Spider-Man: Far from Home has quietly managed to accomplish a major box office milestone. Over the weekend, the sequel overtook Captain Marvel, very narrowly, to become the third biggest movie of 2019. This normally would be viewed as a win/win for Marvel, but given the recent split between Sony and Disney when it comes to future entries in the Spider-Man franchise, the implications of this feel particularly magnified.
The major takeaway, looking at the numbers laid out like this, is that the MCU is still easily the strongest brand in all of entertainment. Disney is in control of the biggest box office brands right now, with their live-action remakes, Pixar and Star Wars on the roster, aside from Marvel. As such, Sony didn't want to relinquish more control when it comes to the future of Spider-Man. Given what they accomplished with Venom and Into the Spider-Verse, they have reason to believe they can take Tom Holland's version of Peter Parker and have success outside of the MCU, without having to share the profits with Disney.
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In terms of raw numbers, Spider-Man: Far From Home did manage to overtake Captain Marvel, but the situation is complex. The movie was heavily rooted in the MCU and serves as something of an epilogue to the events of Avengers: Endgame. Will moviegoers be as interested in a third movie in this series that must divorce itself from the MCU? Marvel Studios will more than likely be okay and will undoubtedly continue to string together hit after hit, with the speed bump of having to explain away Peter Parker's existence in that universe. For Sony, the gamble is much larger.
The plan, it seems, is to fold Spider-Man into the same universe as Tom Hardy's Venom. Sony will assemble its own shared universe in the hopes that Tom Holland's beloved take on Peter Parker can still be a huge draw, even outside of the MCU. The numbers here make it crystal clear that audiences are very eager to see more of this character. Now, it's up to Sony to not fumble the ball. Either way, given the success of the Homecoming sequel, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next couple of years. Numbers used in this report were provided by Box Office Mojo.
The Marvel writers, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, have opened up about the distinct lack of super-powered heroine, Captain Marvel, in their MCU magnum opus Avengers: Endgame. The pair explained that they had always planned to feature the newly introduced superhero, but that she presented powerful problems.
""Well, she was always going to be in it but we didn't have much to go on. They had cast her and that was it. It is a tough balance to strike when you have a character that powerful who you're going to bring in, and you don't want it to seem like, well we just brought in this person who can clean the house that we couldn't clean in the previous movie. So, we had to decide on a balance between not making it feel like a cameo but not having her around so much that she solved all of the problems for everybody."
After the release of her solo adventure, Captain Marvel, earlier this year, the question was raised as to how such an overly-powered character would fit into the Endgame proceedings without solving The Avenger's problems and barely breaking a sweat. This is evidently a conundrum that the writing duo had to contend with, particularly whilst wanting the film to focus on the original team.
"It also wasn't the point of the movie, the point of the second movie was saying goodbye to the original six Avengers, so their stories were gonna be way up here. ... It was not fair to the other six Avengers to have Captain Marvel come in and solve all their problems, it didn't seem like good storytelling."
Thankfully they managed to avoid what would have been a much-maligned scenario wherein Captain Marvel flies in, fists glowing, and fixes everything within a few minutes. This would surely have led to a very different film, indeed. Perhaps the focus would instead have been on Captain America using his new counselling skills to help Thor with his depression.
It sounds like Captain Marvel caused the exact issues that many fans had speculated she would, and we must be forever grateful that McFeely and Markus managed to work around them in a way that didn't feel too convoluted or contrived. There are even behind-the-scenes photos from Avengers: Endgame that show the character in her original outfit, as well as the fact that actress Brie Larson filmed her Endgame scenes before her own outing, which suggests that this could quite easily have become an unmitigated disaster.
Captain Marvel's disappearance remains noticeable, but the writing duo clearly took the appropriate steps to remove her in order to give fans the closure that this MCU climax needed. Besides, her being absent gave her an extraordinarily crowd-pleasing entrance into the final battle, making her lack of screentime well worth it in the end. This latest intel comes from Vanity Fair.
Peter Parker has an unorthodox way of getting his passport expedited. The scene in question is one of the deleted scenes from Spider-Man: Far from Home, which is included on the upcoming digital and Blu-ray releases as an 'Original Short'. Speaking of the home release, we now have the official release dates: the digital version arrives on September 17th and the Blu-ray edition comes out on October 1st. These release dates actually leaked a few weeks ago, but they were not confirmed until earlier this week.
