Follow TV Tropes

Following

Film / Spider-Man: Far From Home

Go To

Spoilers for all preceding Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, including Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, will be left unmarked. You Have Been Warned!

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/spider_man_far_from_home.jpg
"You got gifts, Parker. But you didn't want to be here. I'd love to have you in Berlin, but you've got to decide whether you're going to step up or not."

"I don't think Tony would have done what he did, if he didn't know you were going to be here after he was gone."
Happy Hogan
Advertisement:

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 superhero film directed by Jon Watts, and the 23rd installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's also the final film of the MCU's Phase 3, and the second co-production between Disney's Marvel Studios and Sony's Columbia Pictures division.note 

Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Far From Home follows Peter Parker — better known as the crime-fighting hero Spider-Man — on a European class trip following the funeral of his former mentor Tony Stark, when he's unexpectedly forced into yet another colossal conflict against the entities known as the Elementals. Aside from receiving backup help from a resurgent S.H.I.E.L.D., Peter also gains the help of an unexpected ally: a man with supernatural abilities who goes by the name of Mysterio.

Advertisement:

The film stars Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Jake Gyllenhaal (Quentin Beck/Mysterio), Zendaya (Michelle "MJ" Jones), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), J.B. Smoove (Mr. Dell), Remy Hii (Brad Davis), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill).

Director Jon Watts has confirmed that a short film made up of deleted scenes utilized in some trailers will be included on the Blu-Ray as a standalone short, possibly serving as the first Marvel One-Shot since 2014's All Hail the King. This short features an extended sequence of Peter preparing for his vacation, from the mundane elements of leaving for a trip to busting up a major mob group in the Iron Spider suit.

A third film, which would wrap up a trilogy of Spider-Man MCU movies involving the character's time in high school, is planned. Due to being a Sony Pictures-distributed project, the movie was not unveiled as part of Marvel's Phase 4 slate announcement at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con. Watts has indicated that he will return to direct the third film, and it seemed certain that Marvel Studios would be involved.

Advertisement:

However, things got more complicated in August 2019. Negotiations between Marvel and Sony had broken down, with initial reporting suggesting that the film franchise had fully returned to Sony's hands. Shortly afterward, reports arrived that negotiations were still ongoing, making the next film's connection to the MCU uncertain. Regardless of how things play out, the third and fourth films with Holland returning are still planned, which would continue Spider-Man's story with or without references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Previews: Teaser. Trailer


Spider-Man: Far From Home provides examples of:

