After the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the world is a different place. Half the population was displaced in “The Blip” (aka “The Snap”) and dealing with the struggles of finding their loved ones have grown up and moved on during the five years they were away. Many of the heroes who helped saved the world are gone, including Captain America and Iron Man. As the world tries to pick up the pieces and figure out this new life, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is who the public turns to as their new hero and beacon of hope… which is all just a little too much for his teenage alter-ego, teenage Peter Parker, to handle.
Despite help from Tony Stark’s right hand man Happy (Jon Favreau) and a call to action from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Peter just wants to be a regular teenager with his friends Ned (Jacob Battalon) and romantic interest MJ (Zendaya) as they go to Europe on a summer science trip where Peter plans to tell MJ how he feels about her. The trip and plan get foiled time and again as rival Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori) teases him relentlessly and Brad Davis (Remi Hii) makes a play for MJ’s affections. Then Nick Fury shows up to force Peter/Spider-Man to assist another earth’s hero Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) in saving our world from giant elemental monsters.
Mistakes are made. Plans are ruined. And nothing is what it seems. Spider-Man: Far From Home is an epilogue to the current Marvel Cinematic Universe that’s been building for 11 years that culminated with Avengers: Endgame just a few months ago. It ties up some loose ends, explains “plot holes” critics said were in the last two Avengers films, brings a ton of its own super-heroics, and has a solid plot to entertain and keep audiences on their toes. In this reviewer’s opinion, it was a perfect coda to the MCU. Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Jumanj: Welcome to The Jungle, Spider-Man: Homecoming) bring us a riveting story that’s equal parts teen rom-com and superhero movie.
The story if filled with twists and turns, some you’ll see coming while others blindside you. It’s got witty banter, delightful humor, and action for days. And it’s all pulled together seamlessly by director Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Clown). Tom Holland is, once again, the perfect Spider-Man. He’s also the best Peter Parker we’ve seen! Couple that with the awkward chemistry he has with Zendaya and you’ve got a great rom-com in the making… but wait, there’s more. Because this is a superhero movie, so he’s got equally good (great?) chemistry with Jake Gyllenhaal who gives an all-around stellar performance as the bulbous-headed heavy.
This movie is entertaining as hell, and the pacing keeps us moving… well, except for one too-long scene filled with expositional back-story galore. I get it, we need to know what’s really going on once the other shoe drops, but it just feels like a big vaudeville act dropped in the middle of an otherwise amazing movie. Once the true villain is revealed, however, it’s off to the races with one of the most amazing, thrilling, mind-bending CGI sequences in recent cinematic memory. And the hits just keep coming as one villain folds into the next and into the next. Spider-man really has his work cut out for him here, and he’s never given an easy out.
Topping everything off is one of the most “Oh, snap!” worthy mid-credit sequences Marvel has ever done, sure to give rise to fan theories galore. Spider-Man: Far From Home kicks the summer box-office into high gear, and even after the one-two punch of Captain Marvel and the concluding Avengers: Endgame, proves there’s plenty of creative gas left in Marvel’s cinematic tank. It’s a fantastically thrilling, funny, blockbuster romp that demands you see it in theaters to get the full experience. Trust your friendly neighborhood webslinger.