There's growing evidence that Peter Parker is working for a resurgent S.H.I.E.L.D. in Spider-Man: Far From Home (but not the Avengers). The movie will start "minutes after" Avengers 4, and according to Marvel producer Kevin Feige it will see Spider-Man introduce viewers to "the next incarnation of the MCU."
The key difference between Tom Holland's Spider-Man and previous cinematic versions is that he's set in the MCU. As a result, Marvel is carefully stressing the significance of the Spider-Man movies to the wider shared universe, and indeed of the MCU itself to the Spider-Man films. That's why this latest Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War; it's why the character dynamic between Spider-Man and Iron Man was central to Spider-Man: Homecoming; and it's why the wall-crawler played such a major role in Avengers: Infinity War.
Given that's the case, one of the most exciting questions is exactly how Spider-Man: Far From Home will relate to the redefined MCU. It's already been confirmed that the film will feature another major MCU cameo, as significant as Iron Man's in Spider-Man: Homecoming. And the evidence is building that the cameo may well be Nick Fury - with Spider-Man working for, or at least with, a resurgent S.H.I.E.L.D.
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The Avengers May Not Be Around
The Avengers were essentially disbanded as a result of 2016's Captain America: Civil War. The team initially fractured over the Sokovia Accords, with hero pitted against hero in the fan-favorite airport battle. But by the end of the film, the division was rather more personal than philosophical: Tony Stark was left furious with Steve Rogers, angry that Cap had hidden the identity of his parents' assassin from him; Rogers ditched his Captain America identity, and - along with Black Widow and Falcon - became a globe-trotting vigilante, hunted by the law even as he worked to save the world.
Tony Stark attempted to reform the Avengers, even considering making Spider-Man a member of the team at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. But, as we saw in the Avengers: Infinity War Prelude comic, those plans came to naught. Even Vision ultimately ditched Iron Man, choosing to turn off his transponder in the hope of retiring as a superhero in order to be with Scarlet Witch. In Stark's view, the Avengers Initiative had fallen apart.
Promotional art for Avengers 4 does seem to imply that the surviving heroes will team together as the Avengers again; certainly, Steve Rogers has gone back to his "Captain America" identity, so his team is presumably no longer on the run. But a lot of key contracts are due to end with Avengers 4, meaning the core team will probably be greatly diminished as actors leave the MCU. There's currently no evidence that the survivors of Avengers 4 will choose to formally set up the team again at all. And that raises some very interesting questions for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Who Spider-Man: Far From Home's MCU Cameo Won't Be
This next Spider-Man movie will be very different to any we've seen before. It's not based in New York at all; Peter Parker will apparently be on summer vacation in Europe, along with some of his schoolfriends. Filming has already started in London, but will also head to other European locations. Presumably, that means Mysterio's operation crosses country borders and Spider-Man will have to tangle with his enemy in a number of different countries. That opens up plenty of options for a hero, likewise, although some can easily be ruled out.
Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark is off the table as his Spider-Man: Homecoming cameo has repeatedly cited as a one-off. One popular theory was that the cameo could be Doctor Strange, using portals to transport the wall-crawler across Europe. Cumberbatch enjoys working with Holland, and the idea of having Spider-Man team up with a real sorcerer against the fake wizard Mysterio was an entertaining one, but Kevin Feige debunked this theory directly.
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019