Stansted Airport stars in new Spider-man: Far From Home movie
Spider-man decided Stansted was a friendlier neighbourhood than Bishop's Stortford.
The airport's iconic terminal building made it to the silver screen in the Marvel blockbuster Spider-man: Far From Home which opened in UK cinemas yesterday (Tuesday, July 2).
However, scenes shot in Bishop's Stortford's North and South Street, which involved Peter Parker getting his passport and buying a European travel plug were cut from the main feature but will be part of the Blu-ray disc of the movie as a short film of Spidey's travel "to do" list.
A 250 strong cast and crew, which included title star Tom Holland, descended on the airport last summer to film.
Scenes involving a United Airlines Boeing 777 were filmed on Stansted's airfield while the terminal forecourt was used to portray Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, which serves the Big Apple.
Kim Ruskin, Stansted Airport's commercial filming manager, said: "The Spider-man crew filmed here in July and August last year and shot scenes at a number of locations around the airport, including the airfield and terminal which they dressed to depict Newark airport. The crew brought in yellow cabs and other American vehicles, they even swapped the rubbish inside the waste bins to American litter. As always, we planned the shoot meticulously and nothing was left to chance to make sure it didn't get in the way of the normal operation of the airport."
The airport's appeared as a backdrop in many movies and TV shows in the past including the third instalment of Christopher Nolan's Batman saga The Dark Knight Rises, James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies, Bridget Jones Dairy, Jack Ryan, Come Fly with Me, 28 Weeks Later, Dirty Pretty Things, Wimbledon, Silent Witness, The Hustle, Waking the Dead, United 93, Spooks, Last Chance Harvey and Get Him to the Greek.
"Travelling through Stansted you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with many famous actors and actresses earning their living filming scenes for a major movie, TV show or advertisement. Directors love the airport because the light is so good and there are lots of different backdrops to film against," added Kim.
The new Spider-man film is the latest instalment in the Marvel series and the sequel to Spider-man: Homecoming which was released in 2017. The film is directed by Jon Watts and features Samuel L Jackson and Jake Gyllenhaal. It premiered in Hollywood on June 26.