Don't expect a rehash of what's come before in Spider-Man 3, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige promises we're going to get something completely different. Spider-Man: Far From Home arrived in theaters last week and, as expected, it paved the way for another installment featuring Tom Holland's Peter Parker. But, as anyone who has seen the movie surely knows, it's not just going to be business as usual, which Feige has now backed up.
Warning: spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Far From Home. Those who haven't seen the movie yet would do well to turn back now. The first post-credit scene features J. Jonah Jameson of the Daily Bugle (once again played by J.K. Simmons in a surprise cameo) revealing Spider-Man's true identity to the world. We also see that Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), framed Peter Parker for his murder and other very serious crimes. Needless to say, that's going to create a big mess for Parker in the next movie. Speaking in a recent interview, Kevin Feige was asked specifically if the reveal of Spidey's identity to the world will be a major storyline in the future. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I think so. Much like the end of Iron Man, saying, okay, the rules have changed. Which now means we're going to have to do something completely different next time. The how and the when and the specifics can change and evolve, but setting yourself up for something that has never been done before... at the end of Iron Man, it was a hero publicly outing himself so that in the next movies and all subsequent movies, we couldn't fall back on the secret identity trope which had been part of Iron Man's story for decades in the comics. And now people know Peter's identity. People now think he's a villain, Mysterio plays one last trick on him and succeeds... [so that] means everything's different. Where it goes, we'll see. But it's exciting that it once again sets us up for a Peter Parker story that has never been done before on film.
From the very beginning of Tom Holland's run as Spider-Man in the MCU, it's been made clear that Marvel has no intention on rehashing storylines we've already seen. That's why they've largely focused on new villains and have made some changes to some of the more traditional elements of his tale from the pages of Marvel Comics. Revealing his identity to everyone on the planet is certainly one way to carry the "new" theme forward.
While new can be good, we're still left with so many questions. Spider-Man 3, one would assume, will pick up right after the events of Far From Home, if not very shortly after. How will that affect other MCU movies that get released before we can catch up with Peter Parker again? What villain or villains will be brought in to capitalize on the knowledge of who's behind the mask?
For now, we have precious few answers. However, Marvel Studios is presenting at San Diego Comic-Con later this month and we should hopefully learn some details regarding Phase 4 of the MCU at that time. This news comes to us via Fandango.