Spider-Man: Far From Home is rounding out its cast with some familiar faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Samuel L. Jackson has been rumored to appear in the film and now Vulture reports that it’s a done deal.
It appears, however, that Jackson’s Nick Fury will not be the only (former) S.H.I.E.L.D. member to appear in Spidey’s next movie. Cobie Smulders will also be back as Maria Hill. This raises very interesting questions for the future of the MCU.
Last we saw, both Fury and Hill turned to dust in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War. Spider-Man (Tom Holland) suffered the same fate, though, so if he gets to come back from that, so can Fury and Hill.
The interesting questions start with when Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and producer Amy Pascal both said last summer that the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel would pick up after Avengers 4.
In a more recent interview with io9, however, Feige was less committal regarding Far From Home‘s place in the MCU timeline.
“Well, when does that movie take place? We know it’s the summer. I think it’s summer vacation. I think he’s going to Europe with his friends. I don’t know what summer… I mean, I do know [but you don’t].”
Feige might have just been playing coy since the question was about Sony having to market Far From Home with a character, Spider-Man, audiences saw die in Infinity War. Far From Home may indeed be set after Avengers 4, as Feige previously shared, but those comments came before a script was written.
There is plenty of room for Far From Home to take place between Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. Most of Homecoming takes place two months after Captain America: Civil War, which happens two years before Infinity War.
That leaves (approximately) a 22-month window in which Far From Home could operate. Tom Holland recently shared a video of himself in a costume that looks like the same one he wore in Homecoming.
This could mean that all of Far From Home takes place before everyone, including Fury and Hill, gets dusted. It could also mean nothing and Far From Home is still set after Avengers 4. Peter Parker has come back and ditched the Iron Spider suit that saved his life in Infinity War.
The involvement of Fury and Hill is even more interesting if the movie is after Avengers 4. What exactly are Fury and Hill doing? What organization are they a part of?
We saw them reunite in Avengers: Age of Ultron, a year after S.H.I.E.L.D. fell in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They had a Helicarrier in Age of Ultron and were “What S.H.I.E.L.D.’s supposed to be,” according to Captain America (Chris Evans).
S.H.I.E.L.D. has not been officially reestablished in the Marvel movies, though, despite that line from Cap. Fury and Hill were not seen again until Infinity War. If they’re back after Avengers 4, perhaps we’ll finally learn that they are indeed part of a returning S.H.I.E.L.D., or a new organization.
I’d love to throw out S.W.O.R.D. as a possible organization for Fury and Hill to be a part of, but Spider-Man’s adventures are too low to the ground for that group. The Sentient World Observation and Response Department usually operates out of a space station and deals with extraterrestrial threats.