What's Mysterio's true motive ... and what's up with that passport?
The first trailer for "Spider-Man: Far From Home" dropped on Tuesday morning, before it quickly took over a number of the top trends on Twitter.
Featuring the mysterious return of our web-slinging hero after his supposed death in "Avengers: Infinity War," the movie sees Spidey (Tom Holland) back in action as he meets up with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) overseas and takes on a group of new foes. The trailer also features the debut of Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, a supervillain from the comics who appears to be doing good ... at least for now.
While the upcoming "Avengers: Endgame" should close out many of the fandom's most pressing questions, for now all we're left with is theories on how and when this new Spider-Man flick is able to actually happen.
Here's what Twitter has to say -- watch the trailer above and dive in below!
WHEN Does It Happen?
The biggest mystery of all here is when this movie is actually set. A number of characters who vanished into thin air in "Infinity War" are back in action, leading some to speculate that this film actually happens before the events of that film. This wouldn't be the first time a Marvel movie did something like this, as "Ant-Man and the Wasp" came out after "Infinity War," but actually took place between that film and "Civil War."
Others believe that "Endgame" will find a way to reverse or alter Thanos' snap ... or this movie is in an alternate timeline or dimension altogether.
Also of note: before "Homecoming" was released, Sony's Amy Pascal said its sequel would "start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story."
So with the new Spiderman (which, as if there was any doubt, looks like it will kick forty different types of ass) coming out after Avengers Endgame, we just have to assume... they hit the big galactic Ctrl+Z button in Endgame and reverse the Thanos snap somehow?— ℳatt (@matttomic) January 15, 2019
Kinda figured SpiderMan would be brought back in EndGame but that trailer either confirms he’ll alive when EndGame ends or Far From Home takes place before Infinity War— Pickle Man (@picklenocucmber) January 15, 2019
I think that this actually takes place before the events of Infinity Wars. They did do a time jump with Antman & the Wasp. So it would stand to reason that they turned back time for the second movie to take place before the snap. New Spiderman Trailer! https://t.co/Ntq6lJiRJJ— Talking Nerdy (@TalkingNerdyOrg) January 15, 2019
Does the new Spiderman takes place before or after the Infinity war, that is the question 🥺— Mridu🐾 (@mridujain01) January 15, 2019
My money’s on before the events of Infinity War
Far fetched theory for avengers 4 and Spiderman far from home: noone gets revived all movies after thanos' defeat is viewed from an alternate dimension perspective where thanos was defeated before assembling the gauntlet— andrew (@Its_Weenie) January 15, 2019
Or does the new Spiderman take place before Infinity War?— ℳatt (@matttomic) January 15, 2019
Or - OR! - *sound of water bubbling* what if Spiderman's in an alternate timeline, maaaan?
Is Tony Stark ... Dead?!
While Spider-Man, Nick Fury and Maria Hill (more on them in a minute) all return in the trailer, one familiar face does not: Tony Stark. Iron Man and Peter Parker have been BFFs since day one and his absence here is glaring.
Add on top of it the fact that Peter avoids his suit from Tony, there's a check from the Stark Relief Project signed by Pepper and Happy tells him that he's "all alone" to take on this latest threat by himself, and it's not looking good.
The old Tony Stark can’t sign your check right now.— Jon (@jknit135) January 15, 2019
Cause he’s dead. pic.twitter.com/er60QJA6kE
So no Ironman cameo in this new Spiderman. Wonder if he makes it out of Avengers End Game.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 15, 2019
As more than a few fans have pointed out, Peter's passport doesn't have a single date on it whatsoever, proving the filmmakers going out of its way to keep the "when" of it all a big secret.
What's also odd is that Peter, in theory, already has a passport from his time in Berlin in "Civil War" and it should be good for 10 years. Maybe he just lost it?
Another theory: "Civil War" never happened in this new, post-"Endgame" timeline, so he's getting a passport again for the first time.
Huh... look at that. They're hiding the YEAR on Peter's passport. Maybe Far From Home is a prequel to Infinity War after all? I mean... why hide the year? Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/aLPy7t4EUx— John Campea (@johncampea) January 15, 2019
Fans: Marvel, please tell us Peter's ok after Infinity War!!!!— Jill Pantozzi (@JillPantozzi) January 15, 2019
Marvel: Here's his passport with no years on it. pic.twitter.com/7vDH7t0Rsr
Maria and Nick Fury Are Back
Like Spider-Man himself, both Nick Fury and Maria Hill turned to dust in the post-credits scene of "Infinity War." They're both back in action in the trailer, again pointing out some weird timeline shenanigans.
