Now that you have seen Spider-Man: Far From Home and hopefully enjoyed Tom Holland’s latest adventures as much as we did, it is time to talk all things spoilers, the ending, the credits scenes, and Easter eggs.
Be warned, do not venture further if you have not watched the movie yet, you have been warned.
With Mysterio aka Quentin Beck defeated, Spider-Man returns back home to a relatively safe New York City. Peter Parker is now officially a couple with Michelle/MJ, and all things seem well… Until we see a familiar face.
J. Jonah Jameson is back, played by the imperious J.K. Simmons once more, and through his new mouthpiece TheDailyBugle.net, besmirches Spider-Man again with doctored footage of the final battle that pins all the blame on the webhead.
What is infinitely worse, is that Mysterio reveals Spider-Man’s true identity as Peter Parker to the entire world, and we are all left shocked as the scene ends.
We cut back to Nick Fury and Maria Hill driving off to another secret location, only to witness them shapeshift back into the Skrulls Talos and Soren. Last seen in Captain Marvel, it would appear they have been working with the real Nick Fury while he is off-world.
And where exactly is the former Director of S.H.E.I.L.D? In space and on board a spacecraft together with a team of Skrulls. This is most likely to be the space station known as The Peak, the HQ of the Sentient World Observation and Response Department aka S.W.O.R.D.
Like the comics, this organisation is the cosmic counterpart of S.H.E.I.L.D, and from the everything that has happened in the Infinity Saga, it only make sense for Earth to have defensive countermeasures put into place with Nick Fury at the helm. A certain Carol Danvers has also been a leader of the space organisation.
With Spider-Man: Far From Home capping off Marvel’s Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would seem we should look to the stars as the next generation of heroes prepare for even more adventures.
J. Jonah Jameson
The biggest and probably most surprising part of the film has to be the return of J.K. Simmons iconic J. Jonah Jameson. No longer a newspaperman, he has now moved onto the Internet in a parody-like version of InfoWars or the Marvel equivalent, The Fact Channel, once again having Spider-Man in his sights, in a manner much like in Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The framing of Spider-Man is not new to Mysterio, his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man No. 13 has him proclaiming to be a hero that will stop Spider-Man from committing more crimes, crimes that Mysterio himself engineered as a fake Spider-Man. Jameson also teams up with the villain and goes all in on the anti-Spider-Man propaganda.
Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man
Speaking of the game, aside from the J. Jonah Jameson inspiration, Aunt May’s new endeavour in charitable work in the comics was brought to fruition in the game, as she worked for the homeless shelter FEAST under Martin Li/Mister Negative.
On his way to his date with MJ, the prolonged sequence of Spider-Man swinging through the city hearkens back to the game, as well as the same selfie pose that can be recreated in the game. The Velocity Suit also appears during Peter’s construction of his latest suit.
As Spider-Man makes his way through the city at the end, he runs on top of a building that would be very familiar to long-time fans. It is the Osborn Penthouse, home to Norman and Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.
While the villainous Osborns are nowhere to be seen, this could be a foreshadowing of events come…or just a subtle nod to the history of Spider-Man in cinemas.
There is just something about Peter Parker and his secret identity. In the comics, Spider-Man willingly revealed himself during Civil War, and ended up losing Aunt May to the vengeful Kingpin.
He got her back eventually via a deal with Mephisto, and together with Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Mister Fantastic, used a spell to wipe the memory of his identity from the entire world.
While Spider-Man gets unmasked in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it would be hard to see the same method working once more, and it will be interesting to see how Marvel handles the fallout from this direction.
Spider-Man: Far From Home introduces two more suits, including the Stealth suit that looks similar to the suit donned by Spider-Man Noir. But we also got a trip down memory lane as Mysterio conjures up three previous suits of Peter, including the fantastic homemade suit.
Even though Mysterio claimed to be from the alternate dimension of Earth-833 (home of Spider-UK), we would learn that it was all part of the plan to sell the idea of him being an inter-dimensional hero. However, he also gave the designation of 616 to this current MCU’s Earth, which is the same as Earth Prime in the comics.
