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“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Becomes the First Spidey Movie to Cross $1 Billion at the Box Office



There have been three movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released this year, and now all of them have crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. Following in the footsteps of Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home has officially passed the landmark. Though it may come as a surprise, this is the first time a Spidey film has reached the $1B benchmark so far.

According to THR, Spider-Man: Far From Home earned $1 billion on Thursday, further extending its lead on the next highest-grossing Spidey film, not adjusting for inflation. The next closest entry in the franchise is Spider-Man 3 (2007), the final Spider-Man movie directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, which earned $890 million. The other MCU’s Spider-Man, 2017’s Homecoming, topped out at just over $880 million.


The success around the globe for Spider-Man: Far From Home has been unparalleled in terms of the Spidey films, but other entries have done better in North America. As of now, Far From Home has become the fifth highest-grossing Spidey movie at the domestic box office, coming short of Homecoming and all three films in the Sam Raimi trilogy. That said, the flick is right on the heels of Homecoming and Spider-Man 3. It will likely pass their domestic totals sooner rather than later.

Recently, Marvel fans and creatives have been taking to social media, celebrating the film’s success. Also on Thursday, the official Twitter account of Spider-Man: Far From Home responded to the box office news with a delightfully self-aware tweet, which jokes that the movie “actually [secured] the bag”.

In addition to becoming the only Spider-Man movie to cross $1 billion at the global box office, Far From Home is also one of only two titles released by Sony Pictures to do so. The another Sony film to hit that mark was the James Bond movie Skyfall, which was released back in 2012.

With Spider-Man: Far From Home officially crossing the threshold, there have been a total of 40 in cinematic history to make $1 billion at the box office. And Spider-Man: Far From Home is just the third to do so this year, but definitely won’t be the last. Disney’s new adaptations of Aladdin and The Lion King could both hit the mark before all is said and done. And it would even come as a surprise if Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker did not do the same later this year.

Currently, Spider-Man: Far From Home is still playing in theaters.


Sam Raimi Still Thinks About His Unmade Spider-Man 4




Director Sam Raimi is revered for providing horror fans with multiples cult-classics, including the Evil Dead franchise, but he is probably best known for helping kickstart the current wave of Marvel obsession with his Spidey trilogy. Now that he has shifted to a producer role for the new movie Crawl – released less than two weeks after the premiere of Spider-Man: Far From Home – Sam Raimi is reflecting on the Spidey film that never was.

Recently, while speaking with Yahoo! about his role in helping bring Crawl to life, Sam Raimi revealed about his regrets for not getting to make that Spidey film. The filmmaker admitted that the missed opportunity haunted him to this day.

“I think about it all the time,” Raimi said. “It is hard not to, because each summer another Spider-Man movie comes out! So when you have an unborn one, you cannot help but think about what might have been. But I try to focus on what’ll be, and not look into the past.”

Obviously, Sam Raimi used his horror sensibilities, as he explained to Yahoo! that he is a huge fan of the Universal Monster pantheon. But the filmmaker still wanted to stay true to the frenetic energy from the early days of Marvel Comics.

“I was super influenced by those movies. I also loved the Hammer horror films. But I was much more influenced by Stan Lee’s comic books and great artists like Jack Kirby and John Romita who told stories with visuals that had a real in-your-face and over-the-top presentation. And I was trying to bring that kind of imagery to life in these Spider-Man films,” Sam Raimi explained.

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Stan Lee & Sam Raimi

It is unfortunate that we will never get Sam Raimi’s plan for Spider-Man 4, even though it seems that we would never have gotten the latest iteration of this character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe if that were actually the case. His original plans for the fourth movie included using the villains Mysterio and Vulture, iconic foes who later appeared in Marvel Studios’ films.

It is a bittersweet tradeoff, but we still can’t help but wonder what might have been had Sam Raimi had the opportunity to end his Spidey series on a high note.

Crawl and Spider-Man: Far From Home are playing in theaters now.

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“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Writers Explained “Super Embarrassing” Peter Tingle




Spider-Man: Far From Home culminates with Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) fully tapping into his Spider-Sense for the first time. However, writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers initially did not want to play Spidey’s danger alert system seriously – leading to Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) playfully calling the gift the “Peter Tingle.”

“Somehow tingle came up. Spider-Tingle. And then [director Jon] Watts said Peter-Tingle,” co-writer McKenna shared to The Hollywood Reporter. “That is horrible, yes! We have to use that. That is super embarrassing.”

