Spider-man: Far from Home
Length: 129 minutes / 2.15 hours
After the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), there were still plenty of questions that remained. While still part of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Spider-man: Far from Home (2019) attempts to grapple with the outcome of such a pivotal film in the superhero franchise. As was the case with its predecessor, Spider-man: Homecoming (2017), Far from Home shows the audience the impacts of the other films in the MCU in a way that’s personable and relatable. After all, it’s easier to connect with a “friendly neighborhood Spider-man” than with a multi-billion dollar playboy.
I did appreciate the emotional depth of this movie, especially considering how Tom Holland handles the role of Peter Parker. From grieving over the losses of Endgame while also trying to move forward with his life, Peter has plenty of growth opportunities throughout this film. That being said, Far from Home seems to hit almost all the same beats that Homecoming did, only in Europe instead of Washington D.C. Though I did feel the villain of this film was something that could only be possible via today’s technological advancements, his origin story felt derivative of both Homecoming and Iron Man 3 (2013).
Still, the visual effects (for obvious reasons) were incredible in this movie. The little Easter eggs that hint at the future phase of the MCU give me hope that there are still stories to tell in this superhero franchise. Even if Far from Home seemed repetitive, I am still glad there are new villains to explore in the Spider-man universe (considering how many have been covered in previous instantiations of the franchise). And with Spider-man as a somewhat newer member of the Avengers, I look forward to his involvement in the future, large-scale battles to come.
More of the same great Spider-man action, but in Europe, I give Spider-man: Far from Home 4.0 stars out of 5.