Spider-Man: Far from Home

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Spider-Man: Far from Home
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Genre: Superhero
Action
Adventure
Science Fiction
Photography: Matthew J. Lloyd
Running Time: 129 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 26, 2019 (Hollywood)
July 2, 2019 (United States)
Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Chris McKenna
Erik Sommers
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing
Starring: Tom Holland
Samuel L. Jackson
Zendaya
Cobie Smulders
Jon Favreau
J. B. Smoove
Jacob Batalon
Martin Starr
Marisa Tomei
Jake Gyllenhaal
Previous film: Spider-Man: Homecoming


Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 superhero film released as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It is considered the final film of "Phase 3" of the MCU, serving as a narrative epilogue of the Infinity Saga.

Plot

After the defeat of Thanos, the world is mourning the death of Tony Stark while also pondering the question, "who will be the new Iron Man?" Spider-Man is pressured by the masses to fill Iron Man's shoes since he was his prodigee, but Peter Parker just wants to go on a summer vacation to Europe with his classmates and start a relationship with Michelle Jones a.k.a. "MJ".

Peter's vacation quickly goes wrong however when strange elemental monsters attack Europe and Nick Fury recruits Spider-Man to fight the threat alongside the new hero in town: Mysterio!

Why it Rocks

  1. The movie explores Peter Parker's classic struggle of balancing his superhero life with his daily life, as both constantly interfere with each other.
    • His grief over Tony Stark's death is also reminiscent of Uncle Ben's death in other adaptations.
    • Compared to Spider-Man 2's portrayal of Peter's life struggles, it is less mean spirited toward him, and feels more realistic.
  2. Mysterio is an awesome villain, faithfully portraying the character's roots as a fraud who uses illusions to trick people into thinking he's the good guy while adding new twists to fit the character into the MCU.
    • The way Quentin Beck's illusions are portrayed is impressive.
    • Several minor characters from previous films return as antagonists working for Mysterio.
  3. Mysterio also works as a message about how the masses can be manipulated by media so easily in modern times.
  4. Zendaya's character "MJ" is given a much larger role as Peter Parker's new love interest.
  5. Plenty of fun moments.
  6. J. Jonah Jameson makes his debut in the MCU, portrayed once again by J.K. Simmons after 12 years since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, trilogy.
  7. Entertaining action scenes that are a step up from Homecoming.
  8. The soundtrack is a stepup from the predecessor.
  9. As a reference to the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, Fury appears as a sort of mentor for Peter.
  10. They also did a Marvel Zombies easter egg.
  11. Talos the Skrull makes an unexpected appearance as the Nick Fury impersonator.
    • Subtle hints throughout the film foreshadow that Nick Fury was actually a Skrull.
  12. A very shocking mid-credits scene that leads to many possibilities.
    • It is also a callback to how Mysterio often tricks the public into thinking Spider-Man went rogue.

Bad Qualities

  1. The plot twist that Mysterio is evil is very predictable even for viewers unfamiliar with the character. The reveal scene was also poorly executed.

Reception

Spider-Man Far From Home was positively received by fans and critics, it is generally considered an improvement over its predecessor. A common point of praise was the film's villain Mysterio, both in how the character was adapted into the MCU as well as Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal.


Due to the news that Sony terminated the agreement to have Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is unknown if the cliffhanger ending of the film will be resolved or not , as it seems unlikely that Spider-Man will continue to be a part of the MCU after this movie.

Trivia

  1. This was the first Marvel movie that did not feature a Stan Lee cameo due to his death in November 2018.
  2. Bruce Campbell had made multiple cameo appearances in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, it was eventually confirmed that Campbell was portraying Quentin Beck and was planned to become Mysterio in Spider-Man 4 prior to the movie's cancellation, as a result Mysterio did not make a live action appearance until Far From Home.