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  • Ability over Appearance: Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. In the comics, Quentin Beck was a special effects artist who couldn't get a career as an actor because he was too ugly. Gyllenhaal on the other hand is widely considered a Mr. Fanservice. His casting may have made it necessary to change that part of his backstory, considering the awkward situation they'd be in if they tried to pass him off as unattractive. It ultimately didn't matter in the end, since they made him a former employee of Tony Stark instead of an actor.
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  • Acting for Two: In the sense that Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury, Talos disguised as Nick Fury, and finally Mysterio's illusion of Nick Fury.
  • Acting in the Dark:
  • Ascended Fanon: Post-Infinity War, Marvel went out of its way to officially title Thanos's culling of half the universe as "The Decimation" note . In the second trailer for this film however, Nick Fury explicitly refers to the event as "The Snap", which is what MCU fans have named it ever since Infinity War came out. The movie then refers to the subsequent return of all the victims as "The Blip".
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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: When Mysterio uses the EDITH drones to create illusions of a fused Elemental in London, he says "Now that is an Avengers-level threat." People ended up misinterpreting the line into a meme, replacing the word "that" with "this".
  • The Danza: Many of Peter's classmates who are not MJ, Ned, Flash or Betty were credited with the same name as their actor.
  • Dawson Casting: With the exception of Angourie Rice (18 at the time of the film's release), all of the high school-aged characters are played by older actors. The most extreme case is Remy Hii, 32 at the time, playing someone literally half his age (to his credit, though, he does look much younger than he is). This is somewhat meta-humor, as Hii's character is technically the youngest of the classmates, but biologically older because he wasn't Snapped by Thanos.
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  • Defictionalization: To commemorate the film's digital release, was eventually turned into a real website, complete with additional footage of J. Jonah Jameson's webshow, small news articles covering Morris Bench and "Night Monkey", and a "Blip Blog" detailing citizens' experiences during the Blip (Mr. Harrington and Coach Wilson are among the names).
  • Deleted Scene:
    • The trailer for the film showed a scene where Peter Parker, in the Iron Spider Armor, apprehending a group of bank robbers in the middle of a heist before telling the police he was leaving on vacation. This scene is used in a short film titled Peter's To-Do List.
    • Peter wears his regular Spider-Man Suit during the scenes at the charity benefit in the trailer but wears the Iron Spider Armor in the movie.
    • A short scene which appeared in the trailer had Peter shoot a sarcastic thumbs up in response to Flash Thompson insulting him (ironically, just after he had been praising Spider-Man).
    • Peter Parker sells all his toys, including a Star Wars one, to buy MJ a present. According to Tom Holland, the Star Wars reference was selected by Kevin Feige, but he isn't sure which character was.
    • Quentin Beck briefs his team on their plan, before sending out another energy pulse, acting as the arrival of the Elemental Fusion. Beck is contacted by Nick Fury and claims to be on his way to fight the Elemental, before breaking character and smiling to his crew.
    • In the plane back to the United States of America, Peter Parker and Michelle Jones are sleeping next to each other, with Peter's head on Jones' shoulder. They briefly wake up and smile at each other before going back to sleep.
    • After his aunt May welcomes him at the airport, Peter Parker puts on Tony Stark's Glasses and asks about her opinion on how it looks.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Tom Holland is already very fit, but he gained a few extra pounds of muscle and went for a slightly bulkier look than his usual appearance.
  • Executive Meddling: Minor example, but according to Vanity Fair, Marvel Studios and Sony clashed over the film's release date, as Marvel felt that the movie coming so soon after Avengers: Endgame meant that its marketing would spoil the fact that Peter Parker (and by extension, the other dead heroes like Black Panther and Doctor Strange) would somehow be returned to life. Even if their resurrection was seen as a Foregone Conclusion by many, Marvel was not pleased about the air of secrecy around Endgame being partially undone like that. Sony felt that they had no choice since this was a major tentpole release and they can't under-promote it, and besides, it was Marvel's decision to include Spider-Man and others among the dusted to start with, knowing fully well that there would be a Spider-Man movie right after that.
