Marvel ‘webs up’ great addition to cinematic universe with Spiderman: Far From Home


Following the devastating events of Avenger’s Endgame, Spiderman: Far From Home wrapped up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film cold-opens in Mexico, where former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) encounter the red herring villains, the primary elementals, and Mysterio/ Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal). Meanwhile in Queens, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his classmates prepare for an international school trip, while also adapting to their lives after the “Blip,” or Thanos’s snap.

Overall, the film did a great job at reminding us that these characters are still in high school. The amount of humor was sufficient, and the conversations held between Peter and other adults built upon his growing naivety and goodheartedness. Compared to Spiderman: Homecoming (2017), Peter wants to enjoy his life as a teenager. He has matured by setting up plans to follow through with, rather than wistfully fantasizing about the girl he has a crush on. Peter also grows to be more thoughtful, proving that the events of Endgame are haunting him, and influencing his daily life.

Like most of the Marvel movies that preceded it, Far From Home was completely character driven. Each action made by Peter propelled the plot forward rather than the plot dragging the characters along. The biggest plot twist of the whole film came unexpectedly, and was entirely dependent on decisions made by the characters.

The blend of on-site shooting and computer generated sets captured the idea of being literally far from home, but still kept Peter close to his roots by being surrounded by his friends and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), who has warmed up to Peter and his antics since the first movie.

Although the fight with the Elementals was visually well constructed, it was short and bordered on anticlimactic, leaving an appropriate amount of time to expose the real villain.

Overall, Far From Home was a great addition to the MCU. It included fantastic callbacks to previous films like Captain America: Civil War. This movie was a wonderful way to wrap up the Infinity Saga. I give Spiderman: Far From Home 4.5/5 stars.