Tom Holland just recently announced the title of the upcoming Spider-Man sequel, confirming his return as the titular web-slinger. In a goofy Instagram post, a routine the actor has mastered over the past year, he revealed the follow-up movie will be titled Spider-Man: Far From Home. To be honest, our brains have broken down from the flood of possibilities the title may insinuate.
Of course, it could be something as simple as taking Peter Parker away from Queens and bringing him over to Europe for the film. But knowing that these things can have double meanings (not that double meaning), our minds would not be at peace. So, we took the liberty of analyzing what Far From Home could possibly mean, and whether we can expect some fresh faces to appear.
We've seen Zendaya’s version of MJ, who was called Michelle for the most part of the first film, and it doesn’t seem like there would be anything going on between her and Tom Holland’s Peter. And by the end of the movie, hot as hell Aunt May (played by Marisa Tomei) finds out that Peter is Spider-Man. To help Peter clarify the situation, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) takes them on a vacation, all expenses paid. And since the studio is taking liberties on portraying characters different from the comics, maybe we meet a British version of Gwen Stacy. And Peter, like many of his former versions, might just find a romance that will last. Until they hit their head, of course. Sorry, Pete.
Out of place, out of mind
Last month Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios confirmed the rumors about the sequel’s villain, Mysterio, and that Jake Gyllenhaal will be portraying the special effects expert. His character’s ability to create elaborate illusions in the comics has given the wall-crawler some trouble. Maybe Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck tricks Spider-Man into thinking that he’s somewhere else (maybe on some other part of the globe) at the beginning of the main story arc. It would be a suitable way to introduce Gyllenhaal’s character and what his mysterious “powers” can do.
During the production of Spider-Man: Homecoming last year, there was a supposed cast leak. On the list, one of the students in Peter’s class is named Cindy, beside the name of actress Tiffany Espensen. Some fans speculated that this could be Cindy Moon, who will later turn out to be Silk, a close female (if not stronger) version of Spider-Man with a few tweaks. Will we finally see Cindy get a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and be more than just a student in the background?
Another potential character appearance, this time, comes in the form of an Easter egg in the first movie. Aaron Davis, played by Donald Glover, was being set up as the Prowler until that godawful interrogation by Spider-Man. Perked up ears remember Davis saying, “I got a nephew who lives here.” If you’ve been doing your assignments and reading the comics, you’ll instantly know that the nephew Glover’s character is talking about is Miles Morales. Now Morales is yet to be seen anywhere near the MCU, but if Marvel and Sony know what's right, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce one of the best versions of Spider-Man in the form of street-smart, half black and half Latino, Miles Morales.
One possibility that can take the sequel title over the top is if Spider-Man travels through time and dimensions. That would really take him far from home. We may be able to finally witness the cinematic debut of Spider-Man 2099, a mash-up of Batman, Spider-Man, and Spawn. Maybe Spider-Man 2099 needs the help of our Spider-Man, especially since there are reports that Michael Keaton’s Vulture may return, possibly teaming up with Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. It would be really nice to see two Spider-Men battling against two of the classic spidey bad guys.
A familiar face
The last possibility, and this is what we really hope will happen, is seeing Peter Parker expanding his horizons and not just being a neighborhood superhero anymore. Simple as that. He still lives in Queens and goes to school in Queens but maybe he stops bad guys left and right outside New York. Maybe even going as far as California, or more specifically, San Francisco. Maybe running into a photojournalist by the name of Eddie Brock. You see where we’re going with this?
What if, by the end of the film, we see a snake-like slimy fluid creeping onto Peter Parker’s bed a la Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 before it cuts to black? Wouldn’t that be the most amazing thing? To see Spider-Man finally meet his archenemy, Venom, in the MCU, and for Tom Holland to rock his first ever black suit spidey costume? That would be a good way to set up the third film. Make it happen, Fiege.