Pros: The final point of the third phase of the MCU and, at the same time, the beginning of a new stage in the development of the universe; cute characters; cute teenage humor; some of the most inventive fight scenes in superhero cinema; connection with previous MCU films; Mysterio; post-credits scenes Cons: Some teenage awkwardness in the scenes with Tom Holland and Zendaya Spider-Man: Far From Home / “Spider-Man: Far From Home”
Genre Comedy, Action, Comics
Directed by John Watts
Cast: Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Zendaya (Michelle “MJ” Jones), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Jon Favreau ( Harold “Happy” Hogan), Jake Gyllenhaal (Quentin Beck / Mysterio), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Angourie Rice (Betty Brant), etc.
Студии Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios
Year of release 2019
If for some reason you missed Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Homecoming, then before going to Spider-Man: Far From Home and reading this review, we strongly recommend that you watch these films. Because it’s impossible to talk about Far From Home without spoilers for previous films. As a bonus, you can also watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; the theme of multiverses also comes up in Far From Home.
So, Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place some time after Avengers: Endgame. Five years have passed since Thanos’ memorable snap, and several months have passed since Hulk’s reverse snap. The world is still reeling from the instantaneous disappearance and subsequent return of half the population. The world has not yet recovered from the departure of the Avengers. Peter Parker also did not come to his senses, having lost his fatherly figure, mentor and role model in Tony Stark. Peter sees traces of Tony everywhere and realizes that he will never be able to replace Iron Man. However, Spider-Man, who missed five years of his life, has other problems. He can’t get close to Michelle, who he really likes. Perhaps a school trip to Europe will help the young man take the decisive step.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is built on the templates of a teenage comedy about an American trip to Europe. Schoolchildren successively visit Venice, Prague and London, plus Spider-Man himself also manages to visit Holland. Naturally, all European countries, as befits the genre, are shown as stereotypical and stereotyped as possible, however, it all looks really funny and even with a certain taste of post-irony. In addition, the authors never go too far; there is no humor below the belt in the film.
While traveling across Europe, Spider-Man struggles not only with his shyness and inability to talk to girls, but also with self-doubt and reluctance to bear the burden that fell on his shoulders after the Avengers left. He is just a friendly neighborhood spider, he is not ready to fight alone with problems that require semi-divine powers to solve. But, as they say, in the absence of a stamp… Nick Fury needs Peter Parker, and Nick Fury is not the person who should be refused.
A new Marvel character who appears in Spider-Man: Far From Home is Quentin Beck/Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Despite the complexity of this figure, Gyllenhaal did a great job, and the fight scenes that Mysterio brings to the film are equal to and sometimes even surpass the crazy sequences from Doctor Strange. The battles of the last third of the film are definitely the best action scenes in the entire history of the MCU.
However, this is not even the value of Far From Home. The main thing is that the film, while paying tribute to all the previous MCU films (the Led Zeppelin scene alone is worth it), shows what the next five years of cooperation between Disney, Marvel and Kevin Feige could look like. And although no film from Phase Four has yet been announced, it is clear who will take the place of the leader of the new Avengers and where the focus will shift in the superhero showdown.
Spider-Man: Far From Home has two post-credits scenes, and both of them are important. The first, in fact, is the real ending of the film, while the second reveals some unexpected nuances of Far From Home and allows you to understand what awaits the MCU next.
MCU Phase Four movie announcements are expected to come within a couple of weeks of Spider-Man: Far From Home’s theatrical release, and it’s safe to say that the new movies will include Spider-Man 3 and most likely Spider-Man 4. It is unlikely that Peter Parker will be able to deal with the consequences of the post-credits scene in one film. Again, after such an open ending, the next Spider-Man film doesn’t even need to be advertised – the fans themselves will line up at the box office.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a worthy sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. A cute teen comedy with some of the best action scenes in the history of superhero cinema and very bold hints about the future fate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A worthy end to the third phase and a new page in the history of the superhero universe. Say what you want, but Kevin Feige is definitely a genius; the decision to end the phase not with the sad Avengers: Endgame, but with the optimistic Far From Home was the only right one. Well, we are waiting for announcements and wondering where Disney/Marvel will move next.
A cute teenage comedy and, at the same time, the beginning of a new era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe