Spider-Man: Far From Home movie spin-off explained

Image copyright Marvel Studios Image caption Spidey doesn’t think that it’s dangerous for him to train Tony Stark

There’s a lot going on in Spider-Man: Far From Home – from the New York skyline you might recognise from Captain America: Civil War to the Infinity Stones, which are key to the story.

But some of the larger influences on writers Christopher Yost and Rodney Rothman were specifically comic books.

For instance, Spider-Man: No Way Home is the first in a series of films that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has planned to explore the Marvel multiverse.

“For a long time the films that we released were Avengers, Iron Man, the Iron Man sequels and now Spider-Man,” he said.

“But it was also liberating to go back into other universes, so we have other movies set at Avengers, other movies set in the MCU itself, and other movies set that are influenced by other teams or characters.

“So in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the MCU is largely the MCU and the Avengers are the Avengers, but we also have a few non-Avengers movies that are influenced by Avengers in some form or another.”

Feige said that he and his team originally wanted Spider-Man: Far From Home to take a similar approach as this year’s Captain Marvel, which is set in the 1990s.

That film follows Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, and features the technology-enhanced Silver Surfer, who first appeared in Fantastic Four No. 440 in 1965.

Image copyright Marvel Studios Image caption Though Far From Home is set in the early ’90s, we already have a positive reboot of Spider-Man from 2017

“I sat down with a bunch of those writers who wrote the 1990s movies,” Feige said.

“I’d talk about what those movies were thinking and we went through the movies, so she wasn’t just a superhero or just a traditional superhero but what was motivating her, why she was a hero, why she felt a part of the Marvel Universe.

“Then we were going to do that, and it started to become clear that the best way to get around this was to use Spider-Man from the MCU which allowed us to delve into more, not just that time period but into the ’90s in general, which is what the movie is about.”

‘And with Civil War you took a character and you went into a time where things were worse’

In 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Marvel’s flagship superhero fight, you could see evidence of Marvel’s progress in the new and up-to-date MCU.

Lead character Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr) was still in the company of HYDRA, but now Spider-Man (Tom Holland) also seems to be on the same side of the fight.

“I loved that moment, I loved that idea of going into a place where there are many sub-plots, a lot of action, there are times where it’s not perfect, there are times where mistakes are made,” Feige said.

“It’s a moment where things are not perfect in this world because these films take that as a sign of progress.

“Do mistakes still happen? Yes. Does there have to be politics? Yes. Do things change? Yes. How is that the ultimate goal? Yes. Is that better? Yes. I loved all of that in Civil War.”

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