As the inaugural film in Phase 4 of the MCU, Spider-Man: Far From Home has a lot to live up to. Not only was Peter Parker’s “disappearance” in Infinity War the most heartbreaking of them all, but there’s a good chance he’ll have to become an Avenger MVP following the events of next year’s Infinity War follow-up. With all that in mind, and news about the upcoming sequel pouring in on a daily basis, we decided to compile Everything We Know About Spider-Man: Far From Home, which comes to theaters on July 5th, 2019.
UPDATE 7/18/18: Numan Acar Joins the Cast!
It is being reported that Numan Acar (Prison Break, Disney’s live-action Aladdin) has joined the cast. We don’t know much yet about who the Turkish actor will be playing, but the character’s name is Dmitri, which could give it all away.
Fans of the comic initially thought Acar might be playing Kraven the Hunter, though the name Dmitri actually points to Kraven’s half-brother, Dmitri Smerdyakov AKA The Chameleon. The Chameleon is one of the first villains that Spider-Man faced in his early days as a crime-fighter, and would make a good fit in the new roster of villains that Marvel Studios is putting together. He would also work alongside the potential European Trip the film might be working with.
We’ll have more on The Chameleon next week, and keep it locked here for more updates on Spider-Man: Far From Home!
– S. Allan
Unfortunately, we know almost nothing about Far From Home, mostly because we don’t even know how Peter Parker is set to return in Avengers 4. Without that information, it’s almost impossible to discern where he’ll be, what he’ll be doing, or who he’ll be doing it with (though, we have some guesses). All we know, from an interview with Kevin Feige, is “We know it’s the summer. I think it’s summer vacation. I think he’s going to Europe with his friends. I don’t know what summer… I mean, I do know [but you don’t].” In context, the interview talks about how Marvel is going to have trouble marketing any post-Avengers movie that stars a character who was killed in Infinity War.
So, it’s a summer vacation movie, one that could potentially take place after Avengers 4, in some kind of an alternate timeline, or even as a prequel to Homecoming. Of course, the last two options are a lot less likely, but Feige is pretty confident that, although we more or less know what’s coming, we know nothing about how we’re going to get there. This increasing sense of mystery that seems to shroud each subsequent Marvel production ties really well into the next big piece of Far From Home information, which is…
…that Jake Gyllenhaal might be playing Mysterio, one of the coolest and most underutilized villains in Spider-Man’s circle of arch-nemeses.
I think he’ll be a perfect follow-up to Thanos and the first real villain that the MCU’s Spider-Man has ever faced on his own. As much as I loved Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Homecoming, he consistently shows way more mercy than just about any other villain in the MCU, though his appearance alongside Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio (if that is confirmed) may lead into a Sinister Six team-up for the next movie. In Far From Home, however, Gyllenhaal will likely be playing the Quentin Beck iteration, who debuted in 1964 and is easily the most recognizable version of this character to date.
Debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man #13, Mysterio is Quentin Beck, a special effects wizard and stunt man working for a major Hollywood studio with dreams of making a name for himself in the film industry. However, he came to see his career in special effects as a dead-end job. His attempts to become an actor were poorly received, but he realized that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective supervillain.
Visually, I think this film is going to be stunning, and I can’t wait to see how director Jon Watts incorporates Mysterio’s optical illusions into the story. I’m also excited to see how this continues to impact the character mentally, especially after being resurrected from literal dust mere months before facing off against another supervillain who can literally bend the fabric of reality.
In addition to Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Zendaya as MJ, Michael Keaton as Vulture, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, actor and comedian J.B. Smoove has joined the cast in an undisclosed role, but it’s good to know that Watts plans to maintain the light, fast-paced tone of Homecoming. There’s also a rumor that Samuel L. Jackson will be co-starring in the film as Nick Fury, as evidenced by an Instagram post from the actor’s account. Notice the geo-tagging, which places Jackson in London, where Far From Home is currently filming. The full post, comprised of four pictures, shows Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. business card (which appropriately titles him a “Bad Motherfucker”) alongside the signature eye patch, eye scar, and facial hair.
Spider-Man: Far From Home comes to theaters on July 5th, 2019! Check back periodically for more updates!
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