‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is the official end of the “Infinity Saga,” a.k.a. the first decade+ of Marvel Studios films. It remains to be seen HOW this film winds things up in a neater way than ‘Avengers: Endgame’, but it turns out that it almost picked up a major thread from that preceding picture– the introduction of Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) as the new Captain America.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and creative executive Eric Carroll spoke to ComicBook.com, with Carroll stating:
“We briefly talked about bringing in Falcon as Captain America at the end, like maybe once Peter’s arced, and he’s sort of like leading the team, like maybe he calls in a favor. But we also thought it was really important to the arc of this movie that there not be other Avengers available to Nick Fury or Peter, so he’d have to step up and do it himself.”
“Ultimately, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is Spider-Man’s journey, whether any other heroes appear in it or not. It’s all about Peter stepping up. And Peter getting out of the shadow, not just of Tony but of the Avengers in general. Because by the way, he’s Spider-Man. He doesn’t need to be in the shadow of the Avengers.”
Well, that makes sense, seeing as it’s called ‘SPIDER-MAN: Far From Home’. Carroll mentioned him leading “the team” so it should be interesting to see who is part of this gathering.
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At the end of ‘Endgame’, Sam and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) discover that Captain America (Chris Evans) fudged his time travel mission just slightly. After returning the Infinity Stones to their proper place in time, he stayed in the past, reunited with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and lived a happy life, growing old in real time. In doing so, he knew he was depriving the future of its Captain America, but he had a replacement in mind– Sam.
But just as ‘Far From Home’ is Spider-Man’s journey, Sam’s growth into the Captain America role is HIS journey and shouldn’t just be tacked on to another hero’s movie. After all, he and Bucky are getting ready to headline their own series on Disney+. Something’s gotta happen on that, right? (‘Falcon & Winter Soldier’ is due to arrive in fall 2020.)
It’s not clear how in-depth the discussion between Carroll and Feige was, but it doesn’t sound as though ‘Far From Home’ director Jon Watts was part of it. Or at least he doesn’t remember it. But he did dish that an additional cameo almost happened:
“You go through so many iterations of this story and like so many brainstorm sessions that I don’t even remember that conversation. I remember one point we were talking about if one of the stops along the way through Europe was going to be New Asgard.”
Thor’s off-planet, but this could have led to a cameo by Valkyrie or Korg. But once again, this is Spider-Man’s journey.
And you can embark on that journey with him, when ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ swings into theaters next Tuesday, July 2nd.