‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’   |   Courtesy of Sony Pictures
The film’s final moments shake up the life of the friendly neighborhood superhero.
[This story contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home]Spider-Man’s swing through theaters this week marks the end of Marvel Studios’ Infinity Saga, an 11-year, 23 film, three phase journey that forever changed blockbusters and comic book adaptations. While Avengers: Endgame marked the end the road for a number of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s greatest heroes, Spider-Man’s story is just beginning. Spider-Man: Far From Home sees Peter Parker (Tom Holland) dealing with a world drastically altered in the aftermath of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) decimation, and Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) sacrifice. Parker’s continuing struggle to find his place in the world only gets more difficult in Far From Home as maturing into the Avenger the world expects him to be brings new problems and threats, both personal and global.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has previously discussed MCU Spider-Man sequels potentially following a format similar to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, in which the characters mature into adulthood over the course of the story. With that in mind, Far From Home promises that 16-year old Peter Parker’s path towards adulthood won’t be like any we’ve seen before in previous Spider-Man films. Far From Home’s mid-credits ending drastically alters things for Spider-Man, and promises a shift within the MCU just as monumental as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) approaching Tony Stark with the Avengers Initiative, and Thanos’ first grin. There’s a wealth of possibilities for where Spider-Man’s life will go next.

That Mid-Credits Scene

This is the big one. If you haven’t seen the film, this is your last chance to back out. Just when things are looking up for Peter Parker and he’s finally let MJ (Zendaya) know how he feels, his date is interrupted by a breaking announcement from none other than J. Jonah Jameson, who brands Spider-Man a menace after a video from Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) blames Spider-Man for the drone attacks shown across screens in Times Square. That alone would be enough of a cheer-worthy scene. Not only does Jameson finally make his presence known in this world, but he’s portrayed by none other than J.K. Simmons, who famously delivered a straight-from-the-comics performance in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Spider-Man is not only branded a menace in New York, but globally. It’s classic Parker Luck, extrapolated in an era of terrorist concerns and fake news. But that’s not all.

Mysterio claims he knows who Spider-Man really is. He starts to say it, only the “P” intelligible before the video feed cuts out. It seems Peter Parker is saved for the moment. But no. The video comes back up and very clearly Mysterio says “Peter Parker” before his picture is shown on the screen for all the world to see. This changes everything, not only for Peter Parker, but for Spider-Man and the future of the MCU. Mysterio won and dies a hero while Peter Parker is denied the balance between a normal life and that of an Avenger, the very thing he has sought across two films and seemingly had found moments before.