Actor Tom Holland is really starting to own the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. But can he fill the shoes of Tony Stark/Iron Man? The answer in short is no. But that’s okay. Peter’s Journey is much different than Tony’s was. Despite everyone looking to him as the next Iron Man, Peter is perfectly happy just being a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
After fighting aliens, monsters, and space tyrants, Peter in FFH has to deal with more personal conflicts. Such as trying to woo a girl, competing with other boys for said girl’s affection; homework; and trying to balance saving the world with saving his friends. Not once does Peter accept the role as the heir apparent to Tony Stark lightly, it’s a burden of importance that he accidentally mishandles many times.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is a charismatic and likable character until his true intentions are revealed. Hopefully the MCU does introduce the real version of the elementals (Hydro-Man, Molten Man, and Sandman) at some point. The fact they were just a ruse used by Mysterio through drones was an ingenious way to use them however. Mysterio’s production team of spiteful ex-Stark employees from previous Iron Man films made. They were all bitter that Stark kind of took their work, perfected it, and kicked them to the curb.
As for the other characters, Zendaya continues to make the role of “MJ” or Michele her own. I’m still not sure where the movies are going with her character though. Is she or is she not MJ? Her character is likable and funny, but will we see any growth in her character? Or will she always be just moody and awkward?
Ned sadly takes a backseat in this film as Peter’s partner in crime. That role largely goes to Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) who mentors Peter and starts develop a friendship with him similar to the one he had with Tony.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) don’t really get too much to do either. Fury is trying to catch up on worldly events after the event known as “The Blip” that returned everyone from being erased by Thanos in Avengers Infinity War. Still , find it funny the films still got completely out of their way to ignore Agents of Shield.
The climactic battle gives us one of the best Spider-Man fight scenes ever filmed. Peter finally starts to use his ”Spider-Sense” a power that up until this point has been ignored in previous MCU films.
As for the after credits scenes, it lays the groundwork to just for future MCU films but also future Spidey films as well. J.K. Simmons makes his triumphant debut in the MCU reprising his role as J Jonah Jameson! Although this time Jameson is depicted as an Alex Jones Info Wars news reporter who drops a major bombshell that will have long-lasting repercussions on Peter Parker. The final end stinger reveals that Fury and Hill are actually Skrulls Talos and his wife from Captain Marvel. Nick Fury is actually off Earth on a spaceship full of Skrulls.
Now this could mean nothing or it could be laying the bread crumbs for the next Marvel event-based on Secret Invasion.
That story involves a subversive, long-term invasion of Earth by the Skrulls, a group of alien shapeshifters (first introduced in the MCU in Captain Marvel.) who have secretly replaced many superheroes in the Marvel Universe with impostors over a period of years, prior to the overt invasion. Marvel’s promotional tagline for the event was “Who do you trust?”
Overall Spider-Man Far From Home is a fun palate cleanser from the seriousness of Endgame and sets up new obstacles for our hero and the MCU.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives Spider-Man Far From Home a 7.5 out of 10.