Spider-Man: Far From Home is arriving three days earlier than previously scheduled. A sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Far From Home will also serve as the first movie in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, there's a lot of secrecy surrounding the film and where, exactly, it takes place in the larger MCU timeline relative to this month's Phase 3 conclusion, Avengers: Endgame. While it's generally assumed to take place after, Marvel Studios is keeping its cards close to its chest for the time being.
In the meantime, Sony has been doing its part to promote the film ahead of its release this summer. The Far From Home trailers have included a special appearance by Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, but otherwise focused on Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he tries to enjoy a relaxing summer trip to Europe with his friends... only for Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and several elemental monsters to show up out of the blue, wreaking havoc. As it turns out, Peter will be going on "vacation" a little earlier than originally expected.
Sony has announced that Far From Home will now hit theaters on Tuesday, July 2, rather than Friday July 5. That gives the MCU adventure a head start on this year's Fourth of July holiday frame, where it's expected to (easily) beat the competition and take the number one spot at the global box office.
While Far From Home was already all but guaranteed to become a hit, its new release date should only benefit the film's commercial prospects. Audience attendance traditionally goes up in the summer in general, with the Fourth of July frame being an especially lucrative time of the season. As such, Far From Home has an even better shot now at topping Homecoming's $117 million 3-day opening take in the U.S. from two years ago. It's still a bit of a long shot to surpass Spider-Man 3's $151 million domestic opening from 2007, but it's not outside the realm of possibility, either. Assuming the word of mouth is positive (and with Homecoming director Jon Watts back at the helm, it should be), Far From Home will undoubtedly fly high financially, however it fares in comparison to the rest of the franchise.
Still, it will be interesting to see if Far From Home gets a boost, post-Endgame. Ant-Man and the Wasp premiered over the Fourth of July holiday in 2018, and it definitely benefitted commercially from being released right after Avengers: Infinity War. MCU fans may not be quite as devastated after Endgame as they were when Thanos wiped out half of all life, but they should nevertheless be in the mood for something a little more light-hearted (a la what Far From Home is promising) by that point. And what better way to let off steam than hanging out with Peter and his friends as they romp around Europe (or, in Peter's case, save the day... again)?
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019