Spider-Man No Way Home(coming)

17th Dallas International Film Festival

The third installment of Tom Holland’s (The Impossible, Chaos Walking) Spider-Man finds the Marvel universe fully embracing multiple dimensions. The doxing of Peter Parker as Spiderman, by J. Jonah Jameson JK Simmons (National Champions, Whiplash) at the end of far from home. This action threatens Peter, and his friends lives and their academic futures.

Zendaya (Euphoria, Dune) whom people have discussed at length her personal involvement with Holland, which was viewed in Tic Tok ad nauseum. Pairs as we all have noticed perfectly to the growth and extension historically for the MJ character. Mimicked in step to the Guy in the chair as well, Jacob Batalon (Avengers Infinity War, 50 States of Fright) grows to help Peter in new ways with new recognition, perhaps not all desired, as Ned comes to learn. The storylines do provide historic growth for each character

The wonderful presence of Holland’s Spidey is how basic his problems have been to overcome as in all previous films [1~A Homecoming date, 2~ Sharing his feelings with a girl he likes]. Which are truly a basic problem of youthful existence. This is the true magic that Spiderman provides within its superb battle is the real tale within the story. Yes, Spiderman has special powers that allow him unique supremacies but at the core of this, the comic was always Peter’s struggle to have the normal kid’s life. This struggle to find a typical life is what makes Spiderman so unique as a comic book and feature character.

Never has a Spiderman movie provided such adequate existence of the bad supers and a truly whimsical and built fantasy where Peter with the assistance of MJ and Ned work through their difficulty as they have now been lumped along in Peters problem.

And once again within this spider universe we’re provided the wondrous Simmons as, J. Jonah Jameson in a near perfect rendition other web conspiracy theorists, “THINK” Alex Jones. His character is used throughout the story to push the plot forward. All while Peter deals with super villains visiting his dimension.

Such a unique choice by the writers Chris McKenna (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Ant-Man and the Wasp) and Erik Sommers (Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Lego Batman Movie) in bringing us a story which seamlessly combines all the past great comic villains into one movie without being part of a clunky broken story while expanding their characters in a beautifully thoughtful way.

Happy, Jon Favreau (Swingers. Made), continues to be important within this Holland’s telling of Spider-Man’s story. As does his comically driven relationship with Peter as oddly hot Aunt Mae, Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny).

In my opinion, the past Spiderman movies have expanded the world but outreached their story by adding too many villains to one film. I feel in trying to include excessive villains detracted from the core of the story. Getting views lost in the backstory of the newly introduced villain. This film’s unique multi-dimensional platform allows for an addition of bad guys without having to provide context of their creation.


Returning are Jamie Foxx (Any Given Sunday, Ray) as Electro, Alfred Molina (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark) as Dr. Octavier Octavius, Willem Dafoe (John Wick, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as the Green Goblin, and Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways, Tombstone) as the Sandman. (All in the trailer~ no Spoilers here!)

Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Star Trek: Into Darkness) is integral to the story which starts as a simple spell to assist Peter in his academic dilemma.

Not only does it seem that Benedict Wong’s (Doctor Strange, The Martian) additional subplots and Spiderman interaction could be the string that ties this universe together, it seems more a treat than prose for plot when Wong appears in a Marvel movie, with an opinion.


Spider-Man Far from Home is a must for any Spidey fan (as if I had to tell you that) but the casual marvel watcher should swing as quickly as they can into a theater near them. So, they can keep up with this phase four ever changing universe that Marvel and Kevin Feige and company continue to create.

15th Dallas International Film Festival