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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ casting accidentally reveals ‘Avengers 4’ spoiler

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Spider-Man is one of Marvel‘s biggest heroes, so Spider-Man: Homecoming was always going to spawn more sequels.

Tom Holland “accidentally” revealed the film’s title in an Instagram video from Ace Comic Con, holding up a tablet with the title Spider-Man: Far From Home. The title is thought to be a reference to Peter Parker visiting Europe during the movie.

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In other news, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders have joined the cast as former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury and Maria Hill, confirming that they return from Thanos’ finger-snap, and survive Avengers 4.

Here’s everything we know so far about Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home cast

You’ll be glad to hear that Homecoming director Jon Watts will return for the sequel. Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are writing the screenplay, returning after their work on the first movie, which had six (six!) credited screenwriters.

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Tom Holland, Marissa Tomei, and Jacob Batalon will return as Peter Parker, Aunt May, and Peter’s BFF Ned Leeds. Marvel hasn’t confirmed whether Zendaya will reprise her role as Michelle/MJ, but considering how popular she was last time, she also seems like a safe bet.

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Zendaya in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’

At the moment, the most persistent casting rumors revolve around a mysterious new female lead. Described as a 20-something European woman, she could be a revamped version of Felicia Hardy (Black Cat) or Gwen Stacy. (Stacy appeared in both previous Spider-Man franchises, so she seems like a less likely option.) Sony still has the rights to a whole host of Spider-Man characters after establishing a sharing agreement with Marvel for Spidey himself. She could be anyone; however, it’s worth remembering that Sony plans to launch a Black Cat/Silver Sable franchise in the near future.

Comedian J.B. Smoove, of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, will reportedly join the Far From Home cast in an undisclosed role according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Casting calls suggest the filmmakers had an open mind about the film’s villain. They apparently auditioned men and women aged 30 to 45 for the unnamed role, which tells us basically… nothing. It could even be a new character, although Homecoming proved that these creators have a knack for rebooting obscure supervillains.

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According to Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, Jake Gyllenhaal will play the villain, thought to be the classic Marvel character Mysterio. Variety also believes that Michael Keaton will reprise his role as the Vulture, although this could just be a cameo.

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Turkish-German actor Numan Acar (Prison Break) has joined the cast as a character named “Dimitri.” Could this be Dmitri Smerdyakov, the vintage Spider-Man villain Chameleon?

Spider-Man: Far From Home plot

Warning: This section includes spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.

Obviously, the actual story is still under wraps. With filming due to commence in July 2018, all we know is that Sony scouted locations in Europe. This fits in with the supposed introduction of a European female lead. Could Spider-Man 2 take place during Peter’s summer vacation or an international competition with his academic decathlon team?

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When Sony and Marvel first announced the new Spider-Man franchise, they indicated it would focus on Peter Parker’s teen years. Each movie takes place during a different part of the high school year. The MCU timeline can be a little hinky, but the as-yet-untitled Spidey sequel is thought to take place during Peter’s senior year.

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In the wake of Avengers: Infinity War, fans obviously had doubts about Peter Parker’s onscreen “death.” Avengers 4 will explain how Peter Parker (and presumably Black Panther, among others) will return, and Spidey reputedly has a central role in Marvel’s Phase 4. With some of the original Avengers expected to retire, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel will become the new headline characters. Here’s what MCU producer Kevin Feige said in 2017:

“So much is affected by [Avengers 4] that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker? So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.”

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There’s a lot of speculation about Iron Man’s future, and that’s obviously relevant here. If Tony Stark dies, that will have a huge impact on Peter Parker. In 2017, The Hollywood Reporter wrote “Sony will get a to-be-determined Marvel character for Spider-Man 2,” but Iron Man wasn’t expected to return. So, who could it be? One of the Avengers who doesn’t have a solo franchise, like Hawkeye or Bruce Banner? Avengers 4 may reveal more next year.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 trailer

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Could Spidey appear in the post-credits scene after Captain Marvel? Watch this space!

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.