How ‘The Snap’ Could Introduce the Osborns in the MCU

Avengers: Endgame brought fans satisfying conclusions to many story arcs that spanned the course of eleven years. While this was an emotional thrill ride, there is also a lot to be excited about on the horizon. Specifically, the way that “The Decimation” affects the future of Spider-Man’s films is very interesting, and seems to have been well thought-out by Marvel Studios.

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Peter Parker, having been gone for five years, is now back in school exactly where he was before he vanished at the snap of Thanos’ fingers. Aside from Ned, MJ, and the rest of his gang, Peter’s classmates have already graduated. This was a genius play on Marvel’s part to keep him in high school longer. It also allows them to introduce the Osborns into the MCU, which opens up many doors for them to explore in the Spider-Verse.

In the Wallcrawler’s previous film iterations, we have seen Harry Osborn play a significant role in his life. In Sam Raimi’s trilogy, we got to see the two graduate high school together, move in together, even become enemies for a time. As for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, we only saw Harry in the second film, and he largely served as an antagonist to Spidey. Both franchises conveyed their relationship as preexisting to the films, which is something that Spider-Man: Far From Home has the ability to set up in a vastly different way.

If this idea were to come to fruition in the movie, we would get to see Peter and Harry meet for the first time. We could see Harry slowly be integrated into Peter’s circle and over the course of a couple films, see their relationship grow into what it’s known to be. Fans have had five years of breathing room since the last time we saw an Osborn on screen, and so this would be the perfect way to reintroduce familiar characters in the freshest way possible. Not to mention that this would mean Harry probably wouldn’t become a villain for quite some time. However, it would also mean that we could potentially see the groundwork being laid for one of Spidey’s greatest villains: The Green Goblin.

So how would the time jump allow for Norman Osborn to be integrated into the MCU? In Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was hinted at that there was a buyer ready to purchase the old Avengers Tower. Speculation ranged from the Fantastic Four buying it to create the Baxter Building, to Oscorp buying it to create Oscorp Tower. With the Fantastic Four a ways off from being integrated into the MCU, it seems much more likely that Norman Osborn signed the check for the building. At the time of purchase, Oscorp could’ve been on the rise, and now that Tony Stark is dead, Norman could be looking to fill the void as the world’s leading technology company. Far From Home will be largely focus on Spidey overseas dealing with Mysterio, but the base could be there for Norman’s future unveiling as the Green Goblin.

Obviously, if true, these plot beats would take a backseat to the main thread of Spider-Man being in London, but a subplot of this nature would give audiences a lot to chew on. It could blow the gates wide open in the future for potential films such as The Dark Avengers, and expand the roster for a Spidey vs Sinister Six showdown.

What do you guys think? Would you like to see the Osborns introduced into the MCU in this way? Do you have other theories on how they could be integrated? Let us know in the comments as well as on our Twitter and Instagram!

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