Warning: Spoilers for past MCU films, such as Endgame.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a huge improvement from Homecoming. A pleasant surprise, considering that I hated Spider-Man: Homecoming when I saw it in theaters in 2017. Far From Home is the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the final film of Phase 3 and “The Infinity Saga”. It is directed by Jon Watts (Clown, Cop Car), who also directed Homecoming.
Taking place after Endgame, it explores the fallout of that film and Infinity War, as well as show Spider-Man in a post-Endgame world. Peter Parker has just returned to a normal life and wants to go on vacation with his friends. But Nick Fury shows up and recruits Peter to help him fight creatures known as The Elementals. But there is more going on here.
Concerning Mysterio’s plan, it is the most far fetched plan ever. Having him fool Nick Fury with that far fetched plan is just unbelievable, even with the twist that comes in the post-credits scene. Zemo’s plan to frame the Winter Soldier in Civil War is more believable than this.
Speaking of Nick Fury, this film goes out of its way to present him in a negative light. He gets conned by the most far fetched plan ever, Maria Hill makes him look bad, he is portrayed as an asshole authority figure as opposed to a force for good as he was portrayed in earlier MCU films. Between this and Captain Marvel, 2019 is not a good year to be Nick Fury. His only good showing this year is Endgame, where he appears in only one scene. Hopefully he dies in his next film appearance like Phil Coulson did in The Avengers so people can remember the good parts of the character and forget about his most recent appearances.
Peter is more smarter here than he was in Homecoming. He shows his scientific skills in several interesting ways here as opposed to his scientific skills being told to the audience in Homecoming.
The way the “next Iron Man” thing was handled in this film was organic to the character of Spider-Man. He is struggling with balancing a normal life with being a superhero. Many people, such as Fury, expects him to step up and become the “next Iron Man”. But Peter doesn’t want to do that. Instead he just wants to hangout with his friends and have a normal life. In the end, Peter decides to be his own man and him being the “next Iron Man” is just subtext that can be easily ignored.
Zendaya as MJ is far better here than she was in Homecoming. Her character was more likable here because she has more screen time and shares more scenes with Tom Holland’s Peter. That said, Peter and MJ’s relationship is not interesting. Whenever they speak to each other, it feels like they’re more friendly with each other than romantic. Peter’s relationship with his best friend Ned is more interesting than his romance with MJ.
Speaking of Ned, his relationship with Betty Brant just came and went, and it wasn’t interesting either. They skip the introduction, and they skip the breakup too. So it just feels like it comes out of nowhere.
Half the humor in this film can be ignored easily. There was some moments that were funny, but there were more misses than hits. There are some comedic parts, like a teacher taking a selfie with a really old camera and having it fall into the water, that should have been cut.
The special effects and the action is great, but this is an MCU film, so this should be expected. If the special effects were garbage, then it would be worth discussing in depth.
Overall, Spider-Man: Far From Home is an improvement from Homecoming and brings the character of Spider-Man back on track in the MCU. The post-credits scenes of this film are game changers, and their fallout will be felt in the future MCU films.