Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
Bring on all the feels, everyone, for I finally have my hands on Spider-Man: Far from Home which takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. SPOILERS if you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame!
And the after-effects of Endgame is felt throughout this movie, right from the start with the school news outlet right through to the murals and artwork throughout the cities and in the classrooms. The question of who would be the next Iron Man runs throughout the movie, which poor Peter just cannot escape. Nick Fury and others in the superhero world deem that Peter is next, Tony choosing him, but all Peter wants to do in this movie is have a vacation, hang out with his friends, tell MJ how he feels. Lmao that Nick Fury essentially derails his school trip by steering it towards Prague and the mission, whereas it really sucks how Beck emotionally manipulates Peter’s conflicted feelings to get what he wants.
Speaking of which, and my brother pointed it out, but there are a lot of parallels–albeit flipped ones–between the Iron Man movies and this one. Beck’s reveal was similar to the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, which I guess I didn’t mind because it works so well with the character and how manipulative he was. Right to the end he was emotionally manipulative, I really thought he had some thing of a smidge of regret for having to kill Peter and his friends, but between the last few moments when Peter saw through his illusions and the first of the two post-credit scenes (which is a spin on the end of the first Iron Man movie), argh, what a dick. Jake Gyllenhaal was really good in this, I should add, very charismatic and I totally bought the sincerity flipping to sociopathic tendencies.
Tom Holland as always is fantastic as Peter, and I really felt for Peter as he was conflicted and still reeling from the events of Endgame. I thought Peter grew into his character despite the conflict he was struggling with, balancing school/his superhero life/friends/family/love interest/etc.; him honing in on his spidey-senses (lmao at the Peter-tingle running gag, I was cringing along with him) was really cool. And you can see why Tony chose him, between his earnestness to do the right thing (which is reminiscent of Captain America) and handling the tech like a pro. The people around him were also great, from Happy (it’s always great to see Happy, really) to Ned (lmao at his side story of his vacation romance with Betty) to MJ (aww). You even got a bit of character development/reveals from secondary characters like Thompson (is his first name really Flash? according to imdb.com).
The movie teases multiverses which, while Beck’s story turned out to be an illusion, doesn’t mean it won’t be teased again in the future (especially with the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which I need, like, yesterday).
Overall I enjoyed Spider-Man: Far from Home, it was still lighter fare after the events of Endgame but acknowledging what happened and the consequences of it (namely the displacement of people; I reckon there will be a number of villains emerging from this). Some of the commentary felt timely, filling the void where the original Avengers were and people searching for anything to believe in. And I’m glad Disney/Marvel and Sony were able to sort something out because after that first post-credits cliffhanger of a scene, we need a third Spider-Man movie in this universe.