It could all just be fan service, but with the Ancient One suggesting that the multiverse could very well be real in Doctor Strange, we would definitely not put it past Marvel to flesh out the idea.
The former Director of S.H.I.E.L.D plays a pivotal role in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and while we eventually learn of his true location, his Skrull counterparts played their role well.
Just like the Life Model Decoys that the comics’ Nick Fury is so fond of using to trick and deceive many of his foes/friends alike. The LMDs were a big plot point in the earlier seasons of the TV series Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.
Another big part of that was Project T.A.H.I.T.I.(Terrestrialized Alien Host Integrative Tissue I.), where a Kree corpse was harvested for medical advantages and innovations. It was used by Fury to bring Agent Coulson back alive, with the side effect of memories of vacationing in Tahiti, like what Fury was looking at when Talos calls.
Also, when Spider-Man rushed to warn Fury about Mysterio’s deception, we see the license plate “MTU83797,” which definitely references Marvel Team-Up No. 83 from July, 1979, where Spider-Man teams up with Nick Fury to take down the villain named Boomerang.
One of the people working for Nick Fury is the enigmatic Dmitri, who Nick Fury uses to steer Spider-Man and his friends to where he wants them. He disappears shortly after a pitstop.
In the Amazing Spider-Man No. 1, Spider-Man fights against his first supervillain, the appearance-altering Chameleon, whose real name was Dmitri Smerdyakov. He was also the half-brother to another famous rogue, Kraven the Hunter.
Or he could be Dmitri Bukharin, the current Crimson Dynamo that is a member of Russia’s Avengers-like team, the Winter Guard.
Working together with Beck was a team of disgruntled ex-Stark Industries employees, who did not appreciate Tony’s apparent lack of regard for their “B.A.R.F” innovation.
One of them is William Ginter Riva, an engineer last seen being berated by one Obadiah Stane 11 years ago in the first Iron Man film.
Spider-Man: Far From Home gave us a memorial video that was shown during Midtown High’s morning news show to celebrate our fallen heroes from Avengers: Endgame. Anchoring the show is one Jason Ioello, who first appeared in Untold Tales of Spider-Man No. 2 as part of Flash Thompson’s gang of “popular” kids who terrorises Peter Parker.
His fellow anchor, Betty Brant, is also important to Peter Parker, at least in the comics. Betty was Peter’s first girlfriend before she started dating Ned Leeds aka future Hobgoblin, and while the MCU’s Ned appears less of a threat, who knows where things might head next.
Peter’s main opponent for MJ’s affections is Brad Davis. In Amazing Spider-Man No. 188, with Peter and MJ on a break from their relationship, they bumped into each other on a cruise, and none other than Brad Davis, the star quarterback at Empire State University, was with MJ. The cruise is eventually attacked by the villain Jigsaw, and we never saw Brad again.
Crusher Hogan vs. Bone Saw McGraw
In one of the earlier parts of the movie, we see Happy Hogan passing on a cheque to Aunt May for her charity on behalf of Pepper Potts. What is more interesting is a small poster behind them that is advertising a fight with one Crusher Hogan.
Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy No. 15 had him testing out his new spider-powers on the wrestler Crusher Hogan.
Another poster behind Happy shows an upcoming fight between Crusher Hogan and Bone Saw McGraw. In the original Spider-Man, the filmmakers decided to change the name of Crusher Hogan to Bone Saw McGraw (played by Macho Man Randy Savage) so as not to let audiences confuse him with real-life wrestler Hulk Hogan.
While we have not seen any traces of Uncle Ben in the Tom Holland Spider-Man films outside of a few references, Spider-Man: Far From Home gives us one more subtle nod to Peter’s origin story. The suitcase he brings to Europe sports the initials “BFP,” for the man Benjamin Franklin Parker.
The Streets of Venice
When the class is leaving Venice, they turn a corner and we get a sight of several street names that pay homage to many of the writers that have brought Spider-Man to life, albeit altered a little with the term “calle,” which refers to Venice’s streets added.
Calle Sterno celebrates legendary writer Roger Stern, who started off his Spider-Man career with Spectacular Spider-Man No. 43 in June, 1980. He proceeded to take over Amazing Spider-Man, starting with issue No. 224 in January, 1982.
