When Kevin Feige took the stage several years back and laid out what was to come in Phase 3 for Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was ambitious. It featured nine movies, two of which were Avengers films and four of which were non-sequel properties. Furthermore, it set to close out Phase 3 in spectacular fashion, almost doubling the length of your average Phase for the MCU. But, of course, things changed over time.
Marvel Studios got access to Spider-Man, found a profitable franchise in Ant-Man, and canceled Inhumans. Once it became clear we were getting another Spider-Man movie after Avengers: Endgame, it was initially pitched as a Phase 4 film. And why not? Endgame would be the perfect end, allowing us to move on.
But as time has gone on, Marvel Studios has changed their stance, billing Spider-Man: Far From Home as a Phase 3 film, not a Phase 4 film. Here’s why, according to Kevin Feige:
“And as we were working on Endgame, we realized that the true end of the entire Infinity Saga, the final film of Phase 3, had to be Spider-Man: Far From Home, because – spoiler – we lose Tony Stark at the end of Endgame. And the relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark is so special over the five films that Tom Holland has portrayed Spider-Man in the MCU, that we needed to see where his journey went, and see how does Spider-Man step out of the shadow of his mentor Tony Stark and become the true hero that he was always meant to be. It’s for that reason that Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home are essentially two pieces of the same story, and it’s not over yet until Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
It makes sense to me. Based on the recent trailer, it’s become more and more apparent that if Avengers: Endgame was the climax of a typical story, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the denouement, where all the lingering questions are answered and closed out, giving us that final bit of clarity and fulfillment.
And you know what? This makes Phase 4 that much more exciting. Yes, we have an idea of what’s on the horizon, but it’ll be great to see a reveal completely from scratch later this summer.
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