10:08am PT by Katherine Schaffstall
'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Cast Shares How They Avoided Spoilers
Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders and Jacob Batalon spoke about Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Endgame spoilers when they visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday.
During the interview, Holland confirmed that the latest Spider-Man film picks up immediately following Avengers: Endgame. While the actor originally felt comfortable discussing the timeline of the film, his co-stars seemed more reluctant to share any spoilers.
Kimmel asked if it was true that the latest film takes place five years after Spider-Man: Homecoming. After Batalon confirmed Kimmel's question, the host asked why the characters are still in high school. "Why are we still in high school?" asked a confused Holland. Batalon added, "It might be one of the biggest plot holes of all time."
The host also noted that the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home features a disclaimer for spoilers. "And of all people, I gave the spoilers away," said Holland.
After the cast discussed spoilers and plotlines from Avengers: Endgame, they spoke about how they avoided leaking information about the latest Spider-Man movie during production.
"On the Spider-Man script, we would get sides. You have to learn your lines obviously before the next day at work and we'd get the lines," explained Zendaya. "Anything that had spoilers in it was blacked out, so most of the script was blacked out. It's kind of hard to learn your lines when you can't see them."
"And then we were talking about it later and Jacob thought for some reason, he was like, 'Yeah, I thought, you know, when it's blacked out I just say blah blah blah and then they put it in in post,'" she continued.
Batalon joked that he was being "courteous" to the writers. "If they believe I say blacked- out lines, I'd say it," he said. "So there's something like, 'Peter, we have to go save the blacked out line.' I'll say it."
Later in the interview, Gyllenhaal spoke about his character Mysterio and his relationship with Spider-Man.
"We team up to fight the elemental creatures. This is the water creature, then there's the fire creature," he said.
Kimmel noted that Gyllenhaal's Mysterio costume, which includes a fish tank helmet, stays true to the comic book character.
"It's nice. The costume's great," he shared. "The thing that they designed, which is incredible, is this chest plate — this amazing chest plate."
"On the first day of work, I didn't know much about the Marvel world. I was just coming onto set and Jon Watts, our director, he said, 'Okay, so you're gonna come in. You're gonna stand up on the platform' and it was with Sam Jackson," he said. "It was the first scene I shot. 'And then you're gonna jump off the platform. You're gonna arrive and you're gonna say a couple of lines and you're gonna throw your arms and those are gonna be the lasers that come out of your hands.'"
"So we started shooting. 'Everyone freeze.' Jon was like, 'Get out there,' so I ran out there. Ran up onto the platform and I jumped down and I threw up my arms and I was like, 'You don't want any part of this,'" he said as he reenacted his arm motion from the film. While he tried to stretch out his arms, he pretended like he was stuck in the costume. "Legit, my arms could not extend with the chest plate."
He explained that he tried to extend his arms again, though he was still stuck in the costume. "Then Jon was like, 'Cut. Cool. That's good, we're good. Let's move on.' And I was like, 'My arms didn't —,'" he said. "The effects guy was like, 'It's cool. We'll make you look cool. It's fine.'"
The cast also spoke about hearing Samuel Jackson curse in the film. "He does it the best," said Smulders.
While Holland said it was "terrifying" to hear Jackson call his character a "bitch," Gyllenhaal added that "it sounded so good coming out of his mouth."
"It's kind of every young actor's dream, though, to be called a bitch by Sam Jackson," said Holland.
The cast also opened up about Holland and Zendaya's air hockey rivalry while on set of the film.
"Zendaya is the calmest person you'll ever meet. She's super chill until you start playing an arcade game," revealed Holland.
Kimmel then presented the cast with an air hockey table. Holland and Zendaya took their friendly rivalry to the show and competed against each other. While the cast admitted that Zendaya tends to be the best air hockey player, Holland quickly earned three points and was declared the winner of the game.