Spider-Man: Far From Home – 9/10
Fresh off of breaking all kinds of records with Avengers Endgame, Marvel Studios swings back onto the big screen with their friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man in the MCU’s second solo Spidey movie.
Ever since making his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War the web crawler has featured in four movies with Far From Home becoming his fifth in just a small number of years.
The latest instalment in the franchise follows on from the events of Avengers Endgame and gives us some insight as to how Peter Parker is dealing with superhero life in a world without Iron Man.
Not only that, Far From Home gives us something unique in that we see Spider-Man take his battles outside New York and more importantly outside America (travelling through space in infinity War doesn’t count). The location of the movie is set over four cities – Venice, Prague, Berlin and London with the final confrontation being set on Tower Bridge.
The sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man Homecoming see’s Peter Parker played by Tom Holland go on a school trip to Europe with his classmates where unfortunately for the newest Avenger they encounter Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who recruits Spider-Man to help Quentin Beck aka Mysterio played by Jake Gyllenhaal to defeat The Elementals.
The film continues the light hearted tone created in Homecoming and focusses on the relationship between Peter and MJ played by Zendaya. Far From Home creates the best Summer love story this year as our hero tries to execute his plan of telling the girl of his dreams how he feels about her. The pair’s chemistry on screen is one of the highlights of the movie and is best shown when they go a romantic stroll through the streets of Prague where MJ confesses that she already knows Peter is Spider-Man.
The other main relationship that’s developed throughout the movie is Peter’s partnership with Quentin Beck who has arrived from another version of Earth to stop The Elementals. Let me say that the MCU Spider-Man series has hit the ball out of the park with it’s villains. First we have Vulture played by Michael Keaton who in my opinion is one of the best villains of the MCU so they set the bar quite high with the calibre of bad guys. When it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal was to play Mysterio I was a little skeptical as I could think of a list of different actors that I would preferred to have taken on the role. However, Far From Home completely nails the character of Mysterio and the audience watch as the character goes from being the potential new Tony Stark in Peter’s life to having a plan for world domination. The best part about it is you like him even more once his villainy is revealed. There’s no surprise that the “good guy” act wouldn’t last as Mysterio is one of Spider-Man’s greatest antagonists, made famous for using his skills of manipulation and perception to wreak havoc. We get a more up to date version of the character in Far From Home, he’s a former employee of Tony Stark who becomes an emotionally devastating villain for Spider-Man and the audience.
Is Far From Home the best Spider-Man movie to date? I would say so. I saw it on open day with a few friends and went back two more times (once with my nephew and the other with a girl, the less said about that the better!) I enjoyed it that much. It has everything you want in a superhero movie – plenty of action, a smart story, a great villain and Samuel L. Jackson! It’s the perfect follow up to Avengers: Endgame and has potentially the best post credit scene in an MCU movie to date. As the credits roll we wonder what’s going to happen next as the whole world now knows Spider-Man’s true identity. It’s a great cliffhanger to leave us on and like with any Marvel movie you’re left wanting more.