Spider-Man: Far From Home is nothing short of a wild ride filled with all kinds of crazy moments as Peter is faced with a threat unlike any other and a legacy that pains him to live up to. Here, we break down the film’s biggest moments and reveals.
A Whole New World
If Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame showed what the snap was like on a cosmic and global scale, Spider-Man: Far From Home gives us a look at the snap, now officially called the blip, and its long-term effects from the ground level. In the 5 years before the remaining Avengers convened to save the universe one last time, the remaining survivors have moved on and inevitably aged; Peter is now classmates with a teenager who used to be 5 years younger than him while Aunt May talks about returning from the blip, only to see a new family living in their apartment. Even crazier is how some survivors responded to the blip specifically Mr. Harrington’s wife who used the incident to her advantage by pretending to be a victim to run off with another man. There’s without a doubt a ton of interesting things to get from the aftermath of the blip and we can only hope they delve into it more in future films.
The movie also doesn’t hold back in dealing with Endgame’s biggest losses. Right from the get-go, we’re treated with an endearing yet hilarious amateur tribute to the Avengers who have passed on, namely Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Natasha Romanoff. It’s been 8 months since Tony’s death and the world is still in mourning. Throughout the film, we see various memorials dedicated to Stark. The film itself can be looked at as a memorial of its own as it confronts Tony’s legacy, as a hero and inventor.
Disgruntled Stark Employees
One fun thing the Far From Home trailers did was dupe fans into thinking that Mysterio was from the multiverse. Even though the comic reader in me knew that Quentin Beck was lying out of his ass in that scene in the trailer, a part of me did wish for the multiverse to become a big thing in the MCU. Mysterio was the perfect villain to apply the multiverse concept to, given how the comic counterpart has made use of the concept in the comics.
As expected, Beck is full of shit in his introduction to Peter as it is revealed in the 2nd act of the movie that he’s nothing more than a disgruntled Stark employee. Beck’s not alone in his machinations. He’s backed by a dozen more unjustly fired Stark employees which includes the scientist who was unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of Obadiah Stane’s quotable “Tony Stark built his in a cave with a bunch of scraps” line.
We learn Mysterio’s true motivations in this fun and kooky scene as he tells the tale of loyal Stark employees the company has failed to give its due to. That Beck was actually one of the people responsible for Tony’s holographic B.A.R.F. technology, presented in Captain America: Civil War as a $600M therapeutic experiment. Things are made more complicated when one of the world’s most useful and dangerous inventions is bequeathed to a highly irresponsible 16-year old boy, much to the dismay of these people who help put Stark industries on the map.
Use Your Illusion
It’s crazy that in 11 years of the MCU, Kevin Feige and his filmmakers are still finding ways to amaze us with spectacle we’ve never seen before. Spider-Man: Far From Home gives us what might be one of the best sequences in the MCU as Mysterio engages in a battle of illusions with Peter. The scene is unexpectedly brutal as the fight takes an extreme physical and mental toll on Peter. He’s pummeled relentlessly by illusions of a giant Mysterio while haunted by zombified manifestations of Tony Stark. Mysterio even does the cruel thing by making Peter think its alright when Nick Fury and SHIELD swoops in to save the day and allows Peter to get ran over by a speeding bullet train. The nihilism in this scene is absolutely jaw-dropping and would have made Steve Ditko proud.
Spider-Man: Far From Home had a lot of fun performances but easily my favorite is Zendaya‘s take on MJ. In the first film, Zendaya is almost a non-character who seemed to exist just to make snide comments. In this movie, we see more of her vulnerable side. This is most apparent in her exchange with Peter about her noticing him disappear when trouble starts, leading her to think that Peter is indeed Spider-Man. When Peter asks her if she notices him merely for her suspicions, she emotes perfectly as reveals a vulnerable side that she’s never let anyone see before. It’s one of the many endearing awkward moments that make the big kiss at the end incredibly worthwhile.
