In a move that will truly have you believing in the power of Marvel and its extended universe, Avengers: Endgame quite possibly features a cameo that bridges that gap between two key worlds in Phase 4 while setting the stage for Spider-Man: Far From Home and beyond. Is Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) in Endgame? Some fans think they’ve spotted him, and if they do, it could have huge repercussions for the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward.
The cameo in question: Captain Marvel “villain” Talos, played by Mendelsohn, seems to appear in his human form (he’s actually part of a race of shapeshifting aliens called Skrulls) during one of the final shots of Avengers: Endgame, which shows an un-dusted Peter Parker returning to school with his Spider-Man: Homecoming BFF, Ned. This possible Easter egg gained traction online after it was shared by redditor u/teegrez, though there’s some healthy debate in the comments over whether that’s Mendelsohn at all or just someone who looks like him from a distance.
All questions aside about why Peter and Ned are still in high school five years after Avengers: Infinity War, the two big questions that remain are: If this really is Talos, could he appear in Far From Home? And could there be any other connections between Captain Marvel and Far From Home that will factor into future Marvel movies in Phase 4 and beyond?
In a clip first posted to Imgur with credit to redditor u/vancityaidan, Teegrez draws the reader’s attention to the background of the shot where Peter enters into a school building and looks around for a familiar face. At the right side of the frame in the background, you can see an administrator who looks strikingly similar to Talos in human form (the glasses even match) saying hi and high-fiving students as they walk in.
Teegrez hypothesizes that “This HAD to be intentional, and sets up for a Secret Invasion/Wars plotline in future phases,” and at minimum, if the MCU is trying to lay the groundwork for Phase 4 and the next big narrative to be woven throughout upcoming movies, doing it in Endgame is a good place to start.
Talos might not be a straightforward villain like Thanos (by the end of Captain Marvel, he’s a good guy), but that doesn’t mean future Marvel movies won’t flip the script on us. After all, introducing the shapeshifting Skrulls into the MCU definitely lays the groundwork for Marvel to adapt Secret Invasion, a crossover comic book storyline where the Skrulls secretly replace various superheroes in the lead-up to a full-on invasion of Earth.
If that’s actually the plan, we can probably expect to see lots of secret Skrulls pop up throughout Marvel’s Phase 4, similar to the way early movies jammed in Infinity Stone plotlines as a way to build up to Infinity War and Endgame.
In the short term, it’s not out of the question to think that Spider-Man: Far From Home could throw a Skrull or two into the mix. Much of this movie is still a mystery (especially the villain/hero Mysterio), so we wouldn’t be surprised if they pull an Amazing Spider-Man 2 and feature more than one primary bad guy.
Then again, maybe it’s just some other white dude with glasses. We’ll just have to wait until the next Spider-Man movie to find out.
Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now. Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 2.