Warning: Full spoilers follow for Avengers: Endgame as well as for the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has gone full Endgame spoilers, which is perhaps not surprising since Endgame directors the Russo brothers said last week that as of today it was fair game to talk spoilers. So not only does the trailer start with a sad Peter Parker (Tom Holland) talking to Happy Hogan (John Favreau) about how much he misses Iron Man — who of course sacrificed himself in Endgame — but it also confirms what we’ve thought was a result of the events of the most recent Avengers film. Namely, that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now a multiverse. The Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.
“Beck is from Earth. Just not ours,” Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) tells Spidey in the new trailer. He’s referring to Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck, a.ka. Mysterio. It seems the character is from a different universe from the mainstream Marvel world.
“The Snap tore a hole in our dimension,” Fury continues.
“You’re saying there’s a multiverse?” Peter responds.
Fury doesn’t answer in the trailer, but this all ties into the events of Endgame. When the Avengers traveled back in time to temporarily borrow (steal) the various Infinity Stones, they screwed up a few bits of history which caused divergent timelines to be caused. In one case, the Loki from the era of the Battle of New York escaped with the Tesseract, which created an alternate universe where the trickster god was not imprisoned in Asgard, probably didn’t help Thor against the Dark Elves in The Dark World, and so on. This is the Loki who will presumably be the focus of the upcoming Disney+ streaming series.
In another case, the Thanos from the time period of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie learned about his fate in Infinity War and Endgame and traveled to the future of the current MCU with Nebula and Gamora, where he and Nebula died and Gamora apparently disappeared to parts unknown. We’re guessing that Gamora will be who the Guardians are searching for in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
And then there’s Captain America, who returned the Infinity Stones to their rightful places in history at the end of the film (in a trip we didn’t actually see), but who also decided to make a pit-stop in the past and live out his life with Peggy Carter. This meant he created an alternate timeline, or universe, as well, one where Peggy didn’t marry the man she mentions in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (who, yes, could’ve been Cap, but almost certainly wasn’t).
The idea of these alternate timelines being formed has been confused by Endgame’s script sort of undercutting the very concept of divergent realities when the Ancient One told Bruce Banner that keeping the Infinity Stones in their rightful place in time/space would prevent such a thing from happening. Also flummoxing folks is the fact that while the Russos confirmed the idea of an alternate realty being formed by Cap, the film’s writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely subsequently said conflicting things about Cap’s situation.
“We are not experts on time travel, but the Ancient One specifically states that when you take an Infinity Stone out of a timeline it creates a new timeline,” Markus told Fandango. “So Steve going back and just being there would not create a new timeline. So I reject the ‘Steve is in an alternate reality’ theory. I do believe that there is simply a period in world history from about ’48 to now where there are two Steve Rogers. And anyway, for a large chunk of that one of them is frozen in ice. So it’s not like they’d be running into each other.”
But now Nick Fury is saying that there are other realities, and it was the Snap which caused them… or which “tore a hole in our dimension.” Does that mean that there always was a multiverse but it was never accessible before the Snap? Also, which Snap are we even talking about, because there’ve been three (Thanos’ Snap, Hulk’s Snap, and Tony Stark’s Snap).
Whatever the case, the Far From Home trailer confirms that Marvel is prepared to delve into the concept of the multiverse in its next phase (which we’re calling Phase 4 for now, though it hasn’t officially been referred to as that by Marvel yet). Head here for more on the various upcoming Marvel projects that could be utilizing the multiverse concept in some way, and why we think fans should give Marvel a bit more credit for setting up the idea of a multiverse in Endgame.
As for Mysterio, there is precedent for the villain in the comics when it comes to hopping around the multiverse, as the mainstream version of Quentin Beck was revealed to be controlling an android version of himself which he sent to the Ultimate universe (which is where the Miles Morales Spider-Man originated in the comics). Of course, it could also be that this is all an illusion — Mysterio’s stock-in-trade, after all — and that he’s not from a different reality at all.
What do you think? Is Marvel going all in on the idea of the multiverse? If so, what other characters and realities would you like to see next?
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