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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a fascinating place right now. Avengers: Endgame is finally in theaters, and moviegoers are still recovering from the wild ride The Russo Brothers took the fandom on. But there's still one more installment in Phase Three, as Spider-Man: Far From Home will arrive in a matter of months, and catch up with the shared universe after Endgame's events.
Fans are eager to see how the denizen of the MCU are moving on after the wild events of Infinity War and Endgame. Half of all life was dust for five years, before the surviving Avengers and Guardians managed to reverse the affects of Thanos' finger snap of death. Spider-Man: Far From Home has been teased to do just that, but Nick Fury asked another big question in the sequels' new trailer.
After Nick Fury recruits Spider-Man and introduces him to Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio, he reveals that "the snap" tore a hole in our dimension, and that the new character is actually from another one. The multiverse is a big concept for Spider-Man: Far From Home to play with, but there's one major question that's nagging me: which snap was Fury talking about?
Avengers: Infinity War ended by Thanos collecting the Infinity Stones, and killing half of all life in the galaxy with the snap of his finger. While that seems like the most obvious reference that Nick Fury might be making in Far From Home, The Russo Brothers actually included two more snaps in Avengers: Endgame. First, Professor Hulk snapped his fingers to bring back all the dusted characters. And when past Thanos rained fire on the Avengers Compound, Tony wielded the gauntlet and snaps Thanos and his forces out of existence forever.
There are three separate snaps that might have been the cause of the hole in the dimension, and it'll be interesting to see which one Nick Fury is referencing once Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives in theaters. Jon Watts' highly anticipated sequel will show how Earth has moved on since the last two Avengers movies, and it looks like there are still some major consequences from Thanos' assault.
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If one snap was able to tear a hole in the dimension, one has to imagine that three are enough to send the multiverse into chaos. But considering the massive power of the Infinity Stones, their affect on the galaxy doesn't seem out of the question. Will Spider-Man: Far From Home focus on Spider and Mysterio closing tears in the multiverse? Or is the new trailer just another Marvel red herring?
If we're going to believe Spider-Man: Far From Home's trailer regarding the multiverse and a tear in our world, then the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be going to more ambitious places in Phase Four. We already know that the cosmic side of the MCU will be further explored, but interdimensional travel has the potential for endless new and interesting narrative possibilities.
The multiverse has been briefly teased in Doctor Strange, but it really came into play during Avengers: Endgame's time heist. In order to avoid accidentally creating multiple chaotic universes, the Avengers steal (and return) the Infinity Stones from various points in the MCU's timeline. But not everything goes just as planned, and it was implied that new universes were jumpstarted during their mission.
When Bruce Banner, Ant-Man, Cap, and Iron Man travel back to the Battle of New York, they attempt to snag a handful of Infinity Stones at once. But in their attempt to get the Space Stone, 2012 Loki manages to swipe it and vanish. That version of Loki should be able to have an entirely different fate, which should presumably have a grave affect on that dimension. Could it even be the soft launch of Loki's upcoming Disney+ series?
Spider-Man: Far From Home seems to reference title character's European trip with his friends from school, but it could be teasing something much bigger. Like maybe Spidey traveling to Mysterio's home dimension. That would certainly be far from his humble beginnings in Queens, and would be a plot twist that isn't obvious from the film's marketing material thus far.
Mysterio is typically a Spider-Man villain, and one that doesn't have the powerful abilities that Jake Gyllenhaal has shown off during the first Far From Home trailers. Rather than flying and shooting magical energy blasts from his hands, Quentin Beck is usually a special affects pro that masters in illusions and hypnotism. That's a backstory that's in stark juxtaposition to the character that was shown battling various elemental creatures across Europe.
Of course, Mysterio could totally be lying, and there might not be a tear in our dimension. Perhaps the is using the affects of Endgame and the post-Thanos world to manipulate the likes of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury, and Spider-Man. It's another option for an excellent twist, and one that would definitely make comic book purists happy. After all, Mysterio isn't supposed to be superpowered or a good guy, let alone both.
Given how truly mind-blowing Avengers: Endgame was, there is going to be some added pressure and interest in Spider-Man: Far From Home from the fandom. Moviegoers will likely run to theaters to see what happened after the dusted characters returned, and in the wake of various Avengers' deaths. The new trailer revealed that Tony Stark's death is weighing on Peter Parker and Happy Hogan, so that's one major connection.
Smart money says Spider-Man: Far From Home will also have a post-credits scene, hopefully teasing what's coming in Phase Four. As such, we should expect the upcoming sequel to make serious money at the box office.