It may seem foolish for Marvel to continue its cinematic universe, especially after the epic event that was Avengers: Endgame, but continuing they are – and thank god! Because the newest addition to the 10 year franchise has proven to be yet another hit among comic fans.
Spider-Man: Far From Home follows the events of Endgame and deals with the aftermath of Thanos’s now iconic finger snap (referred to as The Blip). In a world where most of the earth’s population has missed out on five years of their lives, it seems that vacationing is now the quick and easy way to overcome mass loss and depression. This leads Peter (portrayed by Tom Holland) to go on a grand tour of Europe with his fellow class mates. Still in mourning for the sacrificing Tony Stark, Peter wants to take a break from his web-slinging persona and instead spend some time with his crush MJ (played by Zendaya). However, things turn upside down when Venice is attacked by a roaring elemental being, introducing Peter to both Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and a warrior from a parallel world – the mysterious (ahem) Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal).
Yet again Marvel delivers on their traditional formula, creating a film that is both epic, visually stunning and true to the Marvel comics spirit. Tom Holland again portrays Peter Parker with his usual wit and charm, making him one of the most likeable iterations of the character, and also one of the most memorable members of the MCU. The focus placed upon his budding romance with MJ also demonstrates how these Spider-Man movies continue to focus on the simpler aspects of life, with the flirtation on display being portrayed as both innocent and plucky. Zendaya also gives a stellar performance in her role as the social awkward and weird MJ, who truly presents herself as a very different love interest for the arachnid-based hero, one that is both welcome and refreshing.
Jake Gyllenhaal also owns the screen as the franchise’s newest character, with his performance giving the iconic character a sense of knightly bravery. His visuals and costume also help to give him an otherworldly appearance in the same tradition as was once seen when Thor first graced the silver screen. The film also delivers on the usual Marvel Easter eggs, end-credits sequences and in-universe allusions. In fact, the final sequences of this film may prove to be some of the most significant in terms of the overall plan for where the universe will go next. Let’s just say Spider-Man 3 may prove to be very interesting, also a few shape-shifting aliens may also make a re-appearance.
Overall, this newest Marvel project returns to true MCU form, delivering the first sequel of the new generation and opening the door for more to follow.