As exciting as Spider-Man: Far From Home may be, the biggest question is what does this film mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
I’m going to dive into spoiler territory here so please stop reading now if you haven’t seen the film. No, really. You need to stop reading unless you’ve already seen the film. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you because I warned you!
Welcome back, J.K. Simmons! During a mid-credits scene, Simmons reprises his role The Daily Bugle‘s J. Jonah Jameson. This appearance is important for many reasons. Not only does he make his entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it also shows the lasting implications of Mysterio’s mischief. The last appearance for the newsman came during Spider-Man 3 in 2007.
What we know is that Mysterio put together a doctored video recording before his death in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Unfortunately for Peter Parker, his identity is now known to the world.
Wait, What Just Happened?
The post-credits scene certainly has some lasting implications on the MCU. It’s revealed that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) aren’t who they say they are. No, they’re really Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and Soren (Sharon Blynn). Talos calls Fury, who looks to be sitting on the beach, maybe Tahiti. It turns out that he’s really on a ship full of Skrulls in outer space. What is his real purpose for being in space? The best guess is that the ship is The Peak. This is the orbital headquarters for the Sentient Word Observation and Report Department. Just call them S.W.O.R.D.
There’s some questions that I have about this stinger. When did they switch places? Was it for a week or have there been other times when they switched? We learn in Captain Marvel that Fury doesn’t diagonally slice his bread. Watch Avengers: Age of Ultron again to see a possible clue. Talos Fury makes reference of attending the funeral of Tony Stark and of course, there’s the “Bitch, you’ve been to space” comment. It does beg the question of who attended the funeral.
Another question is how will this effect a potential adaptation of the Secret Invasion storyline. From what we saw in Captain Marvel, the Skrulls are not bad and are actually getting along quite well with S.H.I.E.LD.