We’re out of the Endgame now. The MCU is in a bold new place, where beloved characters have moved on, and it’s time for the universe – as a whole – to pick up the pieces. One of the first movies tasked with picking up the baton and running with it post-Avengers: Endgame is Jon Watts’ sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home, and we now have a better idea why Peter Parker (Tom Holland) wants to take a break from superhero adventures in this movie. The second full trailer just arrived from Sony and Marvel Studios. Let’s see what’s up with the webslinger:
Well, that was chock full of shocking MCU surprises! From the jump, Tom Holland is warning people that this trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home will contain spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, and it really, really does. Peter is grieving the loss of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), with Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) telling Pete that Tony wouldn’t have sacrificed himself unless he knew Spider-Man would carry on.
Our dude, however, just wants to go on vacation. He’s shelving the Iron Spider suit, and heading to Europe with his classmates. And he plans on wooing MJ (Zendaya)… until it all starts to hit the fan.
The biggest reveal comes in the form of Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Not that he’s in the movie. We knew that much. But when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) introduces Peter Parker to his new ally, Quentin Beck, he clarifies that Beck is from Earth… just, not our Earth. Fury explains that Thanos’ snap ripped a hole in the universe, and now there’s access to Multiverses.
Multiverses are now alive and well in the MCU.
We can barely unpack all that this means for the MCU, so let’s just focus on Spider-Man for the time being. He’s trying to move on from the events of Avengers: Endgame. But he also feels a strong pull to be the next Iron Man. Why can’t he just be the first Spider-Man? That’s so much better, anyway.
There’s also an important reveal later in the trailer, as MJ basically tells Peter that she knows that he is Spider-Man. This is the second important person in Peter’s life to decipher this secret (after Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May), which means that for a superhero, Spidey is really shit at keeping secrets.
Then again, there is a lot of misdirect at play in these trailers. The Nick Fury line about it being “nice to meet you” has been changed – since, obviously, they met at Tony’s funeral. And as much as people want to see Mysterio as an ally, I still subscribe to the notion that it’s a bait-and-switch, and he’s really a bad guy who is responsible for the Elementals that are attacking the world’s top cities.
We’ll find out for sure when Spider-Man: Far From Home opens in theaters on July 2!