When we last left our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, things weren’t looking too good for him.
Thanos had acquired all the infinity stones, and with a snap of his fingers, wiped out half of the universe.
Peter Parker included.
But anyone who reads comics on the regular knows that Superhero deaths are as permanent as a Las Vegas marriage. Spider-man is far too lucrative a property to stay dead for too long.
Marvel Studios isn’t even trying to pretend that Parker’s death will be a lasting one. News has already begun to leak out about the sequel to the immensely popular (and quite entertaining) Spider-man: Homecoming. Entitled “Far from Home,” The film brings back Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as his doting Aunt May, and Zendaya as his rival/potential love interest, Michelle “MJ” Jones.
There will be some new faces, however.
“Far from Home” Evokes an image of Peter Parker alone, on an alien planet, with no way off, wearing nothing but his Iron Spider Suit. One could imagine a film much like “The Martian,” and have Spider-man use his intellect to find his way back to New York.
Marvel, however, has decided to be coy about the meaning of the title. In an interview with Gizmodo, Kevin Feige hints that the film could be set BEFORE the events of INFINITY WAR. He said, “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.”
Whatever the truth is, it seems that Spider-man will be truly out of his element, which will provide not only a new challenge for the wall-crawler, but a nice alternative to the shots of Spider-man swinging through the city.
The Coming of Mysterio
If the setting truly is Europe, as Feige has hinted at, then it makes the choice of Mysterio as the Big Bad even more interesting. In the source material, Mysterio (Real name Quentin Beck) is a special effects wizard who uses his talents to commit crimes. In the film, he will be played by Jake Gyllenhaal and at press time, no other details have been leaked out, including what he may potentially look like (Mysterio was the villain with the fishbowl for a head. It’s highly doubtful that Marvel will go with that look).
One interesting bit of trivia involving Jake Gyllenhaal is that this is not his first connection to Spider-man. Back when the original trilogy was made Toby Maguire had been injured while filming the movie Seabiscuit, and there was real concern that he might not be able to film the sequel to the first Spider-man. Jake Gyllenhaal was in talks to replace Maguire as the lead. Thankfully, Toby Maguire healed up and continued to play the role into the third (bad) film.
What will this iteration of Mysterio bring? one idea is that he could be a master of illusions, Ala David Copperfield or David Blain. Or perhaps he is a chemist with a talent for hallucinogens. In any case, it’s refreshing that Marvel has continued to showcase some of the lesser villains in Spider-man’s Rogues gallery, rather than attempt to rehash more popular villains.
Speaking in which . . .
Can the Sinister Six not be far behind?
There was a moment in the previous film’s post credit scene that hinted that the sinister Six is a possibility. That rumor only grows stronger with Variety reporting that Michael Keaton will reprise his role of Vulture.
It will be interesting to see how they pull off the sinister six, and what characters will be used to form the villainous team. It’s still not clear what characters Marvel could use via their agreement with Sony, and it’s unlikely that Sony would allow Marvel to use the more popular characters like The Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. Venom is staring in his own film, so he’s out. The great thing about Spider-man, though, is his vast Rogue’s Gallery. There’s still a lot to work with, including Kraven the Hunter, The Chameleon, and The Scorpion.
Spiderman vs the Sinister Six would make one hell of a capper to the “Spiderman in the MCU” trilogy. A trilogy no one thought they would ever see happen.
Cameos from Street Level Heroes
While Spider-man, in the films, has palled around with The Avengers and their Counterparts the Guardians of the Galaxy, and while we have seen Parker fight bad guys in space, In his heart he’s a street level crime fighter. And though Fiege has been careful to keep the Movies and the TV shows separate, Spider-man Far from Home Sets up the perfect opportunity for the two to mix.
Imagine, Spider-man returning from his adventures in Europe. He’s swinging in the city. He then hears a crime being committed. He jumps in to attack. But he’s too late. The threat has been neutralized. And when he arrives on scene he sees a man clad in red, billy club in hand, Standing over the perpetrators.
Daredevil turns, looks at Spider-man, and says, “Where have YOU been?”
Now imagine the reaction from the Audience?
The Best Big Screen Spider-Man Ever
Homecoming hit all the right notes as to how a Spider-man film should look and feel. And amazingly, it did it without all the trappings of Spider-man Lore. There was no J Jonah Jameson, no Daily Bugle, No MJ or Gwen Stacy. He didn’t take pictures and his Aunt wasn’t a decrepit old Lady feeding him Wheat cakes. Still, it was probably the most accurate depiction of the character seen in film. That’s a credit to Marvel Studio’s solid storytelling. They hit a home run with Homecoming.
And there’s no reason to think that FAR FROM HOME won’t continue that stellar track record.