The Spider-Man: Far From Home passport scene is featured in Sony's rerelease of the movie, which is in theaters now. Tom Holland's Peter Parker has a to-do list and getting his passport is high up on that list, but the line is incredibly long. So, taking a little influence from Tony Stark, Parker uses some technology, specifically a Spider-Bot, to make the process go a bit quicker. It's a humorous scene, though one can see why it was dropped from the final cut.
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The passport scene is a part of the Original Short, which is included in the Spider-Man: Far From Home bonus features. In addition, there are alternate and extended scenes, gag reels, and further Easter Eggs. Other special features include Teachers' Travel Tips with Mr. Harrington and Mr. Dell and interviews with the cast and crew, along with a whole lot more. Fans definitely want to get their hands on this edition, especially since it looks like it will be the final time we see Tom Holland in a project connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It's been an emotional rollercoaster for MCU fans over the past few weeks. The news of Tom Holland's Spider-Man reverting back to Sony has been huge news, possibly bigger than Marvel Studios and Sony ever imagined it would be. Apparently the two studios could not come to an agreement that would satisfy both ends to keep sharing Peter Parker on the big screen. Marvel Studios received a huge boost while being able to use the character in the MCU and Sony ended up with their highest grossing movie of all time, thanks to the mutual deal.
With that being said, there are still rumors about continuing talks to share Spider-Man in the future. With everything set up for a sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home, it would be nice to see at least one more movie with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige's guiding hand to help the movie across the finish line. Only time will tell, but for now, it really doesn't look like that's going to happen unless some miracle deal is reached in the coming months. While we wait to find out, you can check out the latest deleted scene from the digital and Blu-ray release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, thanks to the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube channel.
The Spider-Man: Far from Home extended cut is now out in theaters. Sony has rereleased the highly successful sequel with roughly four minutes of new footage not shown in the original cut. The idea of releasing a movie back into theaters with bonus content is not a new phenomenon. Marvel Studios just did the same thing in July with Avengers: Endgame, which served two purposes. First and foremost, it helped to get the movie one step closer to becoming the highest grossing movie of all time. Secondly, it served as a way to promote Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Most of the new footage shown in the extended cut of Spider-Man: Far From Home is taken from Peter Parker's to-do list. Peter tells his best buddy Ned that he has to take down the Manfredi crime family and declines Ned's offer for help. We later see Tom Holland's Parker using a Spider-Bot in order to get his passport quicker and then see him at Delmar's Deli-Grocery picking up some last-minute essentials. Delmar then asks if he can come on the trip.
The main action sequence that has been promoted for the Spider-Man: Far From Home extended cut is the taking down of the Manfredi crime family. It adds a lot more action in the restaurant from what was originally shown in theaters, which is nice for hardcore fans. But, is this extra footage enough to get fans back in theaters to spend some extra money on seeing the movie for a second or third time? Ultimately, that's up to the fan to decide, but we'll find out on Sunday when the box office reports come in.
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For now, there are some Marvel Cinematic Universe fans who are not happy about the Sony and Marvel Studios agreement coming to a close. This has created talks of a boycott of the Spider-Man: Far From Home extended cut this weekend. It remains unclear if hardcore fans will really go through with the boycott, but social media seems to indicate that they are sticking to their guns. This is an unfortunate by-product of the recent news of Tom Holland's Spider-Man leaving the MCU.
It looks like Tom Holland is really leaving the MCU. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige talked about the situation last weekend at the D23 Expo and seemed to bring closure to the matter. Feige says he is happy that Marvel and Sony were able to share Spider-Man for as long as they have. And in the end, the studio boss is right. The deal was, and is still, unprecedented, and it allowed for both studios to flourish at the same time. Sony has their biggest movie of all time, thanks to Spider-Man: Far From Home and it's connection to Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige. You can head over to Sony Pictures to get ticket info for the extended cut.
A new poster for the re-release of Spider-Man: Far from Home has made its way online. Sony is looking to further capitalize on what is already their biggest movie of all time by showcasing an extended cut in theaters that will contain a brand new action sequence. Whether or not that action scene alone is worth the price of admission remains to be seen, but if nothing else, it's not a bad poster.
The new poster has Spider-Man at its center, with a morphed image that showcases him in multiple versions of the suit featured in the movie, with the Iron Spider limbs and the stealth suit elements primarily focused on. Landmarks of Europe loom large in the background, with the words "extended cut" prominently displayed below the movie's title. The image was shared by the movie's official Twitter account with the following message.
