Avengers: Endgame had a difficult task of wrapping up 11 years of storytelling. It succeeded in doing so on almost every level. What is even more difficult however, is following that. Like the 1999 Chicago Bulls after Michael Jordan’s retirement, or the “Lead Actor” category at the Emmys in a post “Breaking Bad” world, Spider-Man: Far From Home had their work cut out for them.
Talking with IndieWire, Jon Watts had this to say about being the clean-up hitter for Endgame:
“We had established this very sort of particular kind of fun, lighthearted tone in ‘Homecoming.’ When I found out what they were planning on in ‘Endgame,’ I was like, ‘Oh wow, how do we balance the tone that we’ve established, but now deal with these massive, massive, consequential issues?‘”
As we know from the previews, Peter is dealing with the loss of Tony Stark. In fact, that seems to be the anchor for the entire movie. That is a pretty heavy thing to deal with. More so than high school crushes and homework.
Far From Home is the last Phase 3 movie, and he playfully comments on the Russos going for broke and not worrying about the future.
“I read this interview with the Russos where they were talking about how ‘Endgame’ was the first time they didn’t have to worry about the future of the MCU, and I was like, ‘Thanks! Thanks, guys!.’ They did so many crazy things in that film and now I have to deal with it. But that’s kind of what the movie is about in a lot of ways, all these things have happened and now Peter has to figure out how he’s gonna deal with it.”
There is a lot to deal with, with the world back 5 years after they disappeared. Watts had a healthy attitude toward tackling that.
“Obviously, there’s another level to that to where I’m making the movie that comes out after ‘Endgame.’ It’s like, how big does this movie have to be to live up to the things that were done in ‘Endgame’? So instead of skirting around those issues, let’s run right at it and see what people think.”
The early reviews are pretty positive, so it looks like Watts pulled off a satisfying epilogue to one of the biggest movie events of the century.
Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters tomorrow.