This is a good time to be a Spider-Man fan. There’s the PS4 Spider-Man game that came out last year, there’s Into The Spider-Verse, which is a great movie, and he’s also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by Tom Holland. His debut in Captain America: Civil War made people want more and they got it in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Infinity War, Endgame, and today’s subject, which is the final film of the MCU’s Phase 3 and the conclusion of the Infinity Saga. This is Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The world is back to normal and people are moving on past the events of Endgame. Peter Parker is set to head out on a school trip to Europe when he’s called into action by Nick Fury to work with a new “hero” named Mysterio to combat a new threat. We’re now in a post-Endgame MCU and after how heavy that movie was, something smaller is needed and Far From Home fills that role perfectly. Jon Watts has made a movie that’s a mixture of superhero action and teen romance and he nailed the best of both worlds. Compared to Homecoming, the writing is much tighter and the pacing is much quicker, which makes sense with what’s going on in the plot.
Once again, Tom Holland is great as Peter Parker, nailing what made the character appealing in the first place, balancing his life with being a superhero. This time around, he wants a break from the superhero gig while dealing with not having Tony Stark in the world. But he’s dragged back in to deal with the Elementals, supposed creatures from another dimension that threatens the world and his vacation time. During this time, he’s trying to confess his feelings to MJ (Zendaya), who got more screen-time here than in Homecoming. I liked scenes involving these two, they’re adorable together. I’ve mentioned that I’m not too big on romance in superhero movies, but they nailed it here. There’s also a love triangle where Peter is dealing with another kid in his class for MJ’s affections. Most of Peter’s classmates and teachers were pretty, especially his friend Ned (Jacob Batalon), who starts a relationship with another classmate that This is the third time we see Nick Fury in an MCU movie this year and Samuel L. Jackson does a great job as usual, although he kinda seems a bit dumber than usual when it comes to analyzing threats. There’s a reason for that and I’ll explain later.
Now for Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. I can’t talk about this character without going into spoilers, so here we go. He’s no Vulture, but he was a good villain. He initially comes off as a charismatic hero and possible mentor figure to Peter Parker, but it was all an act. Instead of coming from another universe like he claimed, he was actually a former Stark employee who created holograms and, with other former Stark employees, intends to use those holograms to make himself look like a hero. Anybody who knows about Mysterio would see this coming. And he’s used for one of the most creative scenes in the entire movie. I just wished they hadn’t killed him off at the end. If any future Spider-Man movie decided to introduced the Sinister Six, he would have been a great addition.
While this isn’t as huge as Endgame, Far From Home upped the ante from Homecoming in terms of everything. They definitely upped the action as they’re bigger and the stakes have been raised a bit higher. Seems like Jon Watts has gotten a better standing on this superhero thing. It’s just as funny as Homecoming with most of the jokes landing. One of the best scenes in this movie involves Mysterio traps Peter in one of his illusions and he basically tortures him psychologically. I haven’t seen anything that trippy since Doctor Strange and it’s right in line with what Mysterio would do. By the way, that whole Multiverse thing that they’ve teased? They don’t commit to it. That’s disappointing, but maybe future MCU films will go into that concept more. Last thing we need to talk about is the mid and post credits scenes. In the mid-credits scene, Mysterio released a doctored video to the world making Spider-Man out to be the bad guy and revealed his secret identity. This video was published by The Daily Bugle and we get a cameo appearance from J. Jonah Jameson. Guess who plays him in this movie?
Yep. J.K. Simmons himself, reprising this role for the first time since Spider-Man 3. Best. Cameo. Ever. Bro, I lost my shit when he popped up on-screen. I see what you did, Marvel and Sony, throwing a bone to fans of the Raimi films. There’s no one else who could portray J. Jonah like J.K. can and I loved the updates that they did, turning the Bugle from a newspaper to a website and making J. Jonah into the MCU Alex Jones. It makes so much sense considering the times that we’re in. That aside, yeah, Peter Parker is pretty much fucked at this point. Now the post-credits scene. I said that Fury seemed much dumber in this movie and there’s a reason why: that wasn’t the real Nick Fury. Oh, no. The Nick Fury and Maria Hill that we’ve been following throughout the entire film were actually Skrulls, more specifically, Talos and his wife. Apparently, Nick Fury took a vacation and let Talos take his place. Hey, Secret Invasion is still possible.
I give Spider-Man: Far From Home a 9/10. I really enjoyed this movie, even more so than Homecoming. I like the story, the characters, the action scenes, etc. It’s another progression of the Spider-Man character in this universe and I can’t wait to see more. As I’m writing this, Marvel Studios have yet to announce what the next movie will be. Most likely, it’ll be Black Widow since they’re filming it right now.