“It is just the kind of thing your aunt would call it that would embarrass you,” added Sommers.

And when facing off against Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) as well as the army of killer drones in London, Spider-Man then closes his eyes and leans into his “Peter Tingle” – saving the day as he trusts his senses over his own eyes, lest they be fooled my Mysterio’s deceptions.

That no-so-serious name change also came as part of an effort to incorporate Spidey iconic ability without directly naming it the “Spider-Sense.”

“We were always struggling to be little more nuanced about it or a little sideways about the special power of his without being on the nose and calling it “Spider-Sense,’” McKenna previously told TheWrap.

“Well, do we call it nothing? What do we call it? Do we go for something more of a joke name?” said Sommers.” And I assure you, that we went around and around and tried all different kind of things.”

Initially, the Far From Home writers also considered having Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), who acts as a sort of chaperon at times for Peter Parker and his classmates during their vacation in Europe, be the one to give the MCU’s Spider-Sense its name ultimately.

“Definitely we had some scenes where Happy was stumbling through different descriptions of trying to think of a thing to call it himself,” added Sommers.

“We like Peter Tingle because it is like your aunt calls it something. And that is the last thing you want it called. So then, of course, she doubled down, and that is what she is calling it. And she tells someone else, and that is what they are calling it. It is a very authentic teen life.”

So, what do you think about this Spidey name?

Spider-Man: Far From Home is now playing in theaters.

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How “Spider-Man: Far From Home” Pulled Off the Post-Credits Cameo




As a saying goes, always save the best for last. Spider-Man: Far From Home was such a great movie according to a lot of glowing reviews and buzz on social media, but it may have followed that popular quote. As we see in the film’s mid-credits scene, a surprising and epic cameo blew longtime fans of Marvel’s wallcrawler out of their seats. And as it turns out, the directors behind the most recent entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe have always wanted to pull off the surprise cameo.

Warning: Major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

When Spider-Man (Tom Holland) landed in New York City, his time home was quickly spoiled when Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) sent a recorded message to the Daily Bugle that framed him as the criminal villain behind the elemental attacking around the Earth. When the monitors on the streets showed the face of the newspaper’s voice, it was none other than J.K. Simmons starring J. Jonah Jameson. The same beloved actor from the original Spidey trilogy is officially playing a brand new version of the same character.

“It was the idea we had from the very earliest conversations. At Marvel Studios if we get to work with Sony and make a Spider-Man film, we want to bring [J. Jonah] Jameson back, somehow,” Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said. “Thinking about who it’d be, we really thought J.K. [Simmons] as an actor who is so versatile, and you look at his amazing iconic performance in the [Sam] Raimi films. Then look at his amazing performances in Whiplash and other films. You go, ‘It can be the same guy but a different tone, and tap into sort of more modern, news personalities of today.”

Meanwhile, according to producer Amy Pascal, that was always part of the plan.

“Well, we always knew we were going to do that from the beginning,” she revealed. “But we never even put it in that script because we never said that it was him who was on the newscast.”

The debuts of J. Jonah Jameson and the Daily Bugle are signs of where the next Spidey story will take place and grow in his next outing on the big screen.

“We have spent certainly the five Tom Holland as Spider-Man in the MCU films that we have made together, has been about taking him literally out of New York to different places, things we have never seen before with him, space briefly, interact with the Avengers, Europe in the film,” said Kevin Feige. “And he came back to New York, suggesting, ‘Okay, we are going to get back to that.’ How awesome it is seeing him swing around at the end of the movie, and with the web wings glide through an under-construction version of Avengers Tower.”

Obviously, the president of Marvel Studios is not ready to reveal who bought Avengers Tower in Spider-Man: Homecoming, saying, “I did not see a sign there yet.”

Filmmaker Jon Watts previously clarified that Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson is not from any sort of multiverse in Far From Home. But he’s from the Marvel Cinematic Universe which fans have been following since Iron Man (2008).

“It is a new take on the same character that happens to be played by the same actor,” the director said.

“if he did not want to do it, we would not have done it,” Jon Watts said of Simmons. “It is his iconic performance. So I thought it was a little weird to him at first. He was like, ‘Wait, what do you want me to do?’ And he was like, ‘Guys, these were different films, don’t you understand?’ But as soon as we pitched him the concept and the slightly different take on the character, he was totally on board.”