    open/close all folders 

    Tropes # to D 
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Zig-Zagged. Being set eight months after Avengers: Endgame means this movie takes place in the year 2024, leaving Peter and his friends to navigate a world that has moved ahead of them by five years (not counting the eight months that they've been back). However, the film lacks the usual trappings of this trope since the mass disruption caused by the Snap has prevented society from progressing as it normally would, leaving the world looking more-or-less the same as it does in the present.
  • Accidentally Correct Writing: In-Universe. Mysterio's fake backstory is that he travelled through the multiverse after his earth was destroyed. The multiverse does exist in the Marvel universe, but very few people in the MCU know this; it's highly unlikely that anyone in team Mysterio knew the story they came up with actually had some basis in reality.
  • Action Survivor: In the climax, while cornered in the Tower of London, Peter's classmates and Happy try to fight back with the weapons on display. MJ bludgeons a drone with a mace, Betty finds a halberd, and Happy tries to throw a shield Captain America-style, with no success.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In her last scene, MJ wears a t-shirt depicting Joan of Arc, referencing the dress her actress Zendaya wore at the 2018 Met Gala.
    • Mysterio says something to the effect of "murders are good for ratings". This could be an allusion to one of Jake Gyllenhaal's previous roles: Nightcrawler's sociopathic cameraman Lou Bloom. both characters are unconcerned about others' safety if it means they're going to bring a good story to a big audience.
    • When the class trip arrive at a hotel in Prague, Flash says that this place is closer to his comfort zone, alluding to actor Tony Revolori's performance as the lead in The Grand Budapest Hotel where he works as a Lobby Boy in a Central European Hotel.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • As Spider-Man ties up some goons, a group of cops asks if he's going to be the new Iron Man. Spider-Man replies that he can't, because he's too busy doing their job. The cops acknowledge the burn in good humor.note 
    • Flash Thompson's fanboying about Spider-Man while simultaneously insulting Peter gets a chuckle out of the latter.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The original Mysterio in the comics is portrayed as a short, unattractive man. This contrasts with his film counterpart, played by handsome actor Jake Gyllenhaal. This suits the change in his backstory, since Mysterio in the comics was a failed actor on account of his appearance.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • The comics version of Mysterio has, for the vast majority of his history been something of a joke villain, if not an outright Goldfish Poop Gang, with goals that weren't much more complicated than "robbing banks through unnecessarily advanced technology" or "trying to kill Spider-Man through overly complex death traps". This version of the character is fully aware that Spider-Man is a child and not only willing to kill him and all his friends, but potentially dozens, if not hundreds of innocent people in the process, just to make himself look like a real hero.
    • Also applies to J. Jonah Jameson. In the comics, Jameson was antagonistic of Spider-Man, but the character (still) maintained a sense of honor. Most importantly, Jameson was In-Universe considered a good journalist who did his research, and it's because of his high reputation that the likes of Aunt May and Gwen Stacy in the comics expressed dislike for Spider-Man since Jameson really did build up a lot of trust over the years among his readers for them to take his word over Spidey's. Likewise, Jameson was shown as a champion of civil rights in ASM #91-92 (published in 1970-1971), having fairly progressive leanings. Here, Jameson is reimagined as a fanatical, fearmongering conspiracy theorist directly modeled after Alex Jones (with whom Jameson would have a number of political disagreements to say the least), while "TheDailyBugle.net" has a controversial reputation (much like InfoWars) when in the comics it had a reputation for being a "newspaper of record".
  • Adaptation Distillation: Mysterio is a blend of a number of different versions:
    • His heroic aspect comes from his origins in ASM #13, as well as Stan Lee's Spider-Man Newspaper Strip which in The Oughties did a serial story of Mysterio as a hero (who actually convinced Spider-Man there unlike the original L-D story), and whose motivations and origins is a grudge he held at a hero ruining his civilian careernote .
    • His more murderous approach and tendency to target teenagers, as well as his fondness for Mind Rape and Gaslighting while always present in a minor degree was ramped up considerably in Guardian Devil (where he went after Daredevil and caused Karen Page's death) as well as Old Man Logan (where he manipulated Wolverine into killing the X-Men including several teenagers at the X-Mansion).
    • This version of Mysterio claims to be a traveler from a parallel Earth. In Spider-Men, the Ultimate version of Mysterio was revealed to be an android controlled by the regular 616 vision of Mysterio who had traveled to a parallel Earth, albeit for far different motives- he didn't claim to be trying to save the world, and was just sick of losing to 616 Spider-Man so much that he tried to start his criminal career over in what he thought was a more vulnerable Earth.
  • An Aesop: As Mysterio says, "It's easy to fool people when they're already fooling themselves":
    • It's easy for people to believe what they want to believe rather than deal with the truth. Peter's so eager for someone else to take the burden of being "the next Tony Stark", that he eagerly sees the best in Quentin Beck and easily falls into his trap, dodges his responsibilities and procrastinates, only for that to almost lead to disaster. The MCU Holding Out for a Hero lets many to latch on to Mysterio as a Replacement Goldfish which he exploits to his benefit, fooling the likes of Talos "Fury", Peter, and J. Jonah Jameson.
    • Nobody is really what they seem. The "Nick Fury" and "Maria Hill" we've seen throughout the movie are actually the Skrull couple Talos and Soren. Flash Thompson is not nearly as much of a jerkass with a good life he tries to make himself out to be. MJ and other high-school kids, as is clear in the Tower Vault scene, mostly put on poses to cover their insecurities. This also applies to Peter who underrates himself and overrates Tony. As Happy reminds Peter, "nobody can live up Tony... not even Tony Stark" who was "a mess... and all over the place".
  • Alternate Universe: After being explained in Doctor Strange and further discussed in Avengers: Endgame, the Multiverse is confirmed to exist and the concept is introduced here. According to Nick Fury, Mysterio and the Elementals are from one such parallel Earth, and that their presence is a byproduct of the Snap tearing a dimensional hole. This is actually part of the gimmick Beck is selling to set himself up as the successor to Iron Man. He's nothing more than a disgruntled former Stark employee backed by his self-designed hologram tech and a team of like-minded individuals. There's still no concrete evidence for the multiverse's existence outside of the Dark Dimension from Doctor Strange, the Quantum Realm from the Ant-Man films and Endgame, and the other dimensions shown on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which is technically part of the MCU, but is rarely, if ever, acknowledged in the films), and knowledge of the multiverse is known to very few.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese release features a song by Ling Tosite Sigure, titled "Neighbormind." The lead singer, TK, previously provided the theme song for the Japanese version of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Mysterio's grand final illusion was to make it appear that the four Elementals had returned and combined into one. Peter's teachers likened it to Power Rangers or Voltron.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Just who revealed Spider-Man's identity at the end? It's possible that Mysterio didn't actually die and used an illusion to fake it (as he's done in the comics), and did so to get one last spite on him. The most mundane idea is that it was someone in his crew like William Ginter Riva who did it (indeed, he's shown downloading something — possibly Mysterio's doctored footage — onto a flash drive shortly after the London attack falls apart). Either way, we don't know.
  • Amicable Exes: Ned and Betty have a mutual breakup at the end of the film, where they both agree that they enjoyed their relationship but it was time to end it. Peter is confused by this, since they suddenly started dating about a week earlier, acted like Sickeningly Sweethearts the whole trip, and suddenly broke up.
  • And Starring: "with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal".
  • Arc Words: "The next Iron Man."
  • Armor-Piercing Question: The confession night scene:
    Peter: Were you only watching me because you thought I was Spider-Man?
  • Artificial Intelligence: Played with: Tony's last gift to Peter is a pair of Augmented Reality glasses which served as an interface for an AI hooked up to the Stark mainframe, which is named E.D.I.T.H. ("Even Dead, I'm The Hero"). However, E.D.I.T.H. doesn't appear to be a strong A.I. like J.A.R.V.I.S., F.R.I.D.A.Y., Vision, or even Karen. She interprets orders literally, never acts on her own, and the closest she comes to offering an opinion is a couple safety warnings. The second half of the movie could have been avoided if E.D.I.T.H. was intelligent enough to explain to Peter that Tony really did want Peter to have the glasses rather than passing them on, and a strong A.I. also likely would have had more safeguards against indiscriminate slaughter.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Tulips bloom in spring, in May at the latest, so there would be no field of blooming tulips in different colors in the Netherlands in summer. But it does make a pretty shot.
  • Artistic License – Film Production: Quentin Beck a.k.a. Mysterio wears a motion-capture suit that maps his movements onto his artificial projection of himself during faked "superhero fights", but it's just the underlayer and a custom bubble helmet without the sensor dots and face camera rig of real ones. (It's possible the sensors were left off the suit out of the real life concern that they might interfere with the CGI being used in their scenes.) Of course, since the sensor dots and face camera rig are mainly used for mapping facial expressions, maybe that's why the projected CGI version of Mysterio (when he's "fighting") always keeps the helmet on.
  • Artistic License – Geography: Flights from the Netherlands to London would go over either Essex or Kent; Dorset is 160 miles southwest of London.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Michelle Jones goes from being an Advertised Extra in Homecoming to one of the most important parts of Far From Home.
    • William Ginter Riva, who goes from an unnamed character who appeared in only one scene of Iron Man to becoming the Mission Control and second in command to Quentin "Mysterio" Beck.
    • Betty Brant only has a few lines in the first film, mostly confined to the school announcement in the beginning, but she's a significant supporting character throughout this film.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: The film touches on some effects of "The Blip" that weren't addressed in Avengers: Endgame, such as families losing their homes because new occupants took over while they were gone and teens having to deal with younger siblings and classmates suddenly being five years older than they were the last time they saw them. However, it doesn't dwell too much on them (rather, it notes that there are problems, but that people are working through them without much in the way of complaint because they're just happy that The Decimation was reversed).
  • As You Know: After Peter gives E.D.I.T.H. to Mysterio the bar dissolves revealing it was an illusion. Mysterio then gives a big speech to his employees explaining who they are, their roles, and his role in getting Peter to give him E.D.I.T.H. which they all know considering they just finished helping him with that. It's slightly justified in that some members of the crew may not have known precisely what other members of the crew had done, and he's toasting their honor and wants to highlight their accomplishments. Still, the level of detail was more for the audience's benefit than for the crew's.
  • Atrocious Alias:
    • Aunt May, in a discussion to Peter's danger-detecting Spider Sense, calls it the "Peter tingle." He begs her repeatedly not to call it that.
    • Ned tells Betty that superhero in the black suit who is definitely not Spider-Man is called "Night Monkey".
    • Downplayed with Mysterio. MJ points out that the news outlets in Venice are actually calling him a "man of mystery" in Italian, but the kids still take to calling him "Mysterio." Beck is bemused when Peter calls him that upon meeting him, but later decides to embrace the name.
    • Also played straight with Mysterio. Beck notes in his "toast" with his partners that the moment which finally prompted him to turn against Tony Stark was when Stark graced his advanced holographic technology with the crass name "B.A.R.F."
  • Attack Drones: Tony Stark left Peter an entire arsenal of hovering robot drones housed in an orbiting satellite, controlled by the E.D.I.T.H. AI in his glasses. Until Peter hands control of them over to Beck, who turns around and uses them against Spider-Man and his friends.
  • Backhanded Compliment: Flash's way of complimenting Peter on his new glasses (left to him by Tony Stark) is to ask how he was able to afford such an expensive brand.
  • Badass Bystander: Downplayed with the two Coldstream Guards at the Tower of London because, well, they are Coldstream Guards, but they take on the high-end Attack Drones with ordinary assault rifles and manage to destroy one and heavily damage another.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Even after his demise, Mysterio manages to get the last laugh by pinning all of his crimes (and his death) on Spider-Man before revealing his true identity to the world. Jameson even hails him as "the greatest superhero of all time", meaning that he gets to retain his good reputation in the public eye.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • While moving through security at the airport, Peter's luggage is flagged and opened for search. On top of the pile is his Spider-Man suit, and Peter attempts to explain that it's just a costume. The agent brushes the suit aside and holds up the banana, saying that it's not allowed.
    • After blasting the drone outside the bus, Peter hops back in, disheveled. His classmates who were earlier distracted turn to look at him, and Betty suspiciously says, "I know you don't think we notice Peter, but... your new look? I love it."
    • When Mysterio traps Spidey in an endless Mind Rape illusion, he's suddenly taken out from behind by Nick Fury. Unfortunately for Peter, this turns out to be yet another cruel illusion, and he's just given Mysterio a list of targets.
    • In the closing minutes, Peter narrates over his return to the US about how he's fed up with all the lies and secret-keeping. It's followed by a shot of him talking to an unseen audience, wearing his costume but not the mask. Cut to reveal he's talking to May and Happy in the Parker family apartment, trying to figure out the status of their relationship. Not even they agree on what they are.
  • Bash Brothers: Tom Holland describes Spider-Man and Mysterio's working relationship until Mysterio reveals his true colors as being like brothers-in-arms.
  • Batman Gambit: This is how Mysterio managed to get the E.D.I.T.H. glasses from Peter Parker. He doesn't demand or force it on him, but instead paints himself as a good person and takes advantage of Peter's good heart. He even refuses point-blank when Peter offers him the glasses the first time and even tries to "convince" Peter that Tony gave it to him, to paint himself in an even more positive light as a Humble Hero. This makes Peter trust him even more, and he believes that the glasses will be in the right hands with Mysterio.
  • Battle Couple: In a hilariously bizarre way, Fury and Hill are this through the film's duration as it's revealed they're actually Talos and Soren, a married Skrull couple. This puts the "I got you" moment of Hill blowing up the drone about to kill Fury into a romantic declaration.
  • Better as Friends: Ned and Betty, by the end of the trip, mutually break up because they decide they aren't right for each other but still friends.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: The Elementals are described as a group of monsters that all individually seek to destroy the world rather than having any specific hierarchy among them by Mysterio. In reality, they're just illusions created by the film's real Big Bad, Mysterio.
  • Big Good: Nick Fury, serving as a mentor to Peter Parker and leading S.H.I.E.L.D. with Maria Hill.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite having a bigger scale and scope than Homecoming in terms of threat, Far From Home is notable for lacking a single on-screen death. Even dialogues don't seem to mention any casualties whatsoever from the Elemental attack in the prologue and for that matter the succeeding ones we see in Venice and Prague. Mysterio's plan to ratchet a high body count for the London illusion at the end is greeted with dismay by his team which seems to imply that until that attempted attack, which was totally foiled by Spider-Man, none of their previous stunts killed anyone.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • Mysterio in Berlin. He could have just asked Peter who else knew the truth while the Fury illusion was still up, and then had a drone put a bullet in Peter's head, with no fuss (assuming of course that a bullet would actually kill him). Instead, he drops the façade immediately and stages an elaborate Mind Rape sequence, makes Peter think he's been defeated to get the information, and then makes a final villainous speech before letting Peter get hit by a train, and assumes this killed Peter without going through the effort to check for a body. Because of his penchant for theatrics, Spider-Man is able to adapt to his tactics and dismantle his entire operation.
    • Mysterio never bothers to check for a body either of the times that he thinks he's killed Peter.
  • Book-Ends: This film, as well as the first film in the entire Infinity Saga, ends with a hero's secret identity being revealed to the entire world. In Iron Man, Tony did it willingly in front of a press conference, with the last shot being him smiling with what he said. Here, Peter's secret is forcibly leaked online by Mysterio and The Daily Bugle's machinations, and he can only react with a Curse Cut Short.
  • Bowdlerisation: Some versions of the trailer change Flash's "What's up, dickwad?" to "buttwad" or more commonly "loser".
  • Breaking Old Trends: All previous MCU films so far have superpowered humans or aliens depicted by actors as the main threat. In Far From Home, the main threat are the Elementals, who are faceless living forces of nature. This is a subversion, since Mysterio is the villain and the Elementals are his illusions.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Very literally, as Happy and the kids trapped with him in the museum near the Tower Bridge use the museum's antique weapons and even a thrown shield to defend themselves from their attackers.
  • Break the Cutie: Having endured one horrifying vision after the other from Mysterio's illusions playing on his hang-ups and insecurities while literally beating him through several stories, followed by getting hit by a train, when Peter meets back up with Happy he puts him through a Something Only They Would Say test to make sure he was not just another one of Mysterio's illusions before breaking down in tears.
  • Breather Episode: Coming off the high drama of Endgame. This one is a fairly low stakes isolated incident that is likewise more light-hearted and comedic, while likewise acting as an epilogue of sorts to the two part Infinity War storyline and Phase 3 as a whole. Subverted with the mid-credits scene, which completely throws Spider-Man for a loop when his secret identity is exposed.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In Peter's first scene, he explains to Ned his planned Grand Romantic Gesture for MJ, noting that he's going to buy her a black dahlia necklace, "like the murder". After MJ and Peter in London, she takes note of the necklace's design, and in unison, they say it's "like the murder".
