Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.
Since Peter Parker returned from the Snap "FIVE … YEARS … LATER” in 2023 MCU time, and is seen reuniting with best friend Ned at a school in Avengers: Endgame’s final moments, fans have been opening asking what this means for July’s Spider-Man: Far From Home timeline.
Would it be a prequel to Endgame (and therefore by necessity, Infinity War)? Or would it take place after Endgame? And if so, how would the majority of Peter’s friends, including Ned, MJ/Michelle, Betty and Flash (all seen in the trailer on the school trip) still be high school contemporaries?
In comments to EW, Endgame co-director Joe Russo, while not outright announcing or confirming Far From Home’s timeline, more or less provided the tools to piece it together.
While it is EW that says Peter returns to the halls of his high school in Endgame, Russo outright confirms Ned returned from the Snap too.
“So… Ned disappeared as well. That’s the two of them seeing each other for the first time after having disappeared,” he said.
EW goes on to report that future MCU films will deal with “how characters who have been absent for five years are trying to fit in again with a world that has moved on.”
So if Peter and Ned were gone for five years, and return to high school where they left off as the 16-year(ish)-year-olds they were before the Snap, does that mean all of Peter’s closest friends were Snapped too, explaining how they are all still in high school in a post-Endgame Far From Home?
While stopping short of an indisputable ‘yes’ Russo confirmed that explanation is in fact on the table, albeit with a double negative.
“Just because half the population got wiped out,” EW begins, “that doesn’t mean that everyone that they went to high school with didn’t disappear,” Russo concluded.
In other words, yes, all of this closest friends as seen in the trailer could have been Snapped and are returning to high school the same age as they were before as well.
Russo went a step further, again offering explanation as to how a post-Endgame Far From Home timeline could work.
“There could be kids who are now much older than them and no longer in high school,” Russo continued. “But Ned and he both disappeared and are returning in that moment.”
This vibes with Newsarama’s previous speculation about the Far From Home timeline. If Peter and Michelle’s romance is going to be a thing in a film or films beyond Far From Home, they are likely going to have to be reunited and/or synced up eventually, now or later.
Making Far From Home a prequel just kicks that can down the road to a future film, making it more likely it will happen in July.