Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★½

Not quite top-tier MCU material - despite greater screentime, the whole supporting cast is nothing more than basic archetypes, and I remain somewhat uninterested by Peter's increasing crush for MJ - and yet it's clearly above mid-tier MCU in other areas - Mysterio is a deeply fascinating character whose background ties in nicely with the series continuity, and the action sequences are much better at capturing Spider-Man's high energy than the ones from Homecoming. In any case, it's another enjoyable showcase of the superhero genre with the confidence to slow down for developing its hero and villain. Even when it takes place after the gargantuan-sized Avengers: Endgame, it only spends a few minutes dwelling on the aftermath of that in favor of telling a delightful, self-contained narrative.

On balance, I prefer this to Homecoming due to its stronger ability to weave in a solid story along with action and comedy. However, the gulf in quality is narrow enough to keep me from giving it the "new favorite Spider-Man movie" praise that some people have already done (and inexplicably so, considering that the groundbreaking Into the Spider-Verse is barely a year old at this point).

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