SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tom Holland returns as our friendly neighborhood
Super Hero who, following the events of Avengers: Endgame, must step up to take
on new threats in a world that has changed forever. The film expands the
Spider-Man film universe, taking Peter Parker out of his comfort zone and his
home in Queens, New York City, and hurling him across Europe during what was
supposed to be a school vacation - but which becomes his greatest challenge and
most epic adventure ever.
In the aftermath of a monumental battle between good and evil, which has brought
Peter Parker and his friends - and billions of others - back to life, Peter
continues to mourn the death of his mentor, Tony Stark / Iron Man, whose heroic
sacrifice made Peter's return possible. Everywhere he looks, Peter sees tributes
to the fallen Avenger, which adds to his sense of loss, even as his own
turbo-charged heroics leave everyone wondering if he's the next Iron Man.
Peter is comforted, somewhat, by the kind words of Tony's friend, Happy Hogan,
who reassures him that, "I don't think Tony would have done what he did if he
didn't know you were going to be here after he was gone." But Happy bears
another message that Peter definitely doesn't want to deal with: Nick Fury is
looking for Spider-Man. Determined to leave his super heroics behind for a few
weeks, Peter ducks Fury's calls - despite Hogan's warnings that, "You can't
ghost Nick Fury!" - and heads off with his friends Ned, MJ and the rest of the
gang on a European vacation.
But Fury won't be denied, and he and his associate Maria Hill track Peter down
in Venice. The former S.H.I.E.L.D. head tells Peter that he needs Spider-Man to
deal with a new threat: massive Elemental Creatures, each representing one of
the four elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. The monstrous beings have emerged
through a hole torn in the universe ... another aftershock from the events of
Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Peter then meets Quentin Beck, a Super Hero who comes from an alternate Earth
and is determined to stop the Elemental Creatures. Fury and Beck, who's also
known as Mysterio, want Spider-Man to join the battle, but this is way out of
Peter's comfort zone, and he pleads with Fury to bring in one of the other
Avengers to deal with it. Unfortunately for Peter, they're all unavailable, so
he must join forces with Beck in an epic clash with consequences he can't yet
Far from home, Peter must protect his friends, save the world, rise to a
challenge only he can meet, and come to terms with his destiny as Spider-Man.
Columbia Pictures presents a MARVEL Studios / Pascal Pictures production,
Spider-Man: Far From Home. Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya,
Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa
Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal. Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and
Amy Pascal. Written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. Based on the MARVEL Comic
Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Executive Producers are Louis D'Esposito,
Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O'Connor, Stan
Lee, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach. Director of Photography is Matthew J. Lloyd,
CSC. Production Designer is Claude ParĂ©. Editors are Dan Lebental, ACE and Leigh
Folsom Boyd. Visual Effects Supervisor is Janek Sirrs. Costume Designer is Anna
B. Sheppard. Head of Visual Development is Ryan Meinerding. Music by Michael
Giacchino. Music Supervision by Dave Jordan.
Spider-Man: Far From Home has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association
of America for Sci-Fi Action Violence, Some Language and Brief Suggestive
Comments. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on July 2, 2019.
A NEW WORLD ... A NEW SPIDER-MAN?
Spider-Man: Far from Home brings together humor, heart, scale, and everything
you love about Spider-Man and the MARVEL Cinematic Universe (MCU). Says director
Jon Watts, who previously helmed the blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming and,
before that, the acclaimed independent drama Cop Car: "We were always looking
for a way to deal with some very emotional themes while remaining true to the
tone we set in Spider-Man: Homecoming."
"This next Spider-Man adventure takes place soon after and fits right in to the
events of Avengers: Endgame," says producer Kevin Feige. "Peter and the world
are dealing with the loss of Iron Man, and Peter just wants to take a break to
be a regular teenager. But Spider-Man can't be a regular teenager - he has
responsibilities toward the world, especially now. So when Nick Fury tracks him
down on his summer vacation to deal with a new threat, that's what Peter will
have to face - is he ready to step up?"
Tom Holland notes that "Far From Home is even more fun than our first film, but
at the same time the stakes are higher and it's more personal. With this film,
we're going bigger, but there's always a character or story-based reason for the
heightened scale and stakes. It's bigger and better in every way possible."
Holland's heartfelt words aren't surprising to Amy Pascal, who produces, along
with Kevin Feige. "Tom inhabits the character in a unique way," she explains.
