Though Spider-Man: Far From Home is under Sony’s umbrella, it’s still a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And in Tom Holland’s first solo film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony Stark / Iron Man was there to help Peter out. This time, however, he’s really all on his own. So where were the other Avengers when he needed them? Let’s explore.
Spider-Man knows he isn’t the biggest hero left
When Fury tracks Peter to Italy and recruits him to tackle a huge threat, the teenager’s question is the same one many of us would ask: Why him? There are plenty of other, stronger Avengers remaining. Fury brushes him off with simple answers, and that’s that.
So Peter is left to fight the elementals with Quentin Beck. Of course, those aren’t the actual danger — it’s Mysterio himself who is the real villain of this story. And though Happy Hogan is there with his private plane and access to Stark’s tech, Peter mainly handles this one on his own.
Where is Thor?
One hero who Peter asks about is Thor. This makes sense, because of the Original 6 Avengers, he’s one of three who is still alive (or at least, still young enough to fight). Plus, he’s a demi-god, so he’s always a good person to have in a battle.
Fury dismisses Thor as simply “off-world.” And the last scenes of Avengers: Endgame show this to be true, as Thor boards the Guardians’ ship once again to set off into space with them. He claims to be effectively “retired,” but we know there’s no way that’s entirely true.
What about Doctor Strange?
Peter also questions where Doctor Strange is. Peter came to know the mystical man fairly well during Avengers: Infinity War and has seen his powers in action. He knows that anyone who can work with time the way Strange can is an asset to the team.
But Doctor Strange is quickly discounted as “unavailable.” Unlike with Thor, we don’t actually know where Doctor Strange is — he didn’t get any kind of illustrious send-off in Endgame (meaning that we’re likely to see him again in the MCU). Given his powers though, it stands to reason that he could very likely be unavailable, and there may not be a good way to describe his location in space and time.
And why wasn’t Captain Marvel called?
Peter is pulling out all the stops. He questions where Captain Marvel is. Considering his brief yet positive interaction with the almighty heroine in Endgame, and how he likely later learned that she was responsible for saving his mentor, Tony Stark, after Infinity War, we can see why Peter would have a high opinion of Carol Danvers.
Here’s where Fury’s responses get interesting. He angrily stared at Peter, telling him not to “invoke her name.” We know that Fury and Danvers were once close, but they haven’t seen much of each other in recent years, so it seems a little strange that he was so hung up on this.
There’s a good explanation for why Fury was out of touch
If you watched through the second post-credit scene, you’ll realize that Fury’s answers weren’t quite as calculated as they may have seemed. That’s because it wasn’t Fury and Hill responding at all — it was Talos and Soren, two Skrulls who took the form of the SHIELD operatives.
In the scene, Talos calls the real Fury and asks him when he’s planning to return to Earth. Talos describes how he struggled to write off the absences of Captain Marvel and the other heroes because, in truth, he isn’t privy to that information. Now that makes a lot more sense.