The Daily Bugle website launched as a tie-in with the home release of Spider-Man: Far From Home gets an update to avoid a Marvel Cinematic Universe plot hole. Far From Home is the second solo Spider-Man movie set within the MCU, and up until recently it seemed the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel was destined to be the last movie released as part of Sony and Disney/Marvel's deal to share the wall-crawling superhero. Discussions regarding a new agreement broke down this summer, but yesterday Sony and Marvel announced a third Spider-Man movie set in the MCU as part of a new deal between the studios. Fans and Spider-Man actor Tom Holland were all excited to hear about the studios reconciling, especially considering the ending of Far From Home.
The Homecoming sequel saw Peter Parker head to Europe and get recruited by Nick Fury to fight Elementals alongside the seemingly heroic Mysterio - only for the mentor that was quickly replacing Tony Stark aka. Iron Man to reveal himself to be a villain. As part of Mysterio's contingency plan, in the Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits scene, Peter's secret identity is revealed by J. Jonah Jameson of The Daily Bugle.net - with J.K. Simmons returning as the Marvel Comics character. To celebrate the home release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Sony launched TheDailyBugle.net, complete with MCU news stories and more videos of Jameson bashing Spider-Man. However, a correction was made to make sure the site aligns with MCU continuity.
Sony launched The Daily Bugle website on Tuesday, Sept. 24, but at some point in its first five days, the site received an update in the form of a correction to one of its Blip Blog entries. Originally, the site listed the experience of a Jack Triconi, a stunt man who blipped out while jumping off a 60-story building, only to return and find the landing pad had been moved. In an update, The Daily Bugle reveals Triconi "never blipped away" and faked his claim for insurance money. See screen shots of the site before and after the update below.
Although Sony hasn't confirmed exactly why the Daily Bugle website was updated, it's likely because many pointed out Triconi's experience directly contradicts the rules of the Blip as laid out by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige earlier this year. Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame - in which Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to disappear half of all life in the universe, then Hulk used a gauntlet to make everyone reappear - fans speculated about what that meant for people in certain precarious situations. Feige explained that in Avengers: Endgame, snap victims didn't necessarily return in the exact same place they disappeared, such as those who were on a plane. According to Feige, Hulk was smart enough to make sure everyone returned to places they'd be safe - so if they were mid-air when they disappeared, they'd reappear on the ground.
That, of course, is in direct contradiction to the testimonial of Triconi, who claimed he reappeared 60-stories in the air and was injured because of the fall. It's unclear if this MCU plot hole was a mistake on Sony's part, and was updated to be a fake claim in order to save face, or if those who created the Daily Bugle fake news-style website included a false claim from the start and always intended to update the site with this correction. Either way, it's a smart move to add the correction rather than remove Triconi's post entirely since it continues to paint The Daily Bugle and J. Jonah Jameson as a fake news pundit who focuses more on sensationalism than accuracy. Of course, MCU fans know that Jameson's report on Peter Parker being Spider-Man is anything but fake news, but the question of Jameson and the Daily Bugle's trustworthiness could be a key element to the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel, as reinforced by this correction to the actual site. For now, fans will just have to wait and see.
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