Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★½

For a film that feels like it borrows so heavily from Iron Man 3, it's surprising how poorly this stands up to its spiritual predecessor. Spider-Man: Far from Home works fine as a standalone Spider-Man film, keeping much of the charm of Spider-Man: Homecoming and advancing Peter Parker's character development. Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver the most satisfying conclusion to the Phase 3/Tony Stark era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Following a cinematic event like Avengers: Endgame was always going to be difficult, and returning to a smaller scale, "neighborhood" superhero story was probably the best way to go. Sadly, much of this film's treatment of "the Blip" and the fallout of the Infinity Saga undercuts the drama of Endgame and reminds us that the high stakes really weren't so high at all. Jake Gyllenhaal seems to be having fun with antagonist Mysterio, but I couldn't really buy into the film's predictably-unpredictable twists and turns. All in all, this is fine, mid-tier Marvel.

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