Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★★

An uptempo palate cleanser after the weight of "Avengers: Endgame," "Spider-Man: Far from Home" finds its heroes dealing with a new Marvel cinematic universe and, just as in Jon Watts' previous Spidey outing, high school. Propulsive and entertaining, the action outing is an all-levels winner.

Watts' sequel to 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is also a sequel, of sorts, to "Avengers: Endgame," its story unfolding in the Avengers film's aftermath. "...Engame" does not dominate the Spider-Man film, but it does allow for some of its plot points to be examined and explained on a Spider-centric canvas.

Beyond these beats, the narrative identity of "Spider-Man: Far from Home" is all its own. To film finds its gang of adolescent characters in Europe on a field trip. Mysterio ensues.

The story is engaging and rolls with an effervescent personality. Its sense of humor and heart are at its forefront, and Webb is blessed with a charismatic cast of heroes, villains, and various allies. The production is crisp and inviting.

"Spider-Man: Far from Home" betters its predecessor and offers a steady dose of comic books thrills and hearty fun. It is a rock solid entry in Marvel's massive franchise.

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