An actor repeating his performance across universes is unprecedented, but if there is anyone who deserves to carry that kind of mantle, it is J.K. Simmons.

“We thought if we are going to have J. Jonah Jameson, it had to be J.K. Simmons,” Watts continued, as to the decision to bring Simmons back. “And there was never any discussion about it being anyone else because it just would not have felt right.”

So, the different take on the character as well as the impact of this shocking post-credits scene will be a major influence on the next Spider-Man movie. “There is certainly going to be bug repercussions from the way we end this film,” said Watts.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is playing in theaters now.

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MCU: The Difference Between “The Snap” and “The Blip”




Ever since the end of Avengers: Infinity War last year, fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe have referred to the biggest event that wiped out half of all life on Earth, and across the galaxy – as “The Snap.” It makes sense, considering Thanos literally snapped away half the population after accumulating all of six Infinity Stones. However, it works more as a movie-going term, considering not everyone knows how it all went down.

The people on the streets of various cities and towns across the planet, far removed from the Battle of Wakanda (Black Panther), would likely refer to it as something else, especially after everyone returned in Endgame. And with Spider-Man: Far From Home, finally it gives us a different term for this event, with the students of Midtown High referring to their disappearances and return as “The Blip.

Recently, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke with Fandango about the nomenclature, explaining how it all differentiates in the MCU.

“It came pretty fast. We always referred to it as the Blip, then the public started referring to it as the Snap,” Feige explained. “We think it is funny when high school kids just call this horrific, universe-changing event the Blip. We have narrowed it down. The Snap is when everyone disappeared at the end of Infinity War. And The Blip is when everybody returned at the end of Endgame. And that’s how we’ve narrowed in on the definitions.”

Actually, not everyone knows what happened in Wakanda, even though Steve Rogers/Captain America refers to the Mad Titan by name when conducting his support group in Endgame. So it stands to reason that not everyone actually knows about Thanos snapping his fingers, or that they’d even refer to the disappearances of friends and family so colloquially.

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At least we now have some defining terms for two of the most significant events to take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hopefully, we will get more stories to explore the five-year time period between “The Snap” and “The Blip,” so we could learn more about how the world managed to move on and adapt to these horrible events.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is globally playing in theaters now. Avengers: Endgame will arrive digitally on July 3o and Blu-ray on August 13.

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“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Reveals a New Name For Thanos’ Snap




At the end of Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, Thanos snapped his fingers while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet, making half of all life in the known universe turn to exist. For a while, Marvel fans simply called this horrifying event: The Snap. However, that changed when Marvel stated that the event was actually called The Decimation (which does not exactly make sense but sounds totally terrifying). But then, this life wasn’t long for The Decimation, as everyone who was lost was brought back in Endgame, bringing the entire tragedy full circle. The newly-released Spider-Man: Far From Home now delivers the first glimpse at the MCU post-Endgame. And there’s apparently a new, official name for the disappearance and sudden return of half the world’s population.

Warning: the following could contain some mild spoilers.

Throughout Spider-Man: Far From Home, this event is referred to as The Blip. People all around the world just evaporated into dust one day, only to appear in the same place five years later, especially having not aged even a day.

At the beginning of the film, footage from Peter Parker’s high school shows a pep rally that took place five years before. There are several students in the stands, as well as many band members on the basketball court, that all turned into dust. Meanwhile, another cell phone video shows the second half of the Blip, but five years later. Then, a basketball game is taking place on the same court when the majority of a marching band suddenly appears out of nowhere causing a shock to everyone involved.

The characters in Far From Home also refers to the Blip, or “being Blipped” quite a bit. At one point, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) is giving a speech at a charity for people who were homeless or displaced due to the Blip, and she references her own traumatizing experience.

When May was blipped, she was then in her apartment, only to reappear five years later and find a new family living there. Upon coming back, May was initially mistaken to be the husband’s mistress, until everyone realized what was actually going on.

The Blip does not sound nearly as scary as The Decimation, and it does not have kind of the same ring to it as The Snap. However, it looks like this is the official terminology that will be used by the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.

So, which of the three names do you like the most? Share with us in the comments!

Spider-Man: Far From Home is playing in theaters globally!

