*Potential Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame*
Spider-man: Far From Home picks up right where Avengers: Endgame left off, with the world trying to figure out who to look up to after the death of Tony Stark. Many, including Nick Fury, turn to Spider-man who has to decide between a normal high school life and being the hero he is expected to be.
Spider-man: Homecoming came out of nowhere for me in 2017 and easily swung into my top 10 Marvel movies. It’s a fun coming of age story mixed with a superhero action movie and it works so well. Luckily, Far From Home is more of the same. It almost seamlessly mixes a high school comedy with more coming of age elements that also has a bunch of great Spider-man action. I had a blast watching this movie. Marvel is at the top of their game the last several years and that’s evident in this one as well. Everything from the action set pieces, to the storytelling, to the visual effects is well done in this movie.
One of the things that stood out to me the most is Tom Holland. His performance in this movie is outstanding. He’s putting himself so far ahead in the argument of who is the best Spider-man. He makes himself one of the most relatable characters in the MCU. He’s been a great Spider-man since his first appearance in Civil War, but in this one, he shines as Peter Parker. His ability to show emotion and conflict within himself in the quieter moments in this film really impressed me.
Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best actors working today and I think a lot of people, including myself, have been wanting to see what he would do in a role in a superhero film for a long time. He didn’t disappoint me as Mysterio in this movie. It’s hard to say much more without venturing into spoiler territory, but he brings so much charisma to a complex character and was another bright point in the movie.
If I have a gripe with the movie, it’s that the first act is a little uneven. The pacing is inconsistant and some of the humor doesn’t land like it does for the rest of the movie. It feels like it is repeating a lot of the same beats from Homecoming, rather than getting a move on with the sequel. I would have also liked to get a little more of a glimpse into the world post- Thanos’ snap. We get a few moments that are mostly played for laughs, but half the population disappearing then reappearing 5 years later would have such a huge effect that I would have liked to see a little more about it.
There are two post-credit scenes that give a glimpse at the future of both Spider-man and the MCU. That future should get even more clear during San Diego Comic-Con later this month, where Marvel is expected to announce its next phase of movies.
Overall, Spider-man: Far From Home is another strong addition to the MCU. It’s must-see for any fans of the series so far. If you aren’t an MCU fan or haven’t seen all the movies, it still has value as a film, but some of the more emotional moments will probably not resonate with you as much.
Spider-man: Far From Home earns a Positive ROP.
Ratings from low to high: Felony, Misdemeanor, 10-4, Positive ROP, Golden Donut