Spider-Man: Far From Home may be set before Avengers: Endgame
By Joe Harker
The trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has been released to much rejoicing among Marvel fans. It shows Peter Parker on a globetrotting adventure with his classmates and teases villain Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhall. There's CGI enemies, hints at how far Peter has come since we first saw him and enough material for conspiracy theorists to pick over and draw conclusions from.
The film will be the first of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's "phase four" releases and the first MCU film to follow Avengers: Endgame. However, there's a problem with that. We already saw Peter Parker die when Thanos wiped out half the universe in Avengers: Infinity War. While most fans expect those killed by Thanos snapping his fingers to return in Avengers: Endgame it would be all but confirmed by the new Spider-Man film.
There's nothing wrong with having an idea of what's going to happen before actually watching the movie. Part of the enjoyment surrounding Infinity War was expecting Thanos to kill some of Marvel's characters but not knowing which ones he was going to take out.
This is a little bit different. If Spider-Man's death by finger snap can be undone then audiences will expect everyone who got turned into dust to come back. Having the audience be so sure that the big moment of Infinity War will be undone at some point in Endgame detracts from the fun a little bit.
Marvel president Kevin Feige confirmed that Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place after Avengers: Endgame, so Peter Parker's death in Infinity War is going to be reversed.
Fans had been wondering whether the film took place before Endgame so was not in fact a spoiler for that movie, but their theories and predictions appear to have been debunked in this case. Some even went so far as to pause the trailer when it showed Peter's passport to see if the issuing date held any clues as to the timeline of the film.
There are other fan theories being formed and adapted based on what was shown in the trailer. Some fans now believe the Avengers will manage to reverse the deaths caused by the snap, thus bringing back everyone who got turned into dust by Thanos.
Others believe a bit of fiddling with time will stop the snap from ever happening in the first place, arguing that events shown in the Spider-Man trailer seem out of place in a world where half of everyone was recently killed and brought back to life.
Yet another fan theory suggests that Iron Man is going to die in Endgame. He's not in the trailer despite being one of the most important characters for Spider-Man in the MCU, while other characters talk about being alone or Peter Parker needing to rise to a challenge. Is this because Tony Stark isn't around any more?
Perhaps more telling is that Robert Downey Jr's contract with Marvel runs out after Endgame, which would signal an opportune moment for him to bow out of the MCU after over a decade.