With “Spider-Man: Far from Home” now out in cinemas everywhere, the film’s director Jon Watts and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige have begun talking spoilers, including those two credits sequences that are pretty damn big.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME”
Talking with ComicBookMovie.com, Watts discussed the first of the credits sequence, the mid-credits scene which starts out like a fun little sojourn, then incorporates a great surprise cameo of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson running TheDailyBugle.net, and ending on a cliffhanger – Mysterio revealing Peter Parker’s identity in a video.
Watts says with that having happened, he now has to go back to all the MCU films featuring Spider-Man again and research it before he figures out how to approach the next film: “You get to see Peter reveal his identity to the world in Civil War. I’m going to have to do that homework too now, I’ve sort of painted myself in the corner. I gotta go back to the archive.”
Watts also confirmed Simmons’ scenes were the last thing they shot in order to avoid spoilers from leaking online – no test audiences got to see it in advance, the first glimpse was shown to press in London only a few weeks ago.
Watts was also asked by Cinema Blend about the use of other members of Spider-Man’s rogue’s gallery in future films. The two films so far have deliberately avoided use of bad guys who were previously adapted for the screen in the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield films, and Watts says the plan is to continue on that path:
“You always start by trying to show people something that they haven’t seen before, unless you have a really good reason, I think, to bring back someone we’ve seen before. Spider-Man has such a great rogue’s gallery that there’s a lot still I think to draw from. I mean, we also put Cyclone, Molten Man and Hydro Man in this movie, in a very roundabout way… Technically you could say [Mexico’s villain] was like Sandman. But yeah, it’s always about trying to find something new and just trying to push the envelope there, but I dunno, I dunno who it could be next.”
Feige also spoke with the outlet and backs up Watts’ assessment:
“It just depends on, is it the right story? Is that the right time? Is there the right angle to do it again in a way that feels fresh and doesn’t feel like, ‘Oh, here it is again’. Because Spidey, as you know, better than anyone, has a great roster of villains. A great number of them, with Mysterio and Vulture being being two of the best that hadn’t been brought to the screen before. I think it all depends on what the story is. It all depends on what the, what the angle is.”
Notable Spider-Man baddies like Kraven the Hunter, Scorpion, Chameleon, Spider-Slayer and Tombstone have yet to make an appearance on film.
Feige also spoke about the online talk about Avengers Tower. As we know from ‘Homecoming,’ Stark’s Avengers Tower has been sold off and that has led to much speculation that Norman Osborn’s Oscorp is the new owner. In ‘Far from Home,’ we glimpse the building as it undergoes construction and Feige laughed when ComicBook.com asked him who is in charge there:
“I didn’t see a sign there yet. I don’t think they put the sign up. I always think the speculation fuels it, whether that speculation is correct, as it sometimes is, or if that speculation is wrong, as it often is. How awesome is it seeing him swing around at the end of that movie, and with the web wings glide through a under-construction version of Avengers Tower?”
All the talk comes as “Spider-Man: Far From Home” pulled in $27 million on Wednesday, the biggest hump-day gross for any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and one of the best non-opening grosses ever for any film. Whilst Sony is still playing it conservative with its opening six day estimates of $125 million, others are projecting a potential $175 million gross over the same period.