Leave it to Kevin Feige to completely pull the rug out from under us. It's been widely believed that Marvel's Phase 3 would conclude with Avengers: Endgame. It wasn't a difficult thing to assume. The film has been teased as a true finale, closing out the story of The Infinity Saga. However, the Marvel Studios boss has officially stated otherwise, and it will instead be Spider-Man: Far From Home that wraps up the beloved MCU Phase 3.
While we know that Marvel has several projects such as The Eternals and Black Widow in development, none of those have technically been confirmed by Marvel Studios. As of now, the only two movies officially on the slate are Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Of those two, you'd think the epic Avengers blockbuster would end Phase 3, but it will be the penultimate film of Marvel's current saga.
Tom Holland's Spider-Man will officially bring Phase 3 to the finish. During a fan event in Shanghai (via Newsweek), Kevin Feige stated that Far From Home was the final film of Phase 3. People had previously assumed that it was the first movie in Marvel's Phase 4 (or whatever they end up calling their next slate of films).
While this might seem like a change that makes very little difference, it's actually notable for a few reasons. For starters, this means Phase 3 is ending on a lighter note. This is similar to how Phase 2 ended with Ant-Man right after the dramatically heavier Avengers: Age of Ultron. It seems Marvel has a preference for ending its Phases with lighter comedies about bug-themed heroes to refresh the audience.
This also means that we now don't know any of the films slated for Phase 4. Marvel has never officially confirmed what it's working on, which means that Phase 4 is totally blank right now. I imagine that once Far From Home is out in theaters, it won't be long before Marvel makes a ton of announcements, hopefully in the style of its Phase 3 press conference. Marvel announced the entire Phase 3 slate in one go, so here's hoping we get something similar this year.
Tonally, I don't think this changes very much for Far From Home. It's still partially setting up what the MCU will look like in a post-Endgame world and it's fitting that it's a Spider-Man film. Spider-Man is sure to be a key player in the MCU's future, so it makes sense that he helps to usher in the new age of superhero films.
Thankfully, there isn't that much longer to wait for any Marvel movie. Avengers: Endgame is out on Friday, April 26 while Spider-Man: Far From Home is in theaters on July 2 (the movie was recently moved up a few days).