Comics on Film: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Is Now in Production

Comics on Film: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Is Now in Production

Aug 24, 2018

Spider-Man: Far From Home

(Warning: Spoilers from Avengers: Infinity War can be found below.)

In 2017, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios collaborated to bring Spider-Man: Homecoming to theaters. Featuring an all-new actor in the lead and taking place in the long-running Marvel Cinematic Universe, Homecoming represented a new take on the classic Marvel icon by leaning far more on the character’s earliest comics stories by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, while also weaving a compelling coming-of-age superhero story with a great villain and real heart.

So far, Spider-Man’s three appearances in the MCU have been some of his most absolutely memorable cinematic adventures. His initial appearance in Captain America: Civil War very nearly stole the show, Homecoming was terrific, and his turn in Avengers: Infinity War was highly emotional for anyone who feels a connection to Peter Parker. The promise of another Spider-Man film that will follow up some of the more specific events of Homecoming is exciting, and now that cameras are rolling we thought it’d be prudent to go over the facts as we currently understand them.

So, here’s what we know so far about Spider-Man: Far From Home.

 

The Essentials: Story and Cast

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Arriving in July of 2019, Far From Home is coming out a mere two months after the as-yet untitled fourth Avengers film, and will also be taking place after the events of that film, as well. We don’t know a whole lot about the story itself, except for the fact that Peter and many of his friends we met in Homecoming are going to be on some kind of summer trip to Europe, where most of the film will take place. Whether it’s their own vacation or something sanctioned by their school isn’t yet known, but chances are it has something to do with the school considering all of the returning supporting players.

In addition to Tom Holland returning as Spider-Man, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and Tony Revolori will be returning as Michelle “MJ” Jones, Peter's best friend Ned and his rival Eugene "Flash" Thompson, respectively. Marisa Tomei is also back as May Parker, and if the end of Homecoming is any indication, we’ve got a fair amount to look forward to concerning her new … perspective on her nephew. Like Homecoming, though, we’re getting a couple of familiar faces from the MCU’s past moving deeper into Peter’s orbit.

The Avengers

Both Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders will be returning to the MCU as Nick Fury and Maria Hill, last seen fading away in the post-credits scene for Avengers: Infinity War. Jackson, of course, debuted as Fury in the original Iron Man film, and reprised his role in Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Captain Marvel. Smulders appeared as Hill alongside Jackson in every Fury appearance since The Avengers, but will be absent in Captain Marvel.

Fury coming into the "orbit" of Spider-Man seems to be a possible indication of the former S.H.I.E.L.D. director taking a larger interest in the promising young hero, which Fury also did in the early 2000’s Ultimate Spider-Man series. Seeing that dynamic enter the MCU would be pretty thrilling, especially considering that both Fury and Peter could likely learn a lot from each other.

 

New and Familiar Villains

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Some of the more interesting casting news, though, concerns the film's villains: both new and returning. Michael Keaton is slated to return as Adrian Toomes, aka the Vulture, the villain Spidey took down in Homecoming. Toomes seems to have developed a genuine respect for Peter, as well as a desire to protect him. When Mac Gargan confronted Toomes in prison with a rumor that Toomes knew who Spider-Man was, Toomes withheld revealing Peter’s identity, which could lead to an interesting turn of events considering the fact that Toomes will be appearing in Far From Home.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has also been cast as the film’s new villain, Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio. Mysterio is one of the more visually inventive Spider-Man villains; his roots in the comics go all the way back to 1964’s The Amazing Spider-Man #13 and he’s also been a regular foe of Spidey’s in video games and animation. Enlisting Gyllenhaal to bring the disgruntled former special effects artist to life on film is an exciting prospect for longtime Spidey fans and will likely make for a pretty dazzling villain who’s now, finally, making the jump to live-action.

 

Wait a Second: What About Infinity War?!

Avengers: Infinity War

Of course, if you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, you likely remember the heart-wrenching scene involving Spider-Man at the end of that film. Peter, of course, was one of the heroes to fall to the "snap heard 'round the universe" made by Thanos through the power of the Infinity Gauntlet, and we also saw Fury and Hill fade away in the ensuing chaos as well. Of course, the MCU is a machine that can’t be stopped, and much of these plot points are dependent on how the untitled Avengers 4 shakes out.

Comics on Film actually speculated not long after the release of Infinity War if the impact of that film’s ending would be undercut by the details that would undoubtedly emerge for forthcoming films that include characters killed in Infinity War. While that may be partially true, it likely won’t diminish the anticipation or excitement people feel for the likes of Captain Marvel, Avengers 4 or Spider-Man: Far From Home.

That being said, the news surrounding the forthcoming Spider-Man film is still very exciting, and we can’t wait for Far From Home to hit theaters on July 5, 2019.


Chris Clow is a comics expert/former retailer, and pop culture critic/commentator. He hosts two podcasts: Discovery Debrief: A Star Trek Podcast and Comics on Consoles. Find his column "Comics on Film" weekly at Movies.com and follow along on Twitter @ChrisClow.

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