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Spider-Man: Far From Home recruits 2 important Marvel characters

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Filming is underway in London on Spider-Man: Far From Home, the sequel to Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming. The latter was the debut movie of Tom Holland's Spider-Man, officially welcoming him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) following his scene-stealing appearance in Captain America: Civil War. And the sequel continues Spidey's journey by taking him outside the confines of Manhattan for the first time.

The wall-crawler is on a journey of discovery throughout the world, squaring off against Jake Gyllenhaal's mysterious master of deception, Mysterio. Director Jon Watts is back behind the camera, and news has come through that two important MCU figures will be helping Spider-Man fight the good fight once more.

Vulture reports that Samuel L. Jackson's eyepatch-sporting Nick Fury will be making a return to the fold, alongside his bluetooth-loving sidekick Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). If confirmed, it will be Fury's most substantial MCU appearance for some time – somewhat controversially, he was absent for the events of Avengers: Infinity War, bar that shocking post-credits scene in which he and Hill fell victim to Thanos' (Josh Brolin) finger snap.

Further appearances are planned in next year's Captain Marvel (with Jackson de-aged via CGI, owing to the film's 1990s setting) and Avengers 4, so now is clearly the time for the commanding Fury to reassert his authority within the MCU. Of course, questions are being raised as to how Far From Home will continue Peter Parker's story arc in the wake of Avengers 4, which hits our screens first. It remains to be seen how Fury, who of course suffered the effects of Thanos' (Josh Brolin) world-ending snap in Infinity War, will also have changed as a result of his experiences.

Michael Keaton's Vulture, Tony Revolori's Flash, Zendaya's Mary-Jane and Jacob Batalon's Ned are all set to return in Spider-Man: Far From Home. It's released in the UK in July 2019, and don't forget to check out Tom Holland's Instagram video of his Spider-Man suit.