The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a well-oiled machine. It has been meticulously laid out over the last 10 years and 23 films! Every mid and post credit scene led to another movie. Digital short films linked movies and Easter eggs were carefully placed for the astute fan. However, as well planned as the executives at Marvel Studios were, they obviously didn’t account for fan logic and their introduction of Star Wars.
Over at BRG.com they have pointed out that the MCU now has a large, but hilarious Star Wars paradox. Let’s breakdown where they are getting this from. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ned asks Peter to help him build the LEGO Death Star. If Peter and Ned are building a Star Wars LEGO set, then Star Wars must exist in the MCU. Peter also references other “old” movies like Alien and debates the popularity of Footloose with Chris Pratt’s character Peter Quill. So it is safe to say Peter Parker is a movie buff.
MCU and Star Wars Paradoxes
So the first paradox is theorized like this. If Peter Parker is a fan of old movies and a fan of Star Wars, then he must be aware of the character Mace Windu. He would then in turn know that the actor who plays Mace Windu is Samuel L. Jackson. During the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Parker meets Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson). It is only logical that if Peter was a movie buff that he would have to notice the incredible similarity between Mace Windu and Nick Fury.
Wait, it gets better! In Captain Marvel, the Skrull Talos is played by actor Ben Mendelsohn. Of course as a Skrull he looks nothing like Mendelsohn, but when he takes a human form as Director Keller of S.H.I.E.L.D. he looks exactly like him. So back to the theory that Star Wars exists in the MCU, Ben Mendelsohn plays Orson Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now the events of Captain Marvel take place way before Peter Parker is even born, which are years before that movie on the timeline is even made.
This could all of course lead to new theories like if Talos was pretending to be Nick Fury in Far From Home, maybe he pretended to be Samuel L. Jackson during the filming of Star Wars Episode I or Episode II. Better yet, maybe Talos really is Ben Mendelsohn in the MCU and that is his side gig when he is not busy working for S.H.I.E.L.D. as a body double. Feel free to geek out with your own crazy theories.