Now that Spider-Man is seemingly leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’re probably not even worried about how Spider-Man: Far From Home should have ended at this point. But considering the huge cliffhanger that the mid-credits scene left in our laps, maybe the forthcoming re-release of the final chapter of Phase Three of the MCU should have a scene that makes it easier for Sony Pictures to branch off into their own world, maybe by suddenly introducing the multi-verse for real this time. But since that’s just not going to happen, here’s how Spider-Man: Far From Home should have ended. Read More »
After two uninspired Amazing Spider-Man movies, Sony was scrambling to find a solution to its Spider-Man problem. The answer was to team up with Marvel Studios, a company which instantly rebooted the character and incorporated the webslinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m guessing this decision wasn’t easy for the Sony brass (it couldn’t have been pleasant to essentially acknowledge that they didn’t know what they were doing with one of their biggest characters), but it’s paid off in a huge way: this summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home has now officially become not only the most lucrative Spider-Man movie ever, but the highest-grossing movie in Sony Pictures’ entire 95-year history.
But because $1.109 billion at the global box office isn’t enough, the studio is releasing a never-before-seen extended cut of the movie into theaters, with four minutes of new footage. Get the details below. Read More »
Spider-Man: Far From Home just did something that no other Spider-film has done before: it made a billion dollars at the global box office. That means fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because that accomplishment guarantees once and for all that Sony’s partnership with Marvel Studios involving the character of Spider-Man will continue for at least one more movie. See how the box office totals of the Spider-Man movies stack up against each other below.
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During Comic-Con, a life-size replica of Tony Stark’s first arc reactor from the original Iron Man was revealed by Hot Toys. But the high-end collectible company has even more prop replicas of cool gadgets from the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the way.
Hot Toys has unveiled a trio of prop replicas that will be available for purchase in the near future: the pager from Captain Marvel, Spidey’s spider drone from Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Tony Stark’s final arc reactor from Avengers: Endgame. You can get a closer look at each of the life-size Marvel prop replicas below. Read More »
Disney had no problem topping the charts again this summer with their release of the remake of The Lion King. Audiences may not be sure whether to call this movie animation or live-action, but they clearly had to see it for themselves to the tune of a $185 million opening weekend at the domestic box office. That’s enough to give the movie the #9 spot on the chart of the best opening weekends of all-time. Read More »
Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Mysterio, aka Quentin Beck, makes a big entrance in the opening minutes of Spider-Man: Far From Home, blasting into frame and announcing himself as a new hero in front of Nick Fury and Maria Hill. But while that flashy introduction got everyone’s attention, there was a different moment in the film in which Quentin Beck blended in so well that he went totally unnoticed. Read about Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio cameo below, and see a photo of what he was wearing that day so you can try to spot him during a rewatch.
Fair warning, though: spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home are ahead. Read More »
Donald Glover has had a longstanding relationship with the character of Spider-Man. A viral online campaign to get him cast as the next webslinger after Tobey Maguire was so popular that the actor has basically become a part of Spider-Man lore himself. Easter eggs in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse reference him, and Glover even got cast to first voice Miles Morales in the animated Ultimate Spider-Man. And, of course, there was that cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
But what about its sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home? Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers revealed that they initially planned to bring back Glover’s character from Homecoming to the sequel, but the cameo was ultimately scrapped.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Dan Gvozden, co-host of the Amazing Spider-Talk: A Spider-Man Podcast, to discuss Spider-man: Far From Home. In a post-Endgame world, does the last film in the phase III of the MCU fill a void in the super-hero genre?
Watch the Youtube video “The Problem Solving of Filmmaking” by David Sandberg, director of Shazam!
Read Dan Gvozden’s “Definitive List of Spider-Man: Far From Home References and Easter Eggs” in The Hollywood Reporter. Watch ScreenCrush’s video analysis on Spider-Man: Far From Home’s end credit.
For more on Yesterday, read the Dorian Lynskey’s GQ article on the question “What if The Beatles never existed?”
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Despite having three different Spider-Man film franchises, the stories and villains we’ve seen brought to the big screen haven’t had as much variety as you’d think. Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man saga revolved heavily around Peter Parker’s relationship with Mary Jane Watson, his complicated friendship with Harry Osborn and his villainous father Norman Osborn, and The Amazing Spider-Man series tread similar territory, albeit with Gwen Stacy in place of Mary Jane and a much more ambitious set-up for the Sinister Six that never came to fruition.
But when it comes to the new Spider-Man franchise, we’ve seen plenty of stories that were never possible, and that’s largely thanks to the webslinger’s presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And according to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, that trend will continue in the next chapter of the Spider-Man series, which will adapt a Peter Parker story that has “never been done before on film.”
In order to discuss that possible storyline, we have to dive into spoiler territory for Spider-Man: Far From Home, so if you haven’t seen it yet, that’s your cue to run off. Read More »
(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this epilogue, we explore how Spider-Man: Far From Home continues the MCU following the events of Endgame.)
This post contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
In the first few breezy minutes of Marvel’s latest entry, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his classmates deal, at least nominally, with the effects of “The Blip” — a more palatable term than “The Decimation” — which saw half the world return from dust after a five-year interval. As luck would have it, the main cast from Spider-Man: Homecoming remains largely intact, since they were all wiped away. Now joined by new addition Brad (Remy Hii), a teenage hunk who was only a skinny tween when Parker last saw him, the kids all take a trip to Europe and mayhem ensues. Though besides Brad’s presence, only a brief mention of Queens’ homelessness problem and a tongue-in-cheek ‘In Memoriam’ slideshow make Spider-Man: Far From Home feel like it exists in the aftermath of an apocalyptic time-slip.
The trauma of dying during “The Blip” was handwaved in Avengers: Endgame — Parker, upon his resurrection, assumes he “must have passed out” — and why harp on the macabre here, in a teen comedy, anyway? Although, while Far From Home takes a wry approach to global catastrophe, it also rightly condenses the associated grief by grounding it in a single relationship: that of Peter Parker and his Uncle Ben in this series, the late Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).
Though in making Stark a centerpiece once more, the Marvel series arrives at a vital crossroads: how will these films memorialize their own legacy?
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