"He's brilliant, emotional and funny. Tom loves playing Spider-Man - he's not
only a wonderful artist, he's a true super-fan of the character and its world."
Peter's journey is one of critical growth, but it doesn't come easily for him.
As Watts points out: "In the previous film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter wanted
the life of an adult, but now he wants to hang onto his youth. This film is
about the world telling him, 'It's time for you to step up.' Everyone is looking
for a new Super Hero and savior - the next Tony Stark. Tony seemed to have
chosen Peter, but the world doesn't realize he's a 16-year-old."
"Peter definitely wants to be a regular teenager again," Holland confirms. "He
can't wait to take a break and go on a vacation with his friends. But he soon
realizes what deep down he always knew - that, no matter where Peter finds
himself, he belongs in the Spider-Man suit."
That process of discovery is defined, at least in part, by the world Peter now
lives in. "It's a very different place from what we experienced in Homecoming,"
says Pascal, whose previous credits include Spider-Man: Homecoming and the
acclaimed, blockbuster animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. "Thanos'
snap, which had turned half the universe to dust, has been reversed. Tony Stark
saved billions of lives, including Peter Parker's. That's a heavy burden for
Peter because he's now in a new world without the person who believed in him the
most. Now, Peter must take Tony's mantle and be the Super Hero he needs to be."
Executive producer Rachel O'Connor adds that, initially, "Peter really wants to
stay in his corner, continue to be the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man, and
enjoy an exciting vacation. The film is about Peter's internal struggle to
become an Avengers-level hero, like Tony."
HELL HATH NO FURY ...
One of the principal forces shaping Peter's destiny is Nick Fury. The former
director of S.H.I.E.L.D. is relentless in his pursuit of the young man, who Fury
wants to join in the battle against the Elemental Creatures. In fact, Nick
tracks Peter all the way to Venice - giving him little choice in the matter.
"Fury doesn't take no for answer, as we know so well from the other MCU films,"
says Holland. "He expects Peter to take on the full responsibility of being
That doesn't mean the uber-demanding Fury is totally convinced that Peter is up
to the task. "Fury has serious doubts about him," says Samuel L. Jackson, who
takes on the role for the twelfth time. For one thing, he still sees Parker as
being a kid. Also, Fury is still trying to figure out why Tony Stark chose
Parker to follow in Iron Man's footsteps. Stark gave him a gift, but is Parker
Watts notes that, "Fury doesn't care that all Peter wants to do is clear his
head and deal with the things Peter had left behind for the five years he'd been
away. Fury is more pragmatic; he built the Avengers and now, years later, he's
rebuilding everything from scratch. His job is keeping the world safe, and Peter
is a key figure in that goal."
Watts and screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers also explore some
unexpected dimensions of Fury who, like so many, is coping with the consequences
of Thanos' snap and its undoing. "Fury, too, has been gone five years, having
been erased with the snap," says Watts. "He's always been the guy who's on top
of everything, and now he's seeing a very different world. It's a situation
we've not seen Fury in before. He's no longer the guy who's in total control."
Joining Fury in his quest to bring Peter into the fold - and into battle against
the Elemental Creatures - is Maria Hill, a former deputy director of
S.H.I.E.L.D. Like her boss, Hill is also trying to figure out how she fits into
this post-snap world. "Maria is a little overwhelmed because, she, like Fury and
Peter, was turned to dust and disappeared for five years," says Cobie Smulders,
who returns in the role she has portrayed in six MCU films, beginning with The
Avengers. "So now she's playing catch-up ... with everything."
At the same time, Hill's relationship with Fury is expanding - a result of their
global trek to deal with the emerging threat of the Elemental Creatures, their
new alliance with Quentin Beck / Mysterio, and attempts to recruit Peter Parker
to join the team. "Because Fury and Maria are on the road and in close quarters,
there's an intimacy between them we've not seen before," notes Smulders.
A MYSTERIOUS NEW SUPER HERO
But Fury and Hill's "road trip" is much more than a bonding exercise; they've
experienced the enormity of the dangers posed by the Elemental Creatures, as
well as the emergence of a new Super Hero, Quentin Beck / Mysterio, who is
singularly equipped to deal with the creatures.
Watts says he wanted to bring the iconic character from the comics into the film
in a way audiences weren't expecting. "Mysterio is a fascinating villain in the
comics, so depicting him here as a hero is definitely something we haven't seen
before. The idea of Spider-Man, Mysterio, and Nick Fury teaming up to take on
this global menace was really exciting to us."
