The latest Spider-Man adventure, Far From Home, is already the franchise’s most successful film to date but it doesn’t necessarily make it the best. A large portion of the sequel’s success is rooted in its ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as being the first film that addresses the fallout from Avengers: Endgame, currently the world’s undisputed box-office champ.
Far From Home gains exponentially from the success of Endgame, and it obviously stirred a lot of interest from Marvel fans, which turn up in droves to see where the MCU will head towards next. Well the bad news is despite this film being the closing chapter of Phase 3 of the MCU, not much is revealed about where that particular universe is heading towards. Not by the events of this film to say the least or its two post credits sequences.
The film’s main Achilles heel is also its strong life line, which is basically Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s relationship with Tony Stark/Iron Man. In fact, Marvel Studio has made it a permanent touch point in this sequel so much so that it becomes a repeat play by play from Spider-Man: Homecoming. Basically you get the boy superhero who is striving to become as great as his ‘mentor’ whilst facing a villain that was essentially born out of his grievances with Stark.
Like the Vulture in the first film, Misterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) rises to villainy due to his issues and indifference to Stark. Director Jon Watts tries to make this storyline work and it does on most points especially with its rather strange twist, but it just seems all too familiar and formulaic.
Far From Home also benefits from the inclusion of staple MCU characters like Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) but still it can’t shake off the spectre and the over reliance of Iron Man throughout the film.
Overall, it’s a film that provides more intrigue rather than interest due to the events of Endgame. Despite its impressive box-office take, we found Far From Home largely underwhelming despite the strong performances from its cast, especially Tom Holland.
For Spider-Man to move forward and stand on his own, we think it’s high time the wall-crawler firmly unwebs himself from Stark. But that gamble may prove too much of an ask from the boys at Marvel.
Popcorn Rating: Somewhat satisfying but rather unfulfilling.