SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses the mid- and post-credits stingers in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ so if you haven’t seen it yet, either turn back now or proceed with caution.
The mid- and post-credits scenes are a staple of Marvel Studios’ films, going back to the very beginning, with ‘Iron Man’. Some of them are significant and lay the foundation for upcoming movies (‘Iron Man’ ended with the introduction of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and the “Avengers Initiative”), but they can also be simple lighthearted gags (Schwarma). In the case of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, the mid-credits scene definitely ups the stakes for Peter Parker. And then there is the post-credits stinger and it doesn’t seem that anyone can quite figure out what it’s all about.
In that sequence, viewers discover that the individuals that they thought they had been watching throughout the movie– Nick Fury and Maria Hill– were not who they seemed to be. They were shapeshifting Skrulls, specifically Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos and Sharon Blynn’s Soren, previously seen in ‘Captain Marvel’. It turns out that Fury is off-planet on a Skrull space station. (Hill isn’t shown, but is presumably there as well.) While some view this as a comedic gag, it’s possibly teasing a larger event coming up, possibly an adaptation of ‘Secret Invasion’ or “The Kree/Skrull War.”
While Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige wouldn’t clarify, he did reveal that there was a line earlier in the film that hinted at the truth about “Fury” and “Hill.”
Speaking to Fandango, Feige stated:
“Well, that Kree-Skrull war was a big part of the comics and a big part of the Captain Marvel mythology that we wanted to build into. And there’ll be lots of questions like, what was Captain Marvel up to in the 20-plus years between when she flew away at the end of Captain Marvel to when she appears in Endgame? That particular line, though, is one of the handful of Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the film that Maria or Fury say that give an indication that something’s different about them.
“Fury does things earlier in the film where he refers to the earth to Peter as “your world,” instead of “our world.” And when you watch it for the first time, it just goes by. But when you watch it a second time, knowing what’s coming, it’s fun to see that they’re there. And Jon Watts is very good at laying in those Easter eggs.”
Perhaps some clues about the future of the MCU will be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. Marvel Studios is confirmed to have a 90-minute panel in Hall H on Saturday.
Where would you like to see the story of the Skrull go in the movies?