Academy Award-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Mysterio, who his
character explains is from an Earth that exists in a dimension parallel to ours.
"It was incredibly important to us to bring an actor of Jake's intelligence, who
carries wit and depth, to the role," says Pascal. "As much as we talked about
Mysterio in a practical way - like how his powers would work in the movie - when
Jake got involved, he brought a new level of humanity, unpredictability, and
humor to the character. There's always a desire to bring actors we all love from
other films into this world, and Jake's a great example of the kind of character
an actor of his caliber can bring to life."
Watts adds: "We needed someone who could easily slip into the role of a Super
Hero and, possibly, the world's next lead Avenger. We knew Jake could carry that
"I wanted to create a character that you won't forget," Gyllenhaal says. "Beck
encompasses all the things I love as an actor."
In true Super Hero style, Mysterio is not only willing, but eager to bring down
the Elemental Creatures. "Beck insists on it," says Gyllenhaal. "He sees their
arrival on Earth as being tied his, so in Beck's view they're his
Gyllenhaal was equally intrigued by the burgeoning relationship between Peter
and Beck, who's not a mentor, like Stark was, but a friend who understands what
Peter is going through. Still, Mysterio prods him to accept the challenge
awaiting them both. "Beck empathizes with Peter's reluctance to enter the fray,
but points out that the task, no matter what the danger, comes with being a
Super Hero," he says.
Watts adds that he wanted to depict Beck as a friend and a "cool uncle" to
Peter. "Beck, who feels like a stranger in a strange land, sees Peter as a
potential ally and teammate. At the same time, Beck realizes that Peter is also
a dorky teen who'd rather be on this big field trip and vacation than save the
Another key adult figure in Peter's life is Happy Hogan, Tony's Stark's head of
security and best friend. Happy is once again portrayed by actor-filmmaker Jon
Favreau, who has been an instrumental force in the MCU since setting its
template by directing the franchise's first film, Iron Man. He also made cameo
appearances as Happy in the first two Iron Man movies, before taking a
co-starring role in Iron Man 3 and then Spider-Man: Homecoming. "It's weird to
watch something I was so intimately involved with take on its own life," says
Favreau of his varied capacities in the MCU. "I feel like a proud grandparent."
Watts was thrilled to once again collaborate with Favreau, noting that, "There's
nothing better than directing another director. They know exactly what you're
going through and they never stop being a director. It was always nice to have
Jon around, and I knew I could always lean on him."
In Homecoming, Favreau's Happy, along with Tony Stark, advised Peter about the
life and responsibilities of a Super Hero, and in this film, Happy expands upon
that role. In the wake of Stark's passing, Watts says that Happy helps Peter,
and himself, explore the idea of "trying to find your place in the world if your
center of that world - Tony - is gone. Happy is a great secondary emotional
entry point into the story, and Jon really gets to show what he can do as an
"The relationship between Peter and Happy is probably the most important one in
the movie," Pascal elaborates. "He encourages Peter while sharing the loss of
Stark, who was instrumental in the lives of both." Adds Holland: "Happy is one
of my favorite characters in the MCU, and I love the energy that Jon brings to
all the films, especially this one. He's really one of the godfathers of this
entire universe. As Happy, he helps Peter in ways he could never have imagined."
Peter is not so thrilled about Happy's interest in his aunt, May. Their romantic
sparks may be as unnerving for Peter as battling creatures from another
dimension. "That romance is fun because it keeps Peter off-balance," notes
Favreau. "The Happy-May story is fertile ground for inter-generational comedy."
Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei returns as May Parker, a role she first took
on in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was a no-brainer for her to reprise the
character. "I am so impressed with this film's global feel and, at the same
time, its hometown heart," she explains.
Unlike previous iterations of the character, Tomei's May is fully aware of
Peter's secret identity. Moreover, says Pascal, "She's a social warrior who puts
her nephew's powers to work for the greater good."
Tomei sees May as both an activist and as a positive influence on Peter. "She
feels like she's raised him well; Peter keeps his head on straight and maintains
his integrity. May is as proud of him as any parent would be. And now his good
values are being put into action in the world."
