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Exclusive: Tom Holland opens up about Spider-Man’s future in wake of Disney-Sony rift:

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Tom Holland is opening up about Spider-Man’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following the news that Disney and Sony have failed to reach a deal on new films.

Holland stopped by PEOPLE and EW’s studio backstage at Disney’s D23, where he addressed the news that Disney has no new plans to include Spider-Man in future MCU films.

“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” Holland told EW. “It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

Earlier this week, news broke that Disney would be ending its partnership with Sony Pictures on the Spider-Man franchise, thanks to a disagreement over co-financing. Sony owns the film rights to the iconic superhero, and several years ago, the studios struck a deal: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige would help produce Sony’s solo Spider-Man films, allowing Holland’s Spidey to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Blu-ray Special Features And Deleted Scenes Revealed:

  • Featurette – World Wide Web-Slinger 29:52
  • Short Film Peter’s To-Do List 03:22
  • Featurette – A Film by Flash Thompson’s Phone 01:41
  • Gag Reel & Outtakes 03:35
  • Featurette – Teachers’ Travel Tips 04:58
  • Featurette – The Jump Off 06:19
  • Featurette – Stepping Up 03:42
  • Featurette – Suit Up 04:38
  • Featurette – Now You See Me 06:30
  • Featurette – Far, FAR, Far from Home 05:14
  • Featurette – It Takes Two 03:09
  • Featurette – Fury & Hill 03:29
  • Featurette – The Ginter-Riva Effect 01:32
  • Featurette – Thank You, Mrs. Parker 03:34
  • Featurette – Stealthy Easter Eggs 04:23
  • Featurette – The Brothers Trust 11:44
  • Featurette – Hydro-Man Part 1 Select Scene Pre-Vis 01:30
  • Featurette – Hydro-Man Part 2 Select Scene Pre-Vis 00:40
  • Featurette – Molten Man Select Scene Pre-Vis 04:20
  • Featurette – Final Battle Select Scene Pre-Vis 0:55
  • Featurette – Spider-Man Through NYC Select Scene Pre-Vis 01:10
  • Featurette – VAM Sizzle Trailer 01:02
  • Deleted Scene – Betty Blips 00:40
  • Deleted Scene – Bus Rest Stop with Class 01:37
  • Deleted Scene – Beck’s Green Juice 01:13
  • Deleted Scene – Peter & MJ on Plane and May sees Glasses 01:10

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Crosses $1B in a Franchise First:

Sony and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Far From Home has swung past the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, becoming the first installment in the franchise. 

Graham Norton Show lines up Spider-Man: Far from Home stars including Tom Holland:

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Spider-Man: Far from Home is coming to The Graham Norton Show later this month, with Tom Holland announced as a guest.
The Peter Parker actor will be joined by Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Mysterio in the superhero sequel, on the episode airing Friday, June 21.

Tom Holland Says Working With Jake Gyllenhaal On Spider-Man: Far From Home Was Amazing:

UNILAD: Do you think Peter has grown up during this movie?

Tom Holland: I don’t necessarily think he’s grown up that much, we’re seeing a very similar Peter Parker to the same, sort of version we saw in Homecoming. I really enjoyed in [Homecoming] the aspect of seeing a kid with superpowers and I really wanted that to come across again so while yes there are minor things where you’ll see him look older and more grown up, which I don’t really want to talk about just yet, but you’ll see it, he’s still very much a 16-year-old kid.

UNILAD: What’s surprised you about the sequel?

Tom Holland: The fact that we get to shoot it in London! It’s a nice surprise. The first one was called Spider-Man: Homecoming and they shot it thousands of miles away, this one’s called Spider-Man: Far From Home and I’m 40 minutes from my home.

So that’s been quite nice. I’m actually not staying at my home-home, cos it’s still a bit of a drive to set. The script is huge, huge, massive scale movie and it’s always a pleasure… It’s always nice to know you’re a part of something so awesome, but obviously, the surprise is what the audience wants to see in the cinema.

UNILAD: How do you feel about doing all of your own stunts?

Tom Holland: I don’t do everything, there are some things that I just can’t do and I am very happy for my double to do it if he can do it better. If there’s a version of a stunt where it just looks better with him doing it then he should do it for the sake of the movie.

But sometimes there are things where we can just rehearse it and work really hard. There was one (stunt) that we did today that was way, way more impressive than that (boat jump stunt), we were just able to rehearse it for weeks and weeks before we actually did it meaning that I was able to do it… I love doing my own stunts, it comes with a nice adrenaline rush, um, and if it can make the film better then I’m all for it.

UNILAD: Is there anything about this movie that you’re really excited for fans to see?

Tom Holland: I mean, the action is bigger than the first one for sure. But the film… I’m still getting my head around what I’m allowed to say and what I’m not allowed to say.

