The web slinger’s back, and it’s our first outing since the almighty Endgame. Taking a much “lighter” tone than the latest Avengers’ outing, Far From Home shows up this weekend with two very big wins for the franchise, in my opinion. The first- a wonderful homage to the character that was (is) Tony Stark and second, well it’s quite simply a damn good film. Let’s talk about it.
Taking place 8 months after the events of “The Blip” (aka Thanos snap), the film jumps right in with some backstory around what our new threat is and who we have strapped up to face it. In this mix is returning Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and welcome newcomer Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), as they draw aim to fight off an emerging group of what they call “Elementals”. And, as you might expect, they call upon our webslinger for some help. Peter Parker, only still age 16, is in a difficult place at the beginning of the film. He finds himself torn between being a boy, longing for his friends and a long-time crush, and being the man he believes Tony Stark called upon him to be.
This inner turmoil troubles Peter throughout the course of the film, and along the way further involves Gyllenhaal’s character (Mysterio) in ways that may or may not surprise a few of you. The dynamic between Holland and Gyllenhaal in this movie is truly remarkable, and I found myself leaving begging for just a few moments more of it. The supporting cast (notably Zendaya and Jacob Batalon) grow even considerably more likable in this sequel, and do a fantastic job of keeping the tone light and familiar. Where Far From Home really shines, however, is as a beautiful coming of age story for Peter. Not just Peter Parker, or “Spider-Man”, but the shoes he must fill as the rightful next heir to the the throne that was “Tony Stark”.
Without diving much further into spoiler territory on this one, I’ll simply state a couple of hot takes. The villain- one of the best we’ve seen in the MCU to date. The story- polished, fresh, and keeps you on your toes. The rest- not only a worthy sequel to Homecoming, but debatably bests it in at least a few key areas. Our Spider-Man isn’t the boy he was a few years ago. His stakes have been raised, his reputation is greater, and the fire within him to “make Tony proud” shines light on more emotion than I might’ve expected to feel in this one. For simply hitting the nail on the head, Spider-Man: Far From Home scores a 9.5/10 from me, with its only real downfall being a semi slow-to–start intro. Check this one out, and maybe check it out again. Thanks so much for reading,
Peep, out 👋🏼