Over the weekend, we learned the title of the next ‘Spider-Man’ movie. Courtesy of star Tom Holland, we now know that the film will be called ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’. The first, and perhaps most important, effect of this news is that we can finally stop awkwardly using ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’ as a placeholder title. The second was to send fans and commentators the world over into a flurry of speculation as to just what the newly unveiled title means. After all, ‘Homecoming’ itself had something of a double meaning, referring both to the dance (and more generally, to the film’s high school setting) and on a more meta level, to the fact that the film represented the Wall Crawler’s return to Marvel after having been solely in the hands of Sony Pictures for the better part of two decades.
And this isn’t just a bunch of over-analytical fans chasing their tails. Speaking with CinemaBlend, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige acknowledged that there is meaning to be found:
“[It’s] similar [to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’]. I won’t say what the meanings are, but we enjoy that title because, like ‘Homecoming’, it is full of alternate meaning. And we liked continuing the “Home” thing, with the little Spidey symbol in the “Home.”
So what does it mean? Well, obviously we won’t have the whole picture until the movie comes out, but even now, a year in advance, we can make at least a few educated guesses. The most obvious is the connection to (and contrast with) ‘Homecoming’. There is also an extent to which it is very likely literal. Recent reports have confirmed that ‘Far From Home’ is at least partially filming in London (as opposed to Atlanta, where much of ‘Homecoming’ was shot). And this isn’t just a matter of using a different soundstage. In fact, Feige himself has stated that “he’ll spend some time in other parts of the globe,” in the upcoming film, though it’s not yet clear whether or not Spider-Man will actually find himself in London or if the city will be standing in for some other European locale.
Additionally, the title likely references some thematic elements, either within ‘Far From Home’ itself or as some sort of carryover from the events of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (which saw Spider-Man quite literally go as far from home as any of these characters are likely to get) and ‘Avengers 4‘. That, of course, remains to be seen, but will no doubt start to become apparent as the film’s release date approaches.
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is set to swing into theaters on July 5, 2019. Be sure to check back with ScienceFiction.com for more on the film as it becomes available.