‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’: A Successful Swing Into a New Era

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’: A Successful Swing Into a New Era

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' begins new successful era.

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' begins new successful era.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' begins new successful era.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' begins new successful era.

By Rustin Mehrabani-Farsi, Extras Editor

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After the massive work of cinematic history that was Avengers: Endgame, fans were anxious to see how Spider-Man: Far From Home would follow it up. Was it going to nice bit of humor and levity after the emotional rollercoaster we all went through? Or would it set up something even bigger, ushering in a new era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)? Many fans were skeptical regarding how the MCU would successfully continue after its main storyline ended and so many fan favorite heroes gone. Fortunately, Spider-Man: Far From Home delivers in all aspects, being a fun and interesting expansion of the MCU, while also being able to stand as a successful movie all on its own.

The movie catches up with Peter Parker, back from the dead after five years along with half the universe. But the world is still struggling to get back to normal. With core Avengers like Iron Man no longer in the picture, all eyes are on who’s going to step up and be the next hero the world needs. This is where Peter feels a lot of weight on his shoulders, with his superhero identity being marked as Iron Man’s successor and struggling to live a normal teenage life. Peter must decide how he wants to live his life, giving Spider-Man fans a return to the ideas presented in Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, but giving it a different angle and finding new ways of exploring it. This gives the MCU’s version of Spider-Man something that many fans had issues with, depth and complexity behind the motivations of his actions. He isn’t just Spider-Man because he blindly wants to impress Tony Stark. He has a choice, and must decide for himself what he wants to do, giving Spider-Man’s character a fine balance between his original portrayal and new aspects such as how he deals with Tony’s death. When given a good script and lines to work with, Tom Holland is a brilliant actor and could be the perfect one for Spider-Man, much like what Robert Downey Junior was for Tony Stark. Spider-Man: Far From Home truly allowed Holland to tap into his full potential.

This next paragraph has a mildly obvious spoiler, so skip if you don’t want to see it. The villain, and I don’t think I’m revealing anything huge considering it pops up if you just Google him, is Mysterio. Luckily, the role he plays revolves around more than just a plot twist, and can be enjoyed regardless. Just like Spider-Man, he’s not just a copy paste of his comic book adaptations, allowing everyone to enjoy him. The action scenes against the giant elementals are intense and entertaining to watch, and the new setting of Europe takes a break from the tired old New York that most superhero movies tend to find themselves in. With Mysterio’s power to create illusions, the director of the movie was given the rare opportunity to create whatever he wanted, no matter how unrealistic or over the top, and he uses this to its full potential, giving us a much deeper dive into Peter’s psyche that hasn’t been done to this level in any other superhero movie. The special effects have always been a recurring complaint in Marvel movies, and while it’s far from perfect at times, the moments when the special effects shine are some of the best in the MCU. 

Spider-Man: Far From Home has everything you could ask for from a Marvel movie. It’s funny, but also knows how to be quiet and let emotions play out. It has amazing action scenes, but doesn’t rely on just flashy effects and previous movies to engage the audience. It does what Marvel does best. It takes incredible acting talents and puts them to use by creating strong relationships for those actors to play off of. If Spider-Man: Far From Home is just a taste of what the MCU’s future holds, then I think it’s fair to say it’ll do just fine.