Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

“Yeah. I mean, Mr. Stark gave me a chance to be more. He wanted me to be better than him. And Fury just wants me to live up to that.”“Yeah. I mean, Mr. Stark gave me a chance to be more. He wanted me to be better than him. And Fury just wants me to live up to that.”

“Yeah. I mean, Mr. Stark gave me a chance to be more. He wanted me to be better than him. And Fury just wants me to live up to that.”

Following up the spectacle that is Avengers: Endgame is no easy task given the gravity and the arc reactor sized hole the film left in all our hearts. The build up to this event spanned eleven years and 23 films. It’s an unprecedented moment in film history. But with the universe destroying threat neutralized it’s only fitting an epilogue will follow to help ease the pain while we all mourn the fallen Avengers. What started as a mere cameo thanks to an astounding agreement between Sony Pictures who hold the movie rights to the web-head and Marvel Studios quickly became so much more.

The original phase three plan shifted – Spider-Man: Homecoming was fast-tracked into the lineup replacing the first real misfire that was The Inhumans (we don’t mention that one, ever). And now, here we are, the end of the third phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe dubbed “The Infinity Saga”. It’s concluded with the lighter toned and comical Spider-Man: Far from Home. Marvel Studios having the character back has cleansed our memories of Spider-Man movies of the past (no one wants to remember Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 2) those just bring up bad memories.

Marvel has had a clear focus for the character – casting an actor who actually looks and sounds like a teenager while making him witty and sarcastic when the spandex is on. After the events of Endgame, Peter (Tom Holland) is going on a summer vacation with his classmates including Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya) and Flash Thomson (Tony Revolori) to tour Europe starting in Venice, Italy. Things immediately spin out of control when these monsters called “Elementals” pop up in every European city the class goes to. That’s where Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) fly’s in to save the day with the assistance of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) & Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).

“I used to know everything. Then I come back five years later, and now, I know nothing. No intel, no team, and a high school kid, is dodging my calls.”

Far from Home does an excellent job of explaining the events of Infinity War & Endgame within the first few minutes calling what happened the “Blip”. Those who were snapped away came back the same age whereas those who didn’t aged 5 years while still being in the same grade. It’s credit to screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers for keeping the tone significantly lighter and more comical exactly how Peter Parker / Spider-Man should be. Tom Holland is the perfect actor to portray both as his predecessor’s had their strengths and weaknesses visible in their respective franchises. 

Tom has this profound grasp of who the character is and brings an infectious charisma to the role. In fact, Tom, Zendaya and Jacob continue with their chemistry as their timing hasn’t skipped a beat from Homecoming to now. Just because this film has a lighter tone that doesn’t mean there aren’t any dense elements. Peter must deal with the fact that his mentor and father figure is no longer around. As much as Peter tries to move on and focus on his vacation and expressing his love for MJ the superhero life brings him back in opening the wound.

That wound comes at Peter by way of Mysterio. Like Homecoming with the Vulture, this is Mysterio’s first time being portrayed on the big screen and Marvel continues to 1) get the perfect casting and 20 writer their villains better as of the last few films. Far from Home gives us the most comic book feeling scenes as if director Jon Watts ripped them from the pages themselves. The visual effects are gorgeous the way Mysterio plays with Peter’s mind in Berlin. Minus the portal scene, Thor showing up in Wakanda, Bucky and Cap’s fight in Winter Soldier this is one of the best action sequences in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

“I don’t think you know what’s real, Peter. You need to wake up! I mean, look at yourself. You are just a scared little kid in a sweatsuit! I created Mysterio to give the world someone to believe in. I control the truth! Mysterio is the truth. If you were good enough, maybe Tony would still be alive. Deep down, you know I’m right. You made your choice, and all you had to do was step aside. And now you have…”

As well as these Spider-Man villains have come across, there is a downside to both Vulture and Mysterio – They both have ties to Tony Stark. There is the feeling that Peter is the “new” Iron-Man with many calling him “Iron -Man Jr.” and there are hints that it could be the case (The glasses, building the suit, etc.…), but Spider-Man is Spider-Man he will never be another hero nor does he want to be. Hopefully with Tony gone, Marvel can treat Spider-Man the way he’s meant to be treated. 

The upside to Mysterio is Jake’s performance. He brings that theatricality to the character with an updated origin. In the comics, Quentin is a failed actor turned special effects artist but in the MCU he’s a former Stark Industries employee. Jake is Fantastically sinister but like previous villains his character development is lack luster; that shouldn’t take away from his performance whatsoever. 

There has been a comparison between this second Spider-Man and the two previous Spider-Man 2’s. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man two is without a doubt the second-best Spidey movie ever made (Into the Spiderverse is number 1) and Far from Home comes pretty close to that level. It’s on good authority this film is either third or fourth in the Spider-Man ranking.

Overall, Spider-Man: Far from Home is a perfect conclusion to the Infinity Saga. Its visuals are among the best the MCU has put out and Tom continues to prove that he is the best Peter Parker / Spider-Man we’ve seen to date. The film is grounded, lighthearted, incredibly funny and charming, but still poignant and compelling. The entire cast’s chemistry shines in their second go round and Mysterio proves to be a great edition to the “pretty good” villain club. If I were to rate Spider-Man: Far from Home, I’d rate it a 4 out of 5. 

So, tell me guys, have you seen Spider-Man: Far from Home and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think. 

Spider-Man: Far from Home is directed by Jon Watts is Rated PG-13 and has an 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Spider-Man: Far from Home was released on July 2, 2019 and has a runtime of 2 hours and 9 minutes. Spider-Man: Far from Home can be bought by online retailers such as iTunes, Google, and Vudu.

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