This one has been a long time coming! I watched this film a month or two back (whenever it was released on that good old fashioned physical media) but beyond a few notes I took to make sure I mention in a review, I haven’t found time to actually review it… until now! The first film in the MCU post-Endgame serves as a good little story, though quite uneven in places I found… Read on for more details!
Peter Parker’s relaxing European vacation takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit him for a mission. The world is in danger as four massive elemental creatures — each representing Earth, air, water and fire — emerge from a hole torn in the universe. Parker soon finds himself donning the Spider-Man suit to help Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio stop the evil entities from wreaking havoc across the continent.
*spoilers appear from here on out!*
Spider-Man with the little arm webs to glide! They’re often missing in Spider Suit versions nowadays…
Although it goes without saying by this point, Tom Holland is still great in the role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man, with great comedic timing and able to be serious when needed. The almost survivor’s guilt he feels about the death of Tony Stark and how he is seemingly being set up to replace him is a good storyline and serves as a suitable epilogue for the third “Phase” of the MCU.
When I heard Mysterio was going to be the lead villain, I thought “Oh that’s good, but I bet he won’t look anything like him.” Well I was thankfully wrong! Here he is, in live action, giant fish-bowl helmet and all. The story is classic Mysterio as well, with Quentin Beck pretending to be a hero from another universe, but in reality it’s all special effects, which if this were made in the 90s wouldn’t make much sense, but here with drones and hologram projectors, I can easily buy it (especially given some of the more advanced tech seen in the MCU anyway). Basically Beck was an employee of Stark Industries that was expecting to inherit the Stark network that Peter was given instead, so he made himself up to be a hero and befriended Spider-Man while trying to convince him that leading a normal life would be better, all so he can get control of the network instead. Jake Gyllenhaal absolutely nails all aspects of the role too, from hero to snivelling villain.
Mysterio, looking very much like Mysterio… hooray!
Eventually he does gain control of Stark’s network, and he soon beats Spidey is a scene straight out of the comics / 90s cartoon I grew up on, with lots of scenes of Spider-man suddenly falling in different locations, Mysterio growing large and all that jazz. It was great stuff. The final showdown, which sees Peter finally getting used to using his Spidey Sense (or “Peter Tingle”, as they called it here, which was funny the first time they said it…) and results in seemingly the death of Mysterio by his own drone fire.
Another highlight of the film is the new take on Mary Jane and how she and Peter do eventually get together, including a swing around New York at the end. The cliché shy nerdy guy not getting the courage to ask attractive girl who has the attention of a jock type storyline was played out to… rather dull and predictable effects, but the pay-off was still good, mostly because of Tom Holland and Zendaya. I also like how they addressed the whole Endgame snap incident, and how they were sharing a class with kids who were previously three years lower in age from their perspective. What a weird world they live in now!
This all led to the big mid-credits scene, where J. K. Simmons back as J. Jonah Jameson (who is vlogging rather than running a newspaper) reveals Mysterio’s last words, which was not only framing Spider-Man, but outing him as Peter Parker to the world. Holy crap I am ever happy that Disney and Sony came to another deal, that cliffhanger being left unresolved would have been a MAJOR disappointment.
“I have to mysteriously go just moments before an incident with Spider-Man” “Okay.”
While I felt Homecoming balanced superhero stuff with high school comedy stuff well, I can’t help but think this film was too far skewed in favour of high school comedy. Some of it landed, other times it… didn’t, but there were definitely times I was kind of bored of the generic high school-y stuff and was waiting for something else to happen. The “comedy teachers” were straight from a US school-set teen comedy, too… *shudders*
Nick Fury was weird. Played for laughs far more than even normal, and he was often really gullible and stupid… now this is all explained in the post-credits scene, which reveals this Fury and Maria Hill for that matter are Skrulls, and the real Nick Fury is off in space relaxing. It was a kind-of funny reveal, and filled the plot hole before it was even created, but I still feel the Nick Fury scenes don’t work well in this.
Oh yeah, this suit happened for a while as well. It looks… a tad generic.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a fun epilogue to the Third Phase of the MCU, with a good central villain and some well shot action. Some of the comedy doesn’t land well, or there is too much of it in a row, but in general I feel the film is a good bit of harmless fun.