Captain Marvel has come and gone like a distilled flash of binary energy, and - now that the third (and possibly final) trailer has come out for Avengers: Endgame - all eyes are on Spider-Man: Far From Home to deliver some light relief following Earth's mightiest heroes' final stand with Thanos. But hang on? I've seen the Avengers: Infinity War ending. How has Peter Parker even got another standalone movie on the way?
We answer that, and all your other questions to Spider-Man: Far From Home below, which potentially marks the first time we'll see the webhead on the big screen since the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War. You'll find all the latest information on the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer , release date, story info, and more, including how it all ties into 2016's Spider-Man: Homecoming. We'll be continually refreshing this page with more news in the lead up to the movie's release too, so keep your Spidey senses tingling and bookmark this page for continual updates.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home release date: July 5, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home cast: Tom Holland, Maria Tomei, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and more
- Spider-Man: Far From Home director: Jon Watts
- Spider-Man: Far From Home writer(s): Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Spider-Man: Far From Home release date
The Spider-Man: Far From Home release date has been set for July 5, 2019, which is just over two months after Endgame, which is out in April. That makes it the third MCU film of the year when you add Captain Marvel, which is coming first in March 2019. While sometimes there's a difference between US and UK release dates for Marvel movies—particularly considering the outrageously long wait for Ant-Man and the Wasp in the UK this year—it doesn't look like anything like that is on the cards for Far From Home so far. Fingers crossed.
If you're wondering what the significance of Far From Home being the first Marvel Phase 4 film is, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige told Cinemablend that we shouldn't make assumptions about what the stories for post-Avengers 4 movies will be: "We're holding off on specifics on all of it for all the same reasons we hold off on everything. For the most part, it's keep the surprises going. The one thing I'll say is... the mere fact that those films exist, people shouldn't take any indication that they can now guess what will happen. Let's put it that way."
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Maybe Spider-Man died, and Far From Home is all set in his dream from the afterlife! Nah. Hopefully we'll learn more about the future of the MCU, though, whether it's in the tone of the film or perhaps through new characters introduced by the movie. Aside from the troubled Guardians of the Galaxy 3, this is the only post-Endgame film that Marvel Studios has confirmed.
In a very cool development, Spider-Man: Far From Home is also confirmed for an IMAX release. After the even-bigger-screen success of Venom, Sony and IMAX agreed a new deal which will see all of the company’s key upcoming releases digitally remastered for the supermassive format. “Spider-Man is a Marvel movie, and we're excited about continuing our relationship with Marvel,” IMAX CEO Greg Foster told The Hollywood Reporter. “It's been among the most fruitful relationships we've had with filmmakers. So it's a win-win.” Joining Spider-Man: Far From Home in Sony’s 2019 IMAX line-up is the Men in Black reboot and Jumanji 3.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer
After previewing it behind closed doors last month at Brazil Comic Con, and in light of Tom Holland apparently twisting the arm of Sony, Marvel has finally released a Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer (above). Coming in at two and a half minutes long, it completely ignores any questions we have from Infinity War and reveals the full synopsis for the webhead's incoming sequel.
The trailer begins with Peter preparing to go on a school trip abroad to Europe, following by some sort of publicity tour organised by Aunt May, but not before deciding to leave his superhero costume at home. Once there, however, it's not long before Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury shows up with a mission for his friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, which appears to involve fighting a massive water elemental in the Venetian canals.
The scene shows Spidey is out of his depth against the creature, before Jake Gyllenhaal finally shows up as Mysterio (complete with fish bowl helmet) to help him out. Yes, really. The trailer seems to imply that Mysterio is working alongside Peter, though we know this alliance can't last for long, as the character is one of Spider-Man's most famous arch-nemeses.
That's not all though! Marvel Studios also released an international Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer (above) at the same time and it has some different scenes to the first one, so make sure you check it out.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home poster
Alongside the release of its new trailer, there's also a lovely new Spider-Man: Far From poster for you to check out. True to the promises of its title, the web-slinger looks to be jet-setting all over Europe for his standalone sequel, with classic tourist stickers plastered across his suit to prove it.
Does this mean we can expect to see Parker explore the likes of Prague, Berlin, and Geneva alongside the two main cities of London and Venice seen in the trailer? Will he be meeting up with more of his Avenger friends along the way? It's not too long until we get to find out for ourselves, Marvel fans. On the less official side of things, Peter Parker's yearbook photos have somehow managed to surface online and, uh, they're certainly... something.
Spider-Man: Far From Home cast
The Spider-Man: Far From Home cast provides the most information we have about the movie so far, and it features a lot of returning faces, plus a new high-profile villain.
