Spider-Man: Far From Home - Everything you need to know

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Spider-Man: Homecoming wasn't even out yet at the time, and in true 21st-century, shared-universe fashion, its sequel was already being teased.

Tom Holland is gearing up for the second in an apparent trilogy of films about our newest Peter Parker and his New York City adventures. And it's going to be an important puzzle piece in the MCU's future.

Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer: Watch it here!

A lucky few who were at Brazil Comic-Con on December 8 got to see the first trailer for the Spidey sequel, but everyone else had to wait until January 15.

The trailer confirms the rumour that Mysterio and Spidey would be teaming up in the sequel as they battle Hydro-Man, although we're not ruling out Mysterio turning out to be a bad guy after all.

It also shows some flirting between Happy Hogan and Aunt May, as well as between Peter and MJ, so it seems like it'll be the pick-me-up we'll probably all need after Avengers: Endgame.

The international version of the trailer starts with a different scene as Peter and his pals go through customs before their trip.

Everything else is basically the same though, but it does change Flash Thompson's insult from "dickwad" to "loser".

Oh, and Cobie Smulders wants everyone to know that it's definitely Maria Hill in the trailer.

Fans were hoping that a second trailer would arrive on March 25 after Tom Holland teased the release of something, but it turned out to just be three new posters.

The second trailer did finally arrive on May 6 and it was packed full of Avengers: Endgame spoilers, so don't watch it if you haven't seen the Marvel epic.

As well as confirming that Far From Home is set after Endgame (as it opens with Peter Parker mourning the loss of Tony Stark), it revealed that the multiverse is now a thing in the MCU as Mysterio is from a different Earth.

Oh, and MJ looks like she knows who Peter really is. Awkward.

Typical Tom Holland though, he "forgot" to post the new trailer when it arrived, but at least you can possibly go to the premiere with him.

We also got a new Chinese trailer in early June that showed more of Mysterio and he's imparting some wisdom: "It's a hard path, the life of a hero. People depend on you. Even if you win a battle, sometimes they die."

Spider-Man: Far From Home release date: When's it coming?

Sony has recently confirmed that the sequel will be out on Tuesday, July 2 in the UK and US after moving it forward a few days.

Filming wrapped on October 16, having started in July 2018, but Samuel L Jackson teased in April that he was about to do some reshoots for the movie.

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It was thought that Far From Home would kick off Marvel Phase 4, but it's been confirmed that it's actually the last movie of Phase 3.

No Phase 4 movies have been officially announced (nor are they likely to be revealed anytime soon), so Far From Home sits at the beginning of an unknown future for the MCU.

Spider-Man: Far From Home cast: Who's in it?

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Holland is, of course, firmly signed up for the Homecoming sequel, so you can definitely count him in. He's also got a nifty new suit.

Related: Will Far From Home mark Tom Holland's final MCU appearance?

When we spoke to Zendaya, she suggested that there is more of Michelle/MJ's story to tell, and it's since been confirmed that she'll be back, along with Jacob Batalon as Peter's pal Ned. Marisa Tomei is back as Aunt May as well.

Robert Downey Jr is rumoured not to be returning as Iron Man, although another MCU legend is in his place as Samuel L Jackson's Nick Fury takes over the mentor role in the movie.

"If Tony is like the supportive cool uncle, Fury's more like the mean new stepdad," said director Jon Watts of Fury's role in the movie. This was something echoed by Holland who said that Peter Parker is "terrified" of Fury.

But while Iron Man won't be appearing, Jon Favreau is back as Happy Hogan.

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Also returning (from the dead) will be fellow SHIELD agent Maria Hill, Fury's frequent side-kick, played by Cobie Smulders.

Jake Gyllenhaal was in talks to play classic Marvel villain Mysterio, with a later filming video seeming to confirm that he was playing the villain and the actor himself confirmed he was playing Mysterio in early December 2018.

It's not the first time he's been associated with the Spider-Man franchise, having been seen as a possible replacement for Tobey Maguire when that actor might have missed the second Sam Raimi movie (Gyllenhaal also recently denied rumours he was the DCEU's next Batman).

Holland seemed to be very excited to work with Gyllenhaal, with their bromance causing some issues on set.

Turkish-born actor Numan Acar has also been cast in the role of Dimitri – and that's as much as Sony is giving away about his character at the moment. However, Spider-Man experts will know that in the comics, Dmitri Smerdyakov is the real name of supervillain Chameleon – one of Peter Parker's original foes.

Crazy Rich Asians star Remy Hii has also joined the cast, although his role is currently being kept top-secret. Could he be Hydro-Man – a villain who has the ability to transform himself into water?

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Related: 6 Marvel characters rumoured to be Spider-Man: Far From Home's villains

That speculation started when Holland shared a behind-the-scenes video showing his stunt double getting soaked by a giant wave on the Venice set of Far From Home, a scene that then appeared in the first trailer.

Saturday Night Live's JB Smoove has also been cast in an unknown role.

Two Homecoming stars who won't be in the sequel though are Michael Keaton and Laura Harrier, with Watts confirming that they're not reprising their roles as Adrian Toomes, AKA The Vulture, and Liz.

Michael Mando won't be back either despite Homecoming teasing the arrival of the Scorpion, but could we be seeing J Jonah Jameson in the MCU?

Fans have also been petitioning for former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire to get a pizza-based cameo in the sequel in a nod to Peter Parker's part-time job in Spider-Man 2.

Spider-Man: Far From Home plot: What's it about?

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We know the sequel revolves around a European trip that Peter is taking, along with his classmates.

He seems to want to leave Spider-Man behind for the holiday, but of course, that doesn't happen in the MCU, so he'll soon be dragged into world-saving stuff.

Related: How Avengers: Endgame sets up Spider-Man: Far From Home

However, it seems that Mysterio will actually be a good guy, according to Jacob Batalon. The first trailer certainly backs this up as he helps Spidey in Venice with Hydro-Man, but maybe there will be a twist in store.

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The foe that Mysterio seems to be helping Spidey with is the Elementals and, according to Holland, their appearance is the fault of Thanos.

"Mysterio in this movie is actually my new best friend," he explained. "We team up together to fight these elemental creatures because when Thanos snapped his fingers, these creatures came through the dimensional rift."

Spider-Man: Far From Home will begin only minutes after the conclusion of the Avengers: Infinity War sequel (with only two months between the two movies' releases).

This was confirmed with the second trailer showing the impact of the loss of Tony Stark on Peter and the wider world.

The second trailer also seemingly introduced the Multiverse into the MCU as this Mysterio is from Earth-833, and not Earth-616 (the main MCU Earth). But is Mysterio telling the truth or is this all part of a cunning plan?

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Holland has been teasing that the sequel has a scene fans will "hate" and likened it to the Vulture reveal in the first movie, so that could tie in with the theory that Mysterio isn't who he seems...

The wall-crawler is being positioned at the forefront of the MCU after Endgame. Feige has hinted that Holland will be there to "hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU".

Marvel has also confirmed that the second Spider-Man, Miles Morales, is out there somewhere in the MCU, though it might be too much to hope that he will be co-starring in Spider-Man: Far From Home. But we'll be keeping our fingers crossed.

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Ned actor Jacob Batalon wants Venom to show up in the movie, but that is looking highly unlikely. Spider-Man may eventually show up in Sony's spin-off movies, but Eddie Brock is unlikely to become part of the MCU.

One thing we do know for sure is that the movie will sound like Spider-Man: Homecoming as Michael Giacchino has been confirmed to return for the sequel.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will be released on July 2.

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