Spoiler Alert? Why Spider-Man: Far From Home Is Opening Four Days Early In China

Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Tony Stark glasses, Spider-Man: Far From Home
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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.

The blockbuster is the official end to MCU’s Phase 3 and the “Infinity Saga” and will answer questions about the fallout of Endgame and what’s next for the franchise. What about that plot hole that even got the Far From Home stars confused about the time jump?

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.

The movie is looking at a $120 million opening weekend in U.S. and Canada after breaking a trailer record for Sony. Far From Home swings into theaters domestically on July 2.

Sarah El-Mahmoud
Staff Writer

Sarah El-Mahmoud has been with CinemaBlend since 2018 after graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Journalism. In college, she was the Managing Editor of the award-winning college paper, The Daily Titan, where she specialized in writing/editing long-form features, profiles and arts & entertainment coverage, including her first run-in with movie reporting, with a phone interview with Guillermo del Toro for Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water. Now she's into covering YA television and movies, and plenty of horror. Word webslinger. All her writing should be read in Sarah Connor’s Terminator 2 voice over.