FRIENDSHIP AND FIRST LOVE
Peter's fateful decision to embark on an exciting vacation with his friends from
school is, initially, all about having fun and adventure in locations far from
their homes in Queens. It's also about some of them - Peter, MJ, Ned and Flash -
coming to terms with having been snapped out of existence for five years, while
other classmates remained and grew older. It's fertile territory for bonding,
romance, surprises, and way-too-close encounters with inter-dimensional
Zendaya returns as MJ, Peter's whip-smart classmate, friend and, now, possible
love interest. In addition, she figures out a major piece of the Peter Parker
puzzle - that he's Spider-Man - further complicating a new romance that's not
going as smoothly as Peter would like.
Zendaya, who graduated from her work in the popular sitcom Shake It Up to
starring roles in Spider-Man: Homecoming, in which she first played MJ, and the
blockbuster musical The Greatest Showman, says it came as no surprise to her
that MJ figures out Peter's secret. "She watches everything and knows
everything, so it's inevitable MJ comes to that conclusion," Zendaya explains.
"And it helps that Spider-Man is now showing up all over Europe, where they
happen to be on vacation."
The actress also embraced MJ's vulnerability, noting that, "We get to know her
better in this film and how she responds to situations that make MJ a little
more vulnerable." Zendaya similarly appreciated MJ's quirkiness and the fact
that "Peter likes her for exactly who she is, including all the little weird
things that make her MJ. I think it proves that if you're meant to be with
someone, well, you're meant to be with them!"
But does MJ love Peter as Peter - or as Spider-Man? "It's a little bit of a
tragedy for Peter, who's hoping that MJ likes him as Peter, but suspects that
she's really into Spider-Man," Watts suggests.
Love is also in the air for Peter's best friend Ned, once again played by Jacob
Batalon. Ned is falling for classmate Betty Brant, played by Angourie Rice.
"That romance has also triggered an evolution in the friendship between Ned and
Peter," says Batalon. "In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ned was Peter's sidekick. This
time, he's found love and sees what that's all about. He's really happy to make
an instant connection with Betty."
Also returning is Tony Revolori, as Flash Thompson, who's a self-styled Vlogger,
as well as a huge fan of Spider-Man - while being a complete jerk to Peter. "I
loved exploring that dichotomy of him loving Spider-Man and always ridiculing
Peter," says Revolori.
While Peter, MJ, Ned and Flash are dealing with their new post-snap life, their
classmate Brad Davis, played by Remy Hii, escaped Thanos' universe-changing
action, and has transitioned from the uncool dweeb he was five years ago, to a
heartthrob and popular student whom Peter sees as a rival for MJ's attentions.
"Before, Brad was the kid who always got nosebleeds and cried all the time. But
he's all grown up, while the others haven't aged because they were snapped," Hii
explains. "Now, Brad has his sights set on MJ."
All the young actors bring their roles to life in unique ways, but Watts notes
that the characters share some important qualities: "They're all really
resilient and dealing with what had happened to them in those five years. But at
the same time, they also have their eyes on the future and are ready to move
Spider-Man is closely tied to his home in Queens, New York, but Spider-Man: Far
From Home expands the webbed hero's world, taking him to exotic settings all
over Europe, including Venice, Berlin, Prague and London. "The goal was always
to shoot as much as possible on location," says Watts. "That helped give this
film a scale beyond anything possible we would have created on a stage."
Adding color as well as scale, the locations always service the story and
characters. "It was important that we place Peter in new environments, but never
at the expense of what makes these characters so special," says Pascal.
Production was based at the expansive Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios, near
London. There, Venice was recreated on one of the studio's backlots, as were
locations in Berlin, rural Mexico, and several New York City spots. Holland
notes that shooting near his home in London "was really special for me because
Spider-Man is such a big part of my life, and London is even bigger. It's nice
to share the two." He also appreciated the irony of filming a picture called Far
From Home close to his residence - while Holland's previous film as Spider-Man,
Homecoming, was filmed in the U.S., thousands of miles away.
Holland and the rest of the cast were especially impressed with sets built for a
massive action sequence set in Venice, including half of the storied Rialto
Bridge and a fish market, as well as a series of massive water manipulations
that simulated tidal waves crashing into Peter as he battles the Elementals.
Holland also cites one of his favorite action scenes, where Spider-Man runs
across a series of poles to which boats are anchored. "Our stunt coordinator
recommended that I wear shin guards, in case I fell," Holland remembers. "But I
chose not to - which I regretted!"
Production then moved to the Czech Republic, for sequences set in Prague. The
team captured some romantic moments between Peter and MJ on the city's iconic
Charles Bridge, as well as a sequence at The State Opera Building, where
Spider-Man tries to maneuver undetected through a gala event. In Liberec, they
filmed a spectacular action scene involving a carousel and Ferris wheel that are
Then, on to Venice, which, says Watts, provided "a unique visual to see
Spider-Man swing along the canals" - all captured by director of photography
Matthew J. Lloyd and his team. Key scenes set in New York City were also filmed
SPIDER-MAN'S NEW LOOK
To the character's legions of fans, Spider-Man's classic red and blue suit is an
integral part of what makes him immediately identifiable. While audiences will
once again experience him doing "whatever a Spider-Man can" in the beloved garb,
Spider-Man: Far From Home costume designer Anna B. Sheppard and costume
supervisor Graham Churchyard mix things up with some new offerings.
In addition to the classic suit, Spider-Man wears the Iron Spider costume, a
gift from Tony Stark, as seen in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
In addition, Nick Fury gives Peter an all-black "stealth" suit, designed to let
Spider-Man operate under the radar during his European adventures. The stealth
suit was influenced by the costumes worn by several other MCU characters,
including Black Widow, Captain America, and Hawkeye.
The suit is striking - "It looks pretty badass," enthuses Holland - apart from
its goofy, flip-up goggles, designed, per Watts' instructions, to be the polar
opposite of Iron Man's high-tech vision wear, and inspired by the flip-up
glasses that were so ubiquitous in the 1980s. As O'Connor notes: "The black suit
has a globetrotting spy movie feel, but with those glasses it can't be too
A fourth suit, designed in the film by Peter, himself, is red and black and
symbolizes the young Super Hero's evolution, from his reluctance to battle the
new global menace, to stepping up and being his own man. "The suit is Peter's
vision for Spider-Man," says Sheppard. "He's no longer trying to be Iron Man."
With his new suit, Spider-Man can, for the first time, fire his webbing from
multiple locations on the costume, because his web-shooters are now much smaller
and enhanced. Further, the spider emblem on the front has been updated.
Holland is fan of all of the costumes and refuses to name a favorite. "Each is a
work of art," he insists.
Jake Gyllenhaal might have had even more fun than Holland in donning Super Hero
regalia. His Mysterio suit pays homage to its comic book roots, as well as to
other MCU characters, including Iron Man, Vision, Doctor Strange and Thor. Then
there's Mysterio's "goldfish bowl" helmet, which was built for visual effects
reference and added digitally in post-production. Gyllenhaal makes special note
of the costume's forearm armor, known as vambraces, as well as the grid patterns
that were also faithful to the comics' iteration.
Still, the armor wasn't without its challenges. "I'd try and make a sweeping
gesture," says Gyllenhaal, "but my arms would stop short, and the movement would
feel like that of a T-Rex!"
"LOOK OUT, HERE COMES THE SPIDER-MAN"
The new costumes are one of several details that blend old and new elements of
the Spider-Man mythology and of the even bigger MCU universe, which brings
together heartfelt drama, humor and epic action. "At its heart, it's all very
human and gives audiences an opportunity to feel like they belong in this world,
as they watch these extraordinary heroes do their thing," says Samuel L.
This film's titular hero is still your friendly neighborhood Super Hero, but
with a new global perspective, maturity, and heightened feelings of loss, love
and responsibility. "Spider-Man: Far From Home is about coming to terms with
what you must do - and that moment in life where you choose the person you're
going to be," says Pascal. "It's funny, joyful, epic and emotional - a gigantic
action movie where you experience Peter doing things you've never before seen in
a Spider-Man movie. It's the complete package."
Watts adds that he and everyone connected with the film felt a huge
responsibility to do right by the character of Spider-Man and to the entire
MARVEL Cinematic Universe. "We hope we've delivered something that's fun,
exciting and moving and gives audiences something they haven't experienced
Just as this film opens up a new universe of responsibilities and adventure for
Peter Parker, Tom Holland's journey with the character has been equally
life-changing for him. "It's been an incredible experience that's expanded my
life in the real world and in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe," he notes. "It's
been, literally, a dream come true."
That dream was shared by Watts, who notes that he and Holland "are growing
together through doing these films. Spider-Man: Homecoming was about Peter
showing the world what he could do, and that's how Tom and I felt about our work
on it. Spider-Man: From Home is about the world asking Spider-Man, 'What's
next?' and to have him step up and prove himself, just like Tom and I knew we
had to step up and deliver with the film."
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