Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
What We Thought:
Spider-Man: Far From Home isn’t as good as Spider-Man: Homecoming but Tom Holland is ridiculously easy to root for and is no doubt the best Peter Parker/Spider-Man to date. It’s also a tough movie to review because the issues I have with it would spoil the movie.
By now you should have seen Avengers: Endgame, I mean you wouldn’t be going to see this or care about this without seeing that first. If you haven’t, spoilers, Peter Parker/Spider-Man is back post snap after The Avengers defeat Thanos and restore all those they lost in the Avengers: Infinity War snap. Fans wondered how half of the universe could come back 5 years later and transition back into everyday life and Far From Home explains it a bit without really giving any ground rules which I appreciate. Without really explaining it, they aren’t breaking any of their own rules. They do it comically as well because at its core, it’s still a movie about teenagers.
Having seen Endgame you know Tony Stark/Iron-Man is dead. Peter greatly misses his friend and now interacts with Happy, Stark’s assistant. Nick Fury wants Peter to work with him especially with a new threat and a mysterious man from another timeline. Now this is where it gets hard to talk about. The new character, Mysterio, brings with him a new danger but also a big twist if you aren’t familiar with the comics. I thought the twist was predictable and thought it was really flat for an over-the-top film filled with action. I know there are people who love Iron-Man 3, but I thought that twist with The Mandarin was pointless and I felt the same about this turn. To me the predictability of that plot device hurt the film, but overall I did have fun with it.
And that’s what I love about what they are doing with Peter Parker in these latest films, making him fun. Holland is a great kid who channels both Peter Parker and Spider-Man with ease and you get that feel of a teenager who doesn’t know how to handle the responsibility of being a hero. He doesn’t want to join up with Fury because he just wants to go on a school trip with his friends. He wants to be a teen who doesn’t put his friends in danger, but knows with great power comes great responsibility. He wants to have fun with Ned and finally tell MJ how he feels about her but knows with Tony gone and other Avengers off doing other things he does have to step up despite being in high school. Plus you see him lose the guidance of Stark and he struggles to find his balance.
Spider-Man: Homecoming was such a great surprise after the awful Andrew Garfield films that I guess my expectations for Spider-Man: Far From Home might have been a bit too high. It’s still very good and a lot of fun filled with pop culture references and Tom Holland showing his age not knowing older things, but the plot twist didn’t work for me. It has a great soundtrack like the first film and the entire cast is pretty good although I’m still not sold on one particular actor/actress. DEFINITELY stay for the two post credit scenes. One will be a big shocker for Spidey fans, the other will set the tone for the next MCU stage.
Directed by: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal
Written by: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers
Produced by: Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal