'Avengers 4 Endgame' Spoilers: How 'Spider-Man 2' Can Start "Minutes After"
Actually, "start a few minutes after" could mean a few things.
The biggest surprise involving how Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer might spoil Avengers: Endgame has everything to do with the MCU timeline moving forward. Just because Far From Home is a sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame doesn’t mean it actually happens right after.
Long ago in June 2017, Sony executive Amy Pascal told Fandom, “we are starting now [Spider-Man: Far From Home] which will start a few minutes after [Avengers: Endgame] wraps as a story.” Back then, neither film had an official title, so Pascal spoke in more vague terms, but we can only assume the confirmation holds that Far From Home begins almost immediately after Endgame.
However, while that might still be technically true, it also might be a slight case of misdirection. After all, the previous Spider-Man movie, Homecoming, starts in 2012, a few days or weeks after the Battle of New York from The Avengers — when Peter Parker was only 7 years old. Then, it jumps forward eight years. (Don’t mind the continuity error of Captain America: Civil War taking place in 2016.)
With the exception of Avengers: Infinity War, which started immediately after the Thor: Ragnarok mid-credits scene, most recent Marvel films begin with some kind of flashback. Namely, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Black Panther, both of which start decades in the past. So what if Far From Home begins immediately after Endgame, but then flashes forward (or even back) to a different point in time. That might explain why Peter and his friends seem surprisingly relaxed just “minutes after” the events of Endgame.
Then again, it’s possible that the characters in Spider-Man: Far From Home don’t remember what happened in Avengers: Endgame at all. The upcoming Avengers movie is all but confirmed to involve time travel, there’s every reason to believe that Endgame will end in a weird place that might create an entirely new timeline, resetting the universe to a point in time before Thanos ever shows up.
(That would at least explain why Peter doesn’t have the Iron Spider costume he got in Infinity War anymore.)
Given the tone of Peter’s European trip with his friends, it seems like they might’ve all just graduated from high school and are traveling together, having a little bit of fun before going off to college. At the very least, nobody seems aware of the devastation wrought by Thanos’ Decimation, and because Peter, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill are all alive again, we know for a fact that the cataclysmic event will be undone to some degree.
Also note that in April 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told IGN something interesting about how Far From Home relates to Infinity War and Endgame, saying, “What is it like to try to go back to a normal life after what happens in [Infinity War]? Not to mention what happens in the next [Avengers] movie.”
Does Peter even remember what happened in Infinity War and how he died? Feige’s comments make it seem like he will. So does that mean he leaves his suit behind in Far From Home because he’s trying to unplug and forget what it felt like to turn into ash?
It’s starting to look like Endgame will culminate in a hard reset of the MCU, with only a few characters even remembering the events of Infinity War at all.
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26, 2019 with Spider-Man: Far From Home’s release scheduled for July 5, 2019.
Here’s that Endgame trailer once again: