But it’s still good.
I finally watched Spider-Man: Far From Home and while I probably should have written this weeks ago, I wanted to wait a bit for SDCC news to trickle out and die down. Then, of course, life and traveling happened, and here we are almost a month later. Better late, than never right?
Spider-Man: Far From Home did a great job of closing up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was overall a good sequel to Homecoming. It did a great job setting up the next Spider-Man movie for Phase 4 – or at least what we could assume is the next movie if Disney and Sony can come to an agreement on things…
It’s worth noting that if you are tardy to the party and haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home yet, this post will contain in-depth details and spoilers from the movie. Proceed at your own risk.
Now that we got out of the way, Far From Home was incredibly predictable. So predictable, that a lot of the theories I shared in a post back in January 2019 actually were spot on and right. In the post I predicted that Quinten Beck was pretending to be a good guy, using his illusion tech in order to make it seem like the Elementals were real the whole time. But it was a massive scheme by him to make himself look like a hero. This storyline has been done a few times throughout the history of his character, both in comics and in the animated universe. So the writer’s attempt for misdirection is completely lost on a Spider-Man fan that already knows the Mysterio origin story.
Sure, Mysterio was a stuntman or special fx expert in previous iterations. In this version, he’s a tech wizard that has a grudge against Stark for calling his creation B.A.R.F. (Binary Augmented Retro-Framing), but it’s still one and the same. Halfway through the story, the guise of the good guy falls through and *gasp*, he’s the bad guy after all. To be honest, it wouldn’t have bothered me so much about him being the bad guy if it turned out that he was still from another dimension or maybe he was being controlled by someone else. But instead, it was a rehashed storyline brought to life for the silver screen. It felt a bit lazy to utilize the multiverse plotline as misdirection for his cover here.
Hill and Fury are Skrulls?
Yes, you read that correctly. In a post-credit scene, we see Nick Fury and Agent Maria Hill driving together after the final moments of Far From Home. They look at each other for a moment, and then promptly transform into Skrulls. Nick Fury first encountered the Skrulls in the 90s while working with Captain Marvel. A secondary scene shows what we assume is the real Nick Fury in a hologram of a beach resort, and as the scene goes on shows that he is above a Skrull ship. Has the Nick Fury on Earth dealing with what’s happened in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to this point been a Skrull the whole time? What are the Skrulls doing in space?
But really, what was Nick Fury doing in Space?
And how long has he been in space? Was he there the whole time when the events of Infinity War happened?
Calling it now, I think we are going to see S.W.O.R.D. or a version of it in the upcoming movies. S.W.O.R.D. is basically the space version of S.H.I.E.L.D. and after the events of Infinity War and Endgame, it would make sense that Fury is thinking about a more broad plan that includes protecting the world, and the universe, from space and earthbound villains. It means that we may soon be introduced to Abigail Brand, also known as Agent Brand, who is the head of S.W.O.R.D. and a total BAMF.
This setup also leads us into the “Secret Invasion” part of the MCU. I will say that I have some hesitations about how well that would translate to the silver screen, but for now, I’ll have faith in Phase 4 as we really can only wait and see.
Some have even suggested that Rogers, Stark, and Black Widow were Skrulls all along, thus they may not really be dead and are in hiding or operating within the shadows of the organizations for now. Given that their contracts are up IRL, this seems to be more wishful thinking rather than anything concrete.
This certainly leads us to more questions than answers at this point, and we’ll more than likely have to wait until we’re further into Phase 4 to get some answers. So sorry, those who need to immediately know. You probably won’t have any more info on things until the end of 2020, or going into 2021.
So what does this mean for the future of MCU?
While I wasn’t all too thrilled about the red herring in Far From Home, I will say that misdirection and deception are Mysterio’s bread and butter. Throughout the film, Beck kept saying, “People will believe anything” and I think he wasn’t just talking about the people in the movie. I believe that this served as a warning to the audience as well. At the end of the movie, Peter asked E.D.I.T.H. if all the illusions are down, which she says they are, but how do we know Beck didn’t mess with the programming to give Peter false information? After all, Beck was smart enough to program B.A.R.F., so who’s to say he couldn’t do that? Beck also mentions that he has some contingency plans in place, so I’m guessing the whole “Frame Spider-Man” job is only one of the backup plans in his pocket.
There is a theory floating around that one of Fury’s men, Dmitri, might actually be “Dmitri Smerdyakov” aka “The Chameleon”. For those unfamiliar, The Chameleon is a member of Spider-man’s rogue gallery, who is a master of disguise. In some versions, he also took the same serum that Kraven the Hunter took, thus having a cross-over with some of his abilities. The theory that Dimitri could be The Chameleon and working with Beck to fool the world into thinking he’s dead – isn’t all that crazy. And given that Mysterio loves misdirection and deception, we should expect to see more of that throughout Phase 4.
Paralleling the events of the comic books, during the “Civil War” era, Spider-Man unmasks himself in front of the media as a show of solidarity for the Registration Act. During Far From Home, his identity does get outted on a global scale, and this certainly opens the doors to the introduction of other characters, such as Mephisto. Out of desperation, Peter makes a deal with Mephisto so the world forgets his true identity, but in exchange, he is forced to give up the love of his life, Mary Jane. While in Far From Home, we see the young romance spark and setup for future troubles, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Mephisto in the next Doctor Strange to set the stage for future MCU appearances.