Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts loves the challenge of incorporating the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe plans into his solo movies. Before joining the MCU as the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Watts was an indie filmmaker best known for his cop drama Cop Car and horror film Clown. Both of these movies are incredibly standalone and don't have to factor in the grand scheme of a cinematic universe, but this has quickly become something Watts enjoys doing while working with Marvel Studios and Sony.
For Spider-Man: Homecoming, Watts had to navigate a story in a post-Captain America: Civil War world where Spider-Man was put on a more public stage and Peter Parker (Tom Holland) met Iron Man and several other Avengers. He also had to lead Spider-Man into a place where Avengers: Infinity War could pick up with the character seamlessly. With Spider-Man: Far From Home, a completely different set of obstacles faced Watts and writers Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers. They now had to craft a story that picks up shortly after Avengers: Endgame, a movie that saw Iron Man die, a five-year time jump occur, and more.
It would be easy for this to be overwhelming or feel restrictive to the creative process, but when Screen Rant spoke to Watts at the Spider-Man: Far From Home junket, he said it was the exact opposite. We asked him specifically if the plans for the last two Avengers films made it any more difficult to see his story come to life. As you'll read, he likes the challenge of weaving his plans in with the broader landscape of the MCU. He said:
"It’s fun, because then it kind of becomes a creative challenge. I remember the first time I got the download of everything that was going to happen in Infinity War and Endgame. You’re sitting there listening and nodding, and you’re like, 'OK. So everyone disappears from existence, and then they come back. Oh, but it’s five years later? OK, I see. And Tony Stark is dead? And what happens with Cap again? Okay, so he’s old because he went back… So how am I going to deal with that stuff?' ... It’s a fun creative challenge to just be thrown into it and to have to juggle all those loose ends with the tone and the style and the arc of the movie that you want to make."
Based on the incredibly positive reactions to Spider-Man: Far From Home, it sounds like Watts managed to pull this off remarkably well. The sequel to Spider-Man's first solo movie is able to tell its own story and progress Peter's arc forward in exciting ways, while also building off of Avengers: Endgame's ending and where it left the friendly neighborhood hero. But, as we look towards Spider-Man's future and Watts' potential continued involvement, we then asked him if it is now easier to plot out where Peter goes from here. He says it is now, but that will change once he learns about the rest of the plans for Phase 4.
Marvel Studios' Phase 4 plans have yet to be revealed to the public or Watts based on his response, but he does sound reasonably confident that he'll be back to helm the third film in this Spider-Man franchise. If this is the plan, then this will be great news for him, the franchise, and fans. Watts delivered a big hit in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Spider-Man: Far From Home is positioned to do well too, but it remains to be seen how much longer he'll stick around.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019