Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★★

Spider-Man: Far from Home is another average installment in the MCU, bolstered by memorable turns by Zendaya and Jake Gyllenhaal. Holland does an admirable job holding it together, but it's the other two's movie easily, with the former being one of the best love interests we've seen in this franchise so far. Gyllenhaal nails Mysterio, and when the film focuses on him and his neat powers, it really clicks as solid fun summer entertainment. The rest of the movie is passable, never feeling necessary or like it's giving something new for Spider-Man. The Endgame follow-up bits feel perfunctory at best, forcing this universe to once again feel "business as usual" despite the biggest seismic shift yet.

The midcredits scene is the biggest insult, setting up a third movie that proves the fear I had going into this. The message of this film should've been Peter Parker isn't the next Tony Stark, he's the first Peter Parker, an infinitely better hero to follow. Instead, this film falls in love with the lie that in order for Tom Holland to be a worthy successor to Robert Downey Jr., Spider-Man must become the next Iron Man in every sense. That's all fine on paper, but I have zero interest in a Spider-Man like that.

Spider-Man: Far from Home is a serviceable film, bolstered by a strong Gyllenhaal performance and a cute romance at its center. A few creative setpieces aside, it's an average Marvel movie that once again proves that the overcontinuity of these films are their weakest aspect. It's still enjoyable enough while you're watching it, and as such, you can't hate on it too much. I'll be skipping the third one though.

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