Our Spider-Man field trip began — as most field trips do — with a permission slip. It read “You are invited to the Spider-Man: Far From Home field trip.”
A Spider-Man Field Trip
This was the invitation for the Spider-Man: Far From Home press day field trip. We were there to celebrate the release of the film on Digital, DVD, and Blu-ray. I had no idea what was in store. But I knew from watching the movie that any field trip with Mr Harrington and Mr Dell would be epic. So of course, I gave myself permission. And when the day came I boarded the bus with 20 or so other bloggers and journalists awaiting our adventure. We were soon joined on the bus by our “chaperones” Martin Starr and JB Smoove and the Spider-Man field trip was underway.
Third Floor Visual Effects Studio
The first destination of our Spider-Man field trip was The Third Floor, the world’s leading visualization studio. There we learned about the pre-vis process utilized in bringing Spider-Man’s epic action sequences to life on the big screen. You can get a closer look at this process for yourself as part of the blu-ray’s bonus features.
The next leg of the Spider-Man field trip brought us to Ironhead Studio, where we got an intimate look at what it takes to develop and build a superhero costume. As the uber-geek that I am, Ironhead was particularly exciting. This was the birthplace of so many of the characters I’ve grown up watching– from Batman to Black Panther. We were able to meet Ironhead’s founder, Jose Fernandez. He told us a bit about what went into building the different suits for Spider-Man from movie to movie. Before leaving, our chaperones insisted on living their Marvel dreams, trying on the Loki and Magneto helmets from their respective movies.
The Magic Castle
The Spider-Man field trip’s final stop was Hollywood’s world famous venue, The Magic Castle. We were treated to an impressive spread of Spider-Man themed treats and then headed into a private magic show.
The magic show was performed by illusionist Jason Latimer . Latimer uses science (just like Mysterio) to create illusions with the intention of inspiring wonder and getting people to ask questions about the world around them. In fact, Latimer is the curator of Impossible Science at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego. Much like Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhall) in Spideer-Man: Far From Home, Latimer reminds us that a magician exists within the same scientific limitations as everyone else. The only difference is that the magician has figured out something that the rest of us have yet to learn.
Our Spider-Man field trip concluded in a final round table interview with our incredible teachers, and of course a “gift shop,” where we each received a goodie bag that included an adorable souvenir t-shirt. The clever shirt, designed by local artist Garrett McDonald reads “I saw the Night Monkey and all I got was this t-shirt.” We also received a copy of Spider-Man: Far From Home which is available now for purchase on digital and blu-ray.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
This blu-ray is full of incredible bonus features. I especially loved the alternate and extended endings, gag reels, and a “Stealthy Easter Egg” segment in which E.D.I.T.H. reveals some hidden gems from he movie that even the most vigilant fans may have missed.
There’s also a new original short entitled “Peter’s To-Do List.” In the short, Peter Parker runs errands before leaving on his class trip. Adventure ensues. Another favorite of mine is (though I may admittedly be biased) is ‘Teacher’s Travel Tips” where Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr) and Mr. Dell (J.B. Smoove) share a few travel tips on how to traverse the European continent.
Even after seeing the movie multiple times in theaters, the Spider-Man: Far From Home bonus materials are so enjoyable for my whole family and have only deepened our love for this movie.
Available now on Digital, DVD, Blu-ray, and 4k Ultra HD.
And you can check out my archived live coverage of our Spider-Man Field Trip via my instagram highlights.