Spider-Man: Far From Home gives the MCU a rousing kick-off to the post-Infinity Gauntlet era

Move over Tobey Maguire, Tom Holland has claimed the throne as the best on-screen portrayal of Peter Parker. Holland can play Parker until he’s 50 and I would not bat an eye. He is that good in this role. Spider-Man: Far From Home delves into the world’s reaction to everyone returning from “the snap” and how they rebound post-snap. Peter Parker continues to mourn over the death of Tony Stark and now feels lost in the chaos of being the most popular Avenger with the deaths of Iron Man, Black Widow, and Captain America. Parker goes on this European trip with his class to take a breather from the everyday struggle of being Spider-Man. However, things go awry when Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, arrives and Nick Fury hijacks the school’s trip.

The performances, across the board, are phenomenal. Gyllenhaal gives one of the more menacing villainous performances in recent memory and showed that he had a blast being an MCU character. Zendaya, who plays MJ, is one of the best actresses in the entertainment business at the moment. She has gone from a Disney star to an MCU character and concurrently has her own show, Euphoria, which is quite provocative and edgy with Zendaya playing a teenage drug addict. The CGI is some of the best I’ve seen in an MCU film. It is miles better than the notorious moments of CGI during the ferry scene in Homecoming. 

The storyline for Far From Home strays further away from the teenage romance to focus more on the action and that is a major plus. While we love strong relationships between characters, the teenage romance trope was corny in Homecoming and can be tedious during this film as well, especially with Ned, due to how repetitive his on-screen moments get. There is also less buildup to get to the action. Other than the first minutes of the film, every scene holds a brisk pace that keeps the movie flowing beautifully. In my opinion, Spider-Man: Far From Home is better than its predecessor, Homecoming, and should be considered a top-tier MCU film. There are minimal negatives that I could find on first watch other than some corny teenager moments. The performances, the CGI, and the action are all luminous and may set the tone for Spider-Man to be the main focus for future Avenger films.

If you were looking for an answer as to where the MCU goes next, you are not going to get that. This film puts a cap on the Infinity Gauntlet saga more than it does set up the future for the universe. The mid and end credit scenes do show a couple of interesting teases but nothing that can be confirmed. While I will always hold the sentiment that I would be fine if the MCU ended with Endgame, I am always looking forward to seeing what Kevin Feige does next for this marvelous cinematic universe.

Rating: 8.5/10

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