Spider-Man: Far From Home spoilers ahead…
The first post-credits scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home is one of the best to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a while. After defeating the villainous Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), Spider-Man takes his new girlfriend, MJ, for a swing around the city. Everything seems happily ever after when suddenly a giant screen in the middle of the city starts broadcasting breaking news. We see J. Jonah Jameson (played by JK Simmons) reveal a video courtesy of Mysterio. The clearly adulterated video frames Spider-Man as a villain who not only caused chaos but also mercilessly killed Mysterio. It was a genuinely surprising moment that left fans salivating for a sequel.
In an interview with THR, Jake Gyllenhaal, who wonderfully plays Mysterio in Far From Home provides a little insight on that scene.
“So often, we’re used to the same structure, particularly in very large movies, and it takes a lot of courage to leave on those kinds of cliffhangers. The way I look at it is twofold: Mysterio exists as someone to teach Peter Parker a lesson. In my opinion, there’s no use for just a straight-up bad guy unless there’s a lesson to be learned. And the lesson, particularly for Peter, is what is growing up for real.”
Gyllenhaal also praised the filmmakers for their ballsiness take this path and the way they crafted Peter’s arc in the film.
“The courage that the filmmakers had in Far From Home to say, ‘We’re gonna bring in a villain that’s going to turn Peter’s world upside down and force him to be who he actually is to the whole world. Nothing’s a secret anymore,’ that was amazing. As an audience member, not as the person who played Mysterio, I believe in Peter Parker, and I believe in Spider-Man, his power and how strong he is. What Mysterio reveals will end up helping Peter, somewhere. He’ll learn from it, and those are the best characters. The characters who teach our heroes a lesson don’t always have to be like Obi-Wan.”
Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently screening in Malaysian cinemas.