Worst Kept Secret
MCU Peter Parker is the absolute worst in keeping his secret identity so it’s no surprise that film’s first post-credit scene deals with the consequences of haphazardly showing your secret identity to people you’ve just met. Not only does Peter reveal himself to Fury’s secret agents who aren’t actually secret agents but he walks into a public venue in Prague to have a drink with Mysterio wearing the suit he just fought the creature in public in. Even worse is the fact that those civilians in the bar were actually Mysterio’s minions. So Peter’s identity is not only exposed to Fury’s alien agents but to the entirety of Mysterio’s operation. So even if Mysterio wasn’t the person to reveal Peter Parker’s identity to the press at the end of the movie, there’s still a high number of people who’ve seen Peter’s face for him to worry about.
Unlike Daredevil whose biggest stories revolve around it, there’s not a ton Spidey stories in the comics that delves deep into the consequences of having a secret identity. In fact, the only contemporary story about Peter’s identity going public is in the first Civil War storyline, where Peter voluntarily outs himself to the public. This decision does not bode well for the Parkers as it unsurprisingly put the lives of his loved ones in grave danger. It’s hard to pinpoint how the writers plan to get Peter out of this dangerous corner but I imagine it’ll barely resemble Peter selling his marriage to Mephisto.
So what does this mean for the Spidey franchise moving forward? To me, it opens an opportunity for them to reinvent the franchise’s John Hughes-inspired coming-of-age tone. With stakes as high as your loved ones being in open danger, they could flip the film’s tone on its head by giving us a darker and more serious film. The same way they reinvented Captain America’s DNA with The Winter Soldier, they could do it for Spidey.
Peter getting outed isn’t the only big surprise in the first post-credit scene. JK Simmons is officially back as J. Jonah Jameson and we couldn’t be happier. Fans have longed for the return of such an integral character in Spidey’s mythos and we finally have it in the form of the man who defined the role over a decade ago. Also interesting is how they’re imagining the Daily Bugle in the MCU. Instead of a newspaper publication, it looks like they’re reimagining the company as an InfoWars-esque news aggregator with Jonah being the Alex Jones of the MCU.
It’s also just so cool to see Feige and his team have fun with castings such as Jonah. It shows their willingness and appreciation for the Spidey franchises that came before, which had films that Feige himself worked on. If they’re down to cast JK as Jonah maybe they can bring in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield for some fun roles.
They Live Among Us
One subtle detail that stuck out like a sore thumb for a lot of fans was how un-Fury Nick Fury acted throughout the movie. Fury is the one guy who is normally 10 steps ahead of everybody but in this movie, he’s even a few steps behind MJ. What seemed like a weird mischaracterization is later revealed to be intentional all along. The guy you see as Nick Fury isn’t the actual man. It’s the lovable Talos, a Skrull we met in Captain Marvel played by Ben Mendelsohn. It turns out, Fury sent Talos and his wife as proxies to deal with the Spidey situation which, in classic Fury fashion, puts him miles ahead of everyone else. Of course, the burning question in this whole reveal is how long has Fury been utilizing Skrulls to do missions for him. Is this an arrangement that’s been set in stone since Talos and Fury formed a friendship in the 90s? Is this a recent program that Fury kickstarted in the wake of Avengers: Endgame?
This scenario is an obvious seed for the infamous Secret Invasion storyline, where a portion of Earth’s inhabitants including heroes were revealed to be Skrulls. While Talos and his Skrulls are loving and friendly, there also exists a portion of the Skrull race that aren’t as cooperative as Talos’ crew. Imagine what their reactions are going to be when they learn that there are nice Skrulls infiltrating Earth for benevolent reasons. It’s all going to depend on how they delve into Fury’s latest project, which in the is revealed to be a massive space station filled with all kinds of creatures that comic fans know to be The Peak which is run by…
So, not only is Fury ahead of the curve for problems happening on Earth but he’s also ahead of every cosmic threat endangering the universe now that he’s got a space station of his own. This bodes well for the future cosmic stories of the MCU which we’ll get to in an upcoming feature about the history and potential implications of the Sentient World Observation and Response Department.