This is going to become a thing, isn’t it?
Sony has announced that it will be re-releasing this summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home back into theaters this coming Labor Day weekend, with an extra four minutes of footage.
Sony is keeping mum about what the extra footage will entail, only stating that it will be an action sequence originally cut from the film. Most likely, the sequence is one that can be partially seen in the film’s trailer which showed Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in combat with several men in what appears to be a hotel lobby before telling some arriving police officers that he was going on vacation. None of that material appeared in the released film.
The move comes on the heels of Marvel Studios’s rerelease of The Avengers: Endgame earlier this year in a move widely viewed to help give the film the final push it needed to nudge its box office total past Avatar to make it the top-grossing film of all time. The extra material Marvel included all came at the end of the film, after the credits and included a deleted scene with unfinished effects work and a video tribute to Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee.
Far From Home just became Sony’s highest grossing film of all time this past weekend, when its total worldwide box office take topped out at $1.109 billion. That’s just $1 million past the point the 2012 James Bond installment Skyfall, the previous record holder for Sony, brought in. It’s not readily apparent which, if any, other record Sony might be trying to beat with this release. Currently the film sits at the number five spot for the year’s top grossers, but would have to nearly $48 million in ticket sales to beat out the film in the number four spot, Disney’s Aladdin.
The re-edited Spider-Man: Far From Home will hit theaters on Thursday, August 29.