The new ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer posed as many new questions as it answered in the first film taking place in a post ‘Avengers: Endgame’ world…
SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ‘AVENGERS: ENDGAME’ OR THE NEW ‘SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME’ TRAILER
The new ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer answered a lot of questions and posed plenty of new ones as the first movie set for release in a post ‘Avengers: Endgame’ world.
Director Jon Watts, who also helmed ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, was overjoyed that he could finally address some of the plot details surrounding the latest ‘Spider-Man’ movie because he was sworn to secrecy due to so much of his film tying back to ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
The opening moments of the new trailer immediately addresses how Peter Parker is adjusting to a world where there is no Iron Man after Tony Stark sacrificed himself by using the Infinity Gauntlet to defeat Thanos.
Peter’s loss is plenty personal because Tony was like a father-figure to him but now he’s also being tasked to help pick up some of the slack now that Iron Man is no more and that’s a lot of responsibility to heap on the shoulders of a teenager.
“We saw how the various individuals reacted to [Tony’s death at the end of Avengers: Endgame], but we haven’t seen the global fallout at all,” Watts said when speaking to EW.
Another element being carried forward into ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is the five year time gap that passed after Thanos snapped half of life in the universe out of existence to the Avengers finally figuring out a way to undo what he did. In the five years where everybody was gone, lives moved forward and people left behind grew up — as we saw with Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie in ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
In ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, Watts confirmed that Peter Parker, MJ, Ned and Flash were all victims of the snap but now they are back while many of their classmates are five years older and they’ve moved on without them.
“That’s a really weird situation to find yourself in, but it’s also something you can have a lot of fun with, too,” Watts said.
Perhaps the most explosive part of the new ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ trailer was the revelation that Thanos’ snap tore a hole in our universe and along with the time travel antics of the Avengers, a new multi-verse has splintered out into existence.
In the trailer, Nick Fury introduces Spider-Man to his newest operative — a man named Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), who claims to be from one of these alternate universes but now he’s joined our Earth to help stop the Elementals — a group of nasty bad guys who have also crossed over the multi-verse.
“Endgame opened up the possibilities for a much, much larger universe. All that stuff sort of converged in the perfect way for us,” Watts said.
Based on the trailer, Quentin Beck is teaming up with Spider-Man to stop the Elementals, which was a very conscious decision on Watt’s part because he believed no one would see that coming. Beck is best known by his comic book name — Mysterio — and he has been a constant thorn in Spider-Man’s side for decades.
“What I wanted to do was bring this iconic character into the world in a way that people weren’t expecting,” Watts said. “And Mysterio as the hero is definitely something that we haven’t seen before. The idea of Spider-Man, Mysterio, and Nick Fury teaming up to take on this global threat of the Elementals was really exciting.”
Now don’t get too attached to Mysterio as a good guy because in the original comics, Quentin Beck is actually a former special effects coordinator for movies and his entire gimmick was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. So as much as Mysterio is being painted as a hero from an alternate universe in this movie, it’s much more likely that Quentin Beck has created an elaborate lie as he prepares to carry out some kind of other nefarious scheme.
That said, the creation of a multi-verse opens up all sorts of new possibilities including the potential introduction of the X-Men down the road.
With Tony Stark gone, Peter seems to be desperate for guidance and it definitely appears that Quentin Beck may help to fill that role, which means his potential betrayal could sting that much more when and if it happens.
Check out the trailer to ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ and get ready for the release on July 2 in theaters everywhere.