Any Marvel fan that has boasted about not enjoying End Game is basically just a liar. Okay, okay – some fans may not have enjoyed it. However, there’s no doubt that everyone went away a little emotional at seeing the conclusion of so many different character’s stories that had been built throughout the movie series. The impact of the first Spiderman: Far From Home trailer really struck in how much this film would pay homage to the impact that End Game had upon the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Instantly we’re greeted with painted tributes to Iron Man through New York city and a shot of Peter Parker looking, understandably, distraught and lost. Being the closing movie of the MCU’s Phase 4, Far From Home had a lot to live up to.
Thankfully, it delivers. All returning side characters are as delightful as we remember them. Jacob Batalon as Ned and Zendaya as MJ play the parts of the faithful sidekicks in a manner that remains as charming as the first film without running the risk of becoming repetitive. A special mention has to be given to Martin Starr as Mr Harrington, the well-meaning teacher that also appeared in the first Spiderman film.
As with every Marvel film there must be a villain. I’m sure many viewers had the same reaction as myself upon seeing the trailer for Far From Home when it was first released. What? Mysterio is fighting Hydro-man (or as we find out, not Hydro-Man, though there is a brief Easter egg towards that effect that sharp eared viewers will pick up on)? Traditionally in the history of Marvel, Mysterio was primarily a villain. Quentin Beck (Mysterio is the alias) was a con-man, a failed actor with a knack for special effects and illusions. Also – an utterly ridiculous costume that I am still shocked that they managed to make look somewhat cool during Far From Home.
Jack Gyllenhaal steps into the role of Mysterio in a manner that is perfect for the source character. He plays the manipulative Beck with such an enduring earnestness that I’m sure many audience members familiar with the character’s comic backstory must have believed that Marvel had chosen to alter it for the movie. Without giving too much away – Gyllenhaal captures the character of Quentin Beck, AKA Mysterio with an ease that is all levels of impressive.
And last, but certainly not least, is Tom Holland. Holland brings every bit of quirkiness that viewers have come to expect from his take on the classic character of Peter Parker. Much of the praise that Holland received for the first Spiderman film can be repeated for Far From Home. Though Holland has very noticeably aged since Spiderman: Homecoming, he is still able to play off the naivety that is the character of teenage Peter Parker.
Does Spiderman: Far From Home close up Phase 4 of the MCU in a manner that it deserves? This Marvel fan says yes. Also – don’t panic. They’ve reinstated the expected after credits scene that e missed out on during End Game. Far From Home has two – both worth staying for – but one in particular features what is possibly, the best cameo in all of the MCU.