'Spider-Man: Far From Home' post-credits scene hints that MCU Phase 4 may just focus on cosmic adventures
The fact that the Skrulls were still seen in action and Fury teaming up with them subtly teases that they will play a key role in the movies themed on cosmic superheroes
This article contains spoilers for 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'
'Eternals', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Nova' and a sequel of 'Captain Marvel'. All these movies have one thing in common - cosmic adventures.
For those of you who have seen 'Spider-Man: Far From Home', the final movie that rounds up an epic Infinity saga, the post-credits scene may have subtly hinted at phase 4's cosmic-themed stories.
It is revealed that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) were in fact not Fury and Hill at all, rather they were the Skrull characters, a race of aliens with the ability to shapeshift. Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and Soren (Sharon Blynn), the couple from 'Captain Marvel' impersonated the duo. We also find out that the real Fury is in space in an alien spaceship with the Skrulls.
Speaking of Skrulls, we last saw them in 'Captain Marvel' and the fact that they are seen shapeshifting to integral characters like Fury and Hill means that this alien race has more to offer in the future. Initially, the Skrulls were thought of as an enemy, but the notion eventually changed. They were seen as an able ally and that would have most definitely prompted Fury to let Talos impersonate him to oversee the threats on earth.
Of the nine movies that the MCU has lined up in its calendar up till 2022, four of the movies have a lot to do with inter-galactic adventures, before we see the new breed of Avengers team up (possibly) and each of these has referred to Skrulls previously. Take for instance the 'Guardians' and 'Captain Marvel'- A Skrull detector was mentioned in the former.
If MCU were to stick to comic book references, then we may see the Skrulls and possibly Fury, who would have set up S.W.O.R.D. run into the Guardians again and Nova, with whom Skrulls do have definite history and some bad blood.
Coming back to the post-credits scene, the fact that outer space and Skrulls were in it is proof enough that Marvel's next target is to bring in the cosmic heroes and much greater threats. At this moment, maybe we are thinking ahead, but the fact that 'Nova' and 'Eternals' is already in development means that it's not long before we see the Skrulls and possibly Fury meet with some of Marvel's most powerful superheroes.
'Black Widow' may be in front of the queue in the immediate future and may not see any teasers of space, unless the Marvel Studios decide to spring another otherwise, but we do know that the focus is one inter-galactic adventure going forward.