In 2016, the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally introduced everyone’s favourite friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man as a small cameo in Captain America: Civil War. One year later, Tom Holland, taking the role after Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield in previous iterations, got to star in his own stand-alone movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now that the follow-up, Spider-Man: Far From Home has swung into cinemas, does this movie work as a third attempt at a Spider-Man 2 while also filling the massive shoes left of Avengers: Endgame?
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Holland) has partnered up with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) to make an up and coming Spider-Man the next widely loved hero. Peter, feeling burnt out, takes the chance to go on a Euro trip with his high school friends, including his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) and his crush, MJ (Zendaya). During his trip, Peter gets enlisted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to help stop a group of elemental monsters from terrorising parts of the world, with help of an inter-dimensional soldier, Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), also known as Mysterio.
One of the biggest surprises of Spider-Man: Homecoming was how effective the high school friendships and interactions were, creating very memorable and comedic dynamics, especially between Peter and Ned. Far From Home definitely continues this streak by further exploring the characters and bringing new interactions and esthetics in countries like Italy, France, and England. Considering that Endgame had three hours of space travel, time travel, and large scale fights, it is a nice contrast to see a more grounded adventure rather than trying to match that level.
Tom Holland as Peter especially encapsulates this experience as he is constantly being drawn back and forth between wanting to enjoy his trip and ask out MJ while also dealing with the pressure of being relied on as the next Iron Man. Gyllenhaal, as usual, does a fantastic job as Mysterio, as he takes the role in some unique directions visually with his abilities, while also creating even higher stakes that will take future installments in a way that we have not seen Spider-Man before.
Overall, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a very fun follow-up for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man that brings new environments and interactions for the character. I can definitely recommend the movie to fans of the MCU, especially for those who are curious to see where the franchise goes after Endgame bringing a conclusion to the series.