With the notable exception of Avengers: Endgame, the question isn't whether a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie has a post-credits scene, but instead how many does it have. After all, Marvel Studios is almost single-handedly responsible for the modern popularity of the technique, with most films since 2012's The Avengers including two such stingers -- and 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 going all-in with five. But what about Spider-Man: Far From Home?
The second co-production between Marvel and Sony Pictures, following 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, Far From Home is in the unenviable position of following the events of Endgame, in which the Avengers saved the universe from Thanos, at the cost of the lives of Iron Man and Black Widow. In addition to establishing a new status quo for the MCU -- how does society deal with the sudden reappearance of half the population, five years later? -- director Jon Watts' film also brings to a close Phase Three, and presumably sets the stage for whatever comes next.
In short, there's a lot on the plate of the sequel, which on its face appears to be a relatively care-free adventure involving a class trip by Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his friends to Europe that's hijacked by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to stop the mysterious Elementals popping up across the globe. But as we know from the marketing, events become even more complicated, with the introduction of Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), who claims to be from an alternate universe, and the apparent deduction by MJ (Zendaya) that Peter is Spider-Man. It's pretty safe to assume, considering all of that has been revealed in trailers, that the film has a lot more in store for audiences.
So much so that Spider-Man: Far From Home requires two extra scenes to unpack it all: one during the credits, and one after. We won't spoil anything about them, except to say they're essential viewing, laying the foundation not only for a Spider-Man sequel but also for the next phase of the MCU. Not that any fans were planning to creep toward the exits a little early, but just in cast: don't.
Far From Home's U.S. release is a bit unusual on a couple of fronts: It premieres on a Tuesday, to take full advantage of the extended Fourth of July weekend; and, bucking with tradition, there are no previews the night before (screenings begin Tuesday morning). The film is already playing in China, Japan and Hong Kong, where it's earned an estimated $110 million; it begins its rollout in other markets on Monday.
Opening July 2, 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.