Spider-Man far from home was one of the most anticipated films at the box office this summer. This anticipation was due to the movie taking place right after the highest grossing film ever Avengers Endgame. Spider-Man far from home follows Peter Parker mourning the loss of Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man. Peter and his classmates and along with their two teachers decide to take a school trip away which was hinted at in Avengers Infinity War. Peter needing a break from the masked hero lifestyle decides to leave the iconic Spider-Man suit at home only to have Aunt May have her pack the suit for him. This leads to a particularly funny scene in airport security where Peter thinking he left the suit at home, gets stopped, the security guard opens the suitcase gives Peter a funny look and then lets him go.
The film at its core is light-hearted and involves themes of love and friendship. These scenes can be seen with Peter and his love interest MJ. The two have some very awkward and funny moments, these mainly have Peter being socially awkward around MJ. These scenes are not only hilarious and also relatable but make the film feel genuine.
Later on, we get introduced to fan favourite Nick Fury played by notorious Samuel. L. Jackson. Prior to the school trip away we are told that Nick Fury has been trying to contact Peter Parker to help save the world from a group of monsters from a parallel universe called the “Elementals”. While Peter is in Venice, we see that one of the Elementals arrives in the form of Hydro-Man. Peter fails to defeat this monster and then we are introduced to Quinten Beck also known as Mysterio. Beck takes in Peter as a friend from the get go and they become quick best buds.
Nick Fury then gives Peter the E.D.I.T.H glasses. These glasses are the last gift Tony Stark left for Peter. The acronym stands for “Even.In.Death.Im.The.Hero”. This is a big throw back to Tony Starks pompous attitude, which I must admit was a big tear jerker for the audience. We then see that the glasses give Peter full access to Stark Industry’s acrinol of weapons, these take form in the shape of drones and at one-point Peter nearly kills one of his classmates due to him using bad phrasing.
Eventually we see Peter give the glasses to Mysterio due to the fact that there is pressure on Peter to be the “next Iron Man”. It turns out that Quinten Beck is an ex-employee of Tony Stark and was using Peter to get the E.D.I.T.H glasses and he was the one behind the Elementals, using advanced Holographic technology to display these monsters in real life. This technology was first introduced to us in Captain America Civil war.
The films climax is an epic one, we see Peter battle it out with Mysterio in a battle of advanced drones using the same holographic technology to trick Peters mind into not knowing what is real and what isn’t. In the end Peter triumphs using his Spider sense or as Aunt May calls it in the start of the play “Peter tingle” a moment which made the full cinema laugh.
Overall the film is by far the best Spider-Man story on the big screen since Sam Rami’s masterpiece Spider-Man 2. Not only did it deal with the consequences of Avengers Endgame well it delivered a very well told and written story. I would rate the film a 9/10 not only for its comedy but for how it blends so well within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The films two endings had me also jumping out of my seat as a long time Spider-Man fan.
I am sad though, to report that this may be the last we see of Spider-Man within the MCU. Due to negotiations between Sony and Disney the faith of our favourite masked hero is unknown but for now we are to see a revamp of the character within Sony’s live action Spider-verse (Venom, Carnage and Morphias). These new films will keep Tom Holland, who is by far the best Spider-Man we have seen in recent times, in the Spidey suit but I am saddened that we will not see Spider-Man interact with any of the new line-up of characters we will see in Phase 4 in the MCU. If this be the end of Spider-Man within the MCU then it will most definitely end on a high note.
By Olan Corcoran