  • Fake American:
    • Tom Holland is a Brit playing Spider-Man. As he hilarious pointed out in an interview, this meant that, while Homecoming was filmed "far from home" for him, parts of Far From Home was filmed near his parents' house, making it a "homecoming."
    • Angourie Rice, Australian, as Betty Brant.
    • Remy Hii, Chinese-Australian, playing Brad Davis.
    • Cobie Smulders, Canadian, playing Maria Hill (or rather, playing the disguise of her by Soren).
  • Flip-Flop of God:
    • Kevin Feige was absolutely insistent upon the fact that this was the first Marvel movie set after Avengers: Endgame prior to the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Once that movie came out and killed Spider-Man, he would say that he was not sure when it takes place, seemingly for the purpose of avoiding spoiling what happens in Avengers: Endgame.
    • Following the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the Russo Brothers claimed that Aunt May was one of the survivors of the Decimation. After the release of the first full trailer for Far From Home, director Jon Watts instead claimed that Aunt May was indeed one of the Decimation victims. In the movie proper, she tells the story of how she was snapped and then returned to an apartment that was already occupied by another family.
  • Foiler Footage:
    • Scenes at the homeless shelter in the initial trailer had Spider-Man in his Starktech suit rather than the Iron Spider suit, as showing that suit would confirm that Peter was going to be revived in Avengers: Endgame. When the second trailer was released after the release of Endgame, the Iron Spider was shown.
    • In the second trailer, Nick Fury describes Mysterio as not being from “our Earth” instead of “your Earth” as in the final film, to avoid giving away the twist of Talos impersonating Fury throughout the film.
  • God Never Said That: There was a kerfuffle in certain parts of the internet when Beck said in a trailer that he was from Earth 616 even though the official MCU designation has always been Earth 199999. No one involved in the MCU had ever said they were changing the designation but the people who were upset took Beck’s words as official confirmation that they were. Turns out that Beck isn’t even from another universe and that it was simply an out of context Mythology Gag.
  • I Knew It!:
    • A number of fans predicted that MJ would figure out Peter's Secret Identity on her own, which seems to have been confirmed with the second trailer.
    • Just about everyone predicted that Mysterio was lying out of his ass about being a hero, as was the marketing team, and that he was a villain just like in the comics. They were 100% right.
    • While few predicted it to happen in this movie, a number of fans of Spider-Man movies made a franchise-wide prediction that if J. Jonah Jameson were to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then he would be portrayed by J.K. Simmons once again due to the popularity of the actor in that role.
    • One fan theory popularized by a Nerdist video predicted that the Nick Fury in the movie is not the real deal. On this aspect alone, they were also right. note 
  • In Memoriam: The film is dedicated to Spider-Man's creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who both passed away in 2018.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: After the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures came to a temporary stalemate in August 2019, one of the most popular jokes among fans was "Make a Night Monkey movie in the MCU instead", referencing the name Ned gave to Spidey's black suit. For the digital home video release, Sony Pictures uploaded a "Official Night Monkey Trailer".
  • Missing Trailer Scene: A number of first-act scenes were excised from the final film and were later put together as a standalone short. The gist of these scenes were to show how Spider-Man managed to stop an entire criminal enterprise before heading off to Europe, alongside his other major duties. It's revealed in the Extended Cut that these also include him using a spider drone to open another station to bypass the queue for his passport, preparing for his trip and getting some Spanish lessons from Mr. Delmar's deli, selling all of his action figures to get the money needed for MJ's gift before finally cutting to him stopping the criminal enterprise. Considering all these only took a few minutes overall, people were left wondering why they were cut in the first place under the reasoning that it would lead to a Slow-Paced Beginning.
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  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • Jon Watts originally wanted Nick Fury to appear in the first film as Peter's mentor, but Iron Man was later worked into the story instead given that the two characters had a story arc established by Captain America: Civil War. Fury is confirmed for this film instead. Although it's not actually Fury, merely Talos the Skrull posing as Fury.
    • Early drafts for Homecoming gave Aunt May a boyfriend, something that possibly comes to fruition here with her and Happy Hogan.
  • Release Date Change: Pushed up just three days, from July 5th, 2019 to July 2nd, 2019; it's been theorised that Sony wanted to avoid the 4th of July affecting the midnight screenings, as well as make use of the holiday week in general.
