A Tangled Web of Spoilers

January 17, 2019
by Alanna Elling

The recent release of the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home really serves to show how much things have changed in the world of films and how they are marketed. The idea that a trailer for an upcoming movie could potentially contain spoilers for another entirely separate upcoming movie would have been hard to comprehend ten years ago. But that’s exactly what happened, and the Far From Home trailer has raised more questions than answers for the fate of not only Peter Parker, but also his eccentric mentor Tony Stark.


For anyone who’s not familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Spoiler-Warning!), last year’s Avengers: Infinity War ended on a surprisingly downbeat note with the Mad Titan Thanos using the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half of the universe’s population with a single snap of his fingers. Among the casualties was Spider-Man himself, as well as the vast majority of the MCU’s other major heroes, save for the original Avengers Team. While the ending was a massive shock to audiences, its effect was slightly undercut by the knowledge that another Spider-Man Movie had already been confirmed even before Infinity War was released. And the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home does confirm that everyone’s favorite Web-Head somehow managed to spring-back from a bad case of disintegration, which seems to imply that the effects of the Snap will be reversed in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.


But several cryptic moments in the trailer have fueled speculation by fans that Tony Stark may not survive the events of Endgame. His presence is completely absent in the Far From Home trailer, despite him playing a big role in Homecoming as Spider-Man’s mentor. Several shots showing Peter looking mournfully at his suit (designed by Tony), a check from the Stark Relief Foundation signed by Pepper Potts, and Happy’s line, “You’re all alone”, all have rather ominous implications. Further questions arise from the unconfirmed rumors that the beginning of Far From Home takes place mere minutes after the end of Infinity War, which would support the widely held fan-theory that time-travel will be used in Endgame to reverse the effects of the Snap.


This is all speculation however, and it would be wise to remember that movie trailers are often carefully edited to mislead viewers with scenes and dialogue presented out of context. Coupled with the fact that the marketing for Avengers: Endgame is only going to show footage from the first fifteen minutes of the film, I think Marvel is playing their cards close to the chest. Personally, I think the reports of Tony Stark’s death may be a little exaggerated. While I don’t doubt that the Avengers will be forced into making great sacrifices in Endgame to reverse the Snap, killing off Tony after everything he’s endured would be cruelly anticlimactic. But then again, I was also one of the millions people who left the theater in stunned silence after Infinity War, so take my words with a grain of salt.


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