No, Marvel fans, Avengers: Infinity War really didn't set up Spider-Man: Far From Home. Tom Holland's Peter Parker played a major role in Avengers: Infinity War; when the Black Order arrived in New York, he was on a school coach nearby, and it only needed Ned to provide a distraction so he could slip out an emergency window and join the fateful battle.
Peter's school appears to have quite a few field trips. In Spider-Man: Homecoming he participated in a school trip to Washington D.C. for an Academic Decathlon; in Avengers: Infinity War he was on another trip; and in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter and his classmates head to Europe for an educational summer vacation. And that's not accounting how casually his fellow students took his Stark internship Naturally, some viewers have started wondering if some of these class outing coincide. It's been suggested that Peter is actually coming back from Europe when the Black Order arrive; others have suggested that Avengers: Endgame will use time travel to rewrite history, meaning Peter's field trip is never interrupted and he and his classmates go on to Europe.
While these ideas are understandable on a surface level, they completely ignore explicit dialogue in Avengers: Infinity War: before being tossed aside by Cull Obsidian, Peter told Tony Stark that he was on a field trip to MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art is a world-famous art museum, and far from being located in London or Paris, it's situated in Midtown Manhattan. It's the kind of place New York schools really do go to for day trips. Peter goes to Midtown School of Science and Technology in New York, a prestigious institution that he was fortunate to get into due to his natural intelligence, and they'd definitely be arranging this kind of day trip. In case this isn't evidence enough, a closer look at the kids on the school bus in Avengers: Infinity War confirms that they are not the same students who travel to Europe in Spider-Man: Far From Home. These are clearly completely separate events; one is a day out to a local, albeit famous, art museum, whereas the other is a summer vacation to another continent.
The truth is that modern schools do conduct a fair number of field trips. Educationalists believe that unstructured learning, mixed with the social time involved traveling to and from a trip, is of massive benefit to children and teenagers. Museums like MoMA are multimedia experiences that enrich learning and stimulate the imagination. Meanwhile, summer breaks are ideal for schools to send their students to another country, where they get to experience completely different cultures. It's not surprising that a school like Midtown High would send their students to MoMA, and then arrange a summer trip to Europe for Peter and his classmates.
So no, as compelling a theory as it is, Avengers: Infinity War really didn't set up Spider-Man: Far From Home. The films may be related to one another - Spider-Man dies in Avengers: Infinity War, but is presumably resurrected in Avengers: Endgame, and wants to take a break in Spider-Man: Far From Home - but they're definitely not about the same field trip.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019