Spider-Man: Far From Home spoilers ahead…
One of the most intriguing aspects of Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place right at the end, well, the first mid-credits scene to be specific. As Spidey swings around the neighbourhood with his new girlfriend, MJ, they’re interrupted by breaking news on the big screen in the middle of the city. Reporting the news is none other than popular Spider-Man comics character J. Jonah Jameson, who runs a video courtesy of the conniving Mysterio, that not only paints Spider-Man as a villain, but also reveals his identity. “PETER PARKER!” Mysterio screams!
In an interview with the New York Times, Spider-Man: Far From Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers revealed that while it was always part of the plan to reveal Spider-Man’s identity, the manner in which it happens was initially very different. McKenna said:
“We were wondering, ‘Are we going as deep as we need to at the end of the movie?’ We played with the idea that Peter is the one who sacrifices his identity out of necessity during the final battle, then it seemed more interesting if Mysterio tricks him into doing it, but any time we wrote a version where he was being revealed to the world in that battle, it felt like it diminished the victory. So before it became a tag, it was really just the end of the movie: Right as he feels he’s stepping up as Spider-Man, he has the rug pulled out from under him again.”
Sommers added that the duo initially debated on how far to push the angle and finally decided that it’s best to put Spidey in a very, very difficult situation before the sequel.
“We were definitely debating, should we just reveal who Spider-Man is, or should we frame him for something and turn him into a pariah?” said Sommers. “Ultimately, we decided that both was the way to go. It’s such a triumph at the end because he’s got the girl and finally earned a big swing through the city, so we want to knock him down as far as possible.”
Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently screening in Malaysian cinemas.