Before the credits rolled on Avengers: Endgame, viewers saw several characters returning to their lives five years after first being dusted. Among them was Peter Parker, who showed up to school after all his friends should have graduated, only to find that Ned Leeds was still there. What does this mean for Spider-Man: Far From Home?
Endgame‘s co-director Joe Russo revealed details on that and more in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. First things first: on the question of whether Ned just happened to be there waiting for Peter, or if he was in a similar boat as his best friend, Russo confirmed the latter. “Ned disappeared as well,” the director explained. “That’s the two of them seeing each other for the first time after having disappeared.”
Based on that interview, it sounds like Far From Home and other future films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will include characters grappling with how they fit into a world that’s partially passed them by thanks to Thanos and his snap. But if Spider-Man’s next adventure takes place after the latest Avengers, then why did Nick Fury say it was nice to meet him in the trailer?
While one can assume that Fury and Peter met at Tony’s funeral, and anyone who talks to Peter finds out his not-so-secret identity within five minutes, that doesn’t mean it absolutely happened considering it wasn’t shown onscreen. Besides, Marvel Studios employs plenty of marketing tricks in their trailers to obscure the plot of their films – and this could be one of them.
Thanos may have been trying to balance the scales when he wiped out half the population, but “that doesn’t mean that everyone that they went to high school with didn’t disappear,” Russo clarified. “There could be kids who are now much older than them and no longer in high school. But Ned and he both disappeared and are returning in that moment.” Something tells us MJ disappeared right along with them, just for the sake of a future romance.
Is there any character in Spider-Man: Far From Home that you expect to have stuck around? Does it feel like a fitting conclusion to Phase 3, now that we know it will incorporate the snap? Let us know in the comments below, and check back with That Hashtag Show for all the latest news on your favorite franchises.