Tom Holland, of course, returns as Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, as does his circle of family and friends. Marisa Tomei will reprise her role as Aunt May, Zendaya will once again play Peter's classmate Michelle 'MJ' Jones, and Jacob Batalon will feature as Peter's pal Ned after memorably popping up for a brief appearance in Infinity War. You can expect the rest of Peter's high school pals to join him, and it's also been reported that Michael Keaton will return to reprise his role as Adrian Toomes/Vulture too, after putting in a great villainous turn with a twist in Homecoming.
Now let's get to the juicy stuff. Back in May, Variety reported that Jake Gyllenhaal was being eyed for the role of Quintin Beck, AKA Mysterio. By December 6, 2018, Gyllenhaal himself confirmed his involvement with a cheeky Instagram post, though by that point, there was more than enough evidence to prove it'd be him chewing the scenery behind the character's famous fishbowl helmet.
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Deadline also revealed that Curb Your Enthusiasm actor JB Smoove had joined the Far From Home cast, though his exact role remains unknown. With two villains in the mix, there's some speculation Marvel is moving towards a Sinister Six storyline, which would theoretically collect a bunch of villains together, but this would probably make more sense when he actually has six foes to contend with.
There may be at least one more antagonist in the film, however. Actor Numan Acar joined the cast in July 2018, playing a character known simply as Dimitri, which as many people pointed out is also the first name of Spidey villain Dimitri Smerdyakov, the Chameleon. Actors Oli Hill and Remy Hii also play mystery characters in the film. So who knows, maybe they will get to Sinister Six in Far From Home. Or maybe they're all just playing high school teachers. We'll see. You might remember that Far From Home co-producer Sony Pictures was trying to make a Sinister Six standalone movie once upon a time, so clearly it's something they've wanted to do on-screen for a while.
As for further MCU connections, it's also been confirmed that Samuel L Jackson and Cobie Smulders are reprising their roles as Nick Fury and Maria Hill respectively. Enjoy this post on Jackson's Instagram account, which was taken in Watford, near where the film is being shot:
Curiously, there’s also been a surge of fan interest in having Tobey Maguire, who portrayed Spider-Man across three films from 2002 to 2007, make a cameo appearance – although not in a role that requires him to once more pull on the red-and-blue suit. Instead 82,000 (and counting!) have backed a change.org petition for him to appear as a pizza delivery guy. It’s a cute nod to Spider-Man 2, in which Peter Parker juggles his superhero role with a part-time job at Joe’s Pizza.
Spider-Man: Far From Home set photos
Spider-Man: Far from Home: Mysterio in Liberec, Czech Republic pic.twitter.com/wpWaWe0oRESeptember 30, 2018
Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently wrapping up principal filming on location in the city of Liberac, Czech Republic, and - as is always the case with movies with this level of attention - leaked footage and images showing both Gyllenhaal and Holland in their costumes on set have recently surfaced across the internet.
Final scenes from Spider-Man: Far from Home in Liberec, now the end of filming pic.twitter.com/D9SNaHSBJkSeptember 30, 2018
The footage above, most pertinently, is of the former doing his thing as Mysterio, and boy, does he look the part. While the character's iconic fish bowl helmet is nowhere to be seen, the colouration and flair of Mysterio's costume has not been diluted down from the comic books. He's even got the cape, though it's unclear whether this version of Mysterio has any actual superpowers or not.
Final photography of Spider-Man: Far From Home apparently took place in New York in October 2018, with one eagle-eyed Twitter user spotting Holland flying en route from Atlanta to NYC in order to film reshoots.
Spider-Man: Far From Home story
The official Spider-Man: Far From Home synopsis is as follows:
Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!
But when is Spider-Man: Far From Home set? According to the head honchos at both Marvel Entertainment and Sony, the movie will take place directly after the events of the Avengers: Infinity War ending, literally minutes after that story wraps up, which rules out the original theory of this being a prequel. Goodness knows how Peter Parker comes back from his... uh, inconvenient state of being at the hands of Thanos, but I guess we'll find out pretty soon.
Spider-Man: Far From Home director
After Homecoming made a significant $880 million at the box office, why mess with a winning team? That's why Jon Watts returns as director for Far From Home, while writers Chris McKenna and and Erik Sommers are working on the screenplay. Watts was previously an indie director, working on the Kevin Bacon film Cop Car, before he was chosen for the Spider-Man: Homecoming gig. Since the first film got a better reception than The Amazing Spider-Man films, having him back seems like a sensible choice.
McKenna and Sommers, meanwhile, were both writers on the excellent TV sitcom Community in another life, and both also worked on the screenplay for Ant-Man and the Wasp. They were two of the multiple screenwriters on Homecoming, too, and clearly they're a good fit for the funnier end of the superhero movie spectrum.