Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts isn't worried about having to follow Avengers: Endgame. As sky-high as expectations were heading into Endgame's release in April, the film has actually managed to surpass them in terms of both critical performance and box office turnout. In additon to being widely heralded as a satisfying finale to the MCU's Infinity Saga (a story that's eleven years in the making), the fourth Avengers movie has already grossed a series-high $2.24 billion worldwide in theaters and has its eye on claiming the global box office's all-time top spot next. Suffice it to say, it's an impressive accomplishment.
Of course, the year's not over for the MCU just yet. Far From Home will hit theaters in July and serve as the true conclusion to Phase 3 of the franchise, before its as-yet unannounced Phase 4 slate gets underway in 2020. A direct sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, Far From Home features several of the same cast and crew members as its predecessor, including star Tom Holland and Watts at the helm. And while it would be perfectly understanable if Watts said he was feeling the pressure after Endgame, the director claims that's not the case.
Screen Rant visited the Far From Home set and got to ask Watts what it's like, knowing his Spider-Man sequel will arrive at a point when Endgame is still fresh on everybody's minds. Here's what the director had to say about how he's dealing with the situation:
I mean, I always think of [Spider-Man: Far From Home] - small is the wrong word - but just as a character-based story. Peter Parker is such an interesting character. And no, instead of thinking about it in the context of the larger universe, I like to think about it in the context of Peter Parker's emotional journey. Where was he last time? Where did he end up? Where is he going to go now? And so, in terms of how to incorporate that in terms of the larger mythology, that was always a part of it, but for me, I just try to focus on Peter's story. And make it the strongest story that I can tell.
All things considered, Watts seems to have the right idea about how to make Far From Home feel like a worthwhile followup to Endgame. The Spider-Man sequel never had a chance of matching the fourth Avengers movie in terms of scale and stakes, so it would've been silly for Watts to even try to. Instead, by telling a more personal story, the director should be able to really zero in on Peter's experiences and what his life is like, post-Endgame, in an entertaining and otherwise compelling fashion. Far From Home's second full-length trailer further suggests Watts took the right approch on the film, in the way it sets the stage for Peter to confront a fresh set of exciting, funny, and/or even surprising challenges this time around. And some of them aren't even a direct result of what happened in the Infinity Saga finale, either.
At the same time, Far From Home aims to build on Endgame and expand the MCU's mythology in both fascinating and important ways. That balance of character-based storytelling and world-building isn't easy, and it's something a number of MCU sequels (like, arguably, last year's Ant-Man and the Wasp) have struggled to manage in the past. So far, though, Watts' second go-round with Spider-Man is shaping up to be an essential addition to the franchise, as well as a satisfying Peter Parker story on its own terms. Not to mention: after everything that happened in Endgame, audinces are probably just as eager for something a little quieter (well, as quiet as things ever are in the MCU) as Pete is.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019