It’s been a pretty big year with Marvel movies already. With Avengers: Endgame hoping to cross the all-time highest grossing mark with its re-release this past weekend, you might be a little worried about any new addition to the MCU not being able to measure up. Trust us True Believers, the future of the MCU is looking well in hand.
Before you go too far consider this your spoiler warning for Infinity War and Endgame. If you haven’t seen them yet, maybe go do that instead of reading on. Don’t worry we will be here when you get back
Hitting cinemas is the official end of MCU Phase 3 with Spider-Man: Far From Home. We aren’t going to go into what happened across all of Phase 3 but it would be pretty hard for any character in the MCU to not be affected by the events of Infinity War/Endgame. Even without the massive losses of major Avengers having half the population of the Universe snap out of existence for 5 years would tend to be noticed (unless you are a Netflix series or set in the 1990s during a Skrull invasion).
Far from Home is the 2nd stand-alone film for Spidey in the MCU after he first appeared in Captain America: Civil War before getting his first feature standalone film, Spider-Man: Homecoming (staying a high school student for the entire run of the film, a feat often not attempted in a Spider-Man film). Then appearing again in Avengers: Infinity War where he was made an Avenger by Tony Stark and again most recently in Avengers: Endgame. All up this plus the new film puts the official tally to 5 outings in the MCU making Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the lead for most big screen appearances over Maguire or Garfield. So where do you go with a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man after rubbing shoulders with Avengers and saving the Universe? You go on vacation.
After the events of Endgame most of Peter Parker’s classmates were also snapped out of existence and returned the same age as they left meaning they still need to finish High School. The world is aware of Tony Stark’s sacrifice and newly minted Avenger Spider-Man is not the only one being asked who will be the next Tony Stark. If you are wondering ‘what about x’ after the second snap then don’t worry because this and all other questions are what Spider-Man Far From Home answers as the unofficial epilogue for the Snap or as it is known in the MCU, the Blip.
Occurring a few months after the end of Endgame, the first half of Far From Home aims to give you some idea of how the world has moved on and how it has affected those characters we know who lived through it. If you have seen any of the Far From Home trailers you probably had some idea that would be the case and that probably has shaped a lot of your expectations of the new film. And after watching the film you can definitely throw all those expectations out the window.
Starting out FFM does exactly what you were expecting, Spider-Man: European Vacation with a little bit of Nick Fury mixed in which is true for the first half before it ratchets up to Avengers Level threat in the thwip of a web shooter. It’s hard to say exactly what happens without spoiling it but the change in gears is also accompanied by visual effects that are on par with Stephen Strange’s trip through the Multiverse with a scope that makes you feel like the first Spidey film was on a high school play budget.
If you were a fan of the first Spidey film but felt that something was holding it back in the mix, this new edition makes none of the past mistakes without mini-rebooting out of high school, giving us the perfect mix of an early career Peter Parker, even with what they are calling his Spider-Sense.
So should you go see it? ABSOLUTELY YES. While Into the Spider-Verse set a high bar for Spider-Man films the second half could place Far from Home into your top 5 favourite MCU films. If the combination of action and special effects aren’t enough for you alone, we usually wouldn’t mention it here but the end credit sequences manage to take the film from blowing our expectations out of the water to shooting us into orbit. The effects in bringing the comic book level action to the screen plus the way that the key points of the MCU is woven into the film make this a big yes from us.
While for many Endgame was seen as the end of the MCU, Far From Home is here to remind us the story isn’t done yet and we can only imagine what is going to be announced for Phase 4 at SDCC or Disney D23 only a few weeks away.
Spider-Man: Far from Home is in Cinemas right now across Australia