Spider-Man: Far From Home had a big job as the first film after the events of Avengers: Endgame but I think it did a good job in being both an ending to that part of the MCU and a start to the next phase of films.
I thought it was filled with a good balance of action, comedy and romance and I was thoroughly entertained throughout. Jake Gyllenhall made an excellent villain and there were some excellent plot twists during the film.
“Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent.”
This next installment shows a complete contrast to Homecoming, where instead of being desperate to get more involved in superhero work, Peter would rather get as far away from it as possible. It shows the ongoing struggle of wanting to live a normal life but burdened with the responsibility of being a superhero and feeling like he needs to be the ‘next Iron Man’. After the events of Infinity War and Endgame, and losing Tony, you can completely understand his need to run away from his hero responsibilities just for a while. Although it’s clear he isn’t able to actually escape from it.
I definitely missed the father-son dynamic of Tony and Peter but the film did a good job in showing how much the loss of Tony had an effect on Peter (and Happy). I also really liked the tribute to Tony, Cap and Natasha at the beginning and all of the paintings and murals dedicated to Iron Man that you saw throughout the film- gone but never forgotten. The best scene in that sense was when Peter was going through all the tech on the plane to build a more upgraded suit and you could just see the way Happy was watching him, because it’s exactly what Tony would have done. You could see Happy really missed Tony in that moment but could also really see the resemblance between Tony and Peter, making him and us realize again why Tony wanted Peter to step up after he was gone.
Although, I think it’s important to note that we, and Peter, realise that he doesn’t need to be the next Iron Man and Tony never expected him to be. He just knew that Peter was smart and brave and could do amazing things as Spider-Man.
In terms of villains, I found Mysterio to be more interesting than the Vulture from the last film. You could tell straight away that he was going to end up being the villain for the movie but I wasn’t actually expecting the twist, where everything with the elementals was an illusion. It made for some visually pleasing action scenes, both with the elementals but also when Peter was trapped in the illusions, and I thought Jake Gyllenhaal played the character very well.
This film had a lot more awkward teen romance throughout, with Peter trying to confess his feelings for MJ, but I thought it didn’t actually detract from the film too much. I think it had a nice balance between action and romance and I think it helps that MJ is very different from all previous iterations of love interests of previous versions of Spider-Man, being very witty and intelligent. I’m glad she and Peter got together in the end. My only complaint about the romance is that I feel the relationship between Happy and Aunt May was a bit forced, almost just a way of making Peter feel uncomfortable. Although it does mean that it looks like Happy is going to be a more regular character in upcoming films so that will be something to look forward to.
Overall, I really liked Far From Home, although I’m unsure yet if I preferred it or Homecoming. Either way, I enjoyed the action, the romance, the villain and the character development shown. And that mid-credit twist! I can’t believe Mysterio both made out Spider-Man to be the villain and revealed his identity. I feel very bad for Peter but I am looking forward to what this means for the next film, with him having to deal with the aftermath of this turn of events and the fact that his life will never be the same again.
What did you think of Far From Home?