  • Role Reprise: J. Jonah Jameson is reprised by J. K. Simmons who also played the role in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy. In order to illustrate how significant this is, consider that it's been 12 years since Raimi's trilogy ended, or that he's only the second actor ever to reprise their role in the MCU from a non-MCU Marvel work, after Lou Ferrigno's cameo and voice-over roles in The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers. This carries over with some dubs of the character, as in the Brazilian Portuguese dub, Jameson is once again voiced by José Santa Cruz, who, besides having dubbed the Simmons version of the character in Raimi's film series, has also dubbed Jameson in the redub of the 1960s cartoon, the 1978 live-action series, the original dub of the 1981 cartoon, the original dub of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; in the Latin American Spanish dub, Jameson is dubbed by Humberto Solórzano, who also dubbed the Simmons version of the character in Raimi's film series and in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; and in the European French and Canadian French dubs, Jameson is voiced by Jean Barney and Pierre Chagnon respectively, who also dubbed the Simmons version of the character in Raimi's film series.
  • Short Run in Peru: Was released on the weekend preceding its US debut in China to avoid the threat of competition from the Chinese would-be blockbuster war epic The Eight Hundred. Ironically, though, The Eight Hundred wound up having its release cancelled, seemingly due to Chinese censors, shortly before the debut of Far From Home.note 
  • Shrug of God: When asked whether or not Mysterio truly died at the end, Jon Watts simply said "It's Mysterio, who knows? He seemed dead."
  • Streisand Effect: An odd example. In social media marketing, Marvel made an effort to push forward the idea that Mysterio isn't a villain to such a drastic degree in the hope of keeping people from being aware to Never Trust a Trailer that the fact of said information not being true for the film became a Captain Obvious Reveal.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: The tie-in Funko Pops show MJ brandishing a mace.
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  • Throw It In!: Mr. Dell was written specifically for J.B. Smoove in mind because director Jon Watts and writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers enjoyed his appearance in the Spider-Man: Homecoming Audi commercial, and wanted to get him in the movie itself. The fact that he made the perfect foil for Mr. Harrington means it worked like a charm.
    • Tony Revolori has stated that the driver who picked him up at the airport was originally going to be his father. He and the director decided at the last minute to do a take where it was a take where his parents didn't show up, and kept the latter one in. The text message confirming his parents are neglectful was added in post because of it.
  • Uncredited Role: J. K. Simmons is uncredited for his cameo as J. Jonah Jameson in the mid-credits scene.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page
  • Word of God:
    • After it's revealed that Mysterio is not from the Multiverse after all, Kevin Feige stated that the Multiverse does indeed exist, pointing out its presence in Doctor Strange — which was only further established when that movie's sequel explicitly involves the Multiverse as part of its story, and includes it in the title.
    • As The Reveal of Nick Fury and Maria Hill being Skrulls wound up raising a lot of crack theories regarding how long Talos has been impersonating Nick Fury, Jon Watts had to clarify that Talos was only Nick Fury for the duration of this movie. The real Nick Fury did indeed attend Tony Stark's funeral in Avengers: Endgame.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants:
    • Jon Watts added the post-credits scene after watching Captain Marvel, as Nick Fury actually being a disguised Talos ultimately made something Out of Character work - in Watts' words, "[Fury's] super power is being skeptical" yet the film needed the character "to be fooled in order to make the story work".
    • J.K. Simmons' cameo was arranged literally just one day before the scene was filmed, which is why Jameson is now bald; they didn't have time to fit Simmons for a wig.
  • Writer Revolt: When Sony Pictures revealed plans to terminate their partnership with Marvel Studios, director Jon Watts — who was expected to return to the third film — began looking for other opportunities at Marvel, which is where his interests seemed to lie. Rather tellingly, Watts was revealed to be in final talks to return as a director for the third Spider-Man mere hours after it was revealed that the partnership would continue after all.
  • You Look Familiar: A rather odd example — J.B. Smoove appeared in the Audi commercial promoting Spider-Man: Homecoming as Peter's driving instructor. Now, Smoove returns in a proper MCU movie, playing teacher Mr. Dell. As mentioned above, this isn't a coincidence.


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