Spider-Man: Far From Home has been out worldwide for a week now so we’ve had to think about how he really felt about the final movie of Kevin Feige‘s saga. Here’s what we think are the best and worst parts of the Spider-Man sequel.
Zendaya’s portrayal of M.J. continues to be a highlight of the Spider-Man franchise. It’s a unique and refreshing take on the character that makes her a lot more nuanced than some of the portrayal’s we’ve seen in the past. M.J.’s dark sensibility and blunt attitude add a fun dynamic when mixed with Peter’s more upbeat and awkward personality. Her relationship with Peter was also portrayed in a very realistic way. She’s a very straightforward person but was clearly a bit hesitant to express her feelings toward Peter which created some beautifully awkward scenes. And her rather introverted personality could make for some very compelling drama going forward if they ever decide to explore M.J.’s modeling career. – Alex Lurie, Feature Writer
Spider-Man: Far From Home deals with the aftermath of Endgame’s biggest loss and how it affects Peter Parker, but does so in a fun, pleasant-to-watch tone. It has some of the most adorable scenes in the MCU, but never feels like it’s avoiding the emotional stuff Peter is going through. This balance between emotional impact and light-hearted tone is for sure what the movie does best, and it should be seen as a reference for future superhero movies who have to deal with similar circumstances. – Tiago Fiszbejn, News Writer
This might be a little biased but for a very brief section, Peter and his classmates are traveling through Austria. It didn’t really hold too much story relevance outside of a hilarious sequence with Peter almost killing his teammate. It isn’t the most relevant story or emotional character moment. There is no amazing twist at this moment like the post-credit sequence but it was kind of great seeing the country I grew up in represented for the second time in the MCU. We did get a short sequence in our capital Vienna in Captain America: Civil War which already caught me off guard. Everyone in the theatre cheered and clapped that just elevated the film experience. This might be mostly due to the screening I attended but it left an impact. It is also just kind of fun to think about Spider-Man having to swing through the alps.- Joseph Aberl, Editor
This was the first time that we had to deal with the ramifications of the Snap, or rather the blip. Seeing the marching band disappear, I was reminded how horrifying it must have been for people that were completely unaware of what was happening in Wakanda. Then to see the marching band show up again, in the middle of a basketball game was hilarious. While not all the details have been worked out about the 5 year age difference we for sure know that the MCU isn’t just going to conveniently forget about that. Finally, the fact that the teacher’s wife pretended to be snapped was just great. I’d watch a regular TV show about that. Cough, Cough The Leftovers cough, cough. Maybe not. – Matthew Glover, Feature Writer
As far as action sequences go, that nightmare sequence in Berline might be one of the best comic book things ever put to screen in the history of the genre. It’s an absolute trip that takes its cues from the wacky imagination of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Peter, determined to blow Mysterio’s cover, is forced to face the woes of being the bane of his loved ones and the immensity of living up to the legacy of his mentor. It also showcases the lengths of cruelty Quentin Beck is willing to go just to further his means. – Charles Villanueva, *Editor-in-Chief**
While there were many heartfelt and bombastic moments in the movie that my colleges are likely to gush about, mine is more subdued. The reveal that Talos was impersonating Nick Fury the entire movie was such a nice surprise. It also showcased Samuel L. Jackson as being a great actor, whose portrayal of Nick Fury was just…off the entire movie. His aggression towards Peter, his seeming ineptitude towards Mysterio, and his lack of being able to contact a single Avenger besides Spider-Man.
It’s not like this twist comes out of nowhere either as it was properly foreshadowed throughout the movie. Sometimes very blatantly, but easily missed on first viewing. The fact that Fury refers to Earth as “your” planet instead of “our” planet, discussing Kree sleeper cells on Earth with Maria Hill, his odd reaction to Peter invoking Captain Marvel’s name, and his interaction with Happy towards the end of the movie. It was satisfying to see that all those little oddities were leading somewhere special.
