Does Spider-Man: Far From Home Introduce the Multiverse into the MCU?

Note: Contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

After the time-travel shenanigans of Avengers: Endgame, the possibility was set up for a multiverse in the MCU (with clashing alternate realities, such as those explored in the unconnected, animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse).

The second trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home appeared to confirm the official arrival of the multiverse, with Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) explaining that Quentin Beck, AKA Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), was from Earth “just not ours”.

But given what we know of Mysterio from the comics, does the multiverse really exist in the MCU? We’re about to go spoiler heavy, so swing out of here if you haven’t seen Far From Home yet.

Well, first things first, Mysterio is (unsurprisingly) a great big liar. Beck is actually a disgruntled former employee of Tony Stark, responsible for the holographic technology that led to BARF, which we saw demonstrated in Captain America: Civil War.

Beck isn’t happy that Stark renamed his “life’s work”, so following the death of Stark, he created a plan to become the world’s greatest superhero and the new Iron Man.

Using his holographic technology, Beck created the Elementals and used weaponised drones – created by William Ginter Riva (Peter Billingsley reprising his Iron Man role) – to create real-life destruction, with Beck swooping in to save the day each time.

So considering that Beck was lying about being from another Earth, does that entirely rule out the multiverse in the MCU?

It’s interesting that of all the ways Beck could describe the multiverse, he says he’s from Earth-833 and the main MCU Earth is Earth-616. This is part of the cover story that one of Beck’s team, Guterman (Nicholas Gleaves), created for their Elementals ruse.

Both are actual realities in the comics though, so if Marvel are going to bring the comic version of the multiverse into the MCU, they’d have to find some way to explain how the hell Guterman knew these numbers.

Perhaps during Beck’s time working at Stark Industries, he stumbled upon some of Dr Erik Selvig’s research and gave this to Guterman. A Thor: The Dark World Easter egg had Selvig write “616 universe” on his chalkboard, so it could be that this is where Guterman got his inspiration.

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Guterman wasn’t completely on the money, though, as the MCU reality is actually Earth-199999, but Marvel would have known comics fans would pick up on those numbers, so they seem an odd choice to include if they wanted to introduce the multiverse in the future.

Then again, they could have entirely different plans for the multiverse in the MCU that won’t directly echo the comics.

Perhaps there’s a nod towards the multiverse elsewhere in Far From Home too.

The brilliant mid-credits sequence sees JK Simmons reprise his role from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy as J Jonah Jameson. Is it the same Jameson as in those movies or is it just a crowdpleasing cameo?

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has already introduced the multiverse into Sony’s universe of Marvel characters which, one day, could also include Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

Taking inspiration from that movie, it could well be that Far From Home‘s version of Jameson is just one of several, with different realities featuring Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man and, potentially, even Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man (although we never saw Jameson in those movies).

In all likelihood, JK Simmons was brought back for Far From Home because there’s no other actor that could fit the role so perfectly, and it’s not actually a nod to the multiverse existing in the MCU.

So, for now, it seems that the multiverse isn’t a thing in the MCU, despite Avengers: Endgame setting up the possibility of different timelines and realities. That feels like something the MCU will have to address in the future though, meaning we can’t entirely rule out the multiverse yet.

All we know for certain is that we can’t trust anything that Mysterio said. What a shocker.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is out now.

From: Digital Spy

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