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Far From Home Director Calls Nick Fury Spider-Man's 'Mean, New Stepdad'

With Peter Parker in need of a new mentor figure in Spider-Man: Far From Home, he'll find a much different surrogate father in Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury.

Returning director Jon Watts had first pitched the idea of Spider-Man teaming up with Fury during his initial meetings with Marvel Studios for Spider-Man: Homecoming before the mentor figure became Tony Stark. However, for the sequel, Watts will see his original plans make it to the big screen.

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"I always wanted to put our idealistic teenage hero Peter Parker against a jaded world weary super spy like Nick Fury. I always thought that would be such a great combination of conflict and relationship to explore. That was something that was in my very, very, very first pitch and my very first meeting at Marvel," Watts said during a set visit attended by Screen Rant and other outlets. "I was like, 'I want to see this kid go up against this bad motherfucker.' You know? And Tony Stark is like the cool, supportive rich uncle. Nick Fury is more like the mean, new stepdad. And I just thought it would be really fun to see those two worlds collide."

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With Fury, Spider-Man teams up with much more cynical personality who works with suspicious figures including Mysterio and a character rumored to be the Chameleon. For the idealistic hero, these moral compromises will not sit well.

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"One of the themes we wanted to play with was youth," Watts added. "It's the timeless theme of these coming-of-age movies. Why do adults operate in the grey? Spider-Man is like, 'This is easy. Let's just do the right thing,' or 'Let's just tell people what's going on and everyone will be okay,' and Nick Fury's like, 'That's not how the world works, kid,'" Watts explained. "He just gets wrapped up in this sort of spy adventure, being driven by Fury and getting more and more caught between how he wants to operate and how he's being told he should operate."

Opening July 2, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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