What I love about the Marvel universe is that they have always know how to keep things light. While DC is dark, brooding and ultra violent. Marvel remembers to serve up its end of the world level violence with light hearted jokes and an ability to laugh at itself too. Spiderman Far From Home is no exception. Pre-credits we are introduced to Nick Fury, Agent Smulders, and Mysterio.
After the credits we are treated to a memorial of those who have fallen: Iron Man, Capain America. The Black Widow and Tony Stark. Done so well I thought they were seriously dedicating this movie to the characters they killed. But wait for it, it, there’s a reason. And it is good and funny!
This movie of course, continues one year after the end of Avengers Endgame. The return of the dead has been called the Blip creating it’s own unique set of story lines for the world to deal with. Peter Parker after going through so much in the last adventure just wants a vacation. Unfortunately, Mysterio needs his help defeating elemental monsters that are appearing in our world and trying to destroy it. There is of course a struggle of conscience, a plot twist, and the ultimate question of who will be the next Iron Man.
First off I love Zendaya’s MJ. She is Sassy and dark with out being stereotypical goth. She’s just smart and quirky. Their romance is done well without being overbearing.
Tom Holland does a fantastic job playing a Spiderman who isn’t afraid to be a hero, but is afraid to be the world’s hero. It is easy to make Spiderman a whiny bitch. That’s a common problem in many of the other iterations before this. These current movies do a great job, by one keeping him in highschool, two making him funny but not whinny, and three making him earnest but not obnoxious. It’s a hard balance between awkward teen and annoying wiseass no one really likes. We care about Peter and want him to make the right call. Even when he doesn’t, however; you get it and just want yo see him fix it. Cause you know he will.
When Mysterio finally uses his powers it is great. You found yourself thinking how can you possibly fight this. The final battle was worth watching! And the answer they come up with as to who will take Starks place is well done.
I think this movie is worth the theater trip. Fair warning, pee before it starts so you can stay for the two scenes in the credits.
Spiderman Far From Home (US release date 7/4/2019)
Director Jon Watts
Writer Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Cast Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Samuel L Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya