The highly anticipated Spider-Man: Far From Home teaser trailer dropped this week. The Homecoming sequel is coming to theaters on July 15. With a run-time under three minutes, it’s well…a teaser, so it doesn’t give away much.
That’s understandable because it’s one of three big MCU movies coming this year spinning out of Avengers: Infinity War. There is plenty here to wet your tongue until Marvel Studios, and Sony, are ready to flip over all their cards. There’s a glimpse of his new suit, the stealth suit, and the possible new antagonists.
The first shot of the trailer takes place at what looks like a fundraiser for The Salvation Army, where Spidey is making an appearance along with Aunt May. Now, this immediately felt like a callback to May’s work at F.E.A.S.T. during Slott’s run on Amazing Spider-Man. It could be just a throwaway scene, but it’s also not farfetched to think this could play into a Martin Li appearance somewhere down the line.
The F.E.A.S.T (Food, Emergency, Aid, Shelter and Training) homeless shelter, and owner Li, were both a part of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PlayStation 4. So, this wouldn’t the first time it was introduced to the mainstream audience.
More importantly, this scene shows May’s relationship with Peter is basically the same now that she knows he’s Spider-Man. It should be interesting to see a continuation of that plot point from end of Homecoming. It’s very much in line with how their relationship is portrayed in Ultimate Spider-Man.
Next, we get the basic premise of the movie. Peter is packing and heading on his school trip to Europe. As opposed to the way Peter acted in the predecessor, he doesn’t pack his Spider-Man suit because he just wants to enjoy the trip. But why? What prompted this change?
Side Note: Peter’s date of birth on his passport, Aug. 10, is the date Amazing Fantasy #15 was released in 1962. A clever reference to Spider-Man’s first appearance.
An easy guess is it’s because after everything he went through in Infinity War, he wants some time away. That’s assuming this movie takes place after Thanos came to Earth.
There was a theory picking up steam, Far From Home would take place before that. However, Kevin Fiege cleared that up in an interview with IGN last April. He confirmed the sequel would be about Peter readjusting to life after the events of the last two Avengers movies.
So, that would give credence to the idea he just wants a vacation. Also, the theme throughout the trailer seems to be others trying to talk Peter back on to the bicycle, so to speak. That makes sense. This would make Homecoming about Peter’s eagerness, and eventual reality check when he sees what it takes to be a hero. Spider-Man: Far from Home, on the other hand, is about the consequences, and the larger question: Is a teenager ready to handle them? That is essential to Spider-Man mythos.
In the packing montage, two Easter eggs stuck out. The first was when Spidey swung past the building under construction. Is that Avengers Tower they’re rebuilding? It’s notable because that’s where it was at the beginning of Age of Ultron. The camera pans over that statue of the veterans on top of Grand Central Station in the establishing shot. Plus, it ties back to Tony moving his equipment in Homecoming.
The second is Peter’s suitcase. The initials, BFP, are clearly engraved on the top. Those initials more than likely stand for Benjamin F. Parker, meaning the suitcase belonged to Uncle Ben. Peter Parker’s father figure wasn’t mentioned much in his last few appearances, but this could mean he will play a part in Far from Home.
Curiously, Ben’s middle name was never used in the comics. So, what does the F stand for? Franklin is a good guess, because the character was famously based on American founding father, Benjamin Franklin. It’s a good reference to the character’s creation.
There are some brief hints at the budding relationship between Peter and MJ. Then the trailer introduces Nick Fury, and the new conflict. There aren’t any details on why Fury is in Europe or what he needs Spider-Man’s help with. How does Nick even know Peter is Spider-Man?
The villains of the movie are also still a mystery, no pun intended. Initially, fans suspected Hydro-Man would be a villain in the sequel. With three villains shown on screen controlling forces of nature, and a big thunderstorm later, this seems to suggest they’re the Elementals. The extradimensional group is composed of Hydron, lord of the waters; Magnum, master of the earth; Hellfire, wielder of flame; and Zephyr, mistress of the winds.
The obscure characters first appeared in Supernatural Thrillers #8. It’s an intriguing decision to use them in a Spider-Man story featuring Nick Fury, but that leads us to the centerpiece of the trailer, Mysterio. The is the first look at Jake Gyllenhaal in the role, and he looks amazing. He appears to be acting as a hero, but as you know you can’t trust anything you see when it comes to Mysterio.
Supernatural villains with Quentin Beck using what looks like, real magic, to ward them off wouldn’t be unusual for a universe that includes: Scarlett Witch and Thor. Still, it’s not hard to believe there is some misdirection at play. What is Beck’s angle? The character can be described as opportunistic at best in the comics.
Remember, Feige said they had an early idea to follow the model of the Harry Potter film series, with the plot of each film cover a new school year. Could Mysterio be acting as Gilderoy Lockhart of the movie—a fraud who creates threats so he can be the one who stops them for fame? Just a theory but it would be in-character.
That’s all we know for now but make sure you drop a comment below with your own theories. Stayed tuned for more details to come about Spider-man: Far From Home later this year.