Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spidey’s back and this time he’ll be venturing outside his Queens neighborhood to go on a summer vacation in Europe with his fellow classmates. The Spider-Man sequel will also now be opening “far from home” first as well, as China’s release date is now set for June 28.
This is great news for the Middle Kingdom, which had to wait two months longer than the rest of the world to see 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tread lightly folks, this also means that spoiler-y online discourse about the movie could begin almost a week before North American audiences grab their seats and popcorn to enjoy Far From Home.
The movie is following in the monumental footsteps of Avengers: Endgame, which opened in China two days early before earning over $614 million in the foreign market so far. According to Deadline, the upcoming Spider-Man flick is debuting ahead of the U.S, and Canada to avoid opening next to Chinese war epic The Eight Hundred and The Secret Life of Pets 2 on July 5, and before the country’s annual “Hollywood Blackout."
In order to give local titles a boost at the box office in the summer months, China has an annual unofficial ban on foreign films. Last time, this stopped Spider-Man: Homecoming from getting a shot at a summer release in China. Far From Home will give audiences a week head start for the title to shoot out some big opening numbers for the MCU entry before the blackout starts.
China is certainly the highest foreign earner for the Spider-Man franchise. Homecoming made $116 million in the country out of the film’s $880 worldwide haul. There’s extra eyes on Far From Home, since it follows Marvel’s biggest success with Avengers: Endgame.
Audiences in China spent $614 million on Endgame tickets so they’ll want to know how Far From Home plays out. Plus, avoiding spoilers for a week will be easier on us than it would be for them to avoid spoilers for two months.
Spider-Man: Far From Home will see Peter Parker enjoying a fun European vacation with his friends before Nick Fury decides to crash it and ask for his help in taking down the Elementals. Spidey will team up with Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, who is a “good guy” version of the villain from the Multiverse.