    • An early scene establishes that Peter's Spider-Sense is being uncooperative when May accidentally hits him in the face with a banana. That same banana causes him trouble after landing in Italy, where the security worker confiscates it (thankfully, she's more interested in it than the superhero costume May also snuck into the luggage).
    • When Happy first meets Peter's friends, Flash is excited to meet someone who works for Spider-Man; Happy is quick to establish he works with Spider-Man, not for him. When MJ and Peter reunite, she brings up Happy, describing him as "this sweaty guy... I think he works for you or something?" Peter is befuddled.
  • British Royal Guards: In a break from their usual depiction in fiction a pair of these are seen competently firing on (and taking down) two of Mysterio's drones, being both awesome and a great tourist reminder to not mess with the usually-stoic soldiers.
  • Building Swing: A Spider-Man staple, but at one point, he does so with MJ in his arms.
  • Bully Hunter: Twice in the movie, MJ stands up to someone being a jerk to Peter. First, she gets an airline stewardess to confiscate Flash's martini after Flash made a snide comment about Peter's lower middle class background. Then after landing in London, Brad bursts about seeing Peter half-naked with a mystery woman and complains that no one's interested in "the truth"; MJ responds with a George Orwell quote and then asks Brad why he was taking pictures of people in the bathroom.
  • The Bus Came Back:
  • Busman's Holiday: Peter is genuinely hoping to just take a break from being a superhero while in Europe, only to end up getting roped into assisting Nick Fury. The fact the class trip happens to be caught in the middle of the Elemental attacks doesn't help matters.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr. Harrington. He's always doing his best to give the kids a good time and keep them safe, but he winds up haplessly hijacked into leading them into danger or lame activities, for which he bears the blame. The other teacher on the trip openly calls himself the "cool teacher" and distances himself from Harrington's decisions to adhere to that image, leaving Harrington to do all the actual work. And to cap it all off, Harrington mentions offhandedly that his wife pretended to die in the "Blip" so she could run away with another man, and he held a funeral for her, which is Played for Laughs when he says it in his normal casual tone. Despite all this, any time shit hits the fan, he is always right into action trying to protect the students, and he eventually calls out Mr. Dell for not doing the same.
  • Call-Back:
    • When Spider-Man asks why Thor can't help them, Nick Fury says that he's off-planet. At the end of Endgame, Thor joined the Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • Turns out MJ figured out Peter was Spider-Man in the same way Adrian Toomes did, specifically bringing up the Washington monument.
    • When Peter asks Happy to prove that he's really himself, Happy mentions them going to Germany together in Captain America: Civil War.
    • AC/DC's "Back in Black" is played for the first time since Iron Man from 2008 when Peter is organizing his new suit.
    • The purpose of E.D.I.T.H. seems to be the realization of Stark's desire to "build a suit of armor around the world" that's been a driving desire of his first shown in Age of Ultron, only instead with a trustworthy human guide instead of an independent A.I.
  • The Cameo:
    • Tony Stark and Obadiah Stane have brief cameos in the form of some quick flashbacks to Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man respectively.
    • In the mid-credits scene, J. K. Simmons shows up as J. Jonah Jameson, reprising his iconic role in a live-action format for the first time in 12 years.
    • In the after-credits scene, Ben Mendelsohn and Sharon Blynn cameo as Talos and Soren, the Skrull couple who worked with Nick Fury and Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, having been masquerading as Nick Fury and Maria Hill the entire movie while the real Nick Fury is doing a mission in space.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Peter and MJ both care for each other, but aren't comfortable putting it into words quite yet. Peter has psyched himself up by planning an elaborate Love Confession at the top of the Eiffel Tower. When Paris is rendered moot as the kids are set to return home the next day, he tries again in Prague, only to be thrown off-guard by MJ revealing she knows his secret identity. She then accidentally devastates him by claiming that her interest in him was only about seeing if her theory was correct, but bigger problems emerge before she can explain that wasn't what she meant. After Mysterio has been defeated and they reunite, they finally tell each other how they feel and they have their First Kiss. By the denouement, they're a couple.
  • Captain Ersatz: Part of the reason for the new S.H.I.E.L.D.-commissioned stealth suit is to better maintain the "actual" Spider-Man's cover. Lampshaded in the fire elemental battle, when Ned tries to convince Betty that the new stealth-suit Spider-Man is a literal take on this trope (claiming that the hero is a European copycat of Spider-Man called Night Monkey).
  • Casting Gag: Jake Gyllenhaal was once in contention to replace Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2 if he couldn't recover from a back injury. During the time, he also dated Kirsten Dunst, who portrayed Mary Jane Watson in that trilogy. Gyllenhaal pokes fun at this with a short video he released titled "I just realized I'm not playing Spider-Man", which consists of him reading an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man with Mysterio on the cover in awe. Even in Latin American Dub, Luis Daniel Ramírez voices Mysterio in this film and also voices Peter Parker in the original trilogy. This makes it even more funny to see Spider-Man talking to himself.
  • Cerebus Call Back: When the "B.A.R.F." device first appears in Captain America: Civil War, even if it sets up an important part of Tony's subplot (he is still hurting about his parents' death, so he will go crazy on the man that killed them), there is still a quick gag about the lameness of the device's acronym, with Tony himself saying that he should think of something better eventually. Turns out that the man who created the holographic technology the B.A.R.F. uses really didn't like the lameness of the acronym.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Flash's obsessive habit of livestreaming during the trip comes in handy when Peter uses one of his streams to track down his friends in order to protect them from Mysterio. When Happy tells Flash that his videos ultimately helped out Spider-Man, the guy can't help but fanboy over his hero "following him" on social media.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Spidey's spider-sense, a.k.a. the "Peter Tingle". It gets mentioned at the beginning of the movie, then is completely ignored until Spider-Man uses it to full effect in the final battle with Mysterio.
    • Tony's B.A.R.F. technology from Civil War is a larger-scale example, given that it comes into play a whopping 10 films later. As it turns out, Quentin Beck was the one who invented it, and he would eventually use it to create his many illusions as Mysterio.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Beck's lead assistant is the same lab tech that Obadiah Stane gave his infamous "in a cave, with a box of scraps" rant to, all the way back in Iron Man. The film even cuts back to show him in the original scene from 11 real-life years ago.
  • Class Trip: To Europe, to study the sciences. Although once Nick Fury hijacks it, there's not a lot of science involved - or beforehand, due to Mr. Harrington not checking if museums were open or not.
  • Cliché Storm: Invoked by Mysterio in his fake superhero identity. He's a cape-wearing and laser-shooting Flying Brick from a world devastated by a series of Generic Doomsday Villains powered by ridiculous-sounding Techno Babble and is seeking revenge for not only his world but also his dead family. The things he says in battle also fit this, such as "This is for my family!" and "You took everything from me!"
  • Cliffhanger: The mid-credits scene serves as one for the entire movie, with Mysterio and J. Jonah Jameson revealing Spider-Man's secret to the entire world and framing him for the Elemental attacks and Mysterio's death.
  • Collapsible Helmet: Mysterio's iconic Fishbowl Helmet joins the long list of superhero headgear that disappear into the collar of the costume in a blink of the eye. Subverted in that, unlike the others, the fishbowl exists solely as part of Mysterio's holographic disguise.
  • Composite Character:
    • In the marketing materials, the Elementals are named Cyclone, Sand Man, Hydro Man, and Molten Man; all of which are minor members of Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery — but all of them were humans with powers over a respective element. The set of mystical elemental beings collectively called the Elementals of Doom in the source material, as well as the otherwise unnamed Elematrix, were originally the enemies of the Fantastic Four. Also like the Elementals of Doom, they were also an "artificial" threat. In the comics, they were real and created by the alchemist Diablo, whereas these Elementals are as much smoke and mirrors as they are military-grade weapons.
    • Happy Hogan takes on aspects of Jarvis, chiefly his romance with Aunt May which happened in JMS' Spider-Man in the lead-up to Civil War.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Peter making his new suit directly mirrors Tony designing the Mark 3 armor in Iron Man, with Peter unwittingly mimicking Tony's own actions at points. Happy's face glows warm with love and pride at the sight, seeing that his honorary nephew has truly inherited his "father's" heroic soul.
    • A scene in the final battle echoes Captain America's stance against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, where Spider-Man is holding a large steel plate as a shield in his left hand and an energy-core-turned-bomb tied with a strap hanging from his right, looking like a large hammer.
    • In the background of a scene where Spider-Man swings through New York, the former Avengers/Stark Tower is seen undergoing remodeling, having been sold off by the late Tony Stark to a heretofore unknown company during Homecoming.
    • Just like Spider-Man: Homecoming, this film ends with a Parker hilariously shouting "What the fu—!", quite understandable as Peter watches as his secret identity is blown wide open on the Madison Square Garden 31st St screen and is himself framed for murder by Mysterio's dying message.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Adrian Toomes/The Vulture was a morally grey thief with no powers of his own, who stole and sold valuable technology to support his family. The Elementals are mindless forces of nature with no personality and seemingly no motivation beyond pointless destruction. This also applies to the actual villain of the movie, Mysterio. Both Toomes and Quentin Beck lead a team of engineers seeking revenge against Tony Stark, but while Toomes is angry at Tony driving his salvage company out of business, Beck actually worked for Tony but was infuriated to see him steal all the credit for Beck's inventions (and for giving them a stupid name.) Both of them use technology to commit crimes, but Toomes did so to avoid detection and pull off heists under the Avengers' radar, while Beck actually draws attention to himself so he can appear to be a hero. Lastly, while Toomes only threatened to kill Peter for getting in his way, and didn't particularly care about his secret identity (even passing up a chance to take revenge on him with Mac Gargan), Beck sets up an elaborate plan to kill Peter and all his friends just because they know he's a fake. Finally, he frames Peter for all his crimes and publicly exposes his identity (while Toomes had previously refused to reveal his identity).
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • The teen cast of the first film were all conveniently "blipped" so that they could all return in this film the same age.
    • The fact that Peter was already going on a trip to Venice right when he's needed. He's diverted to all the other destinations, but his long pre-planned one-day visit to Venice is the exact day of a predicted attack that Fury was going to ship him out to, anyway.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Not a single person gets (visibly) roasted alive by the fire elemental even when he grows large enough to fill the entire square where he appears. It gets especially ridiculous when Nick Fury and Maria Hill, who aren't wearing any kind of protective gear, drive right up to him, get out of their car, and try to fight him from the ground. It's almost like the fire elemental isn't really there at all...
  • Cool Helmet: Mysterio keeps the classic "fishbowl" headgear from the comics.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Lampshaded by Mysterio during his toast "To Guterman; the story you created of a soldier from another Earth named Quentin fighting space monsters in Europe is totally ridiculous, and apparently exactly the kind of thing people believe right now!"
  • Create Your Own Villain: This is the second time Peter has to deal with a villain created, even indirectly, by the actions of Tony Stark or Stark Industries. Evidently, even death hasn't stopped Stark from inspiring new enemies.
  • Cringe Comedy: Ah, the awkward innocence of being a Hormone-Addled Teenager seeing the wide world for the first time...
    • The film begins with a shiver as Whitney Houston's shockingly-inappropriate "I Will Always Love You" blares onscreen to a groan-inducingly amateur tribute to the fallen avengers, replete with Comic Sans font, grainy images, stock transitions, and poor editing. Only a pair of 16 year olds poorly-versed in the 20th century pop culture from before they were born would think that using the hit-single from The Bodyguard was a bright idea, considering that (A) it's a breakup song, and (B) it was already considered corny enough six years after its release to be parodied on The Simpsons in 1998, let alone 2024, to even be taken seriously anymore.
    • On the way to Prague, Peter is summoned by Fury into a shed nearby from the bus where his friends wait, only to have a tall, cold Aryan beauty dressed in tight leather, shouting at him to take off his clothes and try on the stealth suit that S.H.I.E.L.D. made for him... Parker sighs and obliges, and finishes taking off his jeans just in time for Brad to blunder in, and sees what appears to be Peter getting ready to have sex with a tall European Valkyrie Dominatrix...
    • While trapped in the Netherlands, trying to confirm that Happy Hogan is actually Happy and not yet another Mysterio-generated hologram/illusion trap, Peter demands that he tells him something only Happy would know about Peter. So the long-suffering Stark bodyguard replies that he knows that Peter used Tony's credit card to watch a porno film at the hotel when he was previously in Berlin to help apprehend Captain America. Peter tells him to stop in hurried embarrassment.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: The first film had Spider-Man coming home. Now he's Far From Home.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: When it looks like Peter's got everything going for him, J. Jonah Jameson comes out of nowhere with doctored footage from Mysterio's goonies and exposes his identity while simultaneously framing him for murder.
  • Curse Cut Short: Just like in Homecoming, the last line of the movie (not counting the after-credits scene) is a hard cut on a "What the f—!?"
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Played with. Quentin Beck is a genius who invented a technology that could produce simulations so real almost no-one could tell they were illusions. This tech has almost as many uses as it has dollars that could be made from it legitimately. Yet he uses it to make a fake hero in the wake of the Endgame. Subverted in that he developed it for Stark Industries and Tony repurposed it for his BARF tech seen in Civil War, dismissing it as only useful as therapeutic recreations. Beck is infuriated at being shortchanged like that, and he didn't actually own the tech itself and needed Peter's E.D.I.T.H. glasses to get access to more than a handful of drones. He turns out to be as unstable as Tony Stark thought he was; he's fame-hungry and has no problem with causing a lot of casualties in making himself look like a "hero" — even though the illusion tech could have easily been used to legitimately become a hero.
  • Dare to Be Badass: The big drive of this movie is Peter trying to find his place in the world now that Tony Stark, the Big Good of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is gone. Happy, Fury and Mysterio try to help Peter push himself towards this direction. Even Peter notes that there needs to be a "new Iron Man".
  • Darker and Edgier: A character-specific example: The version of J. Jonah Jameson shown in the mid-credits scene isn't really a comedic jerk like his previous incarnations, but more in line with present day extreme news hosts who verbally bludgeon their target without mercy.
  • Darkest Hour: While flying to London after Peter was thoroughly defeated by Mysterio, Happy points out what kind of situation he is in.
    Happy: You're all alone, your friends are in trouble. What are you gonna do about it?
  • Dark Reprise: When Mysterio's true colors are revealed, a sinister take on his previously heroic sounding Leitmotif plays.
  • Dawn of an Era: The movie introduces a new post-Thanos threat and the rise of new possible heroes after the dismantling of the founding Avengers.
  • Decomposite Character: The Water Elemental is given the same name and powers as Hydro-Man, but Morris Bench does indeed exist within the MCU (Flash briefly reads an article detailing Bench and his aquatic powers). The possibility of Morris embracing his supervillain identity is left up in the air, but considering that the Elemental Hydro-Man is nothing more than a hologram, the idea isn't exactly off the table.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: After the four elementals are defeated, they show up in London, fused into one massive form, already drawing power from the Earth's core. This is in-universe. Mysterio wants a real Avengers-level threat to truly make his name. It's also what finally convinces Fury that Mysterio is lying.
    Fury: Now that is some bullshit.
  • Dies Wide Open: Happens to Quentin Beck/Mysterio after getting shot by one of his own drones.
  • Didn't Want an Adventure: Peter is still reeling from the events of Infinity War and Endgame, and just wants to enjoy his time with his friends in Europe, but unfortunately, his summer fun is hijacked by heroics.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Beck and his entire crew of disgruntled Stark Industries employees backing him, have gone rogue due to relatively minor slights they suffered under Tony either directly or under his employment. The fact that they'd end up murdering hundreds of people to achieve their ends, including schoolkids and the heads of S.H.I.E.L.D., doesn't weigh much on their conscience.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Peter has pretty good control over his super strength, but his control humorously slips a few times when he's nervous or upset. One being where he accidentally knocks Flash unconscious while trying to get Tony's glasses back from him, another where trying to put on a stuck seat-belt causes him to simply snap it off the car.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Peter first began to consciously notice his Spider-Sense in Infinity War, and it's growing stronger in this film. At the climax, he masters it to the point that he can circumvent Mysterio's illusions, fighting with his eyes shut and relying on instinct to avoid the attacking drones.
  • Double Entendre:
    • Aunt May refers to Peter's spider-sense as his "Peter tingle". This soon becomes a Running Gag.
    • On the phone, Happy tells Peter he'll "take care of" May.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Peter is far from home in both a literal and metaphorical sense. He's in Europe for the former meaning and five years in the future for the latter meaning. The same can be said for Mysterio, who says he's from Another Dimension. The same goes for Talos and Soren, who are posing as Fury and Hill after we last saw them warp-jump to a different galaxy entirely at the end of Captain Marvel, while Fury is on a Skrull spaceship for an unknown purpose.
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience is treated to Mysterio's true colors right after Peter gives him the glasses. Peter himself figures it out only after he talks to MJ and accidently switches on the hologram projector she picked up while he was fighting the Fire Elemental.