That being said, fans aren't mad about it.
ITS JUST A SPLIT SECOND OF MARIA HILL BUT THIS IS THE CONTENT I DESERVE pic.twitter.com/RPedD4GVxy— vicky💃 (@W0NDERWID0W) January 15, 2019
Nick Fury and Maria Hill(?)... This makes me feel like this movie is before Infinity War. I have a loose theory. pic.twitter.com/XcC0tZoqaP— The Geeks Core (@TheGeeksCore) January 15, 2019
Maria Hill is back to life so I guess I’m celebrating— 🦝 (@artoopio) January 15, 2019
it’s good to know that we’ll get to see peter parker, maria hill, and nick fury alive again after what happened to them in infinity war— anshe misses tom (@valkyrieIoki) January 15, 2019
Mysterio is famously a supervillain in the comics, but here he's seen taking on the Elementals, nasty creatures that are causing havoc all over Europe.
It's a safe bet to say that the Elementals are actually red herrings for something a bit more nefarious, with many assuming they're illusions Mysterio is creating himself to get a hero's welcome.
Speaking of Mysterio, he's already joined the ranks of Marvel's hottest villains, with fans thirsting over Jake Gyllenhaal like they did with both Michael B. Jordan and Tom Hiddleston.
Sandman— Have We Heard Anything About The Avengers Project? (@AvengersSE) January 15, 2019
....or are they all just Mysterio illusions? pic.twitter.com/XatIOCqWn4
That new Spiderman trailer has Sandman, Molten Man and Hydro Man.— Ebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) January 15, 2019
I hope they aren’t just Mysterio elemental illusions. pic.twitter.com/lFWZwJXHhV
My thoughts on the #SpiderManFarFromHome trailer:— Rron R2 is hopefully not a droid (@rron007) January 15, 2019
Tony Stark is dead.
Those are not Hydro-Man and Sandman, I feel they are a ploy by Mysterio
Mysterio looks great
I am curious to finally see Fury and Peter have a relationship.
Jon Watts seems to have made an improvement.
Laying down my marker now that the “Hydro-Man” & “Sandman” we see Spidey & Mysterio battle are nothing more than illusion/constructs controlled by the “heroic” Mysterio! Love the trailer! Happy to be positive about something in pop culture for a change! #SpidermanFarFromHome https://t.co/PQSiGZDVom— Langley M(y mother thinks Im cool!) Neely (@LangleyMNeely) January 15, 2019
Thinking that the Elementals are nothing more than special effects created by Mysterio. And I am probably not the first to think this. #SpiderManFarFromHome— Michael Lee (@IamMichaelJLee) January 15, 2019
Looks cool but the plot is so predictable! We all know #Mysterio is creating these elementals using his illusions and special effects so he can get all the fame and glory of being a hero by taking them out. Eventually #SpiderMan will find out and have to take his new friend down. https://t.co/shwcGaEpK3— Harrison Martin (@movieguru23) January 15, 2019
jake gyllenhal as mysterio has me goinggg pic.twitter.com/nmHP0zGLAi— jade ❄️ | saw itsv! (@hoIIandsmoon) January 15, 2019
Mysterio can ruin my life if he wants to. pic.twitter.com/UyQGrxLr1M— Aravis ♡ (@summerbromance) January 15, 2019
MYSTERIO IS THAT EXTRA BITCH WE’VE DECIDED TO STAN pic.twitter.com/IOf8brbLnb— beth (@midtownmurdock) January 15, 2019
Remember when superhero movies used to be afraid to make their characters look like the actual comic book characters?— Bill Kuchman (@billkuchman) January 15, 2019
Here’s Mysterio in his full, fishbowl helmet awesomeness in #SpiderManFarFromHome. pic.twitter.com/fYDda5tVHO
Also, this isn't any sort of fan theory or anything, but a nice nod to Uncle Ben does appear in the trailer as well. While his death was loosely alluded to in "Homecoming," this is his first official MCU reference.
"Spider-Man: Far From Home" hits theaters July 5, 2019.