One would think that Avengers: Endgame’s massive finale, which culminates 11 years worth of Marvel Studios’ stories, would bring the third phase of the MCU to a close. However, despite the obvious, recent comments by studio chief Kevin Feige confirmed that Spider-Man: Far From Home would actually serve as the ultimate film in the Infinity Saga, an announcement that left many fans scratching their heads. Now, the Spider–Man sequel’s director is weighing in on where exactly Far From Home fits into Marvel’s timeline.
This month’s issue of Total Film takes a deep dive into Spidey’s next MCU solo outing, dishing out spoiler-filled info like its Christmas morning. Among other things, director Jon Watts revealed that he had no say in where Far From Home fell into Marvel’s timeline, explaining the following:
“Kevin said recently that this movie is technically the end of Phase 3, so I’ll defer to Kevin on Phase-related questions!”
This revelation is tantamount to the Marvel model, in which everyone, even the directors of their own movie, has to forfeit some control to Feige. In a way, it makes sense that the studio would close out Phase Three with Far From Home though since it deals with the ramifications of Endgame’s five-year time jump and the return of those Snapped away.
As for what’s in store for Phase Four, we know a Black Widow standalone film is shooting in secret at this very moment, even though Marvel Studios hasn’t even confirmed the film’s coming. The same goes for The Eternals and Shang-Chi, both of which are deep into pre-production despite having not been announced.
There’ve also been rumblings of Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange sequels in development, possibly culminating in an Ultimates film somewhere down the line, but again, Feige is remaining tight-lipped. Lastly, James Gunn’s return for a third Guardians of the Galaxy has been confirmed, but we know it won’t start shooting until after he’s wrapped on The Suicide Squad in a few years from now.
Spidey’s next film, meanwhile, hits theaters nationwide on July 2nd, and the first Phase Four pic will arrive on May 1st, 2020, so be sure to check back with We Got This Covered as more details will no doubt follow Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s release.