Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)


Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)


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**_Spider-Man: Far From Home_** is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to _Spider-Man: Homecoming_ (2017) and the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal. In the film, Parker is recruited by Nick Fury and Mysterio to face the Elementals while he is on a school trip to Europe.

Discussions for a sequel to _Spider-Man: Homecoming_ began in October 2016, and the project was confirmed later that year. Holland, Watts, and the writers were all set to return by the end of 2017. In 2018, Jackson and Gyllenhaal joined the cast as Fury and Mysterio, respectively. Holland revealed the sequel’s title ahead of filming, which began that July and took place in England, the Czech Republic, Italy, and the New York metropolitan area. Production wrapped in October 2018. The marketing campaign was the most expensive for a film ever and attempted to avoid revealing spoilers for _Avengers: Endgame_ before its April 2019 release.

_Spider-Man: Far From Home_ premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre on June 26, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 2, as the last film in Phase Three of the MCU. The film received praise for its humor and visual effects. It grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the first Spider-Man film to pass the billion-dollar mark, Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film ever, the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2019, and the 24th-highest-grossing film of all time. A sequel, _Spider-Man: No Way Home_, is scheduled for release on December 17, 2021.
**Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man:**

A high-school junior and Avenger who received spider-like abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Director Jon Watts said that in contrast to _Spider-Man: Homecoming_ in which Parker longs for the responsibilities of an adult, in _Far From Home_ he wants to hang onto his youth, saying, “This film is about the world telling him, ‘It’s time for you to step up and grow up, kid,’ and he’s saying, ‘But I still want to be a kid and go on vacation.'”

**Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury:**

The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who is now in a situation where he does not have the level of control he is used to having. Watts describes Fury’s relationship with Parker as “the mean new stepdad”, contrasting his role with Tony Stark’s “supportive cool uncle” in _Homecoming_, saying, “Fury sees Peter Parker as an asset that he needs who is too preoccupied with a bunch of high school problems.” Watts originally pitched Fury as a mentor to Parker in _Homecoming_.

**Zendaya as MJ**: Parker’s classmate and love interest. Her full name, Michelle Jones, is not given in the film.

**Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill:** A former high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Nick Fury.

**Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan:**

The head of security for Stark Industries and former driver and bodyguard of Tony Stark who looks after Parker. Watts noted Happy would be used to explore the idea of “trying to find your place in the world if the center of your world is gone” given his close friendship with Stark.

**J. B. Smoove as Julius Dell:**

Parker’s teacher and a chaperone on his school trip to Europe. The role was written for Smoove after the writers and director enjoyed his performance alongside Holland in an Audi commercial short film produced to promote _Homecoming_.

**Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds: **Parker’s best friend.

**Martin Starr as Roger Harrington:** Parker’s academic decathlon teacher and a chaperone on his school trip to Europe.

**Marisa Tomei as May Parker:** Parker’s aunt who is aware of his secret identity and wants him to be Spider-Man more so he can help with charitable causes.

**Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck / Mysterio:**

A former Stark Industries employee and holographic-illusions specialist who masquerades as a superhero from Earth-833 in the Multiverse. He is recruited by Nick Fury to help Spider-Man stop the Elementals. Gyllenhaal shared ideas with the writers regarding the character’s personality, and was drawn to the idea that Beck is “manipulating everyone’s love of superheroes and that need for heroes”. Gyllenhaal wanted to play the character’s fake backstory as realistically as possible. Regarding Beck’s relationship with Parker, Watts says that “If Tony Stark was sort of the mentor in the previous films, we thought it would be interesting to play Mysterio as almost like the cool uncle. “Watts was excited to have Beck team with Fury and Parker as it introduced the character to the MCU “in a way that people weren’t expecting.”

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