Spider-Man: Far From Homeis a 2019 Americansuperhero filmbased on theMarvel ComicscharacterSpider-Man, co-produced byColumbia PicturesandMarvel Studios, and distributed bySony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel toSpider-Man: Homecoming(2017) andthe twenty-third filmin theMarvel Cinematic Universe(MCU). The film is directed byJon Watts, written byChris McKennaand Erik Sommers, and starsTom Hollandas Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongsideSamuel L. Jackson,Zendaya,Cobie Smulders,Jon Favreau,J. B. Smoove,Jacob Batalon,Martin Starr,Marisa Tomei, andJake Gyllenhaal. InSpider-Man: Far From Home, Parker is recruited byNick FuryandMysterioto faceelemental threatsfrom another dimension while he is on a school trip to Europe.

By October 2016, discussions had begun for a sequel toSpider-Man: Homecoming, with a release date given to the film before the end of the year. Holland was confirmed to return in July 2017, with Watts and the writers also confirmed to return by the end of that year. In 2018, Jackson and Gyllenhaal joined the cast as Fury and Mysterio, respectively. Holland revealed the sequel’s title ahead of filming, which began in July 2018 and took place in England, the Czech Republic, Italy, and theNew York metropolitan area. Productionwrappedin October 2018. The film’s marketing campaign attempted to avoid revealing spoilers forAvengers: Endgameprior to its April 2019 release.

Spider-Man: Far From Homepremiered in Hollywood on June 26, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 2, 2019, in3DandIMAX. The film has grossed $110 million worldwide and was positively reviewed, with critics calling it a “fun and satisfying sequel” and praised the performances of the cast, particularly Holland and Gyllenhaal.

PLOT

In Mexico,Nick FuryandMaria Hillinvestigate an unnatural storm, and later encounter the EarthElemental. A super-powered man,Quentin Beck, arrives to fight the creature. InNew York City, theMidtown School of Science and Technologyrestarts its academic year to accommodate the students who were among those resurrected byBruce Bannereight months earlier.The school organizes a two-week summer field trip to Europe, wherePeter Parker, still distraught overTony Stark’s death,plans to confess his growing feelings for classmateMJ, as well as avoid heroics. At a fundraiser for the homeless coordinated by hisAunt May,Happy Hoganforewarns Parker he will be called by Nick Fury, but the latter chooses toghosthim. Parker later leaves after being posed questions about Stark.

InVenice, Italy, during the trip, Parker and his friends are among those attacked by the Water Elemental, which proceeds to wreak havoc on the city. Beck arrives and destroys the creature, while Parker attempts to help. Fury meets with Parker and gives him Stark’s glasses, which were meant for his successor. The glasses are equipped with theartificial intelligenceE.D.I.T.H., which has access to all databases ofStark Industries, and commands a largeorbital weapons supply. Beck claims the Elementals killed his family and that he hails from a different reality, one among many in theMultiverse. Parker rejects Fury’s call to arms, opting to rejoin his class, but Fury covertly redirects the school trip’s itinerary toPrague, where the Fire Elemental is projected to strike. It appears at a carnival, but Beck, with Parker’s help, destroys it. Fury and Hill invite Parker and Beck toBerlinto discuss the formation of a new superhero team. Parker considers Beck worthy of being Stark’s successor and bequeaths him the E.D.I.T.H. glasses.

MJ deduces Parker is Spider-Man. They discover that a piece of debris she retrieved during the carnival battle is anadvanced projectorthat presents a simulation of the Air Elemental, leading the two to realize Beck is a fraud. At a nearby pub, Beck — a former holographic-illusions specialist at Stark Industries who was fired for his unstable nature — thanks his team of fellow ex-Stark employees for their help. When preparing for another illusion, Beck discovers MJ took evidence of his deception. Parker travels to Berlin and meets with Fury, only to realize that the version before him is an illusion created by Beck. He battles multiple illusions; ultimately hit by a train, Parker survives, badly injured, and falls unconscious in a train car. Awakening in a jail cell in the Netherlands, he breaks out and contacts Hogan. Hogan flies Parker to London and reveals a suit-manufacturing machine left behind by Stark, which Parker uses to synthesize a customized costume. In London, Beck orchestrates a tempest Elemental, seeking to kill MJ and any others to whom she might have revealed his secret. Parker breaks through the illusion using his “Peter-Tingle”, regains control of E.D.I.T.H. and defeats Beck, who dies by a misfired gunshot. Parker returns to New York City and begins a relationship with MJ.

In amid-credits scene,J. Jonah Jamesonof theDaily Bugleblames Spider-Man for the Elementals’ attacks, broadcasting doctored footage of the incident, filmed and recorded by Beck, in which he incriminates Parker for his death and reveals he is Spider-Man. In a post-credits scene, theSkrullsTalosand Soren are revealed to have been masquerading as Fury and Hill the whole time, as directed by the real Fury, who commands a Skrull spaceship.

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