Debunking The Infinity War Prequel Theory
Some fans are still suggesting that Spider-Man: Far From Home could be some sort of prequel to Avengers: Infinity War. They argue that Peter and his school friends go on their field trip to Europe, and are on a bus coming back when the Black Order arrive on Earth. It's an attractive argument, but it has three problems. The first is that Spider-Man: Far From Home is clearly set in Peter's summer vacation, while Infinity War is earlier in the year. The second is that the kids on the bus aren't the same as the ones who go out to Europe. And the third is that, in Infinity War itself, Peter says they're coming back from a field trip to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan. This theory simply doesn't work.
Why Marvel Is Avoiding Confirming Spider-Man: Far From Home's Timeline
All this raises an obvious question; why is Marvel avoiding confirming that Spider-Man: Far From Home is set after Avengers: Endgame? It's because the studio has settled on a secretive marketing campaign, attempting to get viewers to believe the deaths in Avengers: Infinity War will stick. Infinity War co-writer Christopher Markus insisted the deaths were real, and that viewers would have to deal with that. "The sooner you accept that, the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief." Asked how they expected Marvel to market the post-Endgame films, Markus and his co-writer Stephen McFeely seemed to admit the problem. After a brief quip about two hours of Aunt May crying, McFeely gave a simple and honest response; "We can't make movies for people who read Variety, you know what I mean?"
Interestingly enough, it's possible Marvel isn't particularly keen on releasing Spider-Man: Far From Home so soon after Avengers: Endgame. It's worth remembering Marvel doesn't actually own the film rights to Spider-Man and his associated characters, and had to strike an unprecedented deal with Sony in order to bring him into the MCU. Although the terms of that deal aren't in the public domain, a draft of it was leaked in late 2014 when Sony was hacked. That copy of the contract specified that MCU Spider-Man movies would release every two years. Spider-Man: Homecoming came out in 2017, and Spider-Man: Far From Home is dropping in 2019; it's reasonable to assume this is contractual. Of course, that doesn't mean it comes as a particular surprise to Marvel; they knew about that contract even when Markus and McFeely were writing up the scripts for the third and fourth Avengers films. They chose to take this approach regardless, and as a result they've left themselves in a rather difficult position.
- 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