But no, it’s definitely bigger than the first one, it’s bigger than the first one and I guess the action from the first one, Peter Parker and Spider-Man were able to keep it quite contained and I don’t feel like it was a worldwide event.

This one happening in the places that it’s happening he’s unable to keep these events a secret and it’s far more globally, sort of known that this is going on, um, so the spotlight really is on Spider-Man whereas in the first one I felt like he was sort of able to go under the radar a little bit which was quite nice.

This one, all the pressure’s on.

UNILAD: Can you talk about the dynamics of Peter working with Nick Fury and also working with Samuel L. Jackson?

Tom Holland: Working with Sam is great, it’s really, really fun and I’ve been such a big fan of his not just since the beginning of the MCU but from very early on in my life.

But yeah, it’s an interesting character to see on screen with Peter Parker cos obviously Peter is so funny and so happy to be around, Nick Fury is so scary – kind of like Robert Downey Jr, just without the sass! So yeah, it’s been a fun ride so far!

UNILAD: For Homecoming you mentioned the bane of your life was the harness, have you finally got rid of the harnesses?

Tom Holland: No! Not at all. I was in the harness all day today, well, most of the day and it’s one of those things you just have to get on with. There’s no, it’s either like you do it and you’re not safe, or you wear a harness and then you’re safe so it’s kind of a price you have to pay.

It hurts your legs but it’s fine, it’s fine! And George and his stunt team are so good at looking after me and making sure I’m as comfortable as I can be in uncomfortable situations so it’s been awesome so far and we’ve got some really, really cool stuff coming up which we’re still rehearsing at the moment.

UNILAD: Can you talk a little bit about the relationship with MJ?

Tom Holland: Yeah, that’s a really cool one, it’s a really exciting one. We get to see in more detail a relationship blossom than we did in the first one with Peter and Liz, it’s been fun, it’s been really fun and MJ’s character is the same as she was in Homecoming, but we’re just exploring it more and I think audiences will really connect with her and I think the way that Zendaya is playing the role will draw you in, the number of people who can relate to her character.

UNILAD: What’s it like working with someone like Jake Gyllenhaal? You seem to be surrounded by veteran actors all the time.

Tom Holland: I’m very lucky with the people I get to work with, I have these meeting with my agents every year. We sit down and we go through a list of actors I’d like to work with and a list of directors I’d like to work with and Jake’s always been on the list – so the fact that we get to do it in this circumstance is so fantastic and he, he’s amazing!

Every actor I’ve ever worked with has like a switch. When they say ‘action’ you can tell that now they’re acting but Jake doesn’t have that. He’s seamless between his characters. Sometimes it’s quite disconcerting like ‘oh he’s just talking to me he’s not doing a scene right now’ and then you’re like ‘oh shit he is doing a scene’ – so it’s been a real pleasure to work with him, I’ve definitely learned a lot.

UNILAD: Do you ever feel like you need to up your game when you’re working with someone like that?

Tom Holland: Well you find that with acting it’s similar to playing tennis. If you play tennis against someone who’s really good you sort of rise up, not to their standard obviously, but you try your best to play better and it’s a similar sort of thing with acting and you’re working with someone who’s that good, it makes you think more about minor details that you’ve made for the character and stuff, you try and piece things together so it’s been a really great privilege so far.

UNILAD: How was it wearing the ‘Stealth Suit’?

Tom Holland: It’s great because I can go to the toilet in that one! It’s really great, I can take my mask off, I can go to the bathroom and it looks so badass, it’s really, really cool.

It’s a really cool one cos it’s such a different avenue to take for the character Spider-Man, you know he wears red and blue and that’s kind of it in the films and for us to take him down this different path, it’s definitely really cool and something the audience will be very, very excited about.

UNILAD: What’s your favourite scene up to now?

Tom Holland: Uh, we shot this very funny scene between Jacob, Zendaya and I – it’s all one shot and it is sort of mid-way through the film and it’s very stressful and it’s just really funny. I can’t tell you anything about the scene because it’s kind of a spoiler, but Jacob is just so funny!

He’s just so funny and I remember Zendaya and I off-camera with Jacob’s close up and we just – we may as well not have been there because we were laughing so much – I just turned around and walked away and was like ‘I’m sorry Jacob you’re just making me laugh so much!’ So yeah, that was my favourite scene to shoot.

UNILAD: Is there a lot of improvisation with that group dynamic?

Tom Holland: Yeah and that’s why Jon is such a great director to work for because he allows you to do a 20-minute take of absolute nonsense but that 30 seconds at the end which is actually really gold is what we use.

So he really does create an environment in where his actors can make mistakes creatively which sometimes directors don’t do and it’s nice that on a film of this scale he’s not afraid to sort of go ‘no no no let’s just do it twenty times and see if we can get it right’. It’s cool!

