Spider-Man: Far From Home – Movie Review

Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jacob Batalon, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei
Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Studio: Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios
Run Time: 2hr and 9 min
Rated: PG-13

The final film in Marvel Studio's Phase 3 has arrived. Here we have a world post-Thanos' snap in which our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man/ Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is starting his summer abroad with his fellow classmates. Can Peter Parker leave Spider-Man home for one summer and just be a kid? He can't, especially when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) comes calling.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a worthy successor to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Peter Parker is still struggling with the events of Avengers: Endgame, on every level. In the time that has past, the world has moved on in what is now known as "The Blip", but Peter is still dealing with the loss of his mentor Iron Man/ Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Many are looking to Spider-Man to be the next Iron Man and it is a role that Peter doesn't feel worthy of.

In the background, a new hero has emerged, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is battling a race of beings called the Elementals. He is a hero from a parallel world who has come to our Earth (Earth 616) to stop their devastation. Both he and Nick Fury enlist Spider-Man's help because all the other Avengers are gone (though as they do the roll call, one has to wonder why so many were left out?). Peter wants no part of it, but as Nick Fury hijacks his summer abroad and as his friends, classmates, and love interest, MJ (Zendaya), are put at risk, Peter reluctantly puts on the mask.

The film is fun, clever, and a worthy addition to all the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films that have come before. With that being said, it might be difficult to watch Spider-Man: Far From Home without having seen the last two Avengers films (Infinity Gauntlet and Endgame) let alone the first two Iron Mans.


(l to r) Numan Acar, Tom Holland and Jacky Gyllenhaal in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME

A point of contention for some die-hard Spider-Man fans may be that this Spider-Man, the MCU one, is not really doing the friendly neighborhood thing in this film. Quite frankly, he may never do it again. As Nick Fury points out that Spider-Man has been to space, so the troubles of the world are now his concern. It's an interesting debate as this Spider-Man stood side by side with the Avengers and took on Thanos to save the world. It makes the likes of Doc Ock and the Lizard seem pretty pedestrian.

Yet, this Spider-Man grew up in a world where there were heroes, people he looked up to and watched die. With that said, those heroes also made a lot of enemies. With many of the heroes gone, those enemies are going to start coming out of the woodwork. Thus enter Mysterio. What? I said "Spoiler Alert". Did you really think Spider-Man was going to fight big CGI monsters of Molten Man and Hydro-Man in the film? No. Mysterio, who was a long time villain in the comics, paints himself as a pretty convincing hero. What he is after is Tony Stark's technology and he is not alone. Peter gives Mysterio, aka Quintin Beck, the keys to a  powerful device that was entrusted to him. Why? Peter just wants to be a kid and feels that Mysterio is the right man to carry on Iron Man's legacy. It's a ruse that quickly falls apart after MJ gives Peter a piece of debris from his fight with Molten Man.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is another chapter in Spider-Man's hero quest. The story is simply Spider-Man finding the strength to trust himself and make the right decisions without the help of Tony Stark. Certainly, having all the technology behind him makes him a better Spider-Man but someone will always find a way to outsmart the latest gadget. Spider-Man has to trust himself to make the right choice and when it was the wrong one to set everything right.

There are, of course, two post-credits scenes. The first one sets up Spider-Man 3 in a way that many fans did not think would be on the horizon for a while, if ever. It is incredible how quickly Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have moved the character of Spider-Man over the course of 2 solo films and 3 appearances in Avengers movies. The second post-credit scene is a lot of fun, however, there is one line of dialogue that is said in the film which may tip off a few astute moviegoers. If you didn't catch it, you'll remember it on your way home.

9 Total Score
A worthy successor!

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