The dust from Avengers: Endgame has now well and truly settled, and the next instalment in the MCU is upon us, with Spider-Man: Far From Home swinging into Cineworld this week.
Far From Home takes the comic-book action away from the New York skyline, as Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) embarks on a grand European trip with his school chums. There, our hero faces his biggest threat yet, in the shape of the terrifying Elementals. Help arrives from an apparent do-gooder called Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), but is he all he's cracked up to be? Throw in the recent conformation of the multiverse, and you have one marvellous outing you don’t want to miss.
As we’ve come to expect from Marvel, details of what fans can expect have been kept a tight secret – but when has that ever stopped a landslide of theories, speculations and rumours making their way to the internet? As we look forward to the upcoming release, here are five rumours about Far From Home that we hope come true...
1. More Skrulls may be revealed
If you caught Captain Marvel at Cineworld in March, you’ll be acquainted with the Skrulls. In the MCU chronology, the shape-shifting alien race landed on Earth in the 1990s, during their long war with the Kree. Throughout Captain Marvel, we saw just how flawlessly the Skrulls can shape-shift into human characters – and, according to a rumour, two well-established Marvel characters could be revealed to have been Skrulls all along.
Nothing that’s occurred in the franchise to date has been an isolated event, so bringing back the Skrulls would be an interesting way to connect the central plot point of Captain Marvel to the rest of the saga, drastically changing our outlook on the series so far.
Currently, the top contenders for being Skrulls are S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) – who frequently appears by Fury’s side. Both characters are set to appear in Far From Home, but whether or not they’ll remain human is anyone’s guess.
2. Iron Man will return (sort of)
As well as showing us just how amazingly epic comic-book movies can be, Endgame gave us one of the most heartbreaking movie moments in recent memory: the death of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Judging by the latest Far From Home trailer, Tony’s absence has (unsurprisingly) had a huge effect on the MCU. But if one Reddit user is to be believed, he won’t be gone for long – sort of. According to the whisper, Far From Home's post-credit scene will see Peter Parker “putting on a new piece of equipment” that contains an AI version of Tony Stark. The father-son relationship between Peter and Tony has made for some of the franchise’s most touching moments, so having a continuation of this in the future would certainly be welcome.
However, the likelihood of this rumour being true seems slim as BuzzFeed reporter Michael Blackmon has tweeted that the post-credit scene “will make fans of the [Tobey Maguire] films nostalgic”, suggesting that it will contain something completely different.
3. Introducing Oscorp
Ever since Tony Stark revealed in Spider-Man: Homecoming that he would be selling Avengers Tower (formerly Stark Tower), fans have been speculating about who will buy it. Some have said that it will become the Baxter Building, to pave the way for The Fantastic Four – but according to Beyond the Trailer’s Grace Randolph, it will become Oscorp Tower.
For those who don’t know, Oscorp Tower is an integral part of the Spider-Man comics. It houses Oscorp Industries – owned by Norman Osborn, who becomes the villainous Green Goblin (played brilliantly by Willem Dafoe in 2002’s Spider-Man). It goes without saying that introducing Oscorp into the MCU will be a pretty big deal for Spidey fans, and could mean a bright future ahead for Phase 4.
4. A surprise villain who’s not Mysterio
While Mysterio has been painted as one of the good guys in the marketing for Far From Home, those aware of his villainous comic-book roots seem certain that he’ll become the film’s main antagonist – but what if he’s not the one we should be worried about? Reporting way back in May 2018, CBR picked up on a “credible source” posting plot details of the upcoming film on Reddit. The source claimed that “a surprise Marvel Comics character [will be] revealed as Mysterio’s employer”, which would in turn “[build up] to the Sinister Six”. Who exactly this mysterious villain might be isn’t specified; however, speculation surrounding the casting of Crazy Rich Asians’ Remy Hii suggests that he could be playing Spidey foe Martin Li/Mister Negative.
What makes us think this rumour could become reality is that the source got a lot of details, like the death of Iron Man and the fact that there would be scenes in London, correct when the film was still going by the working title Field Trip.
5. An ultimate team-up?
As if there won't already be enough going on in Far From Home, what with Mysterio and the Elementals getting involved alongside the inclusion of a multiverse, one rumour highlighted by Looper suggests that we could also be seeing the introduction of a second Spider-Man in the form of Miles Morales, who appeared in the unrelated outing Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
The basis for this intriguing speculation comes from Marvel’s launch, back in November, of a countdown clock to the film’s release, which started at 240 days. The significance? Issue #240 of the Spider-Man comic, published in 2018, was the last featuring Morales.
Further fuel to this rumour came from references to the character in a scene deleted from Homecoming. However, this could all be a huge coincidence.
Spider-Man: Far From Home opens on 2nd July. Click here to book your tickets