The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t not starting over with a blank slate, though it kind of feels that way. “Avengers: Endgame” is the end of an era. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is the postscript. What’s next — the future big thread that will weave through the next phase of movies — remains shrouded in mystery. We really just know that the future will be more complex, and probably weirder, than the MCU has previously been, but we know very little otherwise.
Yeah, yeah, Marvel did drop a lot of movie titles at San Diego Comic-Con last month, but they were extremely light on details. I mean the next movie up is “Black Widow,” about a character who just died and allegedly cannot be revived by any means. After that we’ve got “Eternals” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “Shang-Chi,” and we’ve got no clue what all that adds up to, individually or as a group. The story of Phase 4 remains completely obscured. We just have a bunch of movie titles and Disney+ shows and no clue how they fit together into some kind of vaguely coherent whole.
And so, as before that big announcement at Comic-Con, we’re left scouring “Spider-Man: Far From Home” for clues about the big picture, maybe with one of those mid- or post-credits scenes this franchise loves to utilize. So does it have any bonus stuff after the credits start?
The answer is YES, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” does contain two extra scenes, one that comes midway through the credits and another at the very end of the credits. And, yeah, we do get a bit of a glimpse of what’s next for the MCU, but it’s so cryptic that it’s tough to guess what it means just yet.
If you’re just here to get a yes or no answer to the question and don’t wanna know any of the details for these bonus scenes, you should close this tab now.
Yes, we are saying there are spoilers ahead for the mid- and post-credits scenes in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
You have been warned.
The mid-credits scene starts as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and MJ (Zendaya) are finishing up their swing around New York together, and end up in downtown Manhattan. The two are about to go their separate ways when a huge nearby screen lights up with a news break from the Daily Bugle, which looks like it’s transitioned into an InfoWars-style video site in the MCU. And then we see J Jonah Jameson, played by none other than JK Simmons, reprising his role from the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” flicks.
Jameson, declaring as usual that Spidey is a menace who was the true cause of the whole Elementals thing, plays video from Mysterio’s last moments, manipulated to make it look like Spidey murdered Mysterio in cold blood. Then Jameson plays another video, shot seconds before the other one, in which Mysterio himself unmasks Spidey, revealing that it’s young Peter Parker behind the mask.
That’s crazy, but it doesn’t quite match the madness of the bonus scene at the end of the credits — which is the one that gives us a look ahead.
In the post-credit scene, we learn that Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) were not actually Nick Fury and Maria Hill in “Far From Home” — instead, they were the shapeshifter Talos (Ben Mendolsohn) and his wife, fellow Skrull shapeshifter Soren in disguise. After reverting to their normal green alien form, Talos makes a call to Fury to fill him in on how everything ended up going with Mysterio. Fury, it turns out, was actually out on a spaceship somewhere with a bunch of Skrulls, doing who-knows-what.
We don’t know what this scene means yet, but it’s probably safe to guess it, at minimum, has something to do with “Captain Marvel 2,” since the first movie is the one that introduced the Skrulls to the MCU. Anything further than that, who knows. But we discuss further what this scene might mean right here.