This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
Spider-Man: Far From Home will launch Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, picking up wherever Avengers: Endgame leaves us, and forming the middle chapter of a new Spidey trilogy. So far, we’ve seen Tom Holland’s gawky teen Peter Parker adjusting to his new powers in three separate Marvel movies, but what does the future hold for him now that his origin story is fully told?
The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Far From Home is currently in post-production and details are coming through thick and fast – with plenty of knock-on rumours about Avengers: Endgame and the rest of the MCU. Check back here for regular updates and any Spidey news as we get it.
Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer
The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home was finally unleashed on 15 January 2019. It gave us our first glimpse at Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, the monstrous Elementals, Nick Fury and Spidey’s new red-and-black suit, among other things. You can watch the trailer below – and read about what it all means in our trailer breakdown.
Spider-Man: Far From Home poster
Along with the release of the first trailer, Far From Home also got its first teaser poster. Playing on the euro trip element of this Spidey’s second solo adventure, the poster seems to confirm the film’s locations as London, Venice, Prague, Berlin and New York, as well as potentially Italy and the Swiss Alps…
Spider-Man: Far From Home plot
All we really know for sure at the moment is that Far From Home will follow on directly from Avengers: Endgame. Producer Amy Pascal confirmed to Fandom that Far From Home won’t leave much of a gap, stating that the film will start “a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story”. Whether that means we’ll pick up Peter’s story as he shares a round of beers with the other Avengers over the broken body of Thanos, or if we’ll see him still weeping over Tony Stark’s grave, we don’t know – and we probably won’t know until this April.
What we do know is that Peter is fast becoming the most important character in the MCU – chosen to bridge Phases 3 and 4 and help us deal with whatever awful, awful things are inevitably going to happen to some of our favourite heroes.
“So much happens in [Avengers 3 and 4], as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker?” Kevin Feige told io9.
“It was purposefully done like this. Like how the events of Captain America: Civil War impacted Peter as he was dropped off by Tony and expected to go back to continue his sophomore year, how the hell are the events of Infinity War and [Endgame] going to affect him as he goes back to his junior year?”
How. The. Hell?
Spider-Man: Far From Home cast
Tom Holland is back as Peter Parker (obvs), but he’s not the only returning cast member from Homecoming.
Michael Keaton is confirmed to return as Vulture, Zendaya is still MJ and Marisa Tomei is still Aunt May. Jacob Batalon is also back as Peter’s best friend, Ned, with Tony Revolori returning as Parker’s school rival, Flash.
Interestingly though, Samuel L Jackson and Cobie Smulders will also be making an appearance as former SHIELD agents Nick Fury and Maria Hill. We don’t know yet how much of the Thanos snap is going to be reversed in Endgame, but since at least three major characters (including Parker) make it back from the dead by the time Far From Home starts, it suggests that at least some of the loose threads in Phase 3 will be tied up before Phase 4 begins to unravel them again.
Worryingly though, Robert Downey Jr will not be a part of Spider-Man: Far From Home, with Fury seemingly taking his place as the Avengers link/mentor. Does this mean Iron Man doesn’t survive Endgame? Well, Stark’s long-time pal and bodyguard Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) is returning and looks in fine spirits from the trailer at least, so the fact he’s not obviously mourning his boss gives us hope.
New to the line-up is Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck – the jaded Hollywood special effects designer who becomes Spider-Man’s new helmet-headed nemesis (or is he?), Mysterio. In the trailer, Beck presents himself as a fellow hero, although given his comic-book origins, we wouldn’t be so sure.
Numan Acar (Homeland, Prison Break, In The Fade) is another interesting addition. Reportedly cast as a character called “Dimitri”, the name suggests he might be playing Dimitri Smerdyakov, aka Chameleon, the super-spy master of disguise who makes a pretty worthy villain in the comics.
Spider-Man: Far From Home villains
As the trailer reveals, Far From Home‘s main villians seem to be the Elementals – four ancient beings who are back to wreak havoc around Europe. The four fantastic beasts are Hydron (lord of the waters), Magnum (master of the Earth), Hellfire (wielder of flame) and Zephyr (mistress of the winds). We’ve already caught glimpses of Hydron stalking the canals of Venice and Hellfire smashing up London Bridge, so it looks like Spidey has a giant problem on his hands.
Don’t rule out the duplicitous Mysterio turning on the webslinger, though. Quentin Beck is a special effects maestro gone wrong, using his knowledge of movie magic and pyrotechnics to become a fishbowl-headed supervillain. He hasn’t got any powers, but he still makes a pretty worthy foe in the comics – where he’s been a staple since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s The Amazing Spider-Man #13 back in 1964. If Watts and Gyllenhaal lean into the movie-making side of Beck’s backstory, the character could also make for a fun meta twist on the MCU. If nothing else, all the practical FX experts who have been put out of a job by CG-heavy movies like Spider-Man will feel his pain.
We know that Michael Keaton is back as Vulture, although with Mysterio in the mix, it’s unlikely that he’ll be leading from the front. The end credit sting in Homecoming showed Adrian Toomes/Vulture in prison, which is probably where he’ll be in Far From Home, potentially steering things from behind bars.
Last up on the list of potential villains is Numan Acar’s rumoured Chameleon. Blessed with the power of making really, really good masks – Dmitri Smerdyakov is one of Spidey’s oldest foes (dating right back to The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in 1963). Able to impersonate anyone he wants to, Chameleon regularly makes things confusing in the comics, often used as a way to fix plot holes by having one cornered character pull off a mask to reveal Dmitri looking smug.
Spider-Man: Far From Home filming
Filming on Far From Home began on 2 July 2018 under the cryptic working title “Fall Of George”.
The film was mostly shot in and around London, although Numan Acar’s hushed-up Instagram post also hashtagged Berlin, Los Angeles and Istanbul.
Tom Holland shared the first behind-the-scenes video via his own Instagram account – joking about doing his own stunts, giving fans plenty of clues to talk about, and letting us all know that the film is partly set in Venice. Will he spoil something else soon? Most definitely.
On 17 October 2018, Holland took to Instagram again to confirm that shooting had officially wrapped, posting a pic of Spidey and Zendaya’s Michelle standing with their arms folded:
Shortly after that, Holland turned up on the Jimmy Kimmel show to take part in a weird live sketch where he ran around with a traffic cone on his head. He didn’t actually reveal anything about the film, but the skit did give us our first glimpse of the new spidey-suit in (sort-of) action:
Spider-Man: Far From Home release date
Spider-Man: Far From Home will be released on 5 July 2019 – which puts it fairly close to the release of Avengers: Endgame, on 26 April. Whatever happens at the end of Phase 3, at least we won’t have too long to wait until Phase 4 comes along.