    Tropes E to M 
  • Eagleland: Ned when he tells Peter "Europeans love Americans".
  • Easily Forgiven: Flash righteously defends Spider-Man after the latter commandeered his car to go after the Vulture. Maybe the justification is that he was able to help out Spider-Man, the local hero, and it helps that the webbed hero saved his friends' lives in the previous movie.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: When Peter changes into the S.H.I.E.L.D.-provided suit in front of MJ, she politely turns around but can't help sneaking a glance at him.
  • Elemental Embodiment: The Elementals, with fire, wind, earth, and water being represented.
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    • Aunt May coins the term "Peter Tingle" for Peter's spider-sense, much to Peter's dismay.
    • Thanks to Ned's terrible skills at improvising nicknames, Peter's Black Stealth-Suit Persona in Europe is known as "Night Monkey."
  • Evil Is Petty: Mysterio and his crew are disgruntled former Stark employees who have been slighted by their employer. Mysterio, who was fired for being "unstable", was especially angry at Tony for naming his life's work "B.A.R.F." The team go on to plan out and cause mass destruction and Heroism Addict to get the recognition they claim to deserve.
  • Evil Plan: The Elementals don't have a plan. They're forces of natures acting out because The Snap drove them nuts. This is, in the words of Fury/Talos, "bullshit". They're illusions created by Beck and his team so "Mysterio" can become "the next Iron Man".
  • Expressive Mask: Spider-Man's masks continue to get more expressive, with this film featuring his lenses closing completely when using his spider-sense to fight the cloaked drones and opening very wide as Mysterio's dying message publicly blows his secret identity wide open on Madison Square Garden's exterior screen.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Mysterio's ultimate goal is to dishonor Iron Man's memory by taking his place as the next hero like him. He more or less succeeds by framing Spider-Man (who Iron Man mentored) for his crimes, even if it's not how he originally wanted it.
  • Fanservice: We get a lovely shot of Tom Holland shirtless while he's changing into his Spider-Man costume. MJ, who is present, can't resist a sidelong glance to peek.
    • A couple scenes with May in tight jeans, with a couple "behind" shots.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even outside his stage persona, Beck seems nice, thanking all his minions individually and expressing regret at tricking Peter. But he is quick to threaten his minions for making a mistake, and doesn't hesitate to kill Peter and all his friends for discovering the truth.
  • First Kiss: Peter and MJ have theirs on the Tower Bridge in London. Doubles as their Official Kiss, as the next time they're onscreen together they are a couple.
  • First-Name Basis: Not only are the Football Hooligans in the Broek op Langedijk municipal jail very nice, they are on first-name basis with the police officer there, suggesting that whatever crime they committed is minor.
  • Fish out of Water: Far From Home is the first Spider-Man film to not be primarily set in New York City. Homecoming toyed with the idea by putting him in Washington, D.C. for a bit, and his debut as Spider-Man was technically in Germany, but the majority of this movie takes place overseas.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Three leading up to the same Reveal:
    • At the Prague bar after the fight with the fire elemental, nobody makes a fuss or even pays attention to Mysterio and an unmasked "Night Monkey" sitting and talking there, even though both are known superheroes to the public at this point. Then Peter leaves, and it's revealed that everyone there is either an illusion or one of Beck's crew.
    • Once Beck has tried wearing E.D.I.T.H., he puts down the glasses instead of returning them to Peter and doesn't once say that Peter should have them back, which subtly shows that Beck doesn't think Peter deserves them.
    • Just after Peter hands over E.D.I.T.H. to Mysterio and prepares to leave to try and ask MJ out on a date, Beck says that he only has a 50% chance of succeeding because he's a "kinda awkward." This seems jarring as Beck had been nothing but complimentary to Peter beforehand, presumably for the purpose of buttering him up to hand over E.D.I.T.H. Now that Beck has what he wants, he starts to drop his facade of niceness. Sure enough, just after Peter leaves, Mysterio is revealed as Evil All Along.
  • Football Hooligans: Peter encounters some Oranje (the Netherlands national team) supporters when he wakes up in a Broek op Langedijk jail cell after passing out from his train collision injuries in Berlin. There's a bit of a subversion as they're all very polite, well-behaved, and friendly, even loaning Peter a kit to wear. Makes you wonder what they did to wind up there...note  One even closes the cell door after Peter breaks out.
  • Forced to Watch:Peter watches MJ fall to her death from the Eiffel Tower as part of a series of nightmarish events while trapped in Mysterio's illusion.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Peter buys the necklace for MJ, Quentin Beck can briefly be seen out-of-costume in the crowd, hinting that he's been trailing Peter this whole time.
    • Just before the water elemental attacks multiple groups of twin wakes can be seen in the water of the canal, being caused by Beck's submerged drones.
    • When Peter meets Beck for the first time, he calls him Mysterio after the Italian news's description of him. Beck is bemused and prefers to be called by his real name. The next time Peter meets him again, Nick Fury is about to introduce Beck by his real name only to be interrupted by Beck himself, who insists on being called Mysterio. This is a sign that he is not as humble as he seems.
    • Beck, in his introduction to Peter, explains that he's a superhero from another universe where the four elementals invaded and destroyed his world and killed his family, and he wants revenge. His cliché-ridden story, badass but trite quips, and the wooden way Jake Gyllenhaal delivers the good-guy dialogue foreshadow that Beck is lying about it all.
    • Mysterio calls Peter's dimension "Earth-616." This is actually the official timeline for the classic Marvel comics continuity, which includes non-MCU characters like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Marvel had previously established that the MCU's timeline is Earth-199999. Then again, the multiverse stuff is just part of Mysterio's fake backstory.
    • Beck says that the fire elemental can absorb surrounding metal through contact, but never gets into why it can or why what is supposedly an embodiment of natural order cares about refined earth. The answer being it doesn't — Beck just needed something to make it look like it could become a bigger threat while threatening to target a substance that is everywhere. Fury and Hill send each other looks of incredulity but don't question it openly.
    • When fighting the fire elemental, Peter's web shooters are at one point blocked by something he can't see. It's a major sign that something more is going on. MJ picks up the web and the piece of metal it caught on, and she and Peter discover the device is part of an advanced drone with hologram projectors.
    • Not a single person gets visibly burned by the fire elemental even when it grows large enough to fill the entire Prague square, even Beck when he flies straight into it. This is an early hint that while there is something physically present where the fire elemental supposedly is, it's not giving off any more than the normal amount of heat.
    • Similarly, Beck's costume doesn't appear to be all that physically protective, nor is there any indication that he has super-durability, yet he takes just as much punishment as Spider-Man, if not more, when fighting the Elementals, even after he flies straight into the Fire Elemental. Because the Mysterio we see taking damage is just a projection, and the real Beck is never in the danger zone.
    • The Elementals destroyed Beck's world and its heroes, leaving him the only survivor, but he's able to beat two on his own and two with Spider-Man, without any additional outside help. This is a hint that the Elementals are all Beck's illusions.
    • Curiously for an MCU film, there's not even a cursory explanation of how Beck flies, emits green smoke, and shoots lasers, whether it's by advanced/alien technology, magic, superpowers, or something else. Presumably because he didn't bother to come up with one for his "character", and told his tech guys to have the projection do whatever looks coolest in the fights.
    • While still in his "Night Monkey" guise, Peter Parker tries to ask a random woman for directions, only for the woman to freak out, yell "Night Monkey!" and flee in terror. This type of reaction doesn't really make sense because if she knows of the new moniker "Night Monkey" then that means she saw the news reports of "Night Monkey" helping Mysterio, and saving citizens at the carnival. It's the first tip-off that Peter just entered a hallucination/simulation by Mysterio.
    • Watch very closely during Mysterio and Spider-Man's rooftop conversation, and you'll notice that although they're sitting very close together, Mysterio never actually makes physical contact with Spider-Man, and has to search slightly to make eye contact with Peter. That's because the "Mysterio" we see is just an illusion.
    • And while Peter is talking to Mysterio hovering in front of him the fishbowl helmet shows that it's an illusion of him flying. Then the camera pans sideways behind Peter from the door to the edge as if it's filming someone slowly walking there. And then we finally see him sitting without his helmet.
    • The fact that the Nick Fury who meets Spider-Man in Berlin is really Beck is foreshadowed by his reaction when the illusion of the phony Europol headquarters starts to fade and he acts completely shocked, despite being the one who drove the car there. He had to know beforehand he was in the wrong building.
    • E.D.I.T.H.'s name — Even Dead I'm The Hero — ends up being a hint as to what Mysterio ultimately has in store for Spider-Man at the end of the film.
    • Peter telling MJ that "The news never lies" is a serious case of Tempting Fate that comes back to haunt him big time in the Mid-Credits sequence, wherein Jameson brands Spidey a murderer and terrorist courtesy of Mysterio's dying message video. Of course, the news item is accurate about Peter being Spider-Man.
    • There are several subtle tells throughout the movie that Fury and Hill are actually Talos and Soren.
      • Hill calls Fury "Nick" in the first scene. Captain Marvel made it abundantly clear that nobody is on a first-name basis with Nick Fury.
      • Fury tells Peter that Beck is from Earth, "just not yours" rather than "just not ours".
      • Fury seems uncharacteristically willing to take the fact that Beck is from another Earth at face value. The reasons for this are twofold: one, Talos isn't the lifelong spymaster that Fury is, and so isn't quite as good at spotting a fake on sight. Two, Talos isn't quite as surprised at seeing someone who's not from this Earth, because, well, neither is he.
      • When Peter says he's not up to the task of being an Avenger without Tony, Fury responds "Bitch, please! You've been to space!" No wonder "Fury" is so aware of the dangers of outer space... he's from outer space.
      • The reverent way Fury refers to Captain Marvel, telling Peter not to "invoke her name," as if Peter hadn't earned the right to mention her. Nick may hold Carol in high esteem, but not that kind of high esteem.
      • While always a cold person, Fury knows the difference between giving a person a kick in the ass to get them working and breaking someone down, which makes the fact that Fury gets pissed off at Parker raise a few flags. Tony had done far worse than endanger his friends, but Fury simply expressed his disappointment and got him back to work. It makes sense that Fury could lose his cool at Peter since he's actually Talos posing as Fury, so he was acting as he thought Fury would act and missed the mark.
      • Fury is indignantly saying something to Hill about Kree sleeper cells when he's interrupted about the impending London attack. Fury would be very unlikely to concern himself with Kree sleeper cells, simply because there's unlikely to be any on Earth.
      • The fact that Fury was fooled by Beck so easily is the biggest clue that it really wasn't him. As Beck himself points out, Fury is the most paranoid person on the planet. Although Beck is well aware of Fury's paranoid nature and is trying his damn hardest to fool him, coming up with a foolproof backstory and backing himself with an entire team to ensure his charade doesn't fall short, the fact that Fury never doubted Beck's story, not even once, and presumably never tried to do a background check on him (no matter how seemingly futile it would've been), is very unlike Fury, who would've only grown more distrustful and paranoid of unknown factors after The Winter Soldier. Talos, however, is familiar with the cosmic world thanks to being an alien, so he would be a lot more accepting of Beck's cover story at face value than the real Fury would.
    • Before Mysterio dies, he tells Peter that people will believe anything, as proven by the countless citizens who were tricked by his illusions. At the end, Beck successfully fools everyone into thinking that Spider-Man was the culprit behind the attack. Now, what did E.D.I.T.H. stand for again? "Even Dead, I'm The Hero".
    • The entire premise in general. Dealing with invaders from alternate realities doesn't seem to fit a friendly neighborhood superhero like Spider-Man but would be something that is supposed to be handled by the Sorcerers of Kamar-Taj. The fact that not a single sorcerer, or even Doctor Strange himself, shows up to help with this supposedly otherworldly threat raises eyebrows. That's because the whole thing is staged by grounded technological means, meaning that it simply flies under their radar.
  • For the Evulz: When Peter arrives in Germany, and is picked up by "Fury", Beck could have very easily extracted the information he needed about Peter's classmates and gotten rid of him right then and there, while Peter was unguarded and awkward. Instead, he goes through an elaborate deception that culminates in a series of reality-shattering illusions designed specifically to break Peter physically and mentally, all for Beck's enjoyment.
  • Frame-Up: In The Stinger, Beck takes the opportunity to out Peter and frame him for his own death as a posthumous middle finger to the web-slinging wall-crawler.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Among the in-flight movies on the airplane are The Snap, Finding Wakanda, Hunting HYDRA, and Nova: Einstein-Rosen Bridges with Dr. Erik Selvig.
    • When Peter Parker buys the necklace for MJ, Quentin Beck can be seen in the background in a tourist's attire, implying that he and his crew have been tracking Peter the entire time.
    • When Peter momentarily jumps out of the bus to destroy the attack drone, MJ is looking right at him through the seats while everyone else is distracted.
    • When "Night Monkey" is trying to save Ned and Betty, one can see that a random shot snagged the holo-projector. It breaks the frame momentarily when it is yanked off of the ferris wheel.
    • During Mysterio's illusion sequence to Spider-Man, a close-up of the Iron Man zombie shows the spiders crawling all over the suit and face are black widows—so he's being tormented by the death of Tony and Natasha.
    • In the post-credits scene, Nick Fury is chilling in "Tahiti" (like Phil Coulson) before turning off the simulation.
    • When using E.D.I.T.H. for the first time, Peter peeks at what his classmates are doing on their phones. Most of them are quick gags, but Flash is texting his mother about why he hasn't heard from her in days, and MJ is texting about her Disappeared Dad.
