To say that the ending of Avengers: Endgame changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some major ways is pretty unquestionable. And while we will have to wait to see what the future holds for the MCU, we don’t have to wait too long to get an idea of what it’s looking like moving forward. So, let’s get something out of the way first. This article contains some major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home. Like, we aren’t talking just minor ones. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you might want to turn back now. Okay? Final warning. Time to swing right into this one.
Spider-Man: Far From Home shares a lot in common with Iron Man 3. Both films focus on their heroes dealing with the fallout to major universe-changing events in an Avengers film and finding their role in said universe. Will he remain simply a “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” or can he truly step up to the plate and be more? And will he be able to balance the life that he wants with the life that is in front of him? Much like Iron Man 3 did for Tony Stark, Far From Home pushes Peter Parker to figure out who he is and who wants to be whether in the suit or out. It’s a bit of a deeper dive into the character than any of the films that came before it and one that I feel did the best job of understanding the character and his place in the MCU as a whole.
And though the film is mostly a personal one for the character, it does feature some major events when it comes to the larger MCU. Beyond what I mentioned above, the main one is the film’s first post-credit scene which brings J. Jonah Jameson and The Daily Bugle into the MCU. During this scene, it’s also revealed that Mysterio had recorded a video prior to his death which frames Spider-Man for his death before revealing the hero’s secret identity to the world. Quite a bit of stuff going down in that one, so hopefully most people stayed in their seats.
There have been numerous instances in the comics where Peter Parker’s identity has been revealed by villains but on a smaller scale , something that allowed Peter Parker to cover it up. The only time that his identity was revealed to the entire world in the comics was by himself in the original Civil War series. However, that was later undone through a deal with Mephisto in order to save Aunt May’s life but that’s clearly not where we are heading here. The entire world knowing Spider-Man’s true identity is a big deal when it comes to Peter Parker as it now puts his friends and family at risk, something that has always played a major role when it comes to the character and his identity.
It’s worth noting that up until this point, Spider-Man was really the only character in the film side of the MCU to have an actual secret identity. Now that this genie is out of the bottle, will Peter Parker try to put it back in? Or will the entire world knowing his identity play further into the “next Iron Man” aspect of Far From Home seeing how Tony Stark revealed the truth early on? It’s incredibly likely that Spider-Man will be on the run and being treated as a “menace” the next time we see him. Additionally, he’s made some enemies along the way who would probably like their revenge as hinted at in one of the post-credits scenes of Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s an interesting dynamic that hasn’t really been explored in a Spider-Man film before and I’m excited to see where they go with this one.
Another of the film’s biggest surprises comes in the second post-credit sequence, which reveals that the Nick Fury and Maria Hill who were interacting with Peter Parker in the film were actually the Skrulls Talos and Soren. Though at the first reveal, some might think this is Marvel Studios setting up a version of Secret Invasion, it’s revealed that the two are working on behalf of the real Nick Fury who is seemingly on a vacation of his own. However, it’s revealed that he’s actually off in space with the other Skrulls. Talos refers to Fury being off in space as a “mission” and the super spy tells the Skrulls to “get back to work” before attempting to find his shoes. But what exactly is Nick Fury doing in space? Is he after something specific or preparing for the future?
While this could be a bit of a stretch, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if this scene was actually laying the foundation for a Captain Marvel sequel. And with that possibility in mind, in a post-Endgame world, could Fury and the Skrulls be setting up a version of S.W.O.R.D.? If you’re unfamiliar with the organization, they are a “fictional counterterrorism and intelligence agency” whose purpose is “to deal with extraterrestrial threats to world security.” And while we’re on the subject, what reason brought the Skrulls back to Earth? And could there be others hidden around Earth?
These are likely questions we won’t be getting answers to anytime soon. However, with San Diego Comic-Con right around the corner, we might get somewhat of an idea of what Marvel Studios has up their sleeve for the MCU. Let us know your thoughts on the above in the comments section.
5 Things Marvel Studios Will Likely Bring To Hall H At Comic-Con 2019
Following this year's Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to be quite different moving forward and we've yet to really get any official details about what's next. And you know what time of year it is? We're quickly approaching the biggest geek event of the year, San Diego Comic-Con. And while it hasn't been confirmed that Marvel Studios will have a presence there, it would be very surprising to see the studio not make their mark in Hall H this summer.
Seriously. It would be weird if Marvel Studios didn't show up two years in a row. In the meantime though, while you wait to see if you're going to be spending your night on the cold concrete waiting to get into that panel, we've got a few ideas about what Marvel Studios might bring along with them if they do return to Hall H. (Which has all but been officially 100% confirmed at this point. They're coming guys.)
A First Look At Black Widow Solo Film
While Marvel Studios hasn't officially announced anything when it comes to the upcoming Black Widow solo film, it's pretty much well known at this point especially since it has already started filming. And with that being the studio's first release after Phase Three, it's a safe bet that Marvel will be giving it a big push at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. And even though the film will only have less than two months of filming done around that time, that really hasn't been an issue for Marvel Studios in the past. The studio has brought fans in Hall H first looks at films that hadn't been filming for too long in the past such as back in 2013 when they gave Hall H a sneak peek at the James Gunn-directed Guardians Of The Galaxy, which had only been filming for a few weeks at that point.
The Eternals Cast
It's currently being reported that Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones), Angelina Jolie (Wanted), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Ma Dong-Seok (Train To Busan) have all joined the cast of Chloé Zhao's The Eternals. However, at the moment, the studio has yet to confirm anything about the film other than it's happening. With cameras getting ready to start rolling on the film later this year, there's a very good chance that we will learn the full cast of the ensemble film during their presentation at San Diego Comic-Con with most if not all of them being in attendance.
A Film Slate... Of Sorts
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently revealed that the studio had a "five-year plan" for their next Phase of films. We know that the plan includes Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Black Panther 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 and will likely feature sequels for both Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel as well. Will that plan be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con? It seems very likely. Will it include some news about the Fantastic Four or Silver Surfer? That seems like a real possibility. How about the X-Men? Absolutely not. Please stop asking. Seriously. Just give it some time, okay? And while they will likely announce a slate, it isn't likely that they will announce everything they've got on deck. Not yet at least.
News About Marvel Studios' Upcoming Disney+ Shows
Though it's more likely that we will learn more about these at D23 the following month, there's still a very good chance Marvel Studios might give us some information about their upcoming Disney+ projects at Comic-Con. It has been confirmed by the studio that three series will be coming to the streaming service but for the most part, details have remained under wraps about them. With Loki, WandaVision (Yeah... that's a bad title.) and Falcon And The Winter Soldier getting ready to head into production soon though, we should start learning about them soon and it wouldn't be too surprising if Comic-Con is when Marvel Studio decides to make their big splash.
Though it's very likely that Marvel Studios will be announcing the cast for the upcoming The Eternals, that might not be the only casting announcement that will drop in Hall H. Beyond the film being written by David Callaham and directed by Shot Term 12 helmer Destin Daniel Cretton, there isn't a lot known about the project. That includes who will star as the titular character. While we haven't heard any names floating around, there's every chance that they've already got someone on board or will at that time and plan to make the big announcement at San Diego Comic-Con similar to how they revealed Brie Larson would be suiting up as Captain Marvel at the end of their 2016 panel.