The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is officially called Spider-Man: Far From Home, a title which suggests Tom Holland's Spider-Man may fulfil a promise made by Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker - he's going to Europe. Of course, Holland's Peter has already been to Europe; Tony Stark brought him to Berlin to fight for Team Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War. In fact, being able to travel is one of the key ways Marvel Studios has differentiated the MCU's version of Spidey from the previous versions played by Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire.
In Sam Raimi's trilogy and in Marc Webb's two reboot films, Spider-Man never left the confines of New York City; Aunt May's house in Queens was the farthest the first two Spider-Men ever traveled. And, since the villains both Maguire and Garfield's wall-crawlers faced usually planned to destroy NYC, their superheroes never really needed to leave town. But after five films, Spidey swinging through the skyscrapers of Manhattan grew redundant.
Along with resetting Peter Parker back to high school, Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming distinguished itself by finding all-new places for Tom Holland to adventure. Tony Stark wanted him to remain a friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man in Queens - Holland's Spidey never even slung his webs in Manhattan until Avengers: Infinity War (where he actually left the planet) - but Homecoming took Peter into plenty of unfamiliar territories. The webhead chased the Vulture's gang in the suburbs, where there are no tall buildings to swing from, and then he visited Washington, D.C. for the first time. Next year, Spider-Man: Far From Home is reportedly sending Peter Parker back to Europe on a summer break (once he's somehow brought back to life in Avengers 4).
Ironically, however, Andrew Garfield's Peter wanted to travel and never got the chance. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 labored in vain to set up a Sinister Six spin-off film, but in the midst of Sony's failed plans for a Spider-Man shared universe, there was a much more intriguing idea pitched and then immediately dropped: Gwen Stacy was accepted to study at Oxford University and Peter wanted to go to England with her.
After their breakup and reunion in the film, Peter wanted to prove his commitment to Gwen and floated the idea for him to make his home in the UK to be with her. Peter told Gwen: "So, here's my thought. England. Both of us. I'm following you now. I'm just gonna follow you everywhere. I'm just gonna follow you the rest of my life. I mean, they got crime there in England." Peter jokingly suggested Jack the Ripper was still around for him to catch, but for the first time in a movie, Spider-Man was planning to leave NYC and make a European city his new home. Of course, they never got the chance since Gwen was killed at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
However, Spider-Man finally going somewhere else besides Manhattan to fight evil was an intriguing idea and possibly influenced Marvel's plans once they made the deal with Sony to bring Spidey into the global MCU. Each movie has taken him further afield and, once he comes back to New York (and life), Spider-Man: Far From Home is poised to let Holland live out Garfield's Spidey's dreams again: a European summer vacation for the most well-traveled movie Spider-Man ever.
It's hard to blame Andrew Garfield if he felt a little jealous about all the places Tom Holland gets to go as Spider-Man. But if the Academy Award-nominated actor watches the current Spidey's European adventures in Spider-Man: Far From Home, he can at least take solace his Peter Parker caught the travel bug first.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019