Massive spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Far From Home!
Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has officially come to a close, as Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently in theaters. Jon Watts’ second MCU outing followed up on the shared universe after the wild events of Avengers: Endgame, giving some closure to the last slate of movies. But Far From Home also set up some major changes for Phase Four, especially regarding Peter Parker’s identity.
The mid-credits scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home sees Jake Gyllenhaal’s possibly dead Mysterio revealing Spider-Man’s true identity to the world, thanks to a quick cameo by J. Jonah Jameson. While Peter was always going to have his name revealed in the movie, it originally happened earlier in the runtime. As co-writer Chris McKenna recently explained:
Well, that would have definitely played quite different. Because rather than appearing as a coda in the credits, it seems that Peter’s identity reveal was originally just going to be how Spider-Man: Far From Home ended. And there was yet another plan for the scene before that.
Chris McKenna’s comments to The New York Times show how methodically Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s team approached the blockbuster, in particular its ending. It seems that Peter’s second solo flick was always intended to reveal his identity to the world, but the method in which this happened changed quite a bit throughout development.
The first version of the scene saw Spider-Man making the decision himself, sacrificing his anonymity in order to beat Mysterio once and for all. This would have definitely been a heroic moment for the web slinger, and perhaps been more reminiscent of Tony outing himself as a superhero in the first Iron Man movie. Instead, that power was given to Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in a more fascinating way.
After Spider-Man successfully thwarts Quentin Beck’s plan in Europe, Peter Parker returns back home. But the villain had one more trick up his sleeve, as he reveals Peter’s identity as the superhero as well as a doctored video that sees Spidey killing Mysterio. It’s an epic button to the movie, and probably works so well because of where its placed. Rather than a bleak ending, the twist comes out of nowhere during the film’s credits.
Mysterio’s last trick is sure to change the MCU forever, and it should be fascinating to see what comes next. Nothing about Phase Four has been revealed, although both Jon Watts and the fans seem to want Kraven the Hunter to be Spider-Man’s next foe. And now that Peter Parker is a public figure (say that 10 times fast), he’ll no longer be able to be the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.