The new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer has important ties with the box office-shattering Avengers: Endgame. Here's our spoiler-filled exploration. (And as a double-warning, heed Tom Holland's intro at the start of the trailer.)
1. It honours Tony Stark's legacy
The trailer finally makes it official. Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, confirming it as the final chapter in phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). We realise this at the beginning as a traumatised Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is forced to come to terms with the loss of his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), whose tragic demise at the close of Endgame had us all wiping away the tears.
Fortunately, he has Tony's former right-hand man Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau, who directed the first two Iron Man movies) to rely on for emotional support. It seems there will indeed be emotional substance to go with an otherwise frothy-looking, exuberant Spider-Man adventure.
2. Peter Parker ghosts Nick Fury
In the first couple of Far From Home trailers, we were puzzled by the interaction between Peter and the eyepatch-sporting Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Why did the latter make it sound like he'd been torturously seeking out Spidey when they were both attending Stark's funeral at the end of Endgame? Surely they would have made contact there and then?
As it turns out, Fury attempts to contact Peter by phone at the beginning of Far From Home, but Peter 'ghosts' (ie ignores) him in order to head off on his European school vacation. Only Happy Hogan seems to understand how annoyed this will make Fury, and this accounts for Fury's slightly grumpy attitude when he finally tracks Peter down.
3. Mysterio is part of the 'multiverse'
Far From Home introduces Brokeback Mountain and Nightcrawler actor Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio. He's a master of effects and illusion who, in the comics, is a sworn enemy of Spider-Man, at one point even convincing the web-slinger he has a double. In the trailer, however, they're set up as reluctant allies by Nick Fury in the quest to battle the Elementals, ancient beings comprising water and sand that are threatening the European continent.
The most significant revelation comes with Peter's reference to the 'multiverse' – many of you will remember this from last year's runaway hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The latter explored the many alternate Spider-Man characters and brought them all together in a fun animated bonanza. And it seems that the big-screen iteration of Mysterio hails from one of these other dimensions – Nick Fury says this is a direct result of Thanos's (Josh Brolin) snap, which tore a hole in space and time.
This means that Far From Home is our official live-action introduction to the 'multiverse'. Will phase four of the MCU delve further into the potential of the 'multiverse'? Are we (whisper it) destined to be introduced to alternative live-action versions of Spidey and other characters moving forward?
4. Spider-Man grows into his role as an Avenger
In the Far From Home trailer, Peter is seemingly all alone in battling the Elementals. That's because Nick Fury confirms that the two most powerful remaining Avengers, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), are unavailable. Respectively, they are "busy" and "off-world".
With these guys gone, Peter may well have to accept greater responsibility as he honours the legacy of his absent surrogate father, Tony. It would certainly make for a poignant narrative arc as the young kid from Queens matures into a man and comes to terms with his remarkable abilities.
One brief shot shows Peter with a hologram around his wrist – it resembles the sort of Iron Man gauntlet once wielded by Tony, which further underlines the themes of emotional growth and wisdom.
5. MJ knows Peter Parker is Spider-Man... or does she?
Another important aspect of Far From Home is the burgeoning romance between Peter and MJ (Zendaya). In 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, we got an amusing fake-out when she claimed to know Peter was the wall-crawler – as it turned out, and to Peter's immense relief, that was a joke. After all, those who know and love Spider-Man are often targeted by his enemies.
In the Far From Home trailer, MJ repeats the same trick – only this time, she seems to think it's patently obvious he's Spider-Man. How did she find out? Has she actually found out? Or does the scene in the trailer cut away before revealing that she is in fact once again playing around with Peter?
6. Happy Hogan plays a key role
One of the most moving scenes in Endgame showed a visibly poignant Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan at Tony Stark's funeral, interacting with the latter's daughter Morgan (Rachael Rabe). It's easy to imagine that Favreau, as the director who kick-started the MCU with Iron Man, was struggling to hold back the tears on set as he bid farewell to an iconic comic book hero.
Fortunately, it's not all doom and gloom as Happy is positioned as the comic relief in the Far From Home trailer. Chiefly, when trying to escort Peter's school-friends out of danger in London, only for their transport to be blown up. Well, we suppose that's one of the perils of the job.
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