavesden Studios near Watford, England, where a Venice set was created on one of the studio’s backlots. Shortly after filming began, set photos revealed Hemky Madera would return as bodega owner Mr. Delmar, while J.B. Smoove and Numan Acar joined the cast.

By early August, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders were confirmed to be appearing in the film, reprising their respective roles of Nick Fury and Maria Hill from previous MCU films, and Remy Hii joined the cast later in the month. Filming took place in Prague and Liberec in the Czech Republic in September before moving to Venice by the end of the month. Afterward, filming moved to New York City and Newark, New Jersey in October, where it used the working title Bosco. Filming wrapped on 16 October 2018.

J.K. Simmons was approached as late as possible before the film’s release to reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film trilogy, with the hopes of keeping the cameo a surprise for fans. After being pitched the idea for the cameo, Simmons called Raimi and received the director’s blessing to return to the role for the new film. His scene was filmed in front of a green screen.


Release

Due to Peter Parker dying at the end of Infinity War and not being resurrected until Endgame, Sony faced the dilemma of either having to begin marketing this film only two months before its release or spoil the fact that Parker is resurrected for general audiences that may not realize that this would happen in Endgame. Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal ultimately debuted the first trailer for Far From Home at Sony’s CCXP Brazil panel on 8 December 2018, though the footage shown does not acknowledge the events of Infinity War or Endgame, being described as a continuation of “the Spider-Man universe” only.

Tom Holland debuted the trailer publicly on his Instagram account on 15 January 2019. A slightly different “international version” was also released for foreign markets. A teaser poster was released alongside the trailer, showing Spider-Man’s mask covered in travel stickers. The trailer received 130 million views in 24 hours, surpassing Homecoming‘s 116 million views as the most viewed Sony Pictures trailer in that time period.

On 6 May 2019, a second trailer for the film was released with an introduction from Tom Holland warning viewers that it includes spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. Watts, who knew the plots of Infinity War and Endgame and worked with the Russo brothers on Spider-Man’s appearances in those films, was relieved that the trailer’s release allowed him to speak more openly about this film. The second trailer was viewed 135 million times in 24 hours, surpassing the first Far From Home trailer as the most viewed Sony Pictures trailer in that time period. Beginning the weekend after the trailer’s release, screenings of Endgame began with a message from Holland telling audiences to stay until the end of the credits, where the trailer then played. United Airlines served as a promotional partner on the film, with one of their Boeing 777 aircraft and several United employees appearing in the film. Partnering with several other companies, including Dr Pepper, Papa John’s Pizza and Burger King, the film had a total promotional marketing value of $288 million, the largest for any film.

Spider-Man: Far From Home had its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on 26 June 2019. The film was released on 28 June in China and Japan, and in the United States on 2 July in 3D and IMAX. Beginning on 29 August, the film was re-released on Labor Day weekend with four minutes of extra footage. The film grossed $390.5 million in the United States and Canada and $741.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.132 billion, becoming the first Spider-Man film to cross the $1 billion threshold. On 18 August 2019, the film surpassed Skyfall to become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film worldwide. Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $339 million, placing it seventh on their list of 2019’s Most Valuable Blockbusters.

Ahead of the film’s home media release, in September 2019, Sony released a “Night Monkey” trailer, featuring footage from the film of Spider-Man in his jokey alter-ego of the same name. Later in the month, Sony created a real version of the fictional TheDailyBugle.net website as part of a viral marketing campaign to promote the home media release of the film. Inspired by real-world “conspiracy-pushing” websites such as that of Alex Jones, the website features J.K. Simmons reprising his role as Jameson in a video where he speaks out against Spider-Man and in support of Mysterio, before adding “Thanks for watching. Don’t forget to like and subscribe!” The website includes testimonials from supposed victims of “the Blip,” including one complaining that they disappeared in a dangerous situation and were seriously injured when they reappeared. As this contradicts a statement by Kevin Feige saying that anyone in such a situation would have reappeared safely, several days after this was pointed out by fans, the website was updated to say this story was faked for an insurance claim.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 90% approval rating based on 440 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. Spider-Man: Far From Home was the last film released in Phase Three of the MCU, and is currently the most recent MCU film owing to the delays in Phase 4’s releases as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Trivia

According to storyboard artist Jeffrey Henderson, Mysterio was supposed to be one of the villains in Sam Raimi’s canceled Spider-Man 4. He was to be played by cult icon Bruce Campbell, a childhood friend and longtime collaborator of Raimi’s, who had made cameos in all three Spider-Man films.
This is the first Marvel/Avengers movie without a cameo by Stan Lee, co-creator of the MCU.
Peter’s passport lists August 10th as his birthday. Spider-Man’s first appearance was in Amazing Fantasy #15, released August 10th, 1962.
It was heavily rumored that Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) would make an appearance, but was shut down by producer Kevin Feige. However, he is briefly mentioned, and is set to appear in the upcoming third Spider-Man film.
The first Spider-Man film where the Sony Columbia Pictures logo has its traditional music instead of a musical score over it.
Jake Gyllenhaal is the third actor from the 2007 film Zodiac to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.
Producer Amy Pascal wanted to make sure the characters stayed grounded even as they flew to Europe. She says, “It was important that we place Peter in new environments, but never at the expense of what makes these characters so special.”
The revelation that Talos was impersonating Nick Fury helps clear up some character plot holes, most noticeably why Fury would so easily trust Quentin Beck, and why he was so insistent that Peter take on the mission. In the latter case, it’s obvious from his phone conversation with Fury that Talos has no idea where the Avengers are, and therefore must rely on Peter to resolve the crisis.


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