Spider-Man: Far From Home
By James Davidson
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” takes place directly after the epic events of “Avengers: Endgame”. Peter Parker/Spider-Man is coping with the tragic death of his mentor, Tony Stark/Iron Man. Peter is not dealing well with this ill-fated event, he feels like he needs to take a break from being Spider-Man. While on a class trip to Europe, Peter, who is trying to escape his alter-ego, is contacted by the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury, who he has been avoiding. Fury wants Peter to help a new, mysterious superhero named Mysterio, save the world from ancient evil beings called Elementals, who are trying to destroy the world. Mysterio claims to be from an alternate dimension and seems to be the only one who can hurt these unknown elementals. But Mysterio might not be everything that he claims to be. Peter must uncover Mysterio’s mysterious secret, while protecting his own, all while working up the courage to tell the girl of his dreams, MJ, how he feels about her.
I have been looking forward to this movie since I saw Endgame. I was anxious to see if this movie would bring closure to a lot of the events that took place during Endgame. I was also excited to see if Spider-Man would be given a more prominent role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). I was also looking forward to seeing more of the great characters that were introduced in the first Spider-Man film.
This movie had everything I was looking for and more. It does a great job at setting up Spider-Man for the next phase of Marvel films while paying homage to one of the prominent, original members of the Avengers, Tony Stark. The movie did a great job at “passing the torch” from Tony to Peter, as Peter looks to accept a much bigger role with the Avengers moving forward.
The movie itself was very entertaining, even if it did have a bit of a slow start. I thought that the first act and the first half of the second act dragged on a bit as the movie struggled to set up the plot. Once it got going, though, the movie was very exciting and engrossing. The action scenes were fantastically done and very exciting to watch. The way the filmmakers followed Spider-Man with the camera during his acrobatic-style fighting was very fun and really drew me into the scenes. There is one scene where Spider-Man fights without using his sight and only uses his “spider sense” and it was one of the best fight sequences I have seen in a MCU film.
I really like how the writers put a fresh new spin on a lot of the original characters. They do a great job giving the characters a fresh feel while still keeping the classic feel of the original characters. Mysterio is a classic Spider-Man villain and the writers gave him a bit of a different story to fit in better with the MCU. However, this didn’t compromise the integrity of the character for Spider-Man purists.The same thing can be said for some of the supporting characters in Spider-Man’s life. Spider-Man’s love interest, MJ, and his “frenemy” Flash Thompson are perfect examples. Both have been updated from the original Spider-Man comics, but still keep the same feel as the characters they are based on. I think this gives the characters a fresh feel and keeps the movies from being too predictable.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is rated PG-13 for action violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments. If you have taken your children to see any of the other Marvel movies, this one is no different. It’s not appropriate for very young viewers, but is great for any Spider-Man fan.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” might take a while to get started; but once it does, it’s great, nonstop action. It’s a great superhero movie, with intriguing, fresh characters and a must see for any Marvel, or Spider-Man fan. It earns 4.5 out of 5 stars.