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Tom Holland Wants to Play Spider-Man Until He Can’t Walk Anymore




Star Tom Holland debuted as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and, while he only appeared in a handful of scenes, the actor made a big impact on audiences, with fans appreciating the youthful energy Holland imbued into his character. Having since played in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and the latest Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tom Holland is already fulfilling much of his contractual obligations to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Luckily, fans won’t have to worry about saying goodbye to this favorite actor quite yet, as recently, he confessed that he would like to play Peter Paker/Spider-Man until he’s almost physically incapable of doing so.

“Honestly I would play Spider-Man until I can’t walk anymore,” Tom Holland shared with Rotten Tomatoes. “I love this character so much. It’s like my childhood dream to play the character. I am loving it. I’m really enjoying it! And I’m really loving what we can do with the movie and with the people we can touch and amazing things we can do with the platform that this movie gives us. So I’m just really enjoying it.”

In the upcoming Far From Home: “Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man will step up to take on new threats in the world that has changed forever.”

Funny enough, Tom Holland is joined by Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio in the movie, an actor whose workout routine cause Holland so much pain that he had a hard time walking after their training time together.

“We set off; we start running. And there is a law in the gym that you can’t run slower than the guy next to you,” Tom Holland recalled on The Tonight Show, which you can watch in the video below. “So, I’m running next to him. Two minutes in I have got a stitch. And I’m wishing everything was over, but I’m saying, ‘There is nothing that’s gonna get me off this treadmill. I’ll beat Jake Gyllenhaal in this race.’ Then like three or four minutes in, he goes, ‘Tom, this is too easy. Let’s up the incline.’ I am like, ‘Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, let’s do it!’ And we up the incline, four, five more kilometers go by, then he goes, ‘This is too easy. Let’s up it to three!’ So I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, fine, yeah, sure Jake, absolutely.’ And finally, we have got a kilometer left, and he was like, ‘Let’s do 3.5,’ and I was like, ‘Let’s do 4. Why 3.5? Why stop there?’ And then we are doing press later that day, and I can’t walk.”

Fans can see Tom Holland run, leap, and swing through Spider-Man: Far From Home when it hits theaters tomorrow, July 2!

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“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Director Jon Watts Wanted to Do Miles Morales’ Story in Live-Action




Recently, Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts admitted that he felt “jealous” as the animated Into the Spider-Verse brought Miles Morales to life, because it is “one of the best stories.”

“I was jealous. I wanted to do the Miles [Morales] story, too,” Watts shared with Business Insider when asked about the acclaimed Spider-Verse. “It is one of those situations that they did it so beautifully that you cannot be mad. So you just have to sit back and enjoy it.”

Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming laid the groundwork for Miles Morales with the introduction of his uncle, small-time criminal Aaron Davis (Donald Glover), who mentions an off-screen nephew that comic book fans will recognize as a nod to Miles.

Donald Glover as Uncle Aaron Davis in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Even with the success of Into the Spider-Verse, the flick now has a sequel in the works at Sony Pictures Animation. Jon Watts believes a live-action spin on this fan-favorite Miles Morales is still possible. “I think so,” said Watts. And would it be him telling that story? “One movie at a time,” he replied with a laugh.

When doing press tour for Far From Home, filmmaker Jon Watts said a third Spider-Man film is “always” at the back of his mind. “But I try to stay focused on one movie at a time,” he added. Unlike past iterations of this character, which rushed Peter Parker out of high school, Watt’s focus is now on examining the young superhero as he steps out of the shadow of mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

“We are definitely telling the story of this kid growing up. And we end the movie putting him in a unique spot that we really have not seen Spider-Man before in the films,” Jon Watts said during an interview. “So, I don’t know. For me, I will wait until the next one to start to figure out how we are going to get to where I want it to end.”

Meanwhile, Spidey Tom Holland is so excited for Miles Morales joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home premieres in theaters on July 2. The film cast includes Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Zendaya as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Maria Tomei as Aunt May, Jon Favreau as Happy, Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now streaming on Netflix.

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Tom Holland Excited For Introducing Miles Morales Into MCU Spider-Man Universe




Eventually, Spider-Man: Far From Home is hitting theaters this week, which means the cast of the highly-anticipated MCU film is currently in the midst of their press tour. Tom Holland, the actor known best for starring Spider-Man/Peter Parker, has been doing everything from sharing fun movie content to social media as well as doing various interviews about his latest project. During a recent chat with JOE, Tom Holland teased that he would like to see another Spidey join the MCU: Miles Morales, the animated version of Spider-Man who debuted in last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

“He is really, really good at it. But I’m just excited to introduce Miles Morales into our own universe one day. I think that is going to be really good,” Holland expressed.

