Spider-Man: Far From Home

It’s strange to be writing this review with the hindsight of all the behind the scenes drama taking place since the movies initial release. Thankfully, our long national nightmare of a world without Spider-Man in the MCU is over, as this movie proves (once again) that Tom Holland really is the best on-screen Peter Parker. Serving as an epilogue of sorts to Avengers: Endgame, which was the culmination of the first decade of movies from Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: Far From Home establishes the new world order of what living in a post Thanos snap (or what the commoners are referring to as the blip), post Iron-Man world. With the awesome but mostly-heavy Endgame, it’s refreshing return to form to get back to a light, quippy superhero adventure.

As Peter takes a high school sanctioned eurotrip, he is more concerned with flirting with MJ (a still-captivating Zendaya) than slinging webs. But trouble, as per yooozsh, intervenes in the form of a massive elemental creatures. Enter Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, a superhero from another dimension who saves the day. Mysterio and Spider-Man team up with Nick Fury and Maria Hill, fresh from a newly reinstated SHIELD, to stop the creatures from destroying the world. Gyllenhaal is an amiable mentor for Holland, and Sam Jackson a worthy foil, but if you’ve ever read comic, or seen a movie, you know that things aren’t what they seem.

Also returning to the fold are Marisa Tomei as Peter’s Aunt May and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. Both have a little more to do, and their connection to Peter and each other drives a lot of the comedy. Jacob Batalon as Peter’s BFF Ned also does the most with his too-brief moments.

Director Jon Watts leans into the CGI-fest, though the ending green-screen battle actually has a context. With a zip-fast pace, a mostly self-contained story, and the ridiculously massive charm of Holland, Far From Home is top-tier MCU action, and it probably contains two of the most significant and intriguing post-credits scenes. Thankfully, we never have to learn what would’ve happened if the story would’ve had to continue without the MCU connection.

My Grade – B+

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