UNILAD: How’s it been contending with a different kind of villain this time?

Tom Holland: Yeah, it’s interesting! Because when Jon first pitched for the idea I was like ‘Wow! Fighting big Elemental monsters, that’s a big jump from The Vulture’.  But it is when you see visually the effects and what they’re planning to do with these monsters it really is quite a breathtaking feat.

I think even Peter Parker has the same thought as what I had when I found out these monsters. He really doesn’t understand what’s going on and it’s not until later that he’s hanging out with Nick Fury and Maria Hill and then Mysterio how they sort of team together to piece together this crazy thing that’s going on. So yeah, it’s definitely an exciting version of a villain.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – Everything We Learned In The Latest Issue Of Empire Magazine – SPOILERS:

Spider-Man, No More?

In the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, it appeared as if Peter Parker had no interest in taking his costumed alter-ego to Europe and some fans even wondered if the events of Avengers: Endgame had taken their toll on the wall-crawler, leading to him (temporarily) abandoning the mantle.

However, Watts makes it clear that this isn’t a retread of the “Spider-Man, No More” moment from Spider-Man 2. “We tried not to be melodramatic in that way,” he laughs. “You have a lot of things that have been done very successfully in the past, so you consciously avoid them. This is just for a week. Peter wants to go on vacation. He’s earned it.”

When Does The Movie Take Place?

With Watts confirming that this trip only lasts for a week, Feige shed some more light on the setting and it sounds like Marvel Studios may have abandoned the idea of jumping to a different year in Peter Parker’s high school life going from film to film.

“We had talked about, do the Spider-Man films take place in his sophomore year/junior year/senior year, Harry Potter style?” However, it was then that the idea of a summer break came to mind. “We started homing in on that idea of the class trip. How do you continue the fun of a kid in high school with his high school friends?”

Getting London Right

Thor: The Dark World came under fire for it’s geographically incorrect take on London, and Watts confirms that they looked at that movie when it came to making sure they got the city right this time around. “I think we got our London geography right. You don’t put Big Ben next to Tower Bridge and hope no one will notice!”

When he was quizzed about a recent poster for Spider-Man: Far From Home which had the London Eye the wrong way around, he laughed: “I did not approve that!”

A Different Take On MJ

It’s now become clear that Michelle/MJ is a new take on Mary Jane Watson, and after being described as being “a lot more Ally Sheedy in our movies” by Watts, Zendaya adds: “She’s not the coolest girl in school, she’s not the prom queen, she’s not popular. Exploring that dynamic between two oddballs and loners is cool.”

Producer Amy Pascal, meanwhile, notes that “The movie is about [Peter] wanting to get together with the girl. That’s what makes him want to go on this trip.”

Peter Parker’s Relationship With Nick Fury

We’ve already heard that Spider-Man’s relationship with the former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director isn’t quite as cordial as the one he had with Iron Man, and Holland has now shed even more light on that.

“The relationship between Peter and Tony is admiration,” he explains. “The relationship between Peter and Nick Fury is more fear. I think he’s a little bit terrified of him. When he shows up, it’s no joke. He knows this isn’t some silly mission. He knows the stakes are real and it’s time to step up.”

Why The Wall-Crawler Heads Overseas

Explaining that the idea to take Spidey “Far From Home” came during Spider-Man: Homecoming’s international press tour, Watts elaborates on why he wanted to put the wall-crawler in new settings.

“Seeing Spider-Man in Venice was always on the list. I’ve seen Spider-Man swinging over buildings, but not over canals. We loved the idea of a big night festival going on in Prague, a beautiful medieval city.”

The Elementals

While we recently learned that The Elementals known as Hydro-Man and Molten Man aren’t necessarily the characters we know from the comics, Watts confirms that he wanted to deliver a new take on some lower tier bad guys from the hero’s rogues gallery.

“I wanted to figure out if there was a way to take some more of the definitely B and C level villains and bring them to life in a way that’s surprisingly cool. Who are people not going to expect?”

Spider-Man Vs. VFX

Of course, the possible downside of having Spider-Man face a group of VFX bad guys is that he’ll be squaring off with huge CG monsters as opposed to an opponent who is a little more grounded. Watts relished the challenge. “It opens up a new style of combat for Spider-Man when you have bigger creatures, or a creature that’s so hot he can’t get close to him because it melts his webs.”

“Or a water creature that you can’t punch because you go right through it,” he adds.

Jake Gyllenhaal Reflects On Not Being Spider-Man

When Tobey Maguire injured his back, Sony Pictures considered replacing him in Spider-Man 2 with Jake Gyllenhaal. That didn’t happen, of course, but he’s obviously now entering the wall-crawler’s world by playing Mysterio. “I guess you could say that, when you work long enough, stories tend to come back around. There was a beautiful thing that happened here.”

