Mild spoilers follow for both Avengers: Endgame and Far From Home.
Phase 3 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has come to an end with Spider-Man: Far From Home, after the incredible Avengers: Endgame, you’d be forgiven for fearing that Phase 3 could end on a rather dull note compared to the epic film that came before. But, fear not, because Spider-Man: Far From Home is a fitting and extremely entertaining end to Phase 3, and the ideal film to take Marvel fans into Phase 4 and beyond.
Jon Watts and his team had one hell of a challenge on his hands with this film. He had to juggle a number of factors, he needed to create a film that stuck to the high-school theme of Homecoming, whilst dealing with the massive fallout from Endgame, as well as setting us up for the future of the MCU. It’s a tough task, but it’s done almost perfectly.
The film doesn’t get too bogged down in detailing how the universe works post-Endgame, but it gives the audience just enough to satisfy their queries and establish how everything functions as a result of “The Blip”, which leads to some very amusing scenarios.
Of course, the main focus is that of Tony Stark’s death and how this impacts Peter Parker/Spider-Man going forward. It is executed brilliantly, and Tom Holland does an incredible job of portraying the conflict and confusion that Peter is dealing with as he tries to find his place in the world without his mentor/father figure. Some Marvel fans have criticised the characterisation of the MCU Spider-Man, dubbing him “Iron Man Junior”. However, I’ve never had a problem with this plot line and Far From Home tells a fantastic story that sees Spider-Man begin to step out of the shadow of Tony Stark, it has some very moving/touching moments that help to develop this character as he begins to realise who exactly he is. Despite being dead, Tony Stark still very much has a presence in this film, without being overbearing. It all feels extremely necessary for the story and the Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s character arc in this film has left me very excited to see where this character is going to go in the future.
Personally, the main highlight for me was Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck/Mysterio, who has immediately become one of my favourite MCU characters. I won’t go too far in to spoiler territory here, as there are some great twists and turns with this character, but I can say that I absolutely love how they dealt with Mysterio and how exactly he comes into this universe and how he works, it’s different from the comic books in many aspects, but it works perfectly in this modern age and you’ll find yourself shocked and amazed by how he fits in. As well as this, Mysterio has one of the best moments I’ve ever seen in the MCU, it’s visually stunning and it is absolutely perfect for this character. Trust me, when you see it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
As for the high-school story side of things, Jon Watts once again nails it. He perfectly captures that teenage innocence and high-school atmosphere, it’s great fun to see unfold, I’m a big fan of Zendaya’s MJ and she get’s a lot more to do in this film. Jacob Batalon’s Ned isn’t as prominent as he was in Homecoming, which is a shame, but he still gets some great moments.
Overall, I loved Spider-Man: Far From Home, I enjoyed it more than Homecoming and I think it’s a near-perfect ending to Phase 3, it’s moving, charming, action-packed and incredibly funny. Tom Holland continues to establish himself as the best on-screen Spider-Man we’ve had and I can’t wait to see him continue and develop in this universe, and you already know how much I loved Mysterio, so I don’t need to add much more there.
There are a few pacing issues, mainly down to the fact the film has to jump around different locations in Europe, but it’s a minor nitpick and I quite liked the dynamic of seeing Spider-Man in different locations other than America/New York.
Oh, and Far From Home has two of the best post-credit scenes we’ve ever had in the MCU, that will both shock and excite you. Seriously, one moment in particular made me so incredibly happy, I had a massive grin on my face. If you know, you know.
I can’t wait to see what Phase 4 brings us. Goodbye, Infinity Saga, it’s been a blast!
I give Spider-Man: Far From Home an 8.5/10.