Marvel Studios, in partnership with Sony, did it again this summer by releasing another successful blockbuster, "Spider-Man: Far From Home." The film’s initial release date was set for July 5 but was released early on July 2. Starring Tom Holland as the titular hero, Far From Home is the 23rdinstallment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the sequel to "Avengers: Endgame." To date, the MCU has released three films this year, including "Captain Marvel" in March and "Avengers: Endgame" in April. This is also the final film in the MCU’s “phase three” slate of films which kicked off with "Captain America: Civil War" in 2016.
Along with Holland, "Spider- Man: Far From Home" features a star-studded cast that includes Zendaya, who portrays Parker’s love interest Michelle “MJ” Jones; Samuel L. Jackson, former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury and Jake Gyllenhaal makes his MCU debut as the villainous Quentin Beck/Mysterio.
Set after the events of "Avengers: Endgame," Parker must embrace a more expanded role as Spider-Man, all while trying to enjoy a school summer trip to Europe. Along the way, he must encounter new threats and step up to his role as a hero in a world that has changed forever.
What I found most intriguing was the new responsibilities that fell into Peter Parker’s hands following the death of his mentor Tony Stark in "Avengers: Endgame." The film does an amazing job of exploring the conflicts that Peter faces with him being tasked with becoming “the next Iron Man.” He’s just a kid at heart who wants to enjoy a summer trip with his peers. Later, we see Peter finally embrace his newfound role by making a name for himself and saving the world. Jake Gyllenhaal pulled off Mysterio perfectly. For audiences familiar with his antics of trickery and deception from the comics, it came as no surprise that he wound up becoming the main antagonist of the movie. It was a solid interpretation of the master illusionist from the comics.
Despite being a solid film, it does contain some flaws. What I found lackluster was how the movie dragged at certain points. Sometimes it seemed as if we wouldn’t receive much action or any change in pace to the movie. Some of the comedy felt a bit forced. A big head-scratcher was the one-and-done relationship between Ned Leeds and Betty Brant. Another concern I had regarding the film was how it failed to mention any of the events in "Spider-Man: Homecoming." What was Liz’s fate since she had to move away? Is Adrian Toomes, the Vulture, plotting for revenge on the friendly neighborhood hero?
As is the case with other Marvel films, audiences should be on the lookout for numerous “Easter eggs” that tie into other films and the wallcrawler’s legacy. As always, you should stick around for the mid and post credits scenes. In one scene, AC/DC’s hit song “Back in Black” can be heard while Spidey is building a new suit, a direct reference to when Tony was building his first suit in Iron Man. J.K. Simmons makes his long-awaited return as J. Jonah Jameson, the infamous editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, in a cameo appearance in the mid-credits scene to audiences joy.
This film may very well be the last time we see a live-action version of the web-slinger on the big screen. A few weeks ago, Marvel and Sony decided not to renew a deal which allows the character to appear in the MCU. Therefore, we may not see another live-action version of the wallcrawler for quite some time.
The movie is a fun watch for audiences and includes what is expected in a Marvel film. Well choreographed action sequences, an intriguing story line, excellent character development and Marvel’s traditional comedic relief are all positives that make this film worth the watch.