However, he doesn’t believe that had he been able to play Spidey, he would have done half as good a job as Tom Holland. “Watching Tom Holland, I have to say that I wouldn’t have held a candle.”

Why He Chose Now To Board A Superhero Project

It seems like Gyllenhaal has spent years avoiding big budget blockbusters, so how did Marvel Studios finally convince him to change his mind? Feige confirms that “we met with him on some Marvel Studios movies long after Spider-Man 2 and just never found the right timing or the right thing,” presumably alluding to those Doctor Strange rumours.

As for Gyllenhaal, he says: “Why now? This was a really interesting take on the characters. I really loved it, and thought, ‘Let’s have a little fun.’”

Mysterio Is Indeed A Hero Now

“In the comics, he’s a washed up old stuntman who uses gas and puts springs in his shoes to to try to trick people,” Watts explains, making it clear that some changes needed to be made.

“The idea of Mysterio as a hero was something we had never explored before,” he continued. “Having the power of Marvel behind you means that you can make those crazy swaps. You’d hope there’s a little more to it that it seems with Mysterio. But we went with Mysterio being a hero, which I thought would really surprise people. Mysterio was always at the top of the list.”

As for Gyllenhaal, he adds: “Villain or hero, I don’t think that’s how you can define him.”

Including The Helmet

One of the best reveals from Spider-Man: Far From Home has been the fact Mysterio has his classic helmet. “That was so fun to design,” says Watts. “You take away the fish bowl, that’s not Mysterio. It’s such a classic design. It’s my favourite design of all the Spider-Man characters.”

Quentin Beck Fills The Void Left By Iron Man

“The relationship on the page changed when Jake and I met each other and became very fast friends,” Holland explains shortly after revealing that Mysterio ends up being a substitute for Iron Man. “So you get to see two people become really quick friends, and teammates essentially. It’s kind of like a two-hander between Jake and I.”

“It’s a pretty fun ride to see this kind of back and forth banter between these two superheroes, fighting these crazy monsters.”

What Jake Gyllenhaal Learned From Tom Holland

When those comments were made known to Gyllenhaal, he had nothing but good things to say about his co-star. “Yeah, but Tom had a lot to teach me too.”

“It’s a whole new world to me. We became friends through the process of making the movie. It doesn’t just work one way. It works both ways. That’s what I like about it. Peter and Spider-Man have a lot to teach people, particularly in terms of friendship and giving.”

No, Tom Didn’t “Accidentally” Reveal The Film’s Title

Tom Holland has become well-known for seemingly dropping MCU spoilers, but did he really reveal the sequel’s title by mistake on Instagram last June? “That was totally planned!” the actor confirms.

“That was a complete press stunt,” he continues. “I’m so cautious with what I put online when it comes to spoilers and stuff. Come on there’s now way I would do that. I’m way better with spoilers than Mark Ruffalo – I love him, but he’s a terrible spoiler. Sometimes they pair us together because it’s easier to control one source than have both of us out there.”

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Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer: 135M Views Breaks Studio Record:

The new (and unusual) trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home that was released Monday offered the first glimpse of a Marvel superhero since the momentous events of Avengers: Endgame and the result is the biggest digital launch in the history of Sony Pictures Entertainment: 135.2 million views in 24 hours.

The Columbia Pictures franchise starring Tom Holland as Spider-Man already held Sony’s 24-hour record (130 million views) set in January by the Far From Home teaser trailer. Third on the list? That would be the trailer launch for the previous film in the series, Spider-Man: Homecoming (116 million views). That July 2017 film went on to gross $334.2 million domestically and $880.1 million worldwide.

Social conversation volume was also the highest in the studio’s history, topping 1.5M posts in the first 24-hoursAll in all, not bad for a kid from Queens who was turned to crumbling dust last year at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.

A second trailer for a film is typically greeted with less fan urgency online and a dip in viewership but the seismic happenings in the mega-hit Avengers: Endgame whetted appetites and made the trailer a must-see for Marvel fans. The trailer not only addressed the Endgame plot revelations it was preceded by an earnest message from Holland advising fans not to watch further unless they have already seen the record-breaking Marvel Studios epic.

Far from Home, directed by Jon Watts, opens July 2. Written by McKenna & Erik Sommers. Based on the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, Stan Lee, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach serve as executive producers. The film stars Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio.

Tom Holland, Zendaya, More To Support “Spider-Man: Far From Home” On May 9 “Jimmy Kimmel Live”:

With only two months remaining until the release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” key cast members are beginning to make promotional TV appearances.

On May 9, five cast members will appear for a joint television appearance.

Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cobie Smulders and Jacob Batalon will appear on that night’s edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The episode will also feature a performance by Vampire Weekend.

Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal will attend Conque in Mexico on May 4, 2019 (via @revista_Qualia on Twitter)