Swinging into ODEON cinemas on Tuesday 2 July, Spider-Man: Far From Home ushers in a brave new world for the MCU. Here are five reasons why your spider senses will well and truly be tingling...
Spider-Man: Far From Home finally brings to a close the third phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which started in 2016 with Captain America: Civil War. After all the anticipation and fan hype surrounding the recent Avengers movie and the completion of the Infinity Saga, Far From Home is the perfect way to blow off any leftover Endgame cobwebs.
You’ll gape at the jaw-dropping set-pieces, from the rescue mission on a smouldering Tower Bridge to a tidal wave engulfing Venice’s Ponte Di Rialto. You’ll snigger at the coming-of-age vibe and romantic clangers. And you’ll thank your lucky stars that your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is back in business.
Peter Parker on tour! In this MCU sequel, the teen superhero gets to grab his passport and leave New York. Filming took place all over the world – everywhere from Prague and Venice to London Stansted Airport... As well as shooting on location, the crew recreated Venice sets on a backlot at Leavesden Studios, Watford.
And, it’s not just the geography that’s more impressive, either. The baddies are on an elemental scale, literally. Spidey battles The Elementals – extra- dimensional beings. The globe-trotting landmarks never stood a chance...
The latest character to enter the Marvel fold is shrouded in mystery. Well, not entirely, but his name is Mysterio, so we’re pretty sure there’s more to learn. The trailer suggests he’s from an alternate version of Earth, has appeared because The Snap tore a hole in the dimensions and looks like he’s teaming up with Spider- Man.
A number of characters in the comics have operated under the moniker, but this version, Quentin Beck (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1964.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) merged comic-book chaos with teen comedy and a touch of light romance, but this sequel also throws in an espionage storyline to boot.
Yes, Peter Parker enjoys the usual schoolboy shenanigans that come with vacations abroad in Far From Home, but his trip to Europe also sees him slipping into a fetching all-black stealth suit (the first time he’ll being going Noir in the MCU) to go undercover and, you know, hopefully save the world.
After the death of his mentor, Iron Man, in Avengers: Endgame, Spidey could well have gone off the rails. Thankfully, he is gifted a new mentor in the form of... Nick Fury.
Somewhat less touchy feely than his predecessor, Sam Jackson’s badass sergeant steps in to lead the latest mission and we already know he doesn’t suffer fools (and, it turns out, particularly teenaged fools) gladly.
Although both characters were at the funeral at the end of the previous movie, they didn’t officially meet. So, Spidey, meet Fury. Let’s wrap this thing up.