Leaving New York: why Marvel is right to send Spider-Man far from home

the Guardian | 1/17/2019 | Ben Child


If any superhero is more intimately linked to their neighbourhood than Marvel’s Spider-Man, it is probably DC’s Batman, who belongs so fully to Gotham City that to extract him for more than the odd episode would be like sending the moon to spin around a gas giant in Alpha Centauri.

The wallcrawler comes a close second, however. It has always been Spidey’s job to keep the Big Apple safe, first and foremost, and none of the seven movies about Peter Parker’s alter ego have ventured far from the city. Spider-Man: Far from Home, the sequel to 2017’s barnstorming Spider-Man: Homecoming, will change all that, but perhaps not as we might first have imagined – if this week’s trailer is anything to go by.

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After Spidey’s trips into the cosmos in Avengers: Infinity War, its tantalising title might easily have teased a journey beyond Earth’s borders. It’s not hard to imagine the new webslinger, who has already fought Thanos on Titan, hanging with Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy in some post-Infinity War intergalactic hellhole. But no, in keeping with Homecoming’s impish, irreverent and intimate tone, the followup centres on a school trip to Europe in which Parker appears to be recruited by Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury for a mission to battle the Elementals alongside Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio.

On this early evidence, moving Spider-Man out of New York already looks an inspired move. There are only so many times plucky Manhattanites can cheer Parker on from the sidewalks before the whole thing looks a little tired. And so far the Marvel comic universe’s version of the webslinger has succeeded by avoiding the endless cycle of Spidey movies past. Why change that dynamic?

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