In case you missed it, there is a brief reference to Miles Morales back in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Aaron Davis, starring Donald Glover, reveals that he wants to keep the illegal alien weapons out of the neighborhood because his nephew lives there. The character of Uncle Aaron was also an important figure in Spider-Verse, and voiced by Mahershala Ali.

Prowler/Uncle Aaron in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

As for Miles Morales, the character is not the only Spidey that people want to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that the film is teasing a multiverse, fans are wondering if former Peter Parkers, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield, will ever make a cameo, or even a team up live-action movie. Tom Holland was previously asked about the possibility of that, and his reaction made fans wonder if it will actually happen in the future.

So, would you like to see Miles Morales in the MCU? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now streaming on Netflix.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animations’ SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

Spider-Man: Far From Home premieres on July 2. Other MCU films include Avengers: Endgame, which is now being re-released in theaters, and Captain Marvel, which is now available digitally on DVD/Blu-ray.

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Now Available On Netflix




With one Oscar award and massive box office run later, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has now swung onto Netflix. This critically-acclaimed animated feature from Sony Pictures Animation is available on the streaming giant for an unspecified time. So make sure to watch it as much as you can in the upcoming weeks and months.

Earlier this year, the Shameik Moore-starring film took home an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, reassuring Sony enough to push several sequels and spinoffs into development. Most recently, some reports suggested a direct Spider-Verse sequel would “definitely” be released before long. The movie resonated with many fans and director Bob Persichetti previously shared a heartwarming story, alongside a direct message he got on the social network from someone who had watched the film.

“We were all working so hard. And we were very late in delivering the film, so we did not really have a moment of pause before its reactions started pouring in,” Bob Persichetti said earlier this year. “So it’s kind of shocking to immediately go from the mix stage to a premiere and a release, and the positivity has been so incredible. There is one really good story that Rodney has, but I have got one that I’m going to share with you from a father of a good friend of my son. He saw the movie and sent an incredible DM to me about how he grew up in Brooklyn; then how he was this sort of really nerdy but somewhat cool kid who loved Peter Parker and saw this movie with his son. He was just talking about how if he had this when he was a kid, and how much this would have meant to him. He was so happy to share with his son. So as for me, it is those moments that just make you go. ‘Oh, this is wonderful.’”

* You can watch the interview with The Hollywood Reporter in the video below.

In total, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ended up grossing $375.47 million worldwide, and $190 million of which came domestically.

So, how about you? What is your favorite part? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now streaming on Netflix. Enjoy the movie at home!

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Tom Holland Wants Spider-Man to Team Up With Hulk




Now that it seems like Spider-Man is leading the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is no secret that he will have a huge Tony Stark-sized hole to fill after the events of Avengers: Endgame. But actor Tom Holland is hopeful that he will get some help in leading the charge in future movies.

Now with the premiere of Spider-Man: Far From Home upon us, we will get to see the Web Slinger team up with new “hero” Mysterio and the iconic secret agent Nick Fury, once again starring Samuel L. Jackson. But Tom Holland wants to see Spidey fight crime with a different Avenger eventually. Someone big, mean, and green.

“[The Hulk] is so funny and they are both science geeks,” Tom Holland explained to Fandom, revealing he would like to see the two Avengers get more screen time together in the future.


However, that is not the only hero the actor wants to pair with, as Tom Holland also revealed he would like to do more with Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of Doctor Strange after their interaction in Avengers: Infinity War.

Many fans are also clamoring to see Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man interact with Tom Hardy’s Venom, especially after the latter churned out such a hit film last year. Though while it might seem unlikely, given the separation of Sony’s corner of the Marvel Universe and the proper Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spidey producer Amy Pascal would not rule out a crossover.

“I can say that we have had a fantastic partnership and you’ll never know what’s going to happen,” she told Fandango last week. “We have lots of stories to tell about Spider-Man. We also have big plans for Tom Holland to be a part of everything.”

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And while there’re rumblings of Holland possibly appearing in a Venom film in the future, Amy Pascal wouldn’t confirm that either.

“The key thing to Venom, Tom Holland, Spider-Man, or Spider-Verse is that as wonderful and tempting as it is to connect the dots. Nothing works if the individual movies do not work and have their own integrity,” Pascal said. “And that’s the key to it all.”

Meanwhile, Tom Holland also expressed his desire to have a live-action Spider-Verse film co-starring predecessors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 2.

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