SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Writers Reveal an Alternate Ending and Discuss all The Big Plot Twists
Spider-Man: Far From Home is kicking ass at the box office and Marvel fans have been loving the movie. For those of you interested on learning more about the film and knowing the thoughts of the writers who wrote it, in a recent interview with The New York Times, they share and discuss all kinds of interesting details!
They reveal an original alternate ending for Spider-Man and also talk about all of the big twists in the film. Some of the things addressed include the Multiverse, the choices they made with Nick Fury, Tony Stark being the new Uncle Ben, how they will move forward with Spider-Man after the big shocking ending, and more.
Obviously, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, then you might want to wait to read what Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers have to day about their movie.
There was a version of the story where Mysterio was the villain from the very beginning:
Even though Mysterio was shown as being a hero in the trailer for the film, comic book fans knew that Mysterio was going to end up being the big villain behind the destruction of The Elementals. But, there was a version of the story where Quentin Beck would have been a villain from the very start:
"With Mysterio, there were versions of the story where he was at the forefront as an out-and-out villain that Peter and Nick were chasing around Europe as he pulled off these events," McKenna reveals, "all building to this back story of why he was doing it, which was a wholly different third act. We went down a lot of different roads." "[Ultimately], because Mysterio deals so much in deception," Sommers adds, "it was sort of natural that it led to a story structure where his entire identity was a mislead for a while."
The reason for The Multiverse’s inclusion in the story:
As you know, The Multiverse ended up being one of the big lies that Mysterio told, but the trailers made us believe that The Multiverse was real and that the MCU had changed in a huge way. When talking about the reason The Multiverse was referenced in the story, it’s explained:
"Any time we find ourselves with a twist or surprise reveal of something like this," Sommers explains, "we want to do as much as we can to protect it and distract from it ahead of time." McKenna adds: "What we kept saying is that he had to feel like a real character, so we wanted to give him a tragic back story with all the details of coming from another world, and make sure that the Elementals he’s fighting felt like a growing, Avengers-level threat...we wanted to make it as believable as possible."
The reason behind the choice to reveal Nick Fury was the Skrull Talos the whole time:
During the final post-credits scene, there was a huge twist that the Nick Fury who was working with Mysterio and Spider-Man was the Skrull Talos the who time. The real Nick Fury was in space. According to McKenna, this was meant to explain how Fury could be fooled by Mysterio:
"Thematically, we wanted to have as many illusions and twists as possible, and up through the end of the movie, we wanted to make you question everything you’ve seen beforehand. But it was definitely an idea that came later in the process, and it helped, because if anyone in the audience had issues with Nick Fury falling for Quentin’s nonsense, it was a nice safety valve to have."
On if Tony Stark Is the "New" Uncle Ben:
It has been confirmed that Uncle Ben does exist in the MCU and there is a chance we might actually see him one day. But, he’s always been a major positive influence on Peter Parker. These films are very different, though. In these films, Tony Stark takes that place of Uncle Ben. McKenna admitted that Peter's relationship with Tony Stark is now just as important as his relationship with Uncle Ben was in the comics:
"The other 'Spider-Man' movies obviously dealt with Uncle Ben, and 'Homecoming' hinted at it, but you’re right: In a lot of ways, the gravitas really comes from Peter’s relationship with Tony." Sommers adds: "It’s assumed that there probably was an Uncle Ben and the pain of that loss is lingering there, but this gave everyone the chance to create a whole new friendship between Peter and his mentor, Tony, and to deal with the loss of that, which is a very powerful, emotional event in his life."
The choice to reveal Spider-Man's secret identity to the world:
It was a crazy shocking and unexpected moment when Spider-Man’s true identity was revealed to the world! That was a bold move because it was something that had never been done before! When talking about that choice, McKenna explained:
"We were challenged by the producers to come up with something that Peter sacrifices by the end of this movie, and when we hit upon that as a group, it became a very scary idea: 'Oh, no, we can’t do that! Then it’s not a Spider-Man movie anymore! It’s such a bold maneuver that it became inevitable, particularly with a tricky character like Mysterio, who’s this dark father figure. From the grave, is he trying to give Peter his 'I’m Iron Man' moment? It’s thrust upon him, but is this a lesson or a punishment?"
How Spider-Man being framed as a villain changes the future of the hero in the MCU:
In Mysterio’s final deceitful villainous act, he managed to make the world believe that Spider-Man is the real villain of the story and there’s no doubt that his new criminal status will be explored in the future. When discussing this, Sommars says:
"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? 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 had an original alternate ending for the film:
There was an alternate ending for the film where Peter Parker’s secret identity is revealed to the world in a very different way than what we saw in the film. McKenna reveals how that ended played out and why they ultimately changed it:
"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."
On bringing back J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson:
Seeing J.K. Simmons back in the role of J. Jonah Jameson was such a surprising treat! This is an idea they’ve been playing with since Homecoming. Sommars says:
"There had already been some interest in possibly using J.K. Simmons when we brought J. Jonah back, so once it was decided that we were going to reveal Peter’s identity at the very end instead of the final battle, it all fell into place very naturally that J. Jonah would be involved." McKenna added, "Something that had been floating through this entire movie was the idea of 'fake news' and how can you believe everything you see? We had been toying with the idea that Mysterio would turn Spider-Man into a villain, just like he did in the comic books, and it felt like that then tied into this J. Jonah 2.0 as the Alex Jones of the MCU."
Future plans for TheDailyBugle.net and J. Jonah Jameson:
It sounds like the future Spider-Man films will involve more of J. Jonah Jameson, but the character will be taken in a different direction in the MCU. McKenna says:
"It’s the 'Whiplash; version! It’s a little less comic-book — we’re taking him in a slightly different direction. But we’re excited that if this continues on and we get to work on the next one, hopefully, it’ll involve a lot of J.K.”
What do you all think about what the writers had to say here and reveal about Spider-Man: Far From Home? What do you think about some of the different directions they originally wanted to take the story and characters?