Our journey began — as most field trips do — with a permission slip.
This was part of the invitation I received for a special Spider-Man: Far From Home press day, highlighting 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 where Mr. Harrington and Mr. Dell were involved would be epic. So I gave myself permission, and when the day came I boarded the bus with 20 or so other bloggers and media outlets as we awaited our adventure. A short while later we were joined on the bus by our “chaperones” (also co-stars of Spider-Man: Far From Home) Martin Starr and J.B. Smoove and the field trip was underway.
Our first destination 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 learn about it too, in the bonus materials of the blu-ray…but more on that later).
Next we visited 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 because it’s the birthplace of so many of the characters I’ve grown up watching– from Batman to Black Panther. We were able to hear from Ironhead’s founder, Jose Fernandez who told us a bit about just what went into building the different suits for Spider-Man from movie to movie. Before leaving, our chaperones insisted on getting in on the action and were allowed to live their Marvel dreams by trying on the Loki and Magneto helmets from their respective movies.
The field trip’s final stop was Hollywood’s world famous venue, The Magic Castle where we were treated to a spread of Spider-Man themed treats before heading into a magic show.
The show was performed by illusionist Jason Latimer who 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 day concluded in a final round table interview with our incredible teachers, “Mr. Dell” and “Mr. Harrington” and a proverbial “gift shop,” where we each received a gift bag that included an adorable souvenir t-shirt designed by artist Garrett McDonald that read “I saw the Night Monkey and all I got was this t-shirt.” We also received an advanced copy of Spider-Man: Far From Home on blu-ray, which is available now for purchase.
Aside from the obvious benefit of watching this MCU masterpiece over and over again, the blu-ray is packed with bonus materials including 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.
One of my favorite bonus features is a new, original short entitled “Peter’s To-Do List” in which Peter Parker (Tom Holland) has to run a few errands before leaving on his class trip. 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.