  • Friend on the Force: The tie-in short shows Spider-Man to be on extremely good terms with the NYPD, a far cry from their usual relationship in the comics. It's cut entirely from the film proper, however, so as to make clear that Peter's repeated insistence that's he's a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is just an excuse to avoid shouldering responsibility.
  • Fridge Horror: In-Universe example during Peter's talk with MJ in Prague. She interrupts his Love Confession by claiming that she already knows that he's Spider-Man, and after a moment of denial, he asks "Were you only paying attention to me because you thought I was Spider-Man?" Thankfully, the projector that MJ is accusing him with goes off and immediately gives them bigger things to worry about; by the time the threat is dealt with, the miscommunication is cleared.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • E.D.I.T.H. says her name stands for "Even Dead, I'm The Hero", prompting both her and Peter to laugh at Tony's love of acronyms.
    • One part of Beck's Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal is his rage at his life's work being renamed B.A.R.F. by Tony back in Civil War.
  • Fusion Dance: In London, an enormous elemental with traits of all four elementals previously fought appears, which Beck explains is a fusion that's drawing power from Earth's core. The ridiculous, Technobabble-laden story is finally what convinces Talos-as-Fury that Beck is a fraud.
  • Gambit Roulette: Beck's plan involves anticipating how certain people will react in combat situations, and no shortage of luck. For instance Peter could easily have gotten killed from the "Elemental" attacks, or could have performed some form of attack that saw through the illusion (as he eventually does). This is why he is so furious at his team for not looking after tiny details like a missing projector.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Knowing about MJ's fascination with the Black Dahlia murder, Peter locates a glass-shop in Venice and purchases a flower-shaped pendant made from black glass crystals as a gift for her. It wound up broken during the final confrontation with Beck, though she says she likes it better broken.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: The Elementals have no characterization beyond "big, destructive extra-dimensional monsters". Justified in that they aren't even real, and were only made up to make Mysterio look like a hero.
  • The Ghost: Morris Bench (a.k.a. Hydro-Man) is mentioned by Flash but never actually seen.
  • Giant Novelty Check: Happy Hogan comes in late to a charity event holding a comically large check signed by Pepper Potts. It is from a Synchrony bank account.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: Peter plans a six step plan culminating with him confessing his feelings to MJ on top of the Eiffel Tower. Due to the trip getting waylaid, it doesn't go to plan.
  • Great Offscreen War: In his home universe, Mysterio was part of a battalion of super soldiers, who were part of a doomed international military effort to defeat the Elementals. Ultimately averted once it's revealed that in reality, Mysterio is a former corporate employee who's never done any military service.
  • Groin Attack: While taking some selfies, Flash gets punched in the groin by a passerby.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: The first half deals with Spider-Man and Mysterio teaming up to stop the Elementals, while the second half reveals Mysterio is the true Big Bad and the Elementals were just illusions.
  • Hand Wave: When Peter asks Fury and Hill about turning to a more qualified adult superhero to handle this problem, they just give quick, non-detailed answers that rule out Thor, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel. Justified in that Fury is actually Talos, and he has no way to call anyone more capable.
  • Hates Being Called Cute: Subverted in an exchange between Peter and MJ at the opera house:
    Peter: You look real pretty.
    MJ: And therefore I have value?
    Peter: Uh, no, that's not-
    MJ: I'm messing with you. [smiles] You look pretty, too.
  • Hate Sink:
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: Variant; Fury needs to know who Peter told so that he can keep them safe. Except that's actually Mysterio getting a list of targets.
  • Heroic BSoD: Peter is still shaken by Tony's Heroic Sacrifice, easily taking the vacation. He's hit even harder with this after Mysterio's treachery is revealed and he goes through the wringer both in Beck's illusions and in reality.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Invoked and parodied. During Peter and Mysterio's battle against the Fire Elemental, Mysterio declares he'll do "what I should've done" on his alternate Earth and flies into the beast, exploding it. He falls to the ground, Peter begs him to Please Wake Up... and Mysterio gets up and is perfectly fine. The whole thing later turns out to have been his illusion, Mysterio deliberately manufacturing a cheesy "sacrifice" sequence to both look cooler, as well as portray himself as the kind of selfless hero who would deserve the E.D.I.T.H. glasses.
  • Heroism Addict: Mysterio's plan is to establish himself as a new superhero on par with the Avengers using staged attacks in major European cities. The Elementals are nothing but holograms and pyrotechnics generated by cloaked drones and projectors. Beck has no actual superpowers, and more often than not the Mysterio who appears onscreen is a holographic double.
  • He's Back: S.H.I.E.L.D. is operational once again after being dissolved back in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, although not nearly to the extent that it once was. This is building upon Age of Ultron when Fury was shown to be building a team up again with all the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. employees who weren't part of HYDRA. And they may be expanding to space operations with S.W.O.R.D. if The Stinger is any indication...
  • Hey, Wait!: After landing in Venice, Peter's suitcase gets checked by Italian Customs. Upon opening the suitcase, Peter and the customs agent are greeted by his Spider-Suit, which Aunt May had packed. Peter desperately tries to explain it as a homemade costume... only for the customs agent to push the suit to the side to get to the other item Aunt May had packed: a banned piece of fruit.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The movie sets up the villains as being the Elementals, a quartet of obscure interdimensional beings from the comics that never even fought Spider-Man. But the real villain and the man behind them is Mysterio, one of Spider-Man's most enduring rogues.
  • His Name Is...: Played with in the first stinger. The recording of Mysterio is cut just as he is about to tell the identity of Spider-Man, only to come back after a few seconds and finish his sentence, complete with a photograph of Peter.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Brad spends most of the trip trying to woo MJ, even taking a photo of Peter in a compromising situation. By the end of the trip, Brad's attempt to point out how shady Peter is gets called out (by MJ, no less) due to Peter not being there to defend himself and the rest of the class think he's a pervert who takes photos of people in bathrooms.
    • At the climax, Mysterio panics as he sees Peter using his Spider-Sense to dodge attacks from his armed drones, and orders All of Them to attack, even as E.D.I.T.H. warns that Beck himself risks getting harmed by their crossfire. Sure enough, Peter knocks several drones back at Beck, and Beck ends up catching his own bullets in the abdomen.
  • Honorary Uncle: Happy has come to love Peter as a Nephew, partially out of obligation to a friend-and-brother who loved him like a son, but moreso because he sees in the boy the same noble heart that Tony once had. Happy's face practically glowed with love and pride as he watched Peter design his new red & black costume in a manner uncannily similar to how Tony designed his Mark III armor, symbolically inheriting the legacy of Stark's heroic soul. And if everything goes well with Aunt May, Happy could very well become Peter's official uncle one day as well.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Just after Flash tells his classmates that his idol Spider-Man has inspired him to be a better person, he greets Peter with, "What's up, dickwad?"
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Beck's justification for creating the illusions that the Elementals were wreaking havoc, then his fighting them off as Mysterio. Beck is angered that a younger, inexperienced superhero whose human alter-ego has yet to reach adulthood is starting to gain the world's confidence, and is convinced the world needs Mysterio, someone who has had experience and has in his view moral authority and wisdom, rather than some foolish teen-ager.
  • If I Do Not Return: Peter gives Happy the black dahlia necklace to give to MJ in case something happens to him.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Peter really wants to just enjoy his vacation and not do superheroics for a little while, leading to him snubbing Nick Fury. Unfortunately for him, Fury has other plans.
  • I'm Not Doing That Again: Michelle's reaction after Spider-Man takes her on a swing.
  • In Memoriam: In-Universe, the first scene at Midtown High is the school's TV is airing a tribute to the fallen Avengers.
  • Informed Attribute: According to Ned, Brad Davis is the most charming guy in school with many admirers. Yet in the movie, he's mainly a Hopeless Suitor to MJ specifically, who simply isn't interested. His charm is a facade, and he goes out of his way to try and humiliate Peter to win MJ's affections. By the end of the story, he's made himself into The Friend Nobody Likes when his latest attempt to show Peter in a bad light backfires and the class is weirded out by the fact that Brad was taking photos of half-naked people in bathrooms.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Peter finds out that Beck is a fraud about ten minutes after the audience does.
    • In the mid-credits scene, Mysterio reveals to the whole world in a posthumous recording that Spider-Man is Peter Parker.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • An indignant Happy Hogan corrects Flash that he works with Spider-Man, not for Spider-Man.
    • Ned makes a point to tell Happy that what he just called a "spear" is actually a halberd.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: Mysterio puts Spidey in his classic red and blue suit and his original homemade suit while bombarding him with illusions, seemingly for no reason other than to freak Peter out with how completely he can control Peter's perception of reality.
  • Instant Sedation: The dart Fury shoots Ned with knocks him out before he even hits the ground.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: MJ and Peter meet outside in Prague, with neither able to profess their feelings for each other. When MJ is about to explain that she's been observing Peter because she likes him, they're interrupted by the piece of drone tech that MJ salvaged and showed him earlier.
  • Irony: The shape-shifting, masters of deception Skrulls fall for Mysterio's illusions. This is lampshaded in the post-credits scene by Talos, who remarks that as a shapeshifter, he's embarrassed and should've known better.
  • It's Probably Nothing: Beck's accomplices don't fuss much about the occasional inconsistencies they encounter with the illusion drones, such as when one returns with a missing projector and distorts the image, or when several are detected to be out of alignment because of Peter hopping on them. Fortunately for them, Beck is not so quick to shrug the inconsistencies off, and he demands investigation of each one, finding Peter's interference in the process.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Brad might be the romantic rival of our hero who is acting on his own self-interest, but he's right that MJ deserves to know that one of her suitors is getting undressed around strange women in bathrooms.
  • Just Train Wrong: Spidey rides a bullet train from Prague to Berlin, and another one from Berlin to a small Dutch town. There are no bullet trains in the Czech Republic, and none connect Berlin to the Netherlands (at least, not in 2019).
  • Kidnapped by the Call: After Peter refuses to answer Fury's phone calls, he travels all the way to Europe, tranquilizes Ned, and puts him on-course to deal with the latest threat.
  • Kid with the Leash: Tony Stark left Peter a pair of glasses that gives him complete and sole control of a network of orbital battle-satellites capable of deploying vast swarms of combat drones anywhere on the Earth in a matter of minutes.
  • Land of Tulips and Windmills: Peter winds up in a municipal cell in the Dutch town Broek op Langedijk. When he goes outside, he encounters people dressed in rural clothing and then goes out into a big field of tulips with a windmill nearby.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • For Avengers: Endgame, even the first trailer virtually spoiled that Peter Parker came back to life after being disintegrated in Infinity War. Unusual in that due to the films being released so close to each other, this trope was inevitable even before either film was released. However, more importantly, a major factor of the film is with the world dealing with the the fallout of Tony's death at the end of Endgame and Peter trying to come to grips with it. As the second trailer outright starts with that plot point, it was prefaced with a message from Tom Holland, warning any viewers who hadn't seen Endgame to proceed at their own risk.
    • The post-credits scene also serves as one for Captain Marvel, showing that not only are there Skrulls on Earth, but they're good guys this time and working with Nick Fury.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • During Betty and Jason's video at the start of the film, Jason wonders openly and sardonically what is going on with the Avengers and if they are even a thing any more, referencing the as-yet unannounced future of the MCU and whether there will be any actual Avengers films. Before that, Betty comments on how now is the time to "move on to a new Phase of our lives".
    • Everything about Mysterio leans very hard on Marvel Studios' film-making process:
      • His entire gimmick or "premise" is having a CGI hero battling CGI monsters which is a major draw of MCU's movies.
      • He spends most of the time in a mo-cap suit not all that different from the ones MCU actors actually have to wear.
      • He invokes Marquee Alter Ego frequently, especially when he needs to really act and charm his audience. The MCU is the current trope picture.
      • He thanks his writer for taking an outlandish idea and making it believable and plausible. Translating bizarre comic characters to live-action accurately has always been one of the most applauded aspect of MCU's movies.
      • He has a special "quip guy" who feed him badass one-liners and dramatic responses. During the final battle, the guy feeds him some lazy Techno Babble for an unimpressed Nick Fury.
      • The majority of his success comes from impressive special effects. The MCU frequently broke new ground in this field.
      • Quentin is something of a perfectionist who will demand last-minute re-shoot when he feels his movie lacks impact. This relates to Marvel Studios's impressive quality control and actual re-shoots.
    • Right before Peter takes MJ on a swing around the city, there's a construction zone in front of Grand Central Station that has a sign on the front reading "We're excited to show you what's next", above a four-phase roadmap. Phases 1, 2, and 3 are complete, with Phase 4 being a question mark; this film marks the end of not only the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 3, but the Infinity Stones Saga that ran through the first three. Amusingly, this sign was not a prop — the sign was there as part of some actual construction going on.
