Though producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal have both mentioned that Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the recent trailer certainly doesn’t give off the impression that the world is still reeling from a series of seismic events that saw the genocide and subsequent resurrection of half the universe’s population. And according to a new fan theory, that’s because the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War sequel will undo more than just the Decimation.
The first Far From Home trailer more or less manages to steer clear of Endgame spoilers (Peter Parker and Nick Fury’s returns accepted, of course), but Reddit user ICCanada regards it as potentially telling that Peter is seen with one of the older versions of his Spider-Man costume, rather than the Iron Spider outfit seen in Infinity War. From here, the case is made that the reversal of the snap in Endgame – whether it’s through time travel or other reality-altering means – will see a partial reset of the timeline, creating a new continuity in which Peter never even left the bus at the start of Infinity War. In this timeline, neither Peter nor the world at large have any recollection of the tragedy they barely avoided.
While this is just speculation, for now, resetting the timeline would certainly be one way of avoiding the potentially messy continuity that Endgame risks bringing to the MCU. For instance, leaked set photos and promo art seems to indicate that the film will feature a significant time jump, raising the question of how Peter and his classmates can still be the same age as before in a movie that’s said to take place after Endgame.
At the same time, this idea does seem to partially contradict Keven Feige’s statements to IGN last year that Spider-Man: Far From Home would show us “the world as a whole, as they try to move forward” and “try to go back to a normal life” after Infinity War and Endgame, suggesting that the events of these films will still leave an impression on the population. In any case, we can expect some clarification when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th, 2019, followed by Far From Home on July 5th.