When Tom Holland’s Peter Parker donned a new costume during his trip to Europe in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it came with a new moniker. In an effort to make sure no one figured out Peter was Spider-Man, Peter’s buddy, Ned Leeds, labeled his black-suited buddy Night Monkey, a European Spidey ripoff, and the name stuck.
So much so that with Spider-Man: Far From Home now being released on home media, there’s even a Night Monkey-themed trailer that’s been released, and it’s… something. Check it out!
Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes of all time, but some missions just aren’t a good fit for the Web-Slinger, particularly ones taking place in the evening. When that happens, Peter Parker becomes The Night Monkey! Ok, not really, but this Spider-Man: Far From Home preview is amusing for how it paints the wall-crawling hero in a Batman-like light. Sadly, I don’t see Night Monkey getting his own film trilogy.
Peter Parker’s “Night Monkey” costume, a.k.a. his “stealth suit,” was given to him by one of Nick Fury’s spy associates, as the one-eyed former S.H.I.E.L.D. director (or rather, the Skrull disguised as him) wanted Peter to keep a low profile while he was vacationing with his classmates. Ahead of Spider-Man: Far From Home’s release, director Jon Watts joked that this costume previously belonged to Black Widow and was tailored to fit Peter, but it’s your decision whether that should be deemed canon or not.
The “Night Monkey” costume was also one of four suits Peter Parker donned during Spider-Man: Far From Home, the other three being his Iron Spider armor, the costume he previously wore in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the brand-new red and black suit he designed aboard Happy Hogan’s jet right before Far From Home’s climactic third act. The “stealth suit” also resembled the costume worn by Spider-Man Noir, an alternate universe Spider-Man who was voiced by Nicolas Cage last year in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
It hasn’t even been a full three months since Spider-Man: Far From Home was released, but it made quite the splash during its time in theaters, receiving a lot of positive reviews and overtaking Skyfall as Sony’s #1 movie of all time with its over $1.1 billion worldwide haul. Far From Home also set up big things for the future of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man film series, namely by having Peter Parker’s secret identity being exposed to the world and being branded a murderer.
Unfortunately, a wrench has since been thrown into the works in the form of Disney and Sony breaking up their Spider-Man partnership due to financial disagreements, which means that Spidey will no longer be a player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s still unclear if the next Spider-Man movies will at least be able to reference Peter’s connection to the MCU, but going forward, he’s back to being a Sony-only film character.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is now available on Digital HD, and the Blu-ray and DVD copies will drop on October 1. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on what’s happening with the Spider-Man film franchise, and you can find out what the MCU has coming up in Phase 4 and beyond in our handy guide.