Nearly two decades comic book audiences have had Spider-Man on the big screens, yet out of this list of all the Marvel properties, Spider-Man is the one film that could get you kicked out of the Disney castle if you messed with Spidey.
The backlash would be worse than a Robert Pattinson cast as Batman complete, yet again, with nipples and a cod-piece.
Spider-Man is the most relatable and most recognized of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland’s portrayal is connected possibly better to this current MCU audience having not re-told the origin story. Strengthened by the connection Peter Parker (Spider-Man) has through his mentoring performed by Tony Stark (Ironman).
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” continues Spidey’s journey in the MCU, but director Tom Watts (Cop Car, Spider-Man: Homecoming) provided the youngest member of the Avengers a respite from the grief of the last two Marvel films (Avenger: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame).
The audience is placed into an almost suggestively perfect entry to the post-world of “Endgame”. However, it is ripped from your grasp just in time to receive a new “Spider-Tingle” experience.
The post Endgame world did not go dark and substantial, but Far From Home is a nice jump to the other side of the street.
Especially, from the last two plot heavy Avenger films. This retreat provides relief in the form of a vacation. A trip that comes complete with multiple counties and European perks all thanks to Nick Fury and the indentured servitude Spidey has forced upon him.
Sadly few public school kids would experience a European Vacation of this magnitude but it makes for the basis of a great story and now it is a genre film within the MCU.
Bolstering it's 80's flair with a concept that Watts launched with the "Feris Bueller’s Day Off” reference in Spider-Man: Homecoming when during a chase Spidey crashed through fences and splashed down in the pool. This film is laced with that ‘80s film feel as well as being an MCU movie the director develops your typical vacation film antics and missteps.
The pressure will not fall to Ned his “guy in the chair”, But wholly on Peter’s shoulders. Ned may have other interests this trip, which is how trips like this are supposed to go….
So you’re aware. Do you leave town on a -Super Hyped- trip in High School? The type of trip you greedily declare “IT, will be the greatest trip of your lives!”
…Yeah, the ‘Fates’ will intervene, but true
experience’ is really what travel is all about. (The Bad & the Good and then Returning home)
Now, what if that trip is taken by a superhero? that experience is” Spider-Man: Far From Home”.
Marvel and Watts had the most difficult task of bringing Mysterio as a character into the film side of Marvel. Jake Gyllenhaal’s (Nightcrawler, Donnie Darko) casting was the right choice for a character whose comic book introduction and story brought them almost zero historical assistance.
I can only dream about what Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) is saying at home with family for Thanksgiving since he always seems to drive every conversation to a quick climax. Nick’s pressure applied to Spidey is ever constant in this post Endgame story. Jackson’s acting efforts have been the single strongest plot thread to the MCU.
However, a driving force of the MCU, Jon Favreau, who is not just a director, producer, and actor but, as Happy Hogan, he returns to Spidey’s side. This friendship between Spidey and Happy is the part that provides hope in the belief for a bright MCU future. His appearance is a wonderful indicator that we will see Favreau return as Happy for future Spider-Man films.
The whole concept of having the sexy Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) could just be to give the establishment to a younger Peter as well. But, as such an accomplished actor such as Tomei, must you have her portrayal be in ‘Mom Jeans’?
Spider-Man takes a step forward with this newly created world without forgetting its past and the roots created by Stan Lee and the previous Sony incarnations.
This film like most trips with your family, relax and try not to have too many expectations. It was worth the trip and fun can be had by all involved. A solid travel film in the guise of a Marvel movie, Watts sophomore Spider-Man effort is well worth a trip to the theater.