Last April 24, 2019, moviegoers and fans of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe (MCU) were able to finally breathe a sigh of relief, as “Avengers: Endgame” lived up to its hype and finally completed the twenty-one film arc that is now being referred to as the “Infinity Saga”. However, after that, there was still one more movie left in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe’s roster of films for Phase 3- “Spider-Man: Far from Home”, which was released last July 2, 2019. Thankfully, the movie lived up to its hype, was the a wonderful epilogue for the Infinity saga, while being a fun and action packed comic book movie, and gave us small teases on what could happen in the upcoming fourth phase of the franchise, and for the character of Spider-Man.
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” was directed by “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director Jon Watts, was written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and had a score written by Michael Giacchino.
The movie follows Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who must struggle with his sense of duty and responsibility as a superhero, while trying to relax on a two week class trip to Europe, and with his desire to finally open up to MJ (Zendaya) and confess his feelings to her, all while navigating this new post-“Avengers: Endgame” landscape. This movie also has a mid-credits and a post-credits scene, so make sure to stay in your seats until the very end, as all the hype for the mid and post-credits scenes are real as they tease some exciting things not only for Spider-Man, but for the MCU as a whole as well.
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” is a great sequel and a great comic book film. I thought that the narration and pacing of the story was better here as compared to “Homecoming”, and the action sequences were bigger and more fun, which added to the comic book feel of the movie. I also found this movie to be the funnier one, especially when the jokes stuck the landing, and especially when it was inserted during particular scenes.
All of the actors involved in the movie, from Tom Holland, to Zendaya, to Jake Gyllenhall, were nothing short of fantastic.
Gyllenhall was perfectly cast as Mysterio or Quentin Beck, and looked like he was relishing and enjoying every single moment that he was on screen. I’ve also finally come around to Zendaya as MJ. Zendaya’s and Holland’s interactions in this movie felt way more organic as compared to “Homecoming”, and I was able to finally accept this character as it is, as I kept on comparing her to the Mary Jane Watson character, which she isn’t.
I’ve loved Holland’s iteration of Peter Parker/Spider-Man from the moment he was introduced in “Civil War”, and my opinion hasn’t changed since then. I also like that we were able to get a nice emotional story arc from him that stemmed from what happened in “Endgame”, and based on that mid-credits scene, I cannot wait to see what happens next and how he’ll deal with everything that will be thrown his way into the future. Now, some people don’t like the fact that it seems like the MCU is trying to turn him into the second Iron Man, but I have faith in the writers and in this character that he will always be very much true to his character’s essence no matter where his emotional journeys take him to.
There was also a particular sequence in the film that was visually breathtaking and mesmerizing, and was one of the best parts of the movie for me, because it also addressed all of the inner demons that Peter was struggling with at the moment.
It isn’t a perfect movie though, and it definitely isn’t as great as a movie like “Winter Soldier” or “Civil War”, but it was solidly fun comic book movie that very much lived in the aftermath of “Endgame”, and was a nice palate cleanser given everything that happened in the last two MCU films.
Now, you know the drill, from here on out, there will be spoilers!
Going into the film, I knew that Gyllenhall’s Mysterio would be a villain, so when the teasers showed him teaming up with Spider-Man, I was excited to see how they would turn him into one. Even though his character arc wasn’t as deep or as personal as Michael Keaton’s Vulture was in “Homecoming”, Gyllenhall’s wonderful performance made everything worth it.
I also like how they found a way to put a different and modern twist on Mysterio being an illusionist, and that they were also, indirectly, addressing the whole issue of “fake news” in the movie.
As to whether Mysterio is really dead or not, I’m not sure, because it is possible that he could have used more practical effects to fake his death, which could fool EDITH, as he does have the knowledge on how to use and circumvent EDITH’s programming. So, it is a possibility that Mysterio is still out there, which means, if he ends up teaming up with the likes of the Vulture, we could have our very own Sinister Six in future Spider-Man films.
I enjoyed watching Peter come to terms with things and his emotional journey in this movie. Here, we saw him having the classic Spider-Man struggle- trying to balance real life with his heroic duties- but in the context of what is happening to him now. All he wanted to do was be a normal teenager for once, complete with confessing his feelings to the girl that he likes; but at the same time, he was still grieving over the loss of his mentor, and feeling all the weight and the pressure that comes with the knowledge that he is a superhero and part of the Avengers. I loved how he was forced to confront his demons by Mysterio in that breathtaking mesmerizing visual effects scene, and by the end of the film, he finally stepped up to the plate and was more decisive in his actions and he also had a different look about him.
That mid-credits scene really took me by surprise as I wasn’t expecting them to out his identity this early into his heroic career, and I certainly was NOT expecting to see the wonderful J.K. Simmons reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson in a Spider-Man movie anytime soon. This will pose a big challenge to Peter, as all the villains will now be coming out the woodwork to get at him, and I cannot wait to see how he will deal with this, as well as all the Spider-Man villains we will be seeing in the next Spider-Man film.
I also SHOULD have expected that the Nick Fury and that the Maria Hill we saw in the movie were not the real ones, as Fury did act a little bit out of sorts during the movie, but I easily dismissed it until I saw the post-credits scene. While this was an interesting twist, what was even more exciting was the fact that we have friendly Skrulls and that the real Fury was on a space ship in outer space. I honestly think that he was on what will become the S.W.O.R.D. space station headquarters, and this opens up a lot of interesting new possibilities for the MCU. This means that we will definitely be getting more cosmic based characters, and hopefully, that could pave the way for the entrance of the Silver Surfer back into the franchise, and dare I hope, the Fantastic Four, as well.
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” is definitely a must watch not only for Spider-Man fans but for fans of the MCU as well. This was a fun, action-packed, comic book film that was a nice palate cleanser and a wonderful epilogue to the third phase of the MCU and the Infinity Saga as well.
Have you seen the movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!