Spider-Man: Far From Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers reveal that the film's mid-credit plot twist was supposed to happen earlier. Teaming up with director Jon Watts to officially close Marvel Cinematic Universe's The Infinity Saga, McKenna and Sommers had their work cut for them considering that they're the first film after Avengers: Endgame. Far From Home had to iron out a lot of details coming off of Thanos' success and eventual defeat, especially with regard to "The Blip." Fortunately, they were able to craft a film that takes care of those lingering mysteries without losing sight that this is a Spider-Man outing first and foremost.
The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming advances Peter Parker's (Tom Holland) narrative in the MCU as he learns valuable lessons about what it means to being a hero in a post-Endgame world. But just when he thought that he's finally nailed down the ins and outs of his job, not to mention also successfully get in a promising new relationship with MJ (Zendaya), he finds himself in the direst situation when he's true identity is revealed. A heavily manipulated video of a dying Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) not only revealing that Peter Parker is the web-slinging hero, but also framing him of his crimes, got in the hands of The Daily Bugle spearheaded by J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) and was broadcasted in the middle of Manhattan. It was a bold way to end Far From Home, but as it turns out, the writers were contemplating on pulling the twist earlier than what ended up in the movie.
Speaking with ComicBook, McKenna and Sommers talk about the various ways they wanted to execute Peter's identity reveal in Far From Home. At one point, they were thinking of Peter outing himself shortly after his final battle with Mysterio, but they wanted it to be more complicated than that, hence, having Beck unmasking the hero himself.
McKenna: "We were wondering, 'Are we going as deep as we need to at the end of the movie?' We played with the idea that Peter is the one who sacrifices his identity out of necessity during the final battle, then it seemed more interesting if Mysterio tricks him into doing it, but any time we wrote a version where he was being revealed to the world in that battle, it felt like it diminished the victory. So before it became a tag, it was really just the end of the movie: Right as he feels he’s stepping up as Spider-Man, he has the rug pulled out from under him again."
Sommers: "We were definitely debating, should we just reveal who Spider-Man is, or should we frame him for something and turn him into a pariah? Ultimately, we decided that both was the way to go. It’s such a triumph at the end because he’s got the girl and finally earned a big swing through the city, so we want to knock him down as far as possible."
Some argue that technically, the mid-credit scene of Far From Home is its ending. It totally changes the narrative and without it, the film will be significantly different. Regardless of how one feels about it, no one can deny that it's an absolute game-changer for how Marvel Studios approach Spider-Man as a character moving forward. At this point, it's difficult to gauge how they're tackling this down the road, but knowing Kevin Feige and his team, they more or less have an idea what's next for the web-slinging hero.
Considering the current timeline, they can skirt around this issue for a few more years and focus on the properties. Since Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place in 2024, it seems like Marvel Studios will be focusing on prequel films in the meantime with Cate Shortland's Black Widow standalone, Chloe Zhao's The Eternals, and maybe even Shang Chi. While this is an entirely possible, Marvel Studios need to keep in mind that between now and when they film Spider-Man 3, depending on when they pick up for the threequel, Holland may no longer look the way he does now as he continues to grow older.