The current model of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the stories of its wildly successful characters, seems to be to have an individual trilogy that’s enhanced by cameos and team-ups in other hub films such as the Avengers movies. And so far, we’ve seen Tom Holland’s Spider-Man do just that, with his debut in Captain America: Civil War leading to the start of his own storyline in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Now, as Spider-Man: Far From Home gets ready to surprise audiences with Peter Parker’s continuing adventures, thoughts are starting to turn to that third film’s possible content. And according to director Jon Watts, it’s way too early to start thinking about how this latest Parker trilogy will end, for the following reasons:
I mean, I try to think about it one movie at a time. We're definitely telling the story of this kid growing up, and we end the movie putting him in a very unique spot that we really haven’t seen Spider-Man in before in the films. So, I don’t know. For me, I’ll wait until the next one to start to figure out how we’re going to get to where I want it to end.
Judging by Jon Watts’ particularly interesting comments above, not only is Spider-Man: Far From Home going to have one hell of an ending, it’s something so unique that it almost begs for time to breathe after it has taken place. Which is definitely familiar territory when it comes to how the recent run of Spider-Man films have developed the Tom Holland variant of the character.
Spider-Man: Homecoming started the ball rolling with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark playing mentor to young Peter, and eventually ended with Peter stopping short of becoming an Avenger, and his Aunt May figuring out his superpowered identity in a rather hysterical final scene. And with his own disintegration and reintegration, not to mention the death of his mentor, taking place in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, we’ve already seen Peter Parker pushed into some tight emotional corners.
So when Jon Watts tells ScreenRant that he needs a little time to let Spider-Man: Far From Home settle, we believe him. This is especially true considering the early raves for the Spider-Man sequel have spawned some pretty strong reactions, both to the content of the film and the post-credits sequences that are included.
Designed to close out phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home has a lot riding on its coattails. With the future of the MCU still unknown to the public at large, the first expectations for the future will be set with the events this film uses to close its narrative. So it’s definitely best to look at things the way Jon Watts does, and take the series one moment at a time.
Besides, there is one big plus side to not knowing how the Spider-Man trilogy will end: There’s no possible way for Tom Holland to find out the big finale, only to accidentally livestream his knowledge in a friendly chat with Mark Ruffalo. You can’t spoil a movie, if you don’t know what it’s going to be about!