    • Happy's heart-to-heart speech to Peter has an added layer of poignancy to it since his actor, Jon Favreau, directed the original Iron Man. He's seeing the best aspects of Tony Stark reflected in a younger successor, while also acknowledging that Stark himself is irreplaceable.
    • When Peter starts to rebuilt/improve his suit on the jet, Happy says the he'll handle the music. He puts on AC/DC's "Back in Black," which Peter mis-identifies as Led Zepplin. Since Favreau was the director of Iron Man, he was the one who chose that same song as the first one heard in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • The second Stinger, where Talos calls the real Nick Fury to say he can't keep up this charade because people keep asking him where the Avengers are and he can't answer that sounds a lot like MCU actors redirecting questions about where the franchise is going next to Kevin Feige.
  • Liar Revealed: Nick Fury realizes that the Trust Password Happy used is absolutely correct when Beck starts spouting irrelevant information in his Large Ham speech about the Elementals, repeating his earlier comments about taking energy from the Earth's core.
    Fury: Now that's just a load of bullshit.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Fury and Hill act this way more than usual, with Hill snarking at Fury more and protecting him in an almost romantic way. Of course, it turns out that it was actually Talos and his wife Soren the entire time, filling in for Fury and Hill to give them a vacation, so they actually are an old married couple.
  • Living Prop: All students on the class trip besides Peter, Ned, MJ, Betty, Flash, and Brad qualify, with nearly no lines or distinct personalities. They aren't even named except when listed in the credits. Building on this, unlike the above-mentioned six, they are all Canon Foreigners; there are no characters named "Zoha", "Zack", "Josh", "Sebastian", "Tyler", or "Yasmin" in comic-book Peter Parker's high-school life.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Continuing from the last movie, Far From Home has a lot of characters. Not only do the majority of the previous cast return from Homecoming but we got a bunch of newcomers like Mysterio, as well as characters like Nick Fury and Maria Hill backing Spidey this time around.
  • Logo Joke: The Columbia Pictures logo match cuts to a statue in Mexico. The Marvel Studios intro meanwhile reuses the variant seen in Homecoming (with footage of Spider-Man from Captain America: Civil War replacing Hulk in the clip montage), but with Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" playing over the logo instead of the 60s cartoon theme.
  • Look Behind You: When Peter has to jump out of the bus's sunroof to take out the drone, he points and yells, "Look at the baby mountain goats!" Everyone on the bus (except MJ) looks out the windows.
  • Love Triangle: One emerges between Peter, MJ, and Brad, who was a little kid previously but is now the same age as the others owing to not dying in the Snap.
  • Mad Artist: Quentin Beck treats his mass murder spree and "heroics" like a temperamental movie director/star bent on making the perfect action set piece.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Mysterio intends to kill MJ, Ned and Betty this way, by making sure the bus with the school trip party is parked right in the epicenter of his biggest staged attack.
  • Male Gaze: While Happy talking to Peter over the phone while Aunt May is in front of Happy, he and the camera can't keep from checking out her butt. Happy has experience in this area.
  • Manipulative Editing: The mid-credits scene features Spider-Man being framed for Mysterio's murder (as well as the entire attack on London) thanks to a video Mysterio created before his death, which reframes Peter as the villain randomly attacking Beck for no reason (in particular using an alternate E.D.I.T.H. voiceline to recontextualize his phrase "Execute them all!").
  • Marquee Alter Ego: Aside from Spidey himself, Mysterio gets this treatment, as he addresses Peter without his iconic fish bowl helmet. Mysterio does, however, wear the helmet when facing the Elementals. The trailer shows this, as we see plenty of his face but his helmet is barely visible in just one shot.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard:
    • In the movie Peter is mourning the loss of his mentor Tony Stark, who sacrificed himself to save the universe at the end of Endgame.
    • Mysterio is also a mentor figure, being an older, more experienced superhero who supports and encourages Peter and sacrifices himself to destroy the fire elemental. Subverted as seconds later he turns out to be alive and some more time later, he turns out to be a sociopathic Fake Ultimate Hero.
  • Mind Rape: The first battle between Mysterio and Spidey basically boils down to Quentin using a building prepped with hologram technology to subject Peter to his worst nightmares, with great success.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Peter gets battered late in the film and passes out, his "Night Monkey" outfit gets both damaged and taken away when taken in by the police. To regroup for the climax he uses a mobile work station Tony would use to develop his armors to create his own customized Spider-Man suit. It may not technically be the most advanced suit he wears, as he is separated from both the Stark designed "classic" suit and the nanotech Iron Spider suit (both with an AI), but this was a suit he personally designed and customized for the final battle himself. He is shown preferring this design in the epilogue.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Invoked — apparently the Adaptational Attractiveness on Aunt May reached a level that the people living in her place after she was Snapped out took one look at her and assumed she was the mistress.
  • Mistaken for Prostitute: According to MJ, one of their classmates is convinced Peter's constant absences and odd behavior mean he is a male prostitute.
  • Monster Protection Racket: The elementals are all an elaborate fabrication by Mysterio using drones equipped with weapons and advanced hologram systems so he can paint himself as the hero stopping them.
  • Monumental Damage: After defacing the Washington Monument, Spider-Man continues what appears to be a series tradition. Peter first meets Mysterio in a fight that wrecks the Rialto Bridge in Venice, and the climactic battle causes damage to the Tower Bridge of London.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The Cold Opening has Fury and Hill investigating an anomaly in Mexico, the earth elemental attacking, and Mysterio appearing to save the day. You'd expect a badass action scene to follow to introduce him... only for the scene to cut to black. It quickly goes to the Marvel Studios logo and credits, transitioning into a Stylistic Suck invokedIn Memoriam music video for the fallen Avengers made by the Midtown high-schoolers. Complete with Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" playing in the background in place of the logo fanfare.
    • The film itself ends on a triumphant note: with Spidey swinging around New York City with MJ in his arms. First, the exultant tone is subverted when it turns out that MJ found the experience more terrifying than romantic. Then the mid-credits scene picks up just after that and reveals that Mysterio has recorded an edited video and sends it to J. Jonah Jameson at The Daily Bugle, implicating Spider-Man for the London attack and his "murder", and outing Spidey's true identity as Peter Parker for the rest of the world to know, effectively pulling a Sudden Downer Ending to the film.
    • After a shocking mid-credits scene (where Peter Parker is exposed as Spider-Man), the post-credits scene (where it turns out that Talos and Soren have been impersonating Nick Fury and Maria Hill with their permission) is surprisingly lighthearted.
  • Motive Rant: Beck's belief that Peter Parker is unfit to be the world's next great superhero simply because he's a foolish, gullible teenager who has yet to gain what Beck believes he has. Parker (as Spider-Man) flat out tells him he's wrong.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Spidey wears an all-black costume during most of his time in Europe (a Stealth outfit, not the Symbiote), and he ends up designing a new "classic" costume that is red and black, akin to the original Lee/Ditko design.
  • The Multiverse: This is the first MCU movie to use the concept since it was first introduced back in Doctor Strange. Fury tells Peter that the Snap opened up the dimensions and that Beck is from another dimension's earth. Or not. It turns out that Mysterio used a lot of technology to fake the multiverse to come up with a convincing, tragic backstory that would win him sympathy. While previous movies do establish that the multiverse exists, it doesn't actually come into play here.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Every modern super hero movie has incredible CGI so it's more or less normal for the genre. Mysterio literally weaponized CGI effects.
  • Mundanger: Quentin Beck and his team are completely ordinary people, with no powers or special abilities of their own, besides the use of advanced technology. They still manage to cause chaos around the world.
  • Multitasked Conversation: While Peter and Happy are on their way to London, Happy calls Nick Fury and delivers a cryptic message, in case Mysterio is listening in, saying, "Over at Mr. Stark's, going through his belongings, apparently there was this surfboard that you left behind. People over there said they didn't think that Nick Fury was a surfer. And I said, 'Appearances can be deceiving.'", meaning: "The situation isn't what it appears to be. Don't take anything at face value."
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Spider-Man's new costume is red and black, similar to the original Lee/Ditko design. The spider emblem on the back is also white rather than red, similar to how in his first appearance it was colored blue before changing to the more familiar red.
    • Peter Parker's passport gives his birthday as August 10 (year omitted), which is the publication date of Spidey's first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15.
    • While sailing through Venice before the water elemental attacks, the class passes by a boat with the registration number ASM 212. The Amazing Spider-Man #212 introduced Hydro-Man to the comics.
    • Flash reads a BuzzFeed story that claims that the water Elemental is a crewman named Morris Bench, and proceeds to accurately describe Hydro-Man's comics origin.
    • A car bears a license plate reading "463" during the earth elemental's appearance; the Sandman made his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #4, September 1963.
    • A car bears a license plate reading "2865 SEP" during the fire elemental's appearance, drawn from Molten Man's debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #28, September 1965.
    • A hotel in Venice is named the "Hotel DeMatteis" after Spider-Man writer J.M. DeMatteis. Also in the background of another shot, a building is labelled as "Del Slotto," after longtime Spider-Man writer Dan Slott.
    • When Happy is telling Peter not to ghost Nick Fury, a poster for an event with "Crusher Hogan" can be seen. Crusher Hogan is a wrestler, who Peter battles when he first appears as Spider-Man, in most of his origin stories, and has even worked together with Spider-Man on numerous occasions in the comics.
    • Happy and the tour group try to evade drones in the Tower of London. When MJ braces herself to smash one with a mace, you can spot a silhouetted suit of armor in the background which appears to be Dane Whitman's costume as the superhero Black Knight.
    • The suit designs Peter examines while building his upgraded costume include the original Iron Spider design from Civil War, The Spider Armor Mk I from Web of Spider-Man #100, and the Superior Spider-Man costume.
    • The illusion of the skeletal Iron Man is straight out of Marvel Zombies. And while he does still have the lower half of his body, unlike the Iron Man of that continuity, he crawls along with his arms and uses his hand repulsors to lift himself up as though he doesn't.
    • Peter masquerading as an entirely new hero calls to mind the 'Identity Crisis' storyline from the comics, with the all-black costume resembling the "Dusk" identity specifically.
    • When MJ points out the coincidence of "Night Monkey" using the same webbing as Spider-Man, Peter is quick to suggest that "Night Monkey" is more of a spider monkey. A nod to Spider-Man's ape counterpart from Marvel Apes.
    • Spider-Man 2's tie-in game gets a few references thrown its way too; First, Peter's class is sent to an opera house so they won't interfere in the battle against the fire elemental, while in the game, Mysterio's first crime involved destroying an opera house/theater. Later on, Peter is going through one of Beck's illusions and Spidey's own reflections begin to attack him, something that also happened in the game as the final segment of "Mysterio's funhouse of doom". His plot of faking a massive threat is also somewhat similar to him faking an alien invasion in the game.
    • During the climax, Spidey overcomes Mysterio's illusions by relying on his spider sense instead of his sight to counter the actual threats, which was the same tactic he used to defeat Mysterio in the illusionist's first appearance on The Spectacular Spider-Man.
    • What If? #22 (What If Spider-Man Had Rescued Gwen Stacy?) depicts Spider-Man marrying Gwen Stacy after successfully saving her from Green Goblin, only to be interrupted by J. Jonah Jameson revealing his identity to everybody present at the wedding and to the police thanks to the "anonymous source" at the time Green Goblin. In this film, Peter Parker hooks up with MJ after Mysterio's actions, only for the same J. Jonah Jameson interrupting the mid-credits scene and revealing Spider-Man's identity to the entire world thanks to the "anonymous source" at the time Mysterio. Appropriately enough, both Spider-Man versions consider this to be one of the worst-possible outcomes for them.
    • The way Mysterio dies is quite similar to how Norman Osborn / The Green Goblin dies in the very first Spider-Man film; the Big Bad and Spider-Man are fighting on a bridge, and the villain has his remote-controlled aerial combat device target the hero. Spider-Man dodges, and the villain ends up dying as a result.
    • Peter's elaborate plan for a Grand Romantic Gesture, i.e. telling his feelings to MJ atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris alludes to the fact that in 616, Peter and MJ's Big Damn Kiss happened at JFK airport when Peter was flying to Paris on an assignment in ASM #143 (where he would battle the Cyclone, an inspiration for one of the Elementals). The numbers 143 even appear in the background in the final sequence when Peter and MJ go swinging over NY. There's also a more direct nod in the form of one of the overturned cars on the Tower Bridge with a license plate "TASM 143"; appropriately, it's in the background for this version of Peter and MJ's own first kiss.
    • While in Prague, MJ is wearing a shirt with a tiger on it; her comics counterpart affectionately calls Peter "tiger".
    • Aunt May's car has the license plate "AMF 1562"; Spider-Man (and May herself) debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15, published in 1962.
    • The first shot of the post-credits scene is of the license plate on Fury and Hill's car: "HNM 62011", as in Hawkeye & Mockingbird #6, published in 2011. Much like that comic, this scene also features a Skrull pretending to be Nick Fury.
    • Ned and Betty's romance in the film is a nod to their comics counterparts, who were married until Ned's death.

