Tom Holland cheekily revealed the title of the next Spider-Man adventure, and it could mean hell for the character.
Hey, have you still not seen Avengers: Infinity War? I have no idea why you would be reading this if you are one of the three humans who have not, but just in case, you should know I’m going to spoil the end of that film below. Or, well, Tom Holland is the actual culprit.
The kid just can’t help himself. Not that we believe for one second that Holland’s latest Instagram revelation is not a carefully orchestrated unveiling of the next Spider-Man movie title, but the actor clearly delights in his scalawag persona. After building a reputation as a mad spoiler of top-secret plot points, Holland leaned hard into this behavior while attending the ACE Seatle Comic Con this weekend.
Before taking the stage to greet a room full of Marvel maniacs, Holland dropped a quick vid on his Instagram feed. He quickly apologizes to his followers for the lack of info regarding the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and admits he’s a little confused by the whole prospect considering that he “died” at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. He tells us that he’s received the new script, and raises his iPad into view. We catch a glimpse the title, Spider-Man: Far From Home.
So, yeah, not a spoiler. Not a leak. Duh. Scripts usually do not have title pages with such artistic flourish. Marvel Studios and Holland are having a little fun, and I’m all for their impish social media tactics.
As for the title itself? Well, following Holland’s reveal, Marvel head Kevin Feige chimed in while confirming the name. In an interview with Cinema Blend, while promoting the upcoming release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, he addressed the meaning of Far From Home:
“[It’s] similar [to Spider-Man: Homecoming]. I won’t say what the meanings are, but we enjoy that title because, like Homecoming, it is full of alternate meaning. And we liked continuing the ‘Home’ thing, with the little Spidey symbol in the ‘Home.'”
The subtitle Far From Home also aligns quite well with what we know about the story already. Back in April, Feige revealed that filming would begin in July and that much of the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel takes place outside of New York:
“We film in London. We shot [the] first film in Atlanta. And we shoot a lot of films in London but there’s another reason we’re shooting in London which is, yes, Spidey, of course, will spend some time in New York, but he’ll spend some time in other parts of the globe.”
However Avengers 4 shakes out, Peter Parker will reappear on Earth, and it sounds like he’ll have to fight his way back to Aunt May. That threat will manifest itself under the guise of Mysterio, the diabolical effects wizard with a thirst for crime. Jake Gyllenhaal is donning the fishbowl, and at some point, Michael Keaton’s Vulture will emerge to toss a monkey wrench into the works. Spider-Man: Homecoming’s post-credits stinger also suggests The Scorpion, and suddenly we’re halfway to the formation of bad boy supergroup The Sinister Six.
If we are interested in seriously testing the might of our hero, Far From Home is a title that conveys extreme anxiety for Peter Parker. Remember back to Captain America: Civil War’s German airport battleground. His confrontation with Cap’s rogue Avengers was the first time the kid had left the country, and that prospect was enough to give the teenager pause. Now he’s waged war in the stars and presumably returned from non-existence only to awaken hundreds of miles away from his home borough of Queens. He will not easily swing across the ocean.
My favorite moment from Infinity War was when Tony Stark causally knighted Peter Parker into the service of The Avengers. What was an exhausted and cast away gesture for Iron Man meant the entire world for Spider-Man. Having pulled himself out of personal tragedy, Peter Parker now acts towards heroism without thinking. He has earned his place alongside The Incredible Hulk and Doctor Strange.
Still, Spider-Man is a character that can never get comfortable. As is the case with most Marvel superheroes, the appeal of ol’ Web-Head is that he’s continually battling his inner demons. While he is compelled by the motto of “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,” he has put his beloved Aunt through the wringer. She is ultimately his source for good, and his actions have ripped him away from her.
Life beyond New York City is going to be a hell of a panic attack for Peter Parker. Punching bad guys in the face will be a pleasant distraction, but conquering the distance between him and home is the great battle of the Spider-Man sequel. We still don’t’ know how May is dealing with the knowledge that her nephew is the man in the mask. Peter has a lot to prove to himself, but May’s validation is the final mission he must accomplish. That’s hard to do when he’s half the world away.