Warning: SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Spider-Man: Far From Home's mid-credits scene changes Peter Parker's life for good, but it may also have opened up a simple way for the Fantastic Four to join the MCU; if not for a full-blown role in the next Spider-Man movie, then a possible tease of at least one member of the superhero team.
The Spider-Man series has demonstrated how much Sony and Marvel have to gain, but it may be too much to hope for Spider-Man's tease of the Fantastic Four to actually signal their appearance in a sequel. But if the Marvel comic books are any hint as to what might be coming, the movies big twist leads directly (and we do mean directly) into a meeting with Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. Setting him up as one of the MCU's new leaders in the process.
During the Spider-Man: Far From Home mid-credits scene, Peter Parker's true identity is revealed in a video leaked by Mysterio's team. Fans of the comic books know that Peter's identity has been revealed to the world before, most notably in the comic version of the Civil War storyline. The situation was eventually solved when Peter made a deal with the Devil, leading to the worst Spider-Man story ever told. But even if Marvel chooses to avoid a version of "One More Day," Peter could cross paths with other heroes long before.
Peter first attempted to regain his secret identity with the help of the most powerful Marvel hero when it comes to manipulating reality: Doctor Stephen Strange. Knowing that Peter truly was desperate, Strange committed to cleaning up Tony Stark's mistake - and contacted Tony and Reed Richard's directly to create a solution using magic, science, and tech. Of course, Stark is now out of the MCU, but that doesn't mean this isn't a good segue for Reed (and the rest of the Fantastic Four), to enter.
It seems likely that while Tom Holland's next Spider-Man movie will deal with the immediate fallout, Peter will go looking for a solution to his crisis. Assuming that Marvel Studios decides not to re-imagine the Fantastic Four working for Nick Fury's space force, and prefers a more Earthbound origin, the plot beats make sense. Not only has Peter met Doctor Strange, he's local, and a master of both cutting edge technology and the fabric of reality. If anyone could introduce Reed Richards, one of the world's smartest men to Peter and the MCU, Strange is the top contender.
Even if Marvel has other Phase 4 (or 5) movies to worry about, the scene in question needn't be substantial to keep the spirit of the comics. Peter Parker approaches Strange, asking if there is any way he could help the world forget Spidey's identity - with Strange suggesting he "might know a guy," for instance. Cue Reed Richards with no grand origin story needed beyond Strange's introduction to Peter. Not to mention accomplishing a technical 'reboot' of the franchise, while maintaining the MCU timeline in which Richards and the Fantastic Four have existed all along, and have, like their fans, just been waiting for their chance to shine.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019