Following Avengers: Endgame wasn’t going to be an easy task. After such an emotional and conclusive capper to the past 11 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe magic, a rebuild was necessary. What’s strange, though, is that Spider-Man: Far From Home was billed as the film to officially close off Phase 3 of the MCU.
Well, that’s a whole lot of hogwash. Far From Home is the start of a new era and it feels exactly like it. Yes, we were always going to witness how Peter Parker dealt with the death of Tony Stark, as well as the need for someone to step into Iron Man’s shoes; however, this is like the Season 2 opening episode of the MCU while Endgame acted as the finale for Season 1.
Spider-Man: Far From Home sees Peter embracing his life as a teenager rather than as a hero. He’s been rocked by the death of his idol, but also discovered the importance of finding happiness and enjoying his youth. Peter goes on a European class trip with his classmates where he plans to tell MJ how he feels about her. However, a spanner is thrown into the works when Nick Fury ropes him into assisting with a new world threat known as the Elementals. In addition, Mysterio arrives on the scene and ends up taking Peter under his wing. In the midst of this, Peter is forced to make a choice: Does he give up everything to become the new Iron Man or let someone else handle it while he continues to be a teenager?
Folks, this isn’t the Peter Parker you and I grew up with. The MCU’s Spider-Man continues to weave in and out of canon as he pleases. There are moments in the film that pay homage to classic stories or iconic panels from the comics, but it still chooses to be a much different iteration of the Web-Crawler. It might annoy purists who prefer something more familiar and closer to the comics, such as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy; however, it’s similar to Marvel’s Spider-Man animated series in the sense that it’s become its own thing.
Also, it’s controversial to say, but the best thing to happen to MCU’s Spidey was the death of Stark. While Far From Home doesn’t shy away from the Iron Man references, it’s much more about the Web-Head than Spider-Man: Homecoming was. This truly is a coming of age for Peter and he finally establishes himself as the true hero he is, rather than live in the shadow of Iron Man as an apprentice of sorts.
That said, the storyline and plot twists are largely predictable here. There isn’t much that’ll catch you off guard or surprise—apart from the post-credit scenes—and Far From Home could’ve easily been 30 minutes shorter. The plot is largely formulaic and by the numbers, but the story’s shortcoming is more than made up for, thanks to outstanding performances from the leads, Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal, and mouth-watering action sequences, as well as the genuine hilarity. There’s a great chemistry and synergy in this film and it’s evident that cast and crew were on the same page for the most part.
Much like Iron Man launched the MCU’s first phase in 2008, Spider-Man: Far From Home does its job in kickstarting a new era for Marvel’s heroes. It might lack the necessary qualities to be remembered as a classic of the genre, but it’s still—ahem—amazing in its own way.
P.S. High five if you caught the Seth Rollins reference in the heading!
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Goodbye, Tony Stark. We don't need you anymore because Spider-Man has finally arrived.
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