ethxn🏴☠️’s review published on Letterboxd:
“It's easy to fool people when they're already fooling themselves.”
The amazing Spider-Man and his friends return to the big screen in the grander Marvel Cinematic Universe! Peter Parker continues to juggle the responsibilities of school and the life of a superhero. As I stated in my Spider-Man: Homecoming review, I truly believe Spider-Man is the perfect superhero. While he isn’t my personal favorite, his cultural influence is absolutely undeniable. His stories are relatable to everyone from any background, culture or ethnicity. Stan Lee crafted a hero that was flawed and struggled with everyday issues. Spider-Man: Far From Home is easily the best live action Spider-Man film to showcase this. This film perfectly caps off the 23-film Marvel Cinematic Universe arc that is, the Infinity Saga. Spider-Man: Far From Home showed us what life after the Blip is like. It gives us insight into what the experience of seeing billions of people return all at once is like. We see first hand footage of students returning and we hear how it’s affected relationships and the lives of those left behind.
Director Jon Watts has one of the more relatable and inspirational filmmaking origin stories. Not that long ago, he was just a young guy making ridiculous skits who then went on to spearhead a trilogy based on the most popular Marvel hero of all time and pulling a billion dollar box office hit with Spider-Man: Far From Home set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His vision for this character has been my favorite adaptation of the iconic comic hero. He managed to take a franchise that Sony Pictures had driven so hard into the ground and revitalized it for the general public. With the help of Marvel Studios, he perfected Spider-Man on the big screen and helped set in motion what we have and where we’re at today in the MCU.
While I was aware Jake Gyllenhaal had been in talks to portray Peter Parker years ago, I never thought I’d ever see him in an MCU film. His talent elevated this sequel in so many ways and his role as Quentin Beck has been solidified as one of the greatest live action Spider-Man villains and certainly one of the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I absolutely adore the way they adapted Mysterio. He’s a villain born from a heroes mistakes, a heroes mistreatment of his employees and those around him. Spider-Man is left to deal with the ramifications all while trying to fill the shoes of a passed mentor.
Peter Parker at first saw Quentin Beck as someone to look up to after Stark’s passing. Spider-Man is still young, still growing into his superhero role and feels that he cannot be the hero the world needs him to be just yet. We see his doubt and hear his fears, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is slowly being crafted from the ground up and I absolutely adore that they are taking their time to tell a long form epic story that very well could be praised as the definitive adaptation of Peter Parker and his story.
Every returning cast member is incredible in their roles, especially Zendaya. The plot of this film follows Peter Parker and his attempt to have a fun school-funded summer trip. A perfect way to unwind after having saved the world from a genocidal maniac, as we saw in Avengers: Endgame. Though, superhero responsibilities begin to get in the way. Nick Fury & S.H.I.E.L.D. have to reach out to Spider-Man for assistance in handling another dangerous threat. Though, not everything is as it seems.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a masterpiece and it’s final scene ends in a revelation never before presented on screen for this character. I am unbelievably excited for the next film and hopefully not the final MCU Spider-Man installment. Spider-Man: No Way Home is rumored to be an Avengers sized event. The biggest Spider-Man film of all time, somehow topping the previous one. This character has so much more room to grow in this universe and I hope to see him for the next decade. Holland has said he’s going to take a break after the third film releases and after that, I’m hopeful the Sony-Disney deal continues.
Reviewed as part of my MCU rewatch & ranking