WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, in theaters now.
At the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it seems like everything will be just fine for the wall-crawler. He saved the world, he discovered how to live up to the legacy of Tony Stark and how to be his own superhero. He's got a new suit and he's back in New York City, swinging to his heart's content. Truly, it looks like Spider-Man's future is going to be a hopeful, bright one.
And then comes the mid-credits scene. Picking up right where we left off a few seconds ago, with Spider-Man swinging through Manhattan with MJ, Peter's life is suddenly turned upside down -- completely. Not only is the superhero branded a murderer and declared a public menace (by none other than J. Jonah Jameson), his secret identity is also revealed to the entire world.
For the audience, as well as the character himself, these developments are totally shocking. But the truth is, it's also quintessential Spider-Man stuff.
At first glance, Far From Home's mid-credits scene is an absolute game-changer. It turns everything on its head by shattering the foundations of prior movies, promising a drastic change for the future. However, it's also something that comic book readers may not be surprised to see happen. Not because Spider-Man's identity was already made public once before in the comics, but because of something called the Parker Luck.
In the comic books, the Parker Luck is the name Peter uses to refer to his extremely bad luck. Whenever things are looking up, whenever it seems like things will finally go his way for a bit, they usually don't. If he's got a date or an important presentation, a supervillain is sure to mess things up. If he's on time to a meeting, he'll almost assuredly end up being late. If he's feeling particularly spry, he'll get a cold. Essentially, the Parker Luck is the name given to every normal and bad thing that can happen to Peter at the most unfortunate time. It's the source of humor, but also great drama. It's a reminder that good things never last. And it's part of what makes Spider-Man the relatable hero that he is.
Sure, it may appear as a curse, but it's also a sculpting mechanism. It's what makes Spider-Man who he is, and what pushes him to make great sacrifices for the greater good.
The Parker Luck is an important part of the comics, but it's something that we haven't seen a whole lot of in Spider-Man's big screen adventures. Sure, we've seen instances of it here and there, but Far From Home's post-credits scene is the biggest dose of the Parker Luck we've gotten yet. We don't necessarily expect it to be given a name any time soon, but it's probably as close as we can get. For a brief moment, everything was great for Peter. Now, it's all come crashing down.
Going forward, his life is never going to be the same again, and he will have to dig deep to show us, yet again, what makes him the greatest of superheroes.
Now in theaters, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.