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Spider-Man: Far From Home — Our biggest WTF questions – CNET

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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In contrast to t..

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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In contrast to the grand, sweeping epic that is Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a fun, smaller-scale romp. That's fitting considering Peter Parker's supposed to be your "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man." Still, the film did leave us scratching our heads at times, especially when it started stretching in ways that may have ramifications for the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As with other Marvel films, Far From Home is littered with references and details that spur questions or speculation about the future. There are, of course, those wild mid and postcredit scenes, and how this movie potentially sets up Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

We'll get into that in a bit, but there's plenty from the rest of the film that needs more digging into.

So with that, here's your customary GIANT SPOILER WARNING.


OK, still here? We're going straight into the deep end.

What happens to Peter Parker (Tom Holland) after that daring first postcredit sequence?

J. Jonah Jameson (played by J.K. Simmons in arguably the best cameo of the film) used doctored footage of Quentin Beck (Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal) to out Peter Parker to the public as Spider-Man.

As my colleague Sean Keane notes, it's a stark contrast (pun intended) from when Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark declared, "I am Iron Man" in the original MCU film. That move catapulted him into further fame as a superhero.

Peter's turn will likely see him become a fugitive, and it'll be interesting to see how Marvel and Sony address this. Having his identity reveal hasn't fared well for Parker in the comics. Will other Phase 4 films reference a wanted Spider-Man? Or does Peter stay out of the MCU until the next Spider-Man?

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Where is Nick Fury?

The second postcredit sequence has real Fury (the one we've seen throughout the movie is actually a shape-shifting Skrull named Talos, last seen in Captain Marvel) sitting in what appears to be an immense alien spacecraft. Or perhaps it's a starbase? We don't linger there long enough to really get a sense of what we're looking at, but there are clearly aliens and a space setting.

My colleague Oscar Gonzalez suggests this might hint at a conflict between the Kree and the Skrulls, or at the Original Sin storyline in which Fury served as a cosmic defender of Earth.

But Fury could instead have been in the headquarters of SWORD, which stands for Sentient World Observation and Response, essentially a more proactive stellar version of SHIELD.

Or he really could've just been taking a vacation. After Endgame, who couldn't use a break?

Nick Fury and Maria Hill are not who they appear to be.

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How long has Talos been Fury?

Fury and Talos have known each other since the '90s, but presumably the Fury we've seen in past MCU films is the legit one. But at what point did Talos take over? Maybe after he was declared dead? Talos-Fury even brought up Tony Stark's funeral, so was he there in the real Fury's place?

Where is everyone else?

When Fury (Talos) tries to enlist Peter, Spidey lists off alternate heroes who might be better suited to help out. Fury notes that a handful of heroes like Thor and Doctor Strange are unavailable, but was he implying that every Marvel hero was unavailable? As GameSpot writer Meg Downey writes, it's weird to be "putting this on the shoulders of a high schooler" when other heroes were clearly visible during the big finale of Endgame.

The multiverse tease was just a big con?

Beck didn't just con Fury and Parker with his multiverse story — he whipped us into a frenzy, too. One of the first trailers teased that point, opening up a flood of speculation about alternate universes.

It turns out we were ALL fooled.

But does that shut the door on a multiverse? Not necessarily. It's one logical way for Marvel to introduce the X-Men and Fantastic Four. But it was probably too much for Marvel to set up such a game-breaking dynamic so soon after Endgame.

Sorry, the X-Men aren't going to be hopping into the MCU via an alternate dimension. At least, not yet.

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What's on Earth-833?

So Beck's story may have been made up, but those designations he touted weren't. He mentioned that Parker and Fury were on Earth-616, which is the designation for the official Marvel Comics universe. His reference to Earth-833 is actually a place in the comics, too — fittingly a universe a character named Spider-UK hails from. In the comics, the MCU universe is designated Earth-199999.

If it was all made up, why was it so spot-on accurate?

Where's the real Maria Hill?

OK, going back to that second, mind-blowing postcredits scene. We know where Fury is located, but what about Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders)? Shape-shifting Skrull Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) impersonated Fury, while his wife, Soren (Read More – Source




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