The movie was over. Spider-Man beat the bad guy, got the girl, and we had finished our popcorn. To our surprise, the mid-credit scene revealed, in a shocking twist, that our favorite web-head’s problems are just getting started.
STOP! Spoilers are coming. You’ve been warned. . .
Yes, in a video released by the Daily Bugle, it appears that Mysterio’s final play was to frame Spider-Man as a villain. The footage is edited to appear like Spider-Man sent out those deadly drones and killed Mysterio (now “the hero”) in cold blood.
Here’s the kicker: Mysterio also reveals that Spider-Man is none other than Peter Parker.
This revelation will take Far From Home‘s sequel to uncharted territory in the Spidey cinematic cannon. Now you’re probably wondering, “Where do we go from here?”
Well, I have a few theories…
On the Run
If Peter’s adventures abroad made you wish Spider-Man would just go back to New York, then you’re out of luck. With his identity now a part of public record and the world possibly seeing him as a mass murderer, Spidey won’t be able to sit still for very long.
This could take him back to S.H.I.E.L.D. I mean, who does “undercover” better than them? Maybe this time around, Peter can team up with some of the agents in combat. I’d be down for Fury tag-teaming villains with the web-head. What if our favorite archer could make a surprise appearance and empty out his quiver?
If the entire planet is no longer safe for Peter, then we could see Parker go back to space. And if we still want these movies to feature team-ups, I know a certain woman who resides in the cosmos that’s always down to kick some ass. Carol Danvers already has a history of defending Spider-Man from an onslaught of foes in this universe, so that shouldn’t be too hard to do it again.
Things Are Getting Serious
If being framed for murder and everyone knowing his greatest secret, you can bet people will be coming for Peter. Spider-Man is now seen as a genocidal super-powered freak and everyone knows who he is. The stakes have never been higher.
Think about when John Wick was deemed “excommunicado” just earlier this year, except now John Wick is a teengaer and he lives in a world with bounty hunters, secret organizations and villains coming out of the woodwork.
With life threatening stakes comes a, very natural, change in tone. While the previous installments in this series have been light hearted, this premise gives director Jon Watts the chance to deliver an emotionally exhilarating ending. This will be Peter’s toughest obstacle yet and the final hurdle he needs to overcome to finally become the Spider-Man we all know he can be.
It’s safe to say he’ll get a few scrapes and bruises along the way. Not only will his life be on the line, but there’s no shortage of people who would do anything to stop Spider-Man, including using his loved ones as bait. I have a feeling someone will pull a Gwen Stacy in this movie. Could Aunt May, Ned, or even MJ bite the dust?
I’m betting on one of the three.
Kraven the hunter
For those of you who don’t know, Kraven the Hunter is an iconic member of Spider-Man’s infamous rogues gallery. He uses an herbal concoction similar to that of Black Panther that grants him strength, speed and senses equal to that of a jungle cat.
He uses these senses to become known as the greatest hunter in the world. If you need someone taken down, this is who you call. Seeing where he fits into the movie now?
Kraven will stop at nothing to catch his prey, so Spider-Man is going to have to give it his all to stop him. In the off chance he does early in the movie, Kraven could get some help. Assuming Kraven was hired by some form of government (or maybe a shady corporate big shot?), he could handpick a team of the most dangerous criminals to take down the wall-crawler.
Sinister Six anyone?
If that’s not enough to convince you that Kraven would be the most likely choice for the villain in this sequel, maybe the director of both Homecoming and Far From Home saying he agrees will do the trick. Jon Watts himself has said that he would love for Kraven to be the villian of the next movie. That’s a move I can get behind.
If the endless amount of possibilities at play here don’t get you excited for Spidey’s next MCU adventure then I don’t know what will. From team-ups in space to a big character death to The Sinister Six, Jon Watts has many different potential paths in front of him.
Whatever path Marvel and Watts decide to go down, there’s one thing that matters more than anything else and that is quality. Yes, even if our wildest theories turn out to be just that, the movie can still be good. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters. In the Marvel (and Feige) we trust!