Not to mention that it leads directly into the heavy implication that Fury is now heading SWORD, the sister organization of SHIELD in the comics that dealt with cosmic threats to Earth. – Pierre Chanliau, Editor
The worst part about this movie is Aunt May finding out Peter’s secret being resolved completely off-screen in-between movies. This was so incredibly unsatisfying. Not even a mention of their likely “talk” about it or even a flashback. Heck, even Aunt May’s entire attitude towards Peter being even away near danger is seemingly ignored.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, she literally told him to run away from danger and panics when he doesn’t call her for several hours. But, I guess she was fine with him going into space to fight aliens? And now she’s barely phased when she saw him fighting a water monster? It just deflates any consequences of Aunt May finding out at the end of the last movie, considering that she dropped an F-bomb when she found out. Now, she is overwhelmingly supportive of Peter being Spider-Man.
It just feels like a missed opportunity to give Aunt May an arc and something more meaningful for Marisa Tomei to do in these movies. One in which she learns to believe in Peter and support him fully, despite her concerns for his well being. – Pierre Chanliau, Editor
One aspect of Spider-Man: Far From Home that didn’t really work for me was Mysterio being portrayed as a hero for the first hour of the film. I knew going into the movie that Mysterio is a villain and I had a hunch that the Elementals were most likely part of his illusions. Now of course not everyone goes into these movies with knowledge of the comics, but it makes the first hour of the movie needlessly slow and predictable. I know that the twist is coming and I’m just waiting for the characters to figure out. But it’s also a problem that could have easily been fixed. The Mysterio twist could have been amazing if the Elementals were marketed as the villains with Jake Gyllenhaal playing a minor hero from the comics. This would have made the team up, in the beginning, a lot more believable so when we find out that his name is really Quentin Beck it would have been a huge reveal that none of us saw coming! – Alex Lurie, Feature Writer
Quentin Beck’s fate kind of seemed off to me. While I do believe that the character still has a future ahead of him in the franchise, it was disappointing to see him “die” off. Peter trying to make sure that he isn’t an illusion and not even trying to help him just felt a little weird. Here is hoping that he survived somehow and I do believe that it works well if you consider how it leads into the post-credit sequence. Still, if they are building to a Sinister Six team-up I would be annoyed that Mysterio does not get a moment to shine. If they want to avoid villains that were shown in the past, he would’ve made for a great main villain that is pulling the strings behind the scenes. There is still hope for this to become a reality but only time will tell. – Joseph Aberl, Editor
Mysterio is a good guy? I mean, come on? Did we really think that he wasn’t going to do a heel turn on Peter sometime during the movie? I think that this film got a bit of a pass because of the recent Captain Marvel Skrulls-are-actually-good setup. Had this film come right after Winter Soldier right from the get-go, there was no secret that Bucky was alive and was the brain-washed winter soldier. I will admit the trailer misdirect with there being alternative realities a was pretty boss move, especially in light of Into The Spider-Verse. – Matthew Glover, Feature Writer
As awesome as Jake Gyllenhaal made his Mysterio, the plot surrounding him feels a bit lazy and similar to Homecoming. The scene where Quentin Beck tells his whole story, in a huge and unnecessary exposition, could have been done a lot better by the script. Also, all of the people helping Gyllenhaal’s character didn’t feel important enough and their motivation for doing what they did was never quite clear. – Tiago Fiszbejn, News Writer
One big thing that irked me in both my viewings of the movie was that unveiled too much of Mysterio’s agenda in one single scene. I felt like the mystery (pun intended) behind the character should have been explored with notions of him possibly being a transdimensional character put further into question. It would give the movie a more distinct tone. How cool would it be if, at one point in the film, they actually make it seem that Beck is from the multiverse? Imagine a scene where Beck manages to “transport” Peter to the multiverse to show him what went wrong in their world, how the alternate Avengers failed, and how Tony’s legacy differs from Peter’s world, only for it to be revealed to be one giant fabrication. – Charles Villanueva, Editor-in-Chief