Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Far From Home swings us away into a post-Endgame world where nothing is the same anymore. Following the emotional intensity and universal stakes in Avengers: Endgame, FFH shows us the effects of the “Blip” early on. People who were dusted return to a world that has moved on five years later. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his high school friends (pretty much everyone from Homecoming) are back.
Peter is dealing with his life post Tony Stark but can’t seem to step out from his mentor’s shadow when the world expects someone to take Tony’s place as the new Iron Man. The summer vacation provides to be the ultimate getaway for Peter to have a normal life and also, to propose to MJ (Zendaya) who he secretly has a crush on. He and his friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) hatch a plan for Peter to hang out more with MJ on the Europe tour but Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) covertly packs Peter’s suit in his briefcase.
The entire summer trip begins falling apart for Peter when Nick Fury shows up and requests Peter’s help in stopping creatures known as the Elementals. Introduce Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) a.k.a Mysterio, a superpowered individual who claims to be from an alternate universe where the Elementals destroyed his world. Mysterio believes in Peter while Fury’s relationship takes more of a serious and scathing undertone and fills in Peter’s much-needed mentor spot left by Stark. However, nothing is as it appears once Peter discovers the truth behind the Elementals and the illusions that attempt to mess with the wall-crawler’s mind might just be too strong for Peter to overcome.
The film acts as a perfect filler and ending for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and might be the best Spidey entry in the franchise. Tom Holland does a stellar job as everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, infusing his charisma into the awkward shoes of Peter Parker. Zendaya provides ample chemistry with Holland and makes us accept her as the MJ of the MCU, and although I was initially hesitant about her and a few other choices made in Homecoming, this film managed to clear any uncertainties.
But what appealed most of all was the fact that Peter manages (if not wholly, at least partially) to step out of Tony Stark’s shadow. Introduced in Civil War and strengthened in Homecoming and the Avengers films as Stark’s protégé, it always felt like Peter’s genius was overshadowed by Stark due to the relationship between them. Whilst I enjoyed the chemistry, the dynamic strayed somewhat far from the Spider-Man us millennials grew up with in terms of both movies and comics but if FFH is anything to judge by, we might see Peter grow into his own individual in the upcoming sequels (which I hear are gonna be three trilogies).
We also got a glimpse of Peter’s Spider-sense in the previous films but FFH gives it more prominence and also makes it a key plot point later on, which gives rise to one of the best action-scenes in the film. Speaking of which, the film is laden with tons of action which I must say, the CGI was damn well done. The film also makes good on the swinging sequences which were a key highlight in the Raimi trilogy and also in the Amazing Spider-Man series. We had never seen Spidey in a proper web-swinging sequence through the city in the MCU before which I felt was quite lacking but this installment actually did change it.
Also, do stick around for the mid and post-credit scenes which themselves pack quite some twists and are nothing short of spectacular. Cannot wait for Marvel Studios to reveal their plans for the next phase in the MCU this summer at SDCC.
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