Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

William Leach, Editor

     On July 2nd, 2019 Marvel Studios in conjunction with Sony Pictures released the final movie in the 3rd Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home. This is the first film since the climactic ending of Avengers: Endgame, showing the effects the previous film had on the world. This version of Mysterio and Spider-Man are some of the best interpretations put to film, showing how Marvel can make characters instantly iconic and memorable. So, how does this Spider-Man: Far From Home hold up against other films in the MCU?

     The story of Spider-Man- Far From Home is one that takes Spider-Man out of his normal setting of New York and brings him to a trip throughout all of Europe. We start the film soon after the ending of Avengers: Endgame, we see the aftermath of Thanos’ snap that killed off and subsequently brought back half of the population. We see Spider-Man getting ready for a school field trip that ends up becoming a mission to save our world from annihilation. Mysterio and Spider-Man gain each other’s trust throughout the movie, climaxing with revealing Mysterio’s true motives. We watch as Spider-Man tries to cope with a world without Iron Man and become what he was truly meant to be, Earth’s next great defender.

     One thing that the MCU and director Jon Watts are great at is making lovable and instantly memorable characters. Mysterio, a maniacal villain who falsely gains the trust of Spider-Man is played by Jake Gynihall, who is an amazing addition to this film. His motives are clear and obvious from the second they are presented and he makes for a fresh new villain in the somewhat crowded MCU. Other characters, such as Spider-Man’s equally iconic love interest MJ, who was once a shy girl who was too good for Peter is now treated as a lovable side-kick to Spider-Man in this film. Far From Home brings some much-needed change to Spider-Man’s story for a new generation of viewers

     One thing that always stands out in Marvel movies is that action and Far From Home is a highlight in this regard. Spider-Man fights against these enemies called The Elementals, monsters that harness certain elements of Fire, Water, Earth, and Lighting. The fights with these monsters create great fight scenes that show Spider-Man’s true potential as the main hero going forward in the MCU. Scenes against the Elementals coupled in with the final fight against our main antagonist Mysterio make for a great addition to the MCU’s ever-growing roster of fight scenes.

     Spider-Man: Far From Home is great squeal to the MCU Spider-Man’s story. Far From Home is Marvel’s 9th film to reach 1 billion dollars and it deserves every bit of that revenue. Director John Watts creates an amazing place that brings us places our characters have never been to before in a new and exciting way. With Far From Home being the end of Phase 3 of MCU, we don’t know where producer Kevin Fiege and the rest of Marvel will go with the Future of the MCU. Spider-Man: Far From Home was a great watch and I truly recommend it to anyone who wants to start getting into the MCU and the rest of its movies in this expansive universe.