spider-man far from home box office tracking

Face front, true believers: there’s a new Spider-Man movie in theaters. At twenty-three films and counting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going on long enough now that it has its own history and needn’t be a slave to comics history (not that it ever was). Reviews have nonetheless pegged Spider-Man: Far from Home as one of the more comic book-y entries in the MCU.

While it strays from its source material in some notable ways, leaning into a more tech-friendly interpretation of the Spider-Man mythos, there are a number of plot points in the film that do draw from Marvel Comics tradition. Sometimes they’re just subtle nods, Easter eggs for eagle-eyed comic readers to spot. Other times, having knowledge of movie and comics history may be essential for understanding the significance of certain moments, including those that we see play out in the requisite mid-credits scene and post-credits scene.

If anything left you scratching your head in Spider-Man: Far from Home, or you just want to have a deeper appreciation for the layers of history behind the web-slinger’s Old-World summer adventure in Europe, then don your best fishbowl helmet and let’s take a spoiler-filled dive into those right now.

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Spider-Man Far From Home - Tom Holland as Peter Parker

In his novel White Noise, which won the National Book Award, Don DeLillo famously wrote of an “Airborne Toxic Event.” It almost sounds like a plot device from a superhero blockbuster. Think: Suicide Squad’s self-conscious recognition of the “swirling ring of trash in the sky” trope. The weakest part, visually, of Spider-Man: Far from Home — an otherwise super-enjoyable romp through the post-Endgame MCU — is its CG “Elementals.” These were glimpsed in trailers so it’s no big spoiler to say they’re part of the movie or that one of them does internally swirl in a ring-like formation.

What’s interesting about the Elementals is that they’re loosely based on Marvel Comics villains yet their function in Far from Home, beyond the obvious spectacle, is largely symbolic. Full of sound and fury, signifying something, they’re the superhero blockbuster equivalent of a tweetstorm. Cross-reference: DeLillo’s Airborne Toxic Event. Notwithstanding the recent victory of Thanos, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has struggled in some ways to bring to life its supervillains with as much panache as its heroes. In this one respect, the intellectual-property farm of Marvel Comics has never quite enjoyed its full harvesting potential for Marvel Studios.

Not to worry: Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is now batting 2-for-2, villain-wise, in his solo movie adventures. The media loves a good scene-chewing villain: can we agree on that? Rather than argue politics in a superhero movie review, let’s objectively consider the idea of an attention-grabbing public figure who consistently “cuts through all the static” — vast, continental clouds of white noise — to make sensational headlines. Is he the anointed one, this man? Can he be trusted with ultimate power? To talk about that, we’ll need to get busy with some spoilers for Spider-Man: Far from Home.

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x-men in the mcu

Well, it happened. Disney’s acquisition of key 21st Century Fox entertainment assets has officially gone through, and we are now living in a post-Fox world. One of Hollywood’s long-standing studios has just been swallowed whole. Thousands of jobs are at risk. It’s a dark day.

Some will claim that this is a necessary step in these tumultuous times, and a certain section of fandom will take a bizarre solace in the fact that at least this acquisition means that they’ll get to see the Fantastic Four and the X-Men in the MCU. Not exactly an equal trade, but here we are.

But even that solace won’t be immediate. A new report says that we probably won’t see those mutant characters integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe until 2021 at the earliest.

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marvel 10 years

Gold is usually reserved for 50-year anniversaries, but we’ll let it slide for Marvel Studios. The studio is celebrating an unlikely 10-year anniversary that began all the way back with Iron Man in 2008 — a movie that no one expected to launch a cinematic universe spanning 10 years and 19 movies. But jump forward to 2018, and here we are: there’s a brand spanking new anniversary website and collection of posters to celebrate Marvel’s first 10 years.

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avengers movies

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be forever changed after Avengers 4 hits theaters in 2019, except for one thing: there will always be Avengers movies. The culmination of the first three phases of the MCU may be reaching its conclusion in the next Avengers film, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. That is, not if Disney has anything to say about it.

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Marvel Skipping Hall H

Sorry, San Diego Comic-Con attendees: if you were hoping for that sweet, sweet Marvel Hall H action this year, you’re out of luck. The superhero movie studio is skipping SDCC in 2018, and may not announce any more new movies until after Avengers 4 hits theaters.

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Avengers Infinity War Trailer Breakdown - Captain America

How many minutes would a film like Avengers: Infinity War need to serve its massive cast of characters? How about 156 minutes? That’s right – the official Infinity War runtime has been revealed, and it’s the longest MCU film to date.

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mcu marathon

Update: AMC Theatres has announced that the Marvel marathon will include 12 Marvel Cinematic Universe films and be held in two locations. More information is included below.

AMC’s MCU marathon is back. And it’s 31 hours long.

The movie theater chain first introduced the insane endeavor in 2012 ahead of the release of The Avengers. But that 12-hour marathon would soon increase to 28 hours with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Both Marvel marathons cost the lives of no one and the sanity of many, but they seem like cake walks compared to the 31-hour monstrosity that AMC is holding ahead of Avengers: Infinity War. Because in the three years since the last marathon, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has swelled to 18 (!) movies. At least this marathon doesn’t include the TV shows.

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avengers infinity war trailer

Update: A new photo from the set of Avengers 4 offers an alternative theory to time travel. See more below.

The plot of Avengers 4 has remained tightly under wraps – we don’t even know the title! But as the comic book movie sequel continues production, secret plot details have inevitably begun to surface.

Since Avengers 4 started production in August 2017, there have been some exciting snapshots of new costumes, gnarly hair cuts, and lots of grim-faced Marvel superheroes. But the most intriguing picture of all — a set photo of Chris Evans in a familiar costume — could have wide-ranging implications for the plot of the fourth Avengers movie, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that follow it.

Warning: Possible spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 follow.

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Black Widow movie

It’s finally happening: the MCU is moving ahead with a solo Black Widow movie. Marvel Studios has hired Jac Schaeffer to write the script for the Scarlett Johansson-starring film – a film that fans have been talking about for a very long time.

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