Kevin Feige is glad that Spider-Man: Far From Home can hold its own compared to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Marvel Studios' upcoming offering will be the final installment of its Phase 3, as well as its third and last movie of the year. Tackling the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the Jon Watts-directed project will see Peter Parker (Tom Holland) return to his normal life after The Decimation. But aside from following-up the MCU's biggest entry yet, Far From Home is also the next Spider-Man movie to release right after the critically-acclaimed Into the Spider-Verse.
Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller for Sony Pictures Entertainment, the animated movie was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. Into the Spider-Verse centered on Miles Morales' (Shameik Moore) iteration of the iconic Marvel hero as he came together with other versions of himself from alternate realities such as Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Spider-Noir (Nicolas Cage), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn). Praised for its fantastic narrative and innovative animation, it's hailed as one of the best comic book films of last year.
With such a tough act to follow, at least in terms of Spider-Man big screen adaptations (the films aren't narratively linked), Feige says that he's glad that Far From Home went for a complex narrative in a recent interview with Bet.com. The MCU architect shares that while they were keen on using Mysterio, he's relieved that he used him particularly in this film considering their preceding film.
"I loved Spider-Verse and thought it was great. I wasn’t nervous, but I was thankful that we went with Mysterio when we were deciding what villain to use. We wanted to do a villain that hadn’t been seen before. And Mysterio was high on the list. There were some questions about his powers and is it too confusing and the illusions and things like that. [But] we were like, no, that’s what would be fun. I saw Spider-Verse and said thank God we went with something daring and complex. If it had just been an average Spider-Man villain chasing him around buildings and trying to hit him with a blast, it would have seemed really lame next to Spider-Verse."
Marketing for Far From Home depicts Jake Gyllenhaal's Quentin Beck aka Mysterio as an ally. He was introduced to Peter by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and together, they're tasked to battle the mysterious Elementals. Most of the promotional clips for the movie highlight the bond that the pair develop. And although people involved in the movie insist that Beck is a hero, fans of the comic books know better than to trust that given the character's villainous and conniving ways in print. And in hindsight, Feige's comments confirm that.
That said, the reveal that Mysterio is indeed a bad guy shouldn't be that big of a deal since that's kind of expected. So it's curious what other surprises Spider-Man: Far From Home has up on its sleeves. Holland says that there's a plot twist as effective as Homecoming's Vulture (Michael Keaton) reveal, so it's possible that there's more to the story than what marketing has revealed. Perhaps it has something to do with the idea of a multi-verse - a concept that was handled effectively by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019