Some of his iconic stories include: “The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man”, “Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut”, and the genesis and mystery of the Hobgoblin.
Dan Slott is next with Calle Slotto, who wrote Spider-Man for over a decade and still boasts the all-time record of issues written about the character till this day.
Starting off with a Spider-Man/Human Torch miniseries in 2005, Slott then moved to writing Amazing Spider-Man as part of a team, and eventually giving us the Spider-Verse.
Calle Bendiso is referencing one Brian Michael Bendis, the father of Ultimate Spider-Man that started in 2000.
Bendis gave us a re-imagining of the origins for Peter as a high school sophomore, who had to deal with a revitalised universe of enemies, bullies, and unique challenges. It was also Bendis who killed off Peter Parker, paving the way for another iconic webhead, Miles Morales.
David Michelinie is next with Calle Michelinio. Michelinio had the third longest run on Amazing Spider-Man, and reinventing the way Peter Parker looked together with Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, and Mark Bagley.
His run from 1987 to 1994 also saw the introductions of Venom and Carnage in issues #298 and #361 respectively.
Last but not least is Gerry Conway, who gets his own Calle G. Convayo. He famously gave fans the death of Gwen Stacy, and was also the first full-time writer to take over from Stan Lee when he stopped writing Amazing Spider-Man at the tender age of 19.
Conway also introduced the world to The Punisher.
The film’s primary threats are the supposed Elementals, monsters born of the elements from another dimension.
In the comics, the Elementals are a supergroup of villains who first appeared in Supernatural Thrillers No. 8, made up of Hellfire, Hydron, Magnum, and Zeyphr. They were immortal and ruled over the whole of Earth before the rise of Atlantis.
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, it would appear that the filmmakers adopted the names of the villains while using more conventional Spider-Man villains Molten Man, Hydro-Man, Sandman, and Cyclone.
Nick Fury and Mysterio brought up the sightings of a cyclone with a face multiple times, and it would seem that is the classic villain Cyclone, who can control the wind and the air much like the Elemental Zephyr.
However, the ultimate showdown at the Tower Bridge sees Mysterio battling a being made up of Cyclone with the other Elementals joining in, which is a definite departure from what we know from the comics.
We also spotted a overturned vehicle with “TASM143” on its plates, a reference to The Amazing Spider-Man No. 143 in which Peter travels to Paris and squares off against Cyclone for the first time. It is the same issue where MJ and Peter kissed for the very first time.
Nick Fury and Maria Hill are seen investigating some ruins in Mexico at the start of Spider-Man: Far From Home, and soon comes face to face with a being made up of sand. While he certainly looks markedly different from the comics, it would appear that this Elemental is more Sandman than Magnum.
The pair also walk past a license plate with “463” on it, and Sandman debuted in Amazing Spider-Man No. 4 back in 1963, coincidence? Maybe not.
As the teens explored Venice and its waterways, they are besieged by a watery beast that could easily pass off for Hydro-Man, who can control all things water, just like the Elemental Hydron.
In fact, after the melee, Flash Thompson recounts a story that mirrors the origins of Hydro-Man almost perfectly. Hydro-Man was a crewman, Morrie Bench, who got knocked by Spider-Man off the U.S.S. Bulldog while a super-powerful, experimental generator was being tested. He ended up with water powers and a hatred for Spider-Man.
For the eagle-eyed, you would have spotted a boat with the markings “ASM 212” behind Ned as Betty takes pictures of him, and issue 212 was the debut of Hydro-Man himself.
The destructive force of fire at the carnival, the combination of Molten Man and the Elemental Hellfire certainly feels most destructive and clearly the leader of the group, and that is exactly who Hellfire was.
As S.H.E.I.L.D rushes to the scene, the license plate of “ASM2895” seems to point towards Amazing Spider-Man No. 28, an issue that was released in September of 1965. That was the first appearance of Molten Man, one March Raxton who gained powers after a liquid metal alloy spill.
That is about all we could find in Spider-Man: Far From Home, did you manage to see something we did not? Tell us in the comments below, as we all contemplate how Peter Parker is going to swing his way out of this mess next time.
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