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In the just released trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home we get a shot of Peter Parker's passport

Passport

but the years seem to have been censored.

I thought maybe they don't want to spoil when exactly this movie takes place, before or after Avengers: Endgame.

However, I was under the impression that it was already revealed that it takes place after "Endgame", and in the official poster there is a stamp

Poster

and it says: Berlin, Germany, Arrived 24 Jul 19
(btw, the actual release date in Germany is the first week of July, so the date is not referring to that)

Why were the years in the passport blanked out?

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    Probably for the same reason as you might not see the years on Uncle Ben's gravestone. Tying down the story to a specific year will make it seem less realistic when Peter Parker's still in his early 20s in 2063. (Because redoing his origin umpteen times won't tip us off to an issue, nor will pop culture references). – RDFozz Jan 15 at 23:18
  • @RDFozz - A couple of months ago Marvel has released an official timeline that actually does say in which years their movies take place, e.g. Spider-Man: Homecoming is set in 2016 (even though the movie was released in July 2017). - And as I mention, the official poster for the sequel implies that it takes place around July 2019. – Oliver_C Jan 15 at 23:54
  • Obviously they just wanted to keep some element of mystery involved in the timing of the movie and how it relates to Endgame for those people who won't look as closely as you. – Paulie_D Jan 16 at 0:13
  • Fact is though, since we see Pete collect his passport it must have been issued in July 2019 by deduction. – Paulie_D Jan 16 at 0:14
  • Interestingly though, the arrival date for London is also 24th July 2019 so that date may not be relevant at all. – Paulie_D Jan 16 at 0:22
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Now granted, the date could just be an intentional omission from the trailer and we’ll see it in the final product. Don’t forget, remember in the second trailer for Captain America: Civil War when we saw the two sides of heroes running towards each other? You’ll recall that Spider-Man was on Team Iron Man, but he wasn’t seen running alongside Stark and the others… in the trailer. But he was there in the finished version. The same could easily be applicable here. Keeping the year off would keep fans in suspense as to when Far From Home takes place even though, again, there’s already official clarification that this is after the events of the two recent Avengers films that precede it.

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    Did you copy&paste your answer from this article? Why not be polite and give credit to person who actually wrote this? – Oliver_C Jan 17 at 13:00
  • @Oliver_C Is that better? – Ver Nick Jan 17 at 13:38
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    You've been asked several times to give attribution to quotations or other content - please don't wait until someone points it out. – iandotkelly Jan 17 at 14:14
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    Regardless, this does NOT answer WHY the date has been left off. It just repeats someone else's idle speculation. – Paulie_D Jan 17 at 15:54
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Marvel made a real mess with timelines in the previous Spider-Man movie, as explained here.

It makes total sense that in order to avoid such a mess in their new movie, they simply remove any "hard evidence" for exact dates in the movie itself, so they can put any date they want at later time.

The official poster just announce when the movie arrives to theaters, and I don't think the passport timestamps there will be displayed in the movie itself.

  • The release date of the movie is at the bottom of the poster, and it's not July 24th. - And as you point out, "Homecoming" already made a mistake with the "8 years", so one would think that this time around they'd be more careful. Therefore it would be odd to put the date "July 24th 2019" on the poster, even though the movie takes place e.g. in 2017 or 2018. – Oliver_C Jan 17 at 13:08

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