Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a serious roll in Phase Three, as every new release has been a critical and box office success. While the public thought Avengers: Endgame would be the final installment in the current slate of movies, Kevin Feige and company threw us for a loop by revealing that Spider-Man: Far From Home would have that honor. Peter Parker's second solo movie will show moviegoers how the MCU continued on in the wake of Thanos' snap, and the five year jump between when half the population was dusted and eventually came back.
In the latest trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Nick Fury reveals that "the snap" caused a tear between our dimension and the multiverse. Since there were three snaps throughout the last two Avengers movies, fans were left wondering of Hulk/ Tony Stark were the reason these rifts existed. But Tom Holland recently got chatty (surprise!) about the contents of Far From Home, shining a light on the details of the interdimensional tears. He said:
Well, that seems to be pretty cut and dry. Aside from introducing Mysterio and giving Peter Parker another chance at the spotlight, it looks like Spider-Man: Far From Home will directly relate to the events of Avengers: Endgame. In more ways than one.
Tom Holland's comments come from a recent appearance he did to promote the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Holland may be relatively early into his tenure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he's gotten a reputation for being a bit too relaxed about spoiler-ey content. But since Nick Fury introduced the concept of the multiverse in the most recent trailer, maybe we should give the 23 year-old actor a break this time around.
When Mysterio made his debut in Jon Watts' upcoming sequel's first trailer, comic book fans were confused to see the iconic villain with a variety of superpowers, and seemingly fighting on the side of good. But that was presumably explained through the multiverse, as Jake Gyllenhaal's new character isn't from our reality at all. It's a stark juxtaposition from his typical origin as a hypnotist and special effects professional.
The Hulk may have snapped everyone back to existence, but it's clear that Thanos' path of destruction is still going to felt within the MCU. That's exactly what gets Spider-Man involved with Nick Fury and Maria Hill during his European vacation. Could they be setting Peter up to be the next Iron Man? The trailers seem to tease that, although we know that Marvel Studios specializes in pulling one over on the fandom.
Spider-Man: Far From Home looks like its grappling with some high concept storytelling, if the trailers and marketing material are to be believed. The upcoming blockbuster must illuminate what life has been like since half of all life vanished, and eventually returned years later. Since Peter Parker appears to be the same age as his classmates from Homecoming, it looks like MJ, Ned, and Flash all perished as a result of Thanos' victory in Infinity War.
Ned's brief scene in Avengers: Endgame brought a ton of questions, as Peter returned to High School following the heroes' victory against Thanos at the Avengers Compound. Things seemed a bit too normal, and Ned's reunion revealed the supporting character likely perished the same way as Peter and the other dusted heroes.
The events of Avengers: Endgame will also come into play regarding the emotional arc of Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Tom Holland's signature Marvel character appears to be very much in mourning, after seeing his hero and mentor Tony Stark die saving the galaxy. Peter's feelings will likely mirror what the fandom is experiencing, now that the biggest star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally met his end. Its going to be a tough transition, and Spider-Man might be the perfect character to get us all through it.
The trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home also seem to tease that Peter Parker might end up becoming the next Iron Man. He's shown wearing his Iron Spider costume while continuing his crimefighting work in New York, and the beat cops ask him if he's going to be the new Iron Man. While super young, Peter has the intellect to inherit the manual, and is even shown rocking Tony's signature glasses in the newest clips from Jon Watts' sequel.
A new Iron Man doesn't seem completely out of the question, although the possible replacement would have some big mechanical shoes to fill. Avengers: Endgame's final scene saw Steve Rogers passing on the mantle of Captain America to Sam Wilson, who is expected to rock the shield sometime in Phase Four. And if the studio is also looking for a new Iron Man, it would make sense for Spider-Man to follow in the footsteps of his mentor.
Spider-Man: Far From Home will also bring Nick Fury and Maria Hill back into the main timeline of the MCU. The duo of SHIELD agents were noticeably absent through the majority of Phase Three, including the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. They ended up dusted as a result of Thanos' snap, but were eventually revived and present at Tony Stark's funeral in Endgame. Fury and Hill will call on Spider-Man to step up on the superheroics in Europe. Specifically, to try and contain the Elementals and the interdimensional rifts caused by Thanos' assault on the galaxy. So yeah, it's totally a no pressure type of situation.
All will be revealed when Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives in theaters on July 2nd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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