    Tropes N to Z 
  • Never Found the Body: Suffice to say, Mysterio substantially underestimates just how much damage it would take to actually kill Spider-Man and doesn't bother to check for a body either of the times he thinks he's killed him.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Any time Mr. Harrington's endeavours wind up leading the kids into either danger or a lame activity, Mr. Dell is quick to say "Don't look at me!"
    • Mysterio blames one of his minions for making him kill Peter by letting him find one of the drones. And then Mysterio blames Peter for making him kill all his friends by telling them the truth.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The main trailers are selectively edited to hide the fact that Quentin Beck is lying to everyone about who he is.
    • At the start of the movie, Spider-Man participates in a charity event hosted by May. In the first trailer, he's wearing the red and blue suit Tony gave him in Captain America: Civil War. In the movie, he's wearing the Iron Spider suit during those scenes.
  • Newscaster Cameo: In the mid-credits stinger, the "breaking news" coming from TheDailyBuggle.net is delivered by Pat Kiernan, who's familiar with both MCU cameos (having already shown up in The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Doctor Strange, as well as the TV series Daredevil, The Defenders and The Punisher) and Spider-Man movies (The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
  • Noodle Incident: Peter wakes up in a Dutch municipal jail, sharing a cell with three Football Hooligans wearing the national team's kit. It isn't revealed what exactly they did to end up in jail, but since they're on First-Name Basis with the guard, it seems like a regular occurrence.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: J. Jonah Jameson is directly modeled (in the unflattering sense) after infamous fearmonger and fake news merchant Alex Jones, and The Daily Bugle logo and font is about as close to the InfoWars logo as one can legally get without being sued.
  • Not His Sled: This version of Spider-Man is successfully outed as Peter Parker, thus completely flipping the script on the status quo of him having a secret identity. In all other media, Spider-Man is normally very good about his identity and only a select number of trusted allies know, and that's has always been his status quo (barring the brief period from Civil War to One More Day). Anyone thinking that this would be honored here is likely in for massive surprise.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Brad catches Peter quite literally with his pants down in a room with a gorgeous blonde woman, leading Peter to insist this. Given she was an agent giving him his new stealth suit to try on, one wonders how Peter intended to explain it, but Brad never gives him a chance.
  • Official Couple: One of the central themes of the film, actually. To note:
    • Pete and MJ seal the deal.
    • Hilariously subverted with Ned and Betty, who shack up and then break up over the course of the film, both events coming out of nowhere.
    • May and Happy are something. Their respective opinions differ on what that is.
    • And finally, the post-credits scene reveal this to be the case with Fury and Hill... Or rather, the Skrulls Talos and Soren — who are a married couple — masquerading as them.
  • Older Than They Look: The students returning from Homecoming (specifically Peter, Ned, Flash, Michelle, Betty, and Jason) are this on a technicality. They return here after Endgame and attend high school in 2023-2024, because they are biologically 16 years old after being unsnapped even though they are chronologically in their early twenties. Flash manages to get alcohol on the plane before MJ informs the stewardess that he was blipped and thus actually still underage.
  • Once per Episode:
    • As in the previous film, Jason goes off-script during a live broadcast of the school news show, much to Betty's annoyance and embarrassment.
    • Like in Homecoming, the Mid-Credits scene ends with a Curse Cut Short, although the context is far more serious here.
    • A song by The Ramones is featured here as well, befitting of a famous band from Queens that actually covered the Spider-Man theme song before. This time, it's "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend".
  • One-Man Army: Spider-Man himself in the climax, as he single-handedly takes on dozens upon dozens of high-end combat drones.
  • On the Rebound: Subverted. Several years have passed since Peter and Liz almost "dated." Even though mentally less time has passed for Peter and his friends, Peter makes it clear he likes Michelle for who she is and doesn't see her as a replacement for Liz or as a prize. Michelle for her part fell in love with Peter because he has always been one of her friends.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Happy's phone password is "password". Peter is quick to point out that Happy's official title at Stark Industries is Head of Security, and his phone has literally the least secure password possible.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Flash has a running gag where he's constantly on his phone, live-streaming to his followers, whom he calls invoked "the Flash-mob". In the climax, fearing that he's about to die, Flash admits that he makes these videos out of insecurity and so people will pay attention to him, as it's implied his parents are neglectful. Happy tells him the videos saved his life since he was able to find them.
  • Plane Awful Flight: Peter and his class fly to Europe. Peter has a miserable time — not only is MJ sitting with his romantic rival and Ned with Betty, both having a great time, he's stuck with his annoying teacher, who only ends up sleeping on Peter's shoulder.
  • Poor Communication Kills: E.D.I.T.H. comes with a rather short and cryptic note from Tony Stark. Peter would have never given up the glasses had Tony bothered to leave a more useful message instead of leaving Peter to misinterpret his intent.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: When "Back in Black" by AC/DC plays, Peter says "I love Led Zeppelin!"
  • Posthumous Character: Despite his death in Endgame, Tony Stark remains a major force in the film. Those close to him like Peter and Happy are still in mourning, and there are memorials for him (and his Iron Man persona) all over the world. Tony's legacy is also a major story thread; Peter is reluctant to take up the mantle of Iron Man, and Quentin Beck is actually an embittered ex-employee of Stark Industries who wants to upstage Tony at the superhero game, even using repurposed Stark tech to do it as a screw you to his old boss.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: With print media having long since given way to the Internet, The Daily Bugle is now an InfoWars-esque website with J. Jonah Jameson as a Pompous Political Pundit the likes of Alex Jones.
  • Precision F-Strike: Of the Curse Cut Short variety. You would be upset as Peter too if your secret identity is publicly blown on Madison Square Garden's outdoor screen, not to mention be framed for the murder of a beloved "superhero" who turned out to be a con-man.
  • Product Placement:
    • The Giant Novelty Check that Happy brings out at the charity event is from a Synchrony bank.
    • The heroes fly on United Airlines to and from Europe. Near the end of the film, camera time is given to a blue wall with a big United logo.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: While Beck comes across as a mature and sagely hero that could very well be the next Iron Man, when he takes off the metaphorical mask he is shown to be quite immature, often shouting and screaming when things don't go his way. Even his backstory just illustrates how petty he is; his hologram tech was given a silly name by Tony ("B.A.R.F.") and he was fired due to his already apparent mental-instability, so he decides to stage various monster attacks that he could look like a hero, not caring how many innocent civilians die in the process.
  • Rapid-Fire Interrupting: In the hotel room, Nick Fury attempts to explain to Peter what is going on with the Elementals, but he keeps getting interrupted by a series of people out in the hallway.
    Fury: Another person touches that door, you and I are going to attend another funeral.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • With all the time that MJ spends shyly spying on Peter, she tends to pick up on all the times he disappears without providing a decent explanation as to why, especially since he and Spider-Man are somehow never in the same place at the same time. Adrian Toomes figured it out in the span of one conversation, small wonder that the girl with a ginormous crush on Peter realizes it long before the movie actually begins.
    • Played for Laughs when Brad accidentally barges in on Peter taking his pants off in the bathroom with a gorgeous Slavic blonde, and then tries telling everyone about it. Although in this case, Brad is telling the truth about what he thinks he saw, Mr. Harrington quickly admonishes him by saying that even if he wasn't lying, it's much less creepy for Peter to be doing what teenagers do in their free time than it is for Brad to be spying on him and then trying to gossip about it to a teacher.
    • MJ has no superpowers and is completely unfamiliar with the physics of web-slinging. She's absolutely terrified when Spider-Man swings around the city with her in his arms, and once they're back on the ground, she plainly tells him that she never wants to do that again. Also serves as a Meta Twist, as other adaptations of Spider-Man often have him swinging his current love interest around the city while the girl simply looks around in amazement.
    • Although he's still something of a Gadgeteer Genius, Peter Parker is hardly the wizard with software that Tony is, so trying to use an advanced voice-controlled drone strike system nearly gets Brad and everyone else on the bus killed.
    • When Happy has to fight one of Mysterio's remote drones, he tries throwing a shield at it just like Captain America. Being a middle-aged heavyset bodyguard rather than an enhanced Super Soldier, his throw doesn't even hit his opponent nor scratch the floor.
      Happy: How does Cap do it?!
    • Even in an all-black, 'stealth' costume, Spider-Man is a distinctive enough hero that, despite it being at night, Spidey being far away, and Betty being in mortal danger, she immediately identifies him during the battle in Prague. Ned manages to dissuade her of the fact by claiming it's a European knock-off named Night Monkey.
    • When half the world's population randomly disappears and is then brought back years later, things will have changed. Aunt May, for instance, apparently had to find a new home after a new family moved in after the Blip, and there's a large charity foundation dedicated to helping people displaced by the Blip to find new places to live, which May apparently works for. The world is also thrown into a decent bit of confusion by people disappearing, then coming back five years later virtually unchanged. Older siblings are now younger siblings, school years for those that were Blipped have to start over so that people can catch up, and various rules have to be set in place because people that should be one age aren't.
    • In the final fight, the guy responsible for Mysterio's dramatic battle dialogue feeds him a clunky and vague Techno Babble explanation on how the Elementals have returned and fused into one. It doesn't fool "Fury" for a moment.
      Fury: Now that is some bullshit.
    • Also in the same fight, Mysterio orders the drones surrounding him to open fire on Spider-Man, even though E.D.I.T.H. points out that he's in their line of fire. Sure enough, Spider-Man evades the drones and he gets caught in the crossfire.
    • And in the mid-credits Stinger, J. Jonah Jameson and the Daily Bugle don't stop to verify whether the footage they received showing Mysterio being murdered by Spider-Man was genuine or not. After all, it's news, it's controversial and vilifies someone that JJJ irrationally hates - of course he's not going to bother fact-checking the source. Though given that the footage and holograms are of very high quality, as the Skrulls themselves affirm, it would most likely be vetted by any professional news channel's sources.
  • Recurring Camera Shot: A shot of Peter and MJ's hands as they walk together, first as they are awkwardly trying to avoid coming into contact, and then later after they become a couple as they actually start holding hands.
  • Refusal of the Call: Literally, as Peter sends Nick Fury's call to voicemail, much to Happy's shock.
  • Reimagining the Artifact:
    • Mysterio is a villain who was widely thought to be a little too cheesy and gimmicky to be in the MCU, known for making comic book concepts believable, especially with his trademark Fishbowl Helmet. Impressively, they managed to pull it off, albeit by making changes to the core concept. Instead of being a failed actor, he's a former employee of Stark Industries who designed the cutting-edge B.A.R.F. device before being fired. His illusions come from advanced technology rather than being homemade by Beck himself, and Mysterio is reimagined as a Collective Identity as opposed to a lone individual. Even the costume, which is maintained faithfully to the source (fishbowl helmet and all), is lampshaded as being ridiculous. Finally, he becomes a greater threat than the source by hijacking Stark technology through E.D.I.T.H., which itself came about because this version is a lot more charismatic than the comics one.
    • The Daily Bugle is a highly controversial news-site (à la InfoWars/TYT) rather than a newspaper.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: The opening high-school news report is dedicated to the memories of Iron Man, Black Widow, Vision, and Captain America, all of whom died during the events of Avengers Endgame... except those who saw Endgame could tell you that Steve Rogers/Captain America survived, and chose to use the opportunity of having discovered time travel to go back in time to be with Peggy Carter and enjoy a life free of being a superhero. Rogers is still alive, but now has the body of roughly an 80 year old (having been alive for roughly 150 years, subjective time). Viewers are left to assume that Sam Wilson has, as of the events of Far From Home, not yet taken up the mantle of Captain America that Steve passed to him. Or he has actually died of old age after going back in time. There's also the logical answer that the video is a high school production done by kids who were themselves blipped and so not necessarily in a position to be in tune with all the facts.
  • Revisiting the Roots: One of the tenets behind the production of Homecoming was that the film would deliberately try to avoid cramming things the audience had already seen in the previous 5 Spidey films down their throats (i.e. no shots of Pete swinging through the skyscrapers of Downtown NYC, no gratuitousinvoked Role Reprisals, etc.). Come the final sequence, Peter is swinging through Downtown NYC with MJ in tow, and who else shows up in The Stinger but J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson!
  • Rewatch Bonus: Watch the movie again after The Reveal that the Nick Fury and Maria Hill we've followed throughout the movie are actually Talos and Soren, and one will likely be far more vigilant for clues that they aren't who they seem.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Beck tells Peter that there is a multiverse, as part of his plan. He is actually right, but doesn't know that Doctor Strange or Scott Lang have actually been in such places.
  • Rule of Cool: Beck invokes this trope with his illusions. At one point during a rehearsal, he tells Riva to double the destruction caused with the drones to increase the spectacle.
  • Running Gag:
    • Mr. Dell continuously believes the Elementals to be the work of witches.
    • This is the third film where Peter gets jerked back at a great height by his suit's built-in parachute. At least it is on purpose this time.
    • Peter's fondness for science-geek T-shirts is still on display here. Notably "Find X" and "If You Believe in Telekinesis, Raise My Hand".
  • Running Gagged: Due to unavoidable real-life circumstances (specifically, his invoked real-life death), Stan Lee does not make his traditional in-person cameo, the first MCU movie after his passing to do so, and his character isn't even alluded to at all in the film's universe. Instead, the credits do provide a memoriam to him and Steve Ditko, the co-creators of the Spider-Man IP.
  • Safe Driving Aesop: Played for Laughs at the end of the film; Peter, back in New York, is web-swinging his way to a date with MJ, and his control over his Spider-Sense is such that he's taking selfies and texting her the whole time. MJ promptly texts him back with "Don't text and swing", and Peter almost gets hit by a car. He puts the phone away until he gets there.
  • Second Super-Identity: Peter discusses this trope, pointing out that if his classmates see Spider-Man in Europe, they could easily put together that he and Spider-Man are the same person. Fury and Hill work around this by giving Peter a new stealth suit so he won't be recognized. Thanks to an improvising Ned, the suit becomes known as "Night Monkey". It appears to catch on, since when Peter hops off the train in Berlin, he tries asking directions from a passing lady who shockingly utters, "Night Monkey!" before running off.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • While the world at large thinks that Steve Rogers is dead after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker, Happy, and Ant Man know that he's alive (since they attended Tony Stark's funeral and saw him there), but doesn't tell anyone.
    • Despite her initial shock after seeing Peter in the Spider-Man suit for the first time at the end of Homecoming, May is supportive of Peter's career as Spider-Man, even packing his suit into his briefcase after he leaves it behind.
    • MJ has figured out Peter's secret between the last film and this one. Peter is flabbergasted while she says it was "kind of obvious." Later played for laughs when it turns out that she was, by her own admission, only 67% sure that Peter was Spider-Man, and she's genuinely shocked when he tells her. Ned continues to be a secret keeper and comments a couple of times to MJ about being "friends of Spider-Man".
  • Self-Restraint: When Peter breaks out of the jail cell, the Football Hooligans with him politely stay inside and close the door instead of leaving.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The first film was at home in New York (and the District of Columbia); now he's out in Europe, with his travels taking him to locales like the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. There's also a short prologue in Mexico with Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and Mysterio.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • Ends on a doozy with Spider-Man being branded a criminal, framed for apparently "killing" Mysterio, and having his identity revealed to the world.
    • We also can tell that someone bought Stark Tower after it was sold, but while teased with Spidey swinging around it at the end, the identity is still kept a mystery by way of obscuring the logo.
    • At the same time, we find out that the Nick Fury and Maria Hill we followed in the film are Talos and Soren while the real Fury is on a Skrull ship somewhere.
  • Series Continuity Error: Mysterio says that the dimension the MCU is set in is Earth-616, but the MCU's designation in official Marvel databooks is Earth-199999. This ends up being a subversion that doubles as an early hint that Mysterio is lying about the Multiverse.
  • Serious Business: When Peter asks Nick Fury about turning to Captain Marvel for help with the Elementals, Fury dramatically admonishes him, saying, "Don't invoke her name." This foreshadows that "Fury" is actually Talos, as Carol is something of a culture hero to the Skrulls after she saved them from a genocide.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Between Happy Hogan and May Parker. Peter's more bewildered than anything.
    • And of course, Peter is openly crushing on MJ as he admits to Ned in their first scene.
