WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for "Avengers: Infinity War." Read on at your own risk.
After the grim ending of "Avengers: Infinity War," Marvel is taking a bit of a left turn for its next big sequel, "Spider-Man: Far From Home." While audiences have already been reassured that the film is funnier than its predecessor, it's also apparently going to do some time-traveling.
According to Vulture, longtime MCU favorites Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders will both appear in "Far From Home." That's after their characters, Nick Fury and Maria Hill, were (SPOILER ALERT) wiped out with a snap of Thanos's fingers at the end of "Infinity War" (along with titular "Spider-Man" star, Tom Holland).
But let's ignore all that for now. Vulture reports that Sony had no comment on the casting, so we don't yet know what timeline we're looking at "Far From Home" to take place in. The recent, pre-"War" past? Sometime in a Thanos-free future?
The creative team has been typically cagey so far about the plot of the Spidey sequel (what, like you really thought they'd get chatty now?), but we do know it's shooting in Europe, and is shoring up its key cast. Among the returning stars are Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, and Zendaya, and new faces are rumored to include Jake Gyllenhaal as the villain Mysterio; comedian J.B. Smoove in a leading role; and "Aladdin" remake star Numan Acar, playing someone named Dimitri.
We're excited to see how Jackson and Smulders factor into the flick. Stay tuned for more intel as it becomes available.
"Spider-Man: Far From Home" is slated for release on July 5, 2019.