"See The Extended Cut of #SpiderManFarFromHome featuring a Never-Before-Seen Action Sequence, starting August 29. Experience Spider-Man on the big screen one more time before it leaves theaters!"
If the poster looks famiiar, that's because it has been around since the movie original debuted in theaters. It is fan-art from Jesper Abels, who hails from The Netherlands. He won the Talenthouse Fan Art Contest. Now his 'fan-art' is officially part of the Spider-Man marketing campaing and considered official art by Marvel, Disney and Sony.
It's difficult to bring up Spider-Man in any way right now and not discuss the ongoing, messy situation the franchise finds itself in. As fans are surely aware by now, Sony and Disney have failed to cut a deal for future entries, which means Tom Holland's Peter Parker will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony controls the movie rights to Spider-Man and they had been working with the Disney-owned Marvel Studios to allow for the character to appear in the MCU. Unfortunately, at least for now, that is all in the past.
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That means, for better or for worse, Spider-Man: Far From Home may well be the final entry in the franchise to take place within the MCU. That does create a whole host of issues moving forward. How will future MCU movies explain the disappearance of Peter Parker? How will Spider-Man 3 do away with connections to the MCU while pressing forward with the story? We are simply made of questions right now and, tragically, there are precious few answers to be had. Even more unfortunate is the fact that Tom Holland, who adores the character he plays, is stuck in the middle of this gigantic corporate mess.
Corporate messiness aside, Jon Watts directed a highly-successful sequel to Homecoming with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Even with the pressure of having to follow Avengers: Endgame, it worked like gangbusters. Thus far, the movie has grossed $1.11 billion globally and overtook Skyfall to become Sony's highest-grossing release ever.
It might be nice to watch this movie at least once more and think upon simpler times. When Marvel Studios and Sony were working together harmoniously. When the future of Spider-Man and the MCU looked bright. That already feels like a long time ago. The Spider-Man: Far From Home extended cut arrives in theaters this weekend from Sony Pictures. Be sure to check out the newly released poster for yourself below.
See The Extended Cut of #SpiderManFarFromHome featuring a Never-Before-Seen Action Sequence, starting August 29.
The situation with Spider-Man may be getting more heated behind the scenes, as both Disney and Marvel are said to be courting Spider-Man: Far from Home director Jon Watts for future projects. Watts helmed the past two solo outings for the character, which proved to be tremendously successful. Marvel likes to keep talent around and Sony needs every advantage they can get without having the added benefit of being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As such, Watts may have a whole lot of bargaining power.
According to a new report, Jon Watts is being courted by Marvel, but it's not clear what project they want him for. Sony, meanwhile, wants Watts back for Spider-Man 3, which still has Tom Holland attached to star as Peter Parker. However, as we previously reported, Watts is not yet signed on to direct that movie, as he was only contracted for the first two movies. That's key in both cases, as Watts went from being an indie director with movies like Cop Car under his belt to proven blockbuster aficionado.
Spider-Man: Homecoming followed in the wake of Tom Holland's debut in Captain America: Civil War, which certainly helped matters. But Jon Watts provided us with a unique take on the character, which led to great reviews and an $880 million global take. Spider-Man: Far From Home, again benefiting from Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, proved to be an even bigger success, aking in $1.11 billion, making it Sony's biggest release ever. With that in mind, it's easy to see why both sides of this mess would want him. It's also easy to see where Watts could win out in a big way here, as he could end up benefiting greatly from a corporate pissing contest of sorts.
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Then again, things could always change. As it stands, Sony and Disney have not come to terms on a new deal for the future of the Spider-Man franchise. The two studios had worked together harmoniously from 2015 to 2019. But Disney is said to want more than Sony is willing to give, and Sony feels they can manage without the guidance of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, at least in part thanks to the success of Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Whatever the case, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who penned Spider-Man: Far From Home, are said to already be working on the next solo installment. The tricky thing is that they can no longer include any references to the MCU, and Tom Holland's Peter Parker is firmly rooted in that universe. It's an unenviable task, to be sure. So, will Jon Watts opt to take on that challenge? Or will he move on from Spidey and take on another property within Marvel's vast, ever-expanding universe? Time will tell and we'll be sure to keep you posted as the situation sorts itself out. Or if it gets uglier. This news comes to us via Deadline.