  • Shirtless Scene: Peter is briefly seen shirtless as he changes to his black S.H.I.E.L.D.-provided suit while MJ is standing nearby. She turns around but can't resist glancing at him.
  • Shout-Out:
    • True crime is a personal fascination of MJ's; her favorite flower is a black dahlia because of the infamous murder with the same name.
    • Nick Fury quotes William Shakespeare, and specifically Henry IV. He later jokes that Peter wouldn't get it because it isn't a Star Wars reference.
      Nick Fury: Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
    • MJ quotes George Orwell:
    MJ: The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world.
    • The merged Elementals that attack London are likened by Mr. Harrington and Mr. Dell to be something out of Power Rangers or Voltron.
    • Mixed with a little bit of Take That!, the mid-credits scene shows J. Jonah Jameson (played by none-other than J. K. Simmons) hosting his online talk show The Daily Bugle in the same manner that Alex Jones hosts InfoWars.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: MJ kisses Peter just as he starts to ramble-apologize for the broken black dahlia necklace and his plan to tell her about his feelings for her. After a moment of shock, and an affirmation that their feelings are mutual, Peter kisses her back.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Ned and Betty act lovey-dovey with each other for the duration of their trip. They wear matching clothes, have sweet nicknames for each other, and hang out together often. Aboard the bus to Prague, Peter sees (via E.D.I.T.H.) that they're on the same seat of the bus and texting "Miss you" to each other.
  • So Proud of You: Happy Hogan assures Peter that Tony Stark felt this way about him:
    "Tony second-guessed everything he ever did. But the one thing he didn't second-guess was picking you."
  • Source Music: Happy puts on "Back in Black" by AC/DC en route to London.
  • South of the Border: While the three Elemental attacks in Europe take place in major cities, the first such instance levels the made-up, stereotypical colonial village of "Ixtenco" in Mexiconote , as opposed to any major metropolitan area.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent sent to deliver the stealth suit to Peter is a gorgeous blonde almost one head taller than him.
  • Stealth Pun: Audio-visual pun when Peter is making a new suit on the Stark Jet. When Happy plays AC/DC's "Back in Black", Peter is still wearing his all-black stealth suit.
  • The Stinger: Two in this film:
    • In the mid-credits scene, J. Jonah Jameson broadcasts Beck's doctored footage incriminating Spider-Man for his death and the Elementals' attacks.
    • In the post-credits scene, Nick Fury and Maria Hill are revealed to be Talos and Soren this whole time (with the formers' permission), while the real Fury is on a Skrull spaceship.
  • Strawman News Media: The Daily Bugle is now a controversial news site parroting fake news without bothering to check the facts. More mainstream media manages to loophole journalistic integrity by reporting on The Daily Bugle's story, rather than running the story on their own (which would require them to check if it was accurate).
  • Stylistic Suck: The tribute for the Avengers playing on the screens of Midtown High, set to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", starts with a giant "in memoriam" in all-lowercase Comic Sans, followed by photos of the Avengers (many of them fuzzy) with various stock transition effects. The final photo of Tony Stark is overlaid with flying doves, and the final image of candles has a very prominent watermark. The boom mic drops slightly into frame towards the end as well, just in case it wasn’t clear.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: When Fury and Hill finally recruit Spidey, he asks why not Thor, Doctor Strange, or Captain Marvel. None of them are available.
  • Super Strength: This part is emphasized more. It's repeatedly shown that Spider-Man has superhuman strength and endurance. His raw strength is shown when a small tap on Flash on the bus trip knocks him out instantly to the point of inducing mild amnesia while he also breaks the padlock of his Dutch Jail Cell with his bare hands.
  • Super Toughness: Once again demonstrated: Spider-Man survives injuries and accidents, which while painful, is far above ordinary human capability and would be fatal to any human being such as bonking his head multiple times against an iron bell, surviving the impact of a high speed rail at full speed, on both occasions he's still conscious and not too worse for wear, while recovering and healing quickly.
  • Take Up My Sword: E.D.I.T.H. is Tony Stark's way of handing Stark Industries weapons and information gathering technology to Peter. In general, legacy and inheritance is one the central themes of the movie, with Spider-Man being pushed to and ultimately assuming the role once held by Iron Man as the hero of the MCU.
  • The Teaser: Like in Homecoming, the Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios vanity plates are divided with a prologue scene: Nick Fury and Maria Hill investigate a destroyed Mexican village, where they encounter Quentin Back and the earth elemental.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Mysterio uses his final moments to record footage that frames Spider-Man for the drone attack and reveals Peter's true identity to the public.
  • They Called Me Mad!: Mysterio says that Stark called him "unstable" as an excuse to fire him after stealing his invention. Of course, since he's in the middle of a plan to destroy a major city to make himself look like a hero, threatens his minions over a minor slight, and tries to kill a bunch of children for knowing too much, Tony had good foresight though it's unclear if Mysterio proposed similar endeavors when he first created the device.
  • This Is Not a Floor: Inverted when Mysterio creates an illusion around Spider-Man that they are on top of the Eiffel Tower, then an illusion of MJ is thrown off it. Spider-Man falls for it and tries to dive down and save her, only to hurt himself when he faceplants onto the concrete floor he was standing on.
  • Title In: Nearly every new location is introduced with white text on the screen. The exception is when Peter winds up in Broek op Langedijk. Outside, he calls Happy to fly him out and has to ask a local to repeat what he said into the phone, during which the text finally appears on-screen.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While Nick Fury was not exactly the kind of guy who made friends easily, here he is a complete hardass towards Peter, calling him out when Peter tries blowing off his responsibilities as Spider-Man to enjoy his trip through Europe, his short-attention span and the fact that he kept ghosting him. He then proceeds to limit Peter's options by rerouting his school-trip and his schedule so that Peter would have no choice but to work with them. He openly justifies this as a case of being backlogged with work after being gone for five-years during the Blip, and with the other Avengers either dead or indisposed, Nick's resources and info are limited. It makes even more sense in the mid-credit scene when it is revealed that Nick Fury was actually Talos disguised as him the whole time, doing his job while the real Nick Fury is out in space, working with a limited pool of memories to replicate his personality and comes across as much hammier than usual.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • MJ is less of a troll to Peter and her friends, admitting to Peter that she has a lot of trouble opening up to people, and it is outright stated she already knows Peter is Spider-Man.
    • Happy, who was largely dismissive and annoyed by Peter in Homecoming, is way more supportive of him here, comforting him after the death of their friend Tony and being the one to encourage him when Peter is doubting himself and complaining about the pressure of being Iron Man's successor.
    • Flash explains that Spider-Man, his role model, is motivating him to become a better person. While he's still a dick to Peter and a blowhard, he's comparatively less of an asshole than he was in Homecoming.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: The Funko Pop! and LEGO toylines feature both the fire and water elementals, but not the earth elemental.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
  • Traitor Shot: After Peter gives Beck the glasses and exits the bar, the camera pans back to Beck and lingers for a moment while the hologram around him dissolves, and then Beck gives a big Slasher Smile.
  • Trespassing to Talk: Peter finds Nick Fury in his room waiting for him.
  • Truer to the Text:
    • The inclusion of Nick Fury as a snarky and cynical mentor to Peter, who also worms his way into Peter's life by shady means, makes this a truer exploration of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic than Homecoming.
    • Spider-Man stepping out of his "friendly neighborhood" (New York) has happened numerous times in the comics. His first confrontation with the Green Goblin happened in California (ASM #14), as for Europe, he visited London in the wake of Captain George Stacy's death to check up on Gwen (ASM #95), then he visited Paris in ASM #142. He and Wolverine also visited Cold War-era Berlin (Spider-Man V. Wolverine #1).
    • MJ's unapologetic snarkiness is truer to some aspects of some of her comic book counterparts, mainly the 616 early versions, whereas other movies draw on other aspects of her character. Likewise, MJ figuring out Peter is Spider-Man instead of him telling her, is straight from Tom Defalco's Amazing Spider-Man #257-259.
  • Trust Password: After being thoroughly fooled by Mysterio pretending to be Nick Fury Peter makes sure to check that Happy Hogan is real by asking him to tell him something only the real Happy would know. Happy responds by talking about the time they were in Germany together and Peter ordered an adult movie via the pay-per-view. The story's enough to convince Peter that it's the real Happy.
  • Twice Shy: Peter and MJ both devolve into stammering messes when complimenting each other. And while Peter is trying his best to work up the courage to confess his feelings to her, MJ herself is very nervous about admitting she likes him and tries to cover it up with just suspecting that he's Spider-Man.
  • Uncertain Doom: Mysterio appears to have bled out from a few bullet wounds at the end of the movie, but given his penchant for tricking people and noting that he had a backup plan, it's entirely possible that he's faking his own death.
  • Understatement: In the second Stinger when Talos makes his video report to the real Nick Fury, he describes the events of the film as "Things went... a little bit off the rails."
  • Unfriendly Fire: In the final confrontation, Mysterio asks why a large number of his drones aren't firing; E.D.I.T.H. informs him that he's too close to be safe. He overrides her, and ends up getting gut-shot when Peter destroys ones of the last drones.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: A whole team of them, but primarily Mysterio himself. Despite the fact that the film follows eight months after Tony's sacrifice to save the entire universe from being destroyed by Thanos, Mysterio's crew consists of several disgruntled workers including the one who was yelled at by Obadiah Stane in the first Iron Man film who show zero gratitude for that.
  • Un-Paused: The fact that everyone who got blipped stays the same was used as a gag early in the movie. The school band got dusted while performing in the basketball court, and then returns 5 years later in the same court, still playing instruments, while in the middle of a match. Hilarity Ensues as the players and the band members crash into each other.
  • The Un-Reveal: The building that used to be Stark Tower is being renovated throughout the film, with it being explained in Spider-Man: Homecoming that a new buyer purchased the building from Tony Stark. In the last scene of the film, Spider-Man swings by the building... But no logo is seen on it, keeping the buyer's identity a mystery.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Early in the movie, Peter outlines his plans to buy a glass Black Dahlia pendant in Vienna and give it to MJ on the Eiffel Tower. He is able to get the pendant without any trouble, but the rest of his plan doesn't quite work out. She still loves the pendant when she finally gets it at end of the movie, by which time she and Peter officially become a couple.
  • Unusual Euphemism: When asked by Fury how well the black suit fits, Peter answers that it's tight around the "ole web shooter" and visibly stretches the crotch area.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Not one person pays attention to Mysterio when he's sitting in the bar in Prague with Spider-Man, despite him wearing a armor with almost neon lights. After Peter leaves, it's revealed that everyone in the bar is an illusion or part of Beck's team — they know him, so they don't make a fuss.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Mysterio gets hit with this pretty hard in the climax. Before, he utterly had the upper hand, able to Mind Rape Spider-Man into living his worst nightmares, having him get hit by a train, and taking full control of E.D.I.T.H. to command an army of advanced drones. By the final battle, however, Peter fully mastered his abilities and made his new upgraded suit, and Mysterio can only watch as his plans fall apart. First, Spider-Man goes through his drones all by himself. Then, Mysterio tries to cast an illusion to blind him, only for Spidey to reveal he's so in-sync with his Spider-Sense that he can dodge every attack. Finally, Spidey takes him out in a single hit, and when Mysterio tries to make one last desperate attempt at victory by ordering E.D.I.T.H. to fire with him in range, he's shot by a drone.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Thanks to some creative editing and a webcast by J. Jonah Jameson, the public now sees Mysterio as a martyr, and Spider-Man as the insane mass murderer who killed him.
  • Virtual Reality Interrogation: Hardly surprising, considering it's Mysterio we are talking about. Here, he creates an illusion of himself getting taken out by Fury, and asks Peter who else knows about the deception.
  • We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: Apparently, all it takes for J. Jonah Jameson to label Spider-Man a villain is a video from Mysterio. The possibility of it being edited either doesn't cross his mind or isn't relevant to him — since this is JJJ we're talking about, it might not matter, but at the same time we are told and shown that Mysterio's holograms are way beyond anything in the MCU, with even the Skrulls, Talos and Soren, admitting that it's better than anything they encountered and it fooled ace shapeshifters like them.
  • Wham Episode: The mid-credits scene establishes what's otherwise a Breather Episode as this. In short: Spider-Man's secret identity is exposed as Peter Parker.
  • Wham Line:
    • As the true villain is revealed:
    • Peter is about to confess his feelings for MJ to her, when...
      Peter: MJ, I...
      MJ: ...Am Spider-Man?
    • In the mid-credits scene, the identity of the website that shows the footage:
      Pat Kiernan: This shocking video was released earlier today on the controversial news website TheDailyBugle.net.
    • And then, displayed for all of New York City to see and hear:
      Mysterio: Spider-Man's name is Peter Parker!
      Peter: What the fu—
  • Wham Shot:
    • After Peter leaves the bar, the camera lingers on the inside for a moment... and then the decorations and some of the people gradually start to disappear in blue light, revealing that the whole thing was actually an elaborate hologram. And in case you had any doubts about what this means, Mysterio breaks into a sinister smile as it happens.
    • The mid-credits scene has a massive one, if only from a meta-perspective, as the news feed documenting Mysterio's dying message suddenly cuts to a shot of J. Jonah Jameson (played by J.K. Simmons) doing what he does best: yelling about Spider-Man.
    • The post-credits scene has "Fury and Hill" transform into Talos and Soren, while the real Fury is on a Skrull spaceship.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Throughout the film, Peter is baffled by two unlikely relationships: his Aunt May and Happy Hogan, and his best friend Ned and their acquaintance Betty.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • After the climax, we see Riva download the drone program into his laptop and flee to parts unknown, but the rest of Mysterio's support crew is never seen again.
    • Dimitri (the quiet guy clad in black leather helping Fury) isn't seen after Peter destroys an E.D.I.T.H. drone he accidentally summoned to kill his classmate Brad. It's assumed he finished his "escort mission", but there's not even a sight or word about him afterwards.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: During the final attack, as Mr. Harrington tries to get the kids to safety, he snaps at Mr. Dell that he's at least trying to look after the kids rather than Dell, who's always absolving himself of blame.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • Michelle suspected for a while that Peter was Spider-Man, having figured it out on her own. She didn't tell anyone or mention it to Peter until they had a moment in private. She snarks about how he's terrible at keeping his secret identity under the radar, but still very honorable.
    • Quentin fails this. The Post-Snap world and Tony's death gave him a chance to make a clean slate with the technology he developed and "borrowed" from Stark Industries. He could have become a hero for real, or engaged in Cut Lex Luthor a Check, but instead decides to play the part and uses Peter to gain glory.
  • Worthy Opponent: Played with: While Mysterio candidly admits that he likes Parker (and is even somewhat sad that he "has to" kill him) because he has a "good heart", he doesn't actually respect him because he follows the admission by scoffing that it is "such a weakness."
  • Would Hit a Girl: During the final showdown, Beck torments Spider-Man with a series of elaborate illusions, including a frightening scene where — after growing to giant size and donning a suit of armor — grabs MJ by the neck and after choking her throws her to her death. He does this so he can get at MJ and Betty, whom he plans to have killed.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The Elementals obviously don't care who is in their way, but it gets worse: Beck himself is perfectly fine with killing MJ, Ned, Betty and Flash because he thinks they all know the whole truth (actually only Ned & MJ do); he is equally at peace killing the whole class just to get those four, and not one of his dozen or so lackeys calls him on it.
    • Nick Fury or rather Talos, which makes even less sense apparently has no qualms about shooting a teenager with a tranquilizer pistol just so he can talk to Peter. Granted, a tranq gun isn't normally lethal and Ned considers the experience totally awesome afterwards, but in Real Life being hit with a tranq dart tends to hurt quite a bit, plus fast-acting sedatives like the one Fury used often have unpleasant aftereffects like nausea, vertigo and disorientation.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Peter insists this mission is well beyond a minor superhero like him, Nick Fury says, "Bitch, please! You've been to space!"
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: When Quentin puts on the E.D.I.T.H. glasses, Peter is clearly stricken by the resemblance between him and Tony. Given Beck's ultimate plan to have Peter give him the E.D.I.T.H. tech, the resemblance is very likely deliberate.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Mr. Harrington mentions that his wife pretended to have died in the Snap so she could run away with another man. They even had a funeral for her.
    • May mentions that when she reappeared in her apartment, which now had new tenants, the woman there thought May's presence meant her husband was having an affair.

"Stark chose you. He made you an Avenger. I need that. The world needs that."

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report