‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is spectacular

For the first film set in the MCU after the 5 year gap, or “The Blip,” we finally get to see how the events of Avengers: Endgame has affected the world. Spider-Man: Far From Home answers all of those questions and more when it comes to the state of the universe. The movie primarily deals with the pressure that Peter is facing as the world now looks towards him to pick up the torch the Tony has left behind and lead humanity to safety. For a sixteen year old, his true priorities are family, friends and his high school crush. Overall, the film does a wonderful job of separating itself from Spider-Man: Homecoming and still managing to up the ante. Spider-Man: Far From Home is a must see that, in my opinion, was more captivating than part one.

Spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home below:

This movie is the last piece of Phase 3, so it had an important job aside from just entertaining the audience. It had to be the lynchpin for the MCU’s future. With so many of the beloved heroes making their exit in Avengers: Endgame, many thought that the young Peter Parker would be ideal to lead the Young Avengers. This movie solidifies that concept by showing the journey of a kid who simply wants his friendly neighborhood responsibilities back, but instead has to deal with an insane threat level against his will.

That threat is The Elementals. As seen in so many of the trailers, they are four monsters that embody water, fire, earth and air. They have come from another universe to destroy our Earth. With them comes Quentin Beck, a mighty superhero who already lost his family and Earth to these creatures. To anyone familiar with the comics, Mysterio is one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains. He uses advanced technology and visual effects to play mind games with Peter. Jake Gyllenhaal does a fantastic job portraying a strong, caring and sympathetic hero. Adversely, once they make the character switch in the film he becomes an arrogant and very hate-able villain. Even knowing Mysterio is a bad guy going in, you still feel like they might be going the hero route for just a split second. Of course, it is slowly revealed that Beck is tricking Fury and Parker in order to gain access to E.D.I.T.H. A highly intelligent A.I. and weapons system that Tony left for Peter in his glasses from Endgame.

All of the main fights between Spidey and Beck, once the cat is out of the bag, are absolutely incredible. It is the sort of thing that a Batman film would have really benefitted from through utilizing The Mad Hatter. Peter does not know what is real and what is fake. Beck uses these high quality projectors that Tony co-opted for his therapy session in the B.A.R.F. simulation. Beck actually designed this tech with a few other lower level employees from Tony’s company. They all banded together to deceive Nick Fury and Maria Hill into thinking they were from another universe because we have turned into a world where superheroes get all of the say in matters. If they can make Mysterio the next big hero, then their power and decisions will be viewed as truth. Peter wrongfully believes that Beck would be the best fit for the next Iron Man. As a result, he hands the glasses over.

Peter has his own struggle as he dodges the responsibilities of fighting these monsters so that it does not hinder his pursuit of MJ. The two are starting to fall for one another, but his responsibilities as Spider-Man are getting in the way. The supporting cast on the vacation with him is even stronger this time around. Zendaya’s MJ is super like-able and pieces together Peter’s identity by herself, while Ned gets himself a temporary vacation girlfriend. Flash also has some really great bits with the saddest of undertones relating to his relationship with his family. A lot of the film’s comedic heavy-lifting is done by the field trip chaperone duo of Martin Starr and J.B. Smoove.

The film has a key scene in which Happy picks up Peter in the Stark jet and after a little pep-talk, he builds his new suit in Tony Stark fashion complete with AC/DC music. I think this film really focuses on showing Peter’s growth and the fact that his flaws and experiences are the things that make him the perfect contender for taking up the mantle. Smaller things set in motion by the film include the undefined relationship of May and Happy. It is mostly shown in a comedic manner and brings a whole lot of awkward moments. The movie also focuses time on developing Peter’s Spider-Sense, or “Peter Tingle.” It becomes the main power Peter uses to see through Beck’s illusions and allows Peter to defeat Beck, who gets shot and killed by his own drone. Peter also uses a suitcase for the trip that has Uncle Ben’s initials on it, maybe one day we will get some clarity on the MCU’s version of the character and how that has molded Peter.

The film’s end credits scenes really go hard in setting up the next Phase of the MCU. The first one is Peter swinging MJ around as they start their young relationship, but is interrupted by a news report on a New York billboard. Apparently, during the final fight between Beck and Parker, Mysterio doctored some footage to make it look like Peter was calling a drone strike to kill innocent people. He also ends the video by outing Peter’s identity publicly. The news report comes from none other than J. Jonah Jameson, reprised by J.K. Simmons, who runs the Daily Bugle as a TMZ style website in this universe. Peter will presumably have to face public hatred and lack of anonymity going forward. This is something that Tony dealt with as well. The last scene is of Fury and Hill being revealed to be Talos and a female Skrull in disguise. Not only is it great to see Talos again, but it explains why Fury was so gullible towards Beck and aggressive towards Peter in this film. The real Fury is aboard a space vessel working with Skrulls on something big for the next Phase of the story. This movie is the first MCU film with no Stan Lee cameo. Despite that, it is great fun and you definitely need to check this out at your local theater.

What were your thoughts on the movie? Would you have preferred an actual multi-verse story?

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