After Seeing Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spoilers ahead! You have been warned!

I know, I just did the spoilery Avengers: Endgame post a few days ago. Actually, I wrote that not long after I saw Endgame. I just scheduled it for July 1. I figured that was enough time for everyone who was going to see it to see it. Then it wouldn’t matter that there were spoilers.

I don’t think Marvel or Sony have put out a request for no spoilers on Spider-Man: Far From Home. Plus… you know… it’s not as if my thoughts on movies written on this blog are anything that ever go viral. So, to the 30 or so of you who are actually reading this, I’m gonna talk about a few of the details involved in the latest Spider-Man movie.

It’s not the best Spider-Man movie, in my opinion. That honor still belongs to Into the Spider-Verse as far as I’m concerned. And it’s not the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it is definitely a breath of fresh air after the heaviness of Endgame.

Honestly, there’s not a whole lot about the movie that surprised me. I mean, the trailers tried to paint the classic Spidey villain, Mysterio, as a good guy. He allegedly comes from an alternate Earth that was supposedly destroyed by beings known as Elementals. Those Elementals are now on Earth-616 and Mysterio followed them with the intention of taking them down. He’s working with Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and the rest of SHIELD.

Are they still SHIELD at this point? Didn’t SHIELD sort of disband after they were revealed to be mostly Hydra in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? I have no idea… I stopped watching Agents of SHIELD a long time ago.

Anyway… Fury’s on board with Mysterio, a.k.a. Quentin Beck, and his story about originating elsewhere in the multiverse.

However, it should come as no shock to anyone who knows anything about Mysterio that he turns out to be the bad guy. Beck, in reality, is a disgruntled former employee of Stark Industries. He is responsible for the holographic imaging system that Tony was using during his appearance at MIT at the start of Captain America: Civil War. The Elementals? All figments of his holographic imagery. And Mysterio is backed by a whole team of disgruntled former Stark employees.

This leads me to ask the question: Are all of Spider-Man’s enemies in the MCU going to just be people that Tony Stark pissed off?

Think about it. In Homecoming, Adrian Toomes (The Vulture) had his city contract and livelihood taken away when Stark Industries struck a deal with the government to clean up after the attempted Chitauri invasion of New York. Toomes retaliated by illegally obtaining alien tech by any means necessary, creating his Vulture wings, and selling alien powered weapons on the black market.

So we’re two for two thus far in the MCU Spider-Man movies. Tony made a lot of enemies for himself. And now, even his legacy is making enemies for his protege.

Overall, the movie was great fun. Tom Holland is, by far, my favorite actor in the role of Peter Parker. Way better than Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield. He pulls off the incredibly emotional aspect in dealing with his mentor’s death along with his desire to take a step back and just be allowed to be a kid, which is so different from Homecoming, where he was so hungry to prove himself the hero who could be the next Iron Man.

And Jake Gyllenhaal was great as Mysterio. He played it great as the fake good guy in the first half of the movie and had no problem changing hats as the villain in the second half.

The scenes where Peter is just being an awkward kid trying to let MJ (Zendaya) know he likes her were really well done. Kinda turned it from a strictly super hero flick into an 80s or 90s-esque high school rom com.

The writers did a great job fleshing out the world that was in the five years after Thanos snapped his fingers. And they did manage to surprise me in the mid- and post-credits scenes. JK Simmons reprises his role of J. Jonah Jameson from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, introducing the infamous Spidey hater to the MCU. And Beck proved once and for all that the hero thing was nothing but an act. But it’s an act that the world has swallowed hook, line, and sinker as he frames Spider-Man and reveals his secret identity to the public.

And the Fury we were seeing the whole time? Not Fury at all. Neither was Maria Hill. They were Skrulls, last seen in Captain Marvel. Fury is on vacation/mission in space while Talos and his wife took over on Earth. Heck of a way for Marvel to set up Phase 4.

Now we wait. The next Marvel movie isn’t due out until next May. And we don’t even know which movie that’s gonna be. There are a few in the pipeline… but who knows? Will it be the long-awaited Black Widow solo film? The sequel to Doctor Strange? Black Panther? Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 is on its way, but not any time soon. And there will definitely be a third Spider-Man in the MCU, but that’s sure to be a long wait, too.

It’s good stuff. Even if the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t your cup of tea, Spider-Man: Far From Home is still an incredibly fun movie. But I’m guessing a lot of things won’t make sense if you’re not familiar with the MCU thus far. I think Marvel has just stopped worrying about people not knowing the larger story.

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