Spider-Man: Far from Home is being treated as a dessert, or air freshener after the humongous heap of amazement that was Endgame. Makes sense, considering this takes place in a school field trip, for everyone to try to get themselves back on track after an event that changed everyone’s lives on the entire planet. People have changed, grown up, and have made numerous jokes at the school about their bizarre circumstances, as well as a Getty-Images photo of candles to reminisce about those that didn’t survive the Infinity War and Endgame. Anyway, Peter Parker has a new crush, after Liz had to move away, and who other than Mary Jane Watson? And this MJ is no Kirsten Dunst, the same way Flash is not a bully this time; she’s her own new thing, someone who hates sunshine and rainbows and loves goth and proper partying. The hiccup is, apart from the usual can’t-talk-to-girls we saw of Parker in Homecoming, MJ seems semi-interested in Brad Davis (no, not the guy who played Billy Hayes in Midnight Express) a kid who literally grew up overnight and is totally different from how everyone remembers him. But that’ll have to be on hold when Nick Fury finally stops trying to contact Parker, who’s attempted to ghost him so he can just have his nice trip through Europe, and visits him personally with a tranq gun. Something big is about to happen, and despite the successful killing of three strange element demons at the hands of a seemingly new Avenger, this next one that’s perceived to come is the strongest of them all.
One of the main conflicts is the usual power-and-responsibility shtick, but Marvel always knows how to twist shtick into think. (That’s really hard to say.) Peter is now an Avenger, and the Avengers are now trying to recover and figure out what they’re to do now, giving him a bit of a possible spotlight for runner-up Avenger leader, but he’s not even finished high school yet. Besides, he doesn’t always mind going for the big boys, but he mostly wants a normal life balanced out with his saving of the neighbourhoods. He doesn’t feel up for any more responsibility when all he wants is to talk to his new crush. As someone who constantly juggles projects and sets deadlines for himself, I wished I could share my frustrations with Peter.
The movie’s also seriously smart with its script. Marvel’s screenwriters are the top of the chain. I’ll never be able to write “Initiate strike!” “...Initiate what now?” in a future book, and I hate that. The humour in these films almost never fails to tickle us until we’re feeling that same Peter tingle. Whenever these films want to be funny, they're just naturally and relatably funny. They seem to never try too hard and go with the flow, and if they find a joke that feels derivative, they add a spice and some cinnamon with whipped cream.
Now, I liked Spider-Man: Homecoming well enough, but it’s still one of my least favourite Marvel films, and that’s primarily because the secret identity plotline felt overly familiar at this point, and Iron Man’s appearances in the film were completely condescending and arrogant. Tony Stark ends up scolding Parker for things that weren’t his fault and when it was over, there was so much more I felt there could’ve been. Far From Home now shoves all the responsibility onto Parker, but it focuses more on the quite brilliant action sequences, especially at the hands of Mysterio, a guy who my uncle gushes about because of how cool, and, well, mysterious he was in the comic books.
One little flaw. We hear everyone, or at least anyone that immediately comes to Parker’s mind before Nick menacingly says “Don’t invoke her name” when he says Captain Marvel (breath in) is busy. It’s a little tiring at this point in the MCU to dismiss the other possibilities of recurring characters just with the snap of a finger, as if the story is in some sort of hurry that it isn’t. There’s also a side relationship that does something unfavourable for a quick laugh at the end, and I also felt this movie could’ve waited a little longer for its release, letting us exhale a bit, cause by the end, while it was exciting, I felt it established a plethora of brand new conflicts when we’re still trying to wrap our heads around Endgame. But these are minor in the grand scheme of how epic of a kickstarter this film really is for the fourth chapter of the sensational Marvel Cinematic Universe. I can’t wait to see this movie again with my uncle; that is, once he sees Endgame first, which might take a while now that theatres are beginning to pull it...