Since making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man’s time in the MCU has been nothing but go, go, go. He was at the battle in Berlin before taking on Vulture in New York City. Shortly after, he helped the Avengers battle Thanos. His reward? He was snapped out of existence.
Unfortunately, Spidey won’t have time to rest, as he’s expected to appear in Avengers: Endgame, where—after coming back to life—he’ll have to help the Avengers defeat Thanos. That’s a pretty eventful life for someone still in high school.
After Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man will appear in his second solo movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is big for a few reasons: It’ll signal the start of a new era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one in which characters like Iron Man and Captain America don’t factor in as much (or at all). Second, it’ll dive deeper into Marvel lore, with characters like The Elementals.
Spider-Man: Far From Home will also allow Spider-Man to further explore his personal relationships as he continues to juggle life as a teen and the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Here’s everything you need to know.
Spider-Man: Far From Home release date, trailer, and cast
Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5, 2019.
So far, only one trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has been released, but it’s a doozy. We did a deep-dive into some of the trailer’s secrets and Easter eggs, which you can check out right here.
Here’s the full Spider-Man: Far From Home cast:
- Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
- Zendaya as Michelle “MJ” Jones
- Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
- Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan
- Jacob Batalon as Ned
- Martin Starr as Mr. Harrington
- Marisa Tomei as May Parker
- Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck / Mysterio
What is Spider-Man: Far From Home about?
Thanks to the trailer, we have a pretty good idea of what Spider-Man: Far From Home will be about. Or at least we think we do.
After the events of Infinity War and Endgame, Spider-Man will re-emerge from his dusty tomb and go on a school trip to Europe for some much needed rest and relaxation. Unfortunately, there won’t actually be all that much rest or relaxation.
Judging by the trailer, it won’t be long before Spider-Man is recruited by Nick Fury to handle some pressing business. Why Fury doesn’t recruit other Avengers is unclear, but it might give us hints as to what happens at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Namely: many of our favorite Avengers have died for good.
Turns out, Spidey is recruited to fight against ancient beings known as the Elementals, which includes Hydron, Hellfire, Magnum, and Zephyr. As the trailer shows, these characters have control over their respective elements—Hydron is lord of the waters; Hellfire is wielder of flame; Magnum is master of the Earth; and Zephyr is mistress of the winds.
These characters are not to be confused with Hydro-Man, Sandman, and the many other elemental villains Spider-Man has fought throughout his career.
While battling the Elementals, Spider-Man will be aided by Mysterio, a magic-wielding character played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
Who is Mysterio?
Speaking of Mysterio, he might not be who he says he is. Apparently, Fury has recruited Mysterio—also known as Quentin Beck—because he’s a self-professed expert on the Elementals. But his heroic act might be a facade.
In the comics, Mysterio is often portrayed as a villain—and one of the more poorly dressed at that, because of his fishbowl helmet. Surprisingly, he translates really well to the big screen, which is a testament to the production’s costume design wizards.
Mysterio is a character who possess great knowledge and skill for creating convincing illusions and special effects. In fact, throughout his career as a villain, he has come up with some clever gadgets designed to counteract Spider-Man’s abilities, like his Spidey sense. In other words, he’s a smarty-pants and can fool the best of them.
Based on Spider-Man: Far From Home’s first trailer, we’re not entirely sure how closely the movie is sticking to Mysterio’s origins. He looks like the comic character, but seeing him fly around and shoot gas makes it seem as though he might have powers we’re not yet aware of.
Some have speculated that Mysterio is a mystic like Doctor Strange, though he’s not nearly as advanced. This might be a case of Mysterio failing as a mystic but still clinging to hope that he can be a hero—so he uses illusions, which he is best at.
Of course, Mysterio could simply be using gadgets that augment his suit, which is an easier explanation. The bottom line is, he may be acting like a hero, but there’s a good chance that he’ll eventually be revealed as a villain and have a final boss battle with Spider-Man.
Who are the Elementals?
If you thought Mysterio came deep from within Marvel lore, then the Elementals are downright obscure. Even longtime comic fans have trouble remembering these characters, who have a rather complex past.
First appearing all the way back in 1974, the Elementals are extradimensional humanaoids who arrive on Earth from a distant universe. After becoming immortal, they gain control over natural forces and rule a kingdom on Earth before the rise of the original Atlantis.
There’s not much more to know about the Elementals beyond that. There came a point during their reign when they were vanquished from Earth after trying to obtain a Ruby Scarab. But they eventually return to Earth again, where they pursue the Scarab once more.
Funny enough, there are theories about how the Elementals are involved in Spider-Man: Far From Home. One theory claims Mysterio is controlling these creatures; another argues that they’re mere illusions. That would certainly be a plot twist if Mysterio really is a bad guy.
What comes after Spider-Man: Far From Home?
That’s a good question. Spider-Man: Far From Home is in a lot of ways a soft reboot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We don’t know exactly what’ll happen in Avengers: Endgame, but we’re pretty sure heroes like Iron Man and Captain America won’t really be around going forward, if at all.
That means Spider-Man will become more of a focal point as Marvel starts exploring what’s beyond Thanos and the Infinity Stones. What’s unusual right now is we don’t really know what movies are coming after Spider-Man: Far From Home, because Marvel has yet to confirm anything.
However, there have been rumors that Marvel is working on movies for Black Widow, Doctor Strange 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Don’t forget, Disney is also in the process of acquiring the movie rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, so Marvel could have something brewing there.
For now, Marvel fans have Captain Marvel (March 8), Avengers: Endgame (April 26), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5) to look forward to.