The web-slinging wunderkind is back! And he's going on vacation!
Spider-Man is swinging back into action.
We’ve still got a ways to go before the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters, but info is starting to trickle out about the return of Tom Holland’s web-slinger. Some details are pretty straightforward — what the title is, who’s coming back — while others are a little more nebulous. And then there’s the small matter of what went down in Avengers: Infinity War…
Below, we’ve rounded up everything we know so far about the upcoming Spidey sequel.
What’s it called?
If the MCU’s first Spider-Man movie was about coming home, the sequel is about leaving it. It’s titled Spider-Man: Far From Home — which Holland “accidentally” revealed by posting a video of the script on Instagram.
When does it come out?
July 5, 2019! Two months after Avengers: Endgame hits theaters.
So what’s it about?
Spidey is going global! The first Far From Home teaser trailer finds Peter Parker, well, far from home, setting out on a trip to Europe with his friends. Initially, Peter plans to leave his Spider-suit in New York, but his Aunt May (who accidentally discovered his web-slinging secret at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming) encourages him to bring it with him. And it’s a good thing he does: Someone is manipulating the elements and wreaking havoc around Europe.
Who’s in it?
Holland is back, obviously, because he plays Spider-Man and the name of the movie is Spider-Man: Far From Home. We’ll also see the return of a few familiar faces, including Marisa Tomei as Peter’s Aunt May, Zendaya as his friend M.J., and Jacob Batalon as his best friend/guy-in-the-chair, Ned.
A few other key members of the MCU have also joined the cast: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.
Jon Watts is also back as the director, with Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley writing the script. (Also, importantly, the teaser trailer confirms the return of Murph the bodega cat, whom Spider-Man rescued from an explosion back in Homecoming.)
Finally, Michael Keaton’s villainous Vulture is also reportedly returning for the sequel, after being thrown in jail and stripped of his wings in Homecoming. Although he’s not going to be the only bad guy in Far From Home, which brings us to…
Who’s the big bad?
Jake Gyllenhaal has joined the cast as the iconic Spidey villain Mysterio. It’s Gyllenhaal’s first time playing a comic book role, and it’s a doozy: In the comics, the original Mysterio was a brilliant special-effects expert and stuntman named Quentin Beck, who uses his skills to create deadly illusions and gadgets. Spooky.
But in the first trailer, Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio positions himself as a bit of a good guy, taking on an even bigger threat: the Elementals. In Marvel comics, the Elementals are a group of ancient beings with mastery over the natural forces of water, earth, air, and fire, who use their abilities to wreak havoc. It looks like in Far From Home, they’ve turned their eyes on Europe, and it’s up to Spider-Man (and maybe Mysterio) to help stop them.
Wait, so what about Avengers: Infinity War?
Oh, you mean that little movie that killed off half the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Including Peter Parker, the titular Spider-Man of Spider-Man: Far From Home? Yeah.
The short answer is: We don’t know! Feige has teased that Far From Home takes place during the summer, but he’s not revealing which summer. So maybe it’s set before Infinity War. Maybe it’s set afterward, and they’ll find some way to bring Peter back. Maybe in Avengers: Endgame, Thanos will renounce his moon-throwing ways and decide to chaperone Peter’s trip to Europe. Hey, it could happen.
How is this connected to all those other Sony Spider-Man movies?
Short version: It’s not. Long version: Sony has had the rights to Spider-Man and associated Marvel characters for years, but the studio struck a deal with Disney to allow Tom Holland’s Spidey to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Sony is launching a new series of films based on its other Marvel characters, including Venom with Tom Hardy and a Morbius film starring Jared Leto. There’s also Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Silver and Black movie, although that was recently pulled from Sony’s release schedule, and another film in development about the Korean-American superhero Silk.
It remains to be seen how all this will tie into to Holland’s Spider-Man story — or whether it will at all. But Holland has hinted that he’d eventually like to see his Spider-Man face off against Venom — and so would Hardy.
And that’s not to be confused with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated movie. That one’s set in an alternate universe, in which there are multiple Spider-People running around — including Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) and a jaded, adult Peter Parker (Jake Johnson). Got all that?
This article was originally published June 28, 2018, and most recently updated Jan. 17, 2019.