Now that Spider-Man: Far From Home has swung away with $185 million in the bank from the United States alone, it’s time to look at what else the movie got away with when it comes to plot twists, Easter eggs and end credits mysteries.
So if you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home yet, now would be a good time to click to one of our other Marvel stories. If you have seen it, read on and find out about all the clues you may have missed on the first pass.
Is the multiverse real in this movie?
The trailers made a big deal out of the character Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) supposedly being from an alternate universe and teaming up with Spider-Man (Tom Holland) to defeat water and fire monsters. As anyone with a decent knowledge of Spider-Man can tell you, Mysterio is one of the major bad guys in the comics.
In those pages, Mysterio was a visual effects artist who could conjure up illusions to make Spider-Man question what was real or not. That’s sort of true here too, with the added wrinkle that he’s a disgruntled Stark employee who is miffed that the late and lamented Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) passed his tech to a gawky kid.
As if that weren’t enough, MJ (Zendaya) turns out to be wiser than most teens, as she flat-out tells Peter Parker she suspected he was Spider-Man all along. So just as Kirsten Dunst learned his secret in Spider-Man 2, the cycle repeats in this movie, which is also the second in this series.
So if Mysterio was lying all along, was he also lying about being from the multiverse? Does that mean that the multiverse is a thing at all in the MCU? Or is that just for the animated movies? We don’t know for sure yet, but we do know one thing for certain: the end credits put Spider-Man in a world of trouble.
The ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ credits turn everything upside down
As Marvel fans well know by now, almost every Marvel movie has two credit scenes — unless it’s Avengers: Endgame, where there were none, or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which had about 20, give or take. The first scene, after the main credits, is typically important to the next part of the story. The second scene, after all the credits have rolled, is usually a throwaway joke, like the shawarma scene in The Avengers.
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the second scene is arguably more impactful than the first, and the first is plenty dramatic as it is. None other than J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), now an Infowars-style fear-monger, reveals Spider-Man’s secret identity to the world and accuses him of killing Mysterio. Double ouch. We guess Spider-Man will have to be like his late mentor and not worry about a secret identity.
Except the very end credits scene reveals that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) was never really there, and neither was Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders). It was Captain Marvel’s shape-shifting Krulls, Talos and Soren, posing as them under Fury’s orders, while Fury himself is out in deep space somewhere. We’re not sure exactly what that tells us, except maybe not to believe our own eyes and ears.
This is all starting to get as confusing as which studio owns the rights to what. Perhaps all will become a little clearer after Marvel announces its next phase this year, probably at the San Diego Comic-Con.
The ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Easter eggs you might have missed
One aspect of the movie that’s not such a head-scratcher is all the Easter eggs that Marvel liberally sprinkled throughout. Here are a few of our favorites that Screen Rant found.
Jake Gyllenhaal: His casting is itself an Easter egg, given that Gyllenhaal almost replaced Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2 after the latter hurt himself, or wanted more money, depending on who you talk to.
Spider-Monkey: When Spider-Man is forced to wear a black costume that makes him look not entirely unlike Venom, his friends refer to him as “Night Monkey.” This may seem like just a silly joke, but it did sort of happen in the comics, in what was called the Marvel Apes miniseries. And in that miniseries, there was indeed a Spider-Monkey. And the multiverse was real there.
Peter Billngsley: He appears in Marvel movies because he goes way back with Jon Favreau, who plays Happy Hogan and directed the first MCU movie, Iron Man. In this movie, he plays one of Mysterio’s assistants, but he’s most famous for playing Ralphie in the 1983 perennial A Christmas Story.