The Infinity Saga isn’t over just yet. Though Avengers: Endgame is every bit the epic culmination it deserved to be, a 22-chapter saga needs an extra twenty-third chapter to showcase the full fallout of the finale.

That’s where Spider-Man: Far From Home comes in. It is more than an epilogue, but not yet the beginning of the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has previously said that Far From Home is the end of Phase Three and not the beginning of Phase Four (or whatever’s next), but could not elaborate without spoiling Endgame.

Now, with any and all secrets from Endgame having been revealed, Feige can freely explain why Marvel sees Far From Home as the end of a cinematic saga that is 23 chapters instead of 22. Feige took the opportunity to do just that when the Far From Home press tour hit Berlin.

“We’ve been working for many years on Infinity War and Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Feige said. “Those were the films that were culminating the entire Infinity Saga of the MCU. And as we were working on Endgame we realized that the true end of the entire Infinity Saga, the final film of Phase Three, had to be Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

Feige gave a quick spoiler warning as he continued, “We lose Tony Stark at the end of Endgame and the relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark is so special over the five films that Tom Holland has portrayed Spider-Man in the MCU, that we needed to see where his journey went, and see how does Spider-Man step out of the shadow of his mentor, Tony Stark, and become the true hero that he was always meant to be.

“And it’s for that reason that Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home are essentially two pieces of the same story. And it’s not over yet until Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

This is a smart call made by Marvel Studios. A funeral was held for Tony Stark in Endgame and it was beautiful, but saying goodbye to a character that has driven the MCU for eleven years is not that simple or quick.

Marvel fans are in mourning and so is Peter Parker, who’s lost a mentor and father figure. We will see that in Far From Home, just as we should, as it fits in perfectly with the next step in Peter’s arc.

Peter Parker has spent so much of his life, especially the portion in which he’s been a superhero, wanting to be just like Tony Stark. Peter thinks the world needs the next Iron Man, but perhaps the lesson he’ll learn in Far From Home is that being the first Spider-Man and the best version of Peter Parker are more than enough.

Who knows? Perhaps Peter will even fulfill the late Tony Stark’s wish of Spider-Man not just being like Iron Man, but being better.

SOURCE: Sony Pictures Germany