Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home ahead.
Director Jon Watts admits he painted himself into a corner for Spider-Man 3 with the Spider-Man: Far From Home ending. Marking the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 3, Far From Home tackles the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame and offers fans a peak at what the world looks like following the events of the Infinity Saga.
There's a lot going on in Far From Home, partly because it had to address a string of questions left by Endgame. But the narrative was grounded in a way that at the heart of it all is Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his journey moving forward considering what he experienced in the last several years. Still grappling at the loss of his mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), while also dipping back into the dating game with MJ (Zendaya), not to mention the dealing with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) dragging him for a mission, it's a complicated time in the young hero's life. But just when he thought that he got everything under control, the Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits scene features an unexpected turn of events, resulting in his real identity being revealed. Turns out, just before his death, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) recorded a message outing Peter's biggest secret, and J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) of The Daily Bugle.net broadcasted it for everyone to see.
Ending the primary narrative of Far From Home this way is a great springboard for future movies, however, Watts knows that it's a tricky situation to navigate in terms on his approach for a potential Spider-Man 3. Speaking with Screen Rant while doing the promo rounds for Far From Home, the filmmaker said he'll have to revisit his notes from Captain America: Civil War, as well as the Civil War comics in which Peter's identity is revealed to the world, to decide on how to go about the current trajectory of Peter's narrative. Watts said:
You get to see Peter reveal his identity to the world in Civil War. I’m going to have to do that homework too now, I’ve sort of painted myself in the corner. I gotta go back to the archive.
Far From Home's shocking reveal totally shakes things up for Peter moving forward. Before he was outed as Spider-Man, it seemed like he was finally getting his life back in order after a wild few years. He's back home with a blossoming love life with MJ, and it looked like he was once again re-energized to carry on his responsibility as a superhero. But with his identity now out in the open, his life is about to get wilder. There's no word yet when Marvel Studios is planning to release Spider-Man 3, but looking at the franchise's tentative slate at the moment, it's safe to say Watts will have enough time to figure out what he wants to do with the inevitable threequel.
Secret identities are not really a thing in the MCU, as established by Tony Stark's admission he's Iron Man in the franchise's inaugural project, Iron Man. This allowed them to move past the comic book trope and explore other narrative opportunities. Spider-Man is the only remaining hero on the big screen who has been keeping an alter-ego. Watts has utilized this plot point several times in both Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, and perhaps it's time to move on from that and take advantage of other narratives that were originally hindered by the Peter having to constantly keep his real identity concealed.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019