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Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ Lives Up to the Legacy of ‘Avengers: Endgame’

June 27, 2019Ben MK

If there's anything the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have proven over the years, it's that they're always up for a challenge. And while Avengers: Endgame may be the very definition of a hard act to follow, Spider-Man: Far from Home rises to that challenge in a very big way.

Set not too long after the events of Endgame, director Jon Watts' followup to the crowd-pleasing Spider-Man: Homecoming finds Peter Parker (Tom Holland) still coming to terms with the loss of his friend and mentor, Tony Stark. But while everyone else in the world waits with baited breath to see who will take up the mantle of the next Iron Man, all Peter can think about is leaving his Spidey suit behind and taking a long-overdue vacation — preferably somewhere far, far removed from the streets of the Big Apple.

And so it is that Peter bids adieu to Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) to join his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) and their classmates on a school trip to Europe, hoping to win the affections of his high school crush MJ (Zendaya) along the way. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), on the other hand, has some distinctly different plans in mind for our favorite wall-crawler — for the planet has recently come under attack from monstrous forces of nature known as Elementals; and despite the sudden appearance of a new superhero dubbed Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), S.H.I.E.L.D. will need Spider-Man's help to vanquish this new threat.

Initially, what follows appears to deviate little from the path of your traditional superhero adventure, as Spider-Man teams up with Mysterio to try and save Earth from imminent destruction, while on a more personal level Peter finds himself competing with a classmate (Remy Hii) who also happens to have eyes on MJ. It's only a matter of time, however, before the film begins to gleefully upend audiences' expectations. And by the time the end credits roll, it's abundantly clear that we are indeed very, very far from where we began.

Throw in a couple of post-credit scenes that range from the jaw-dropping to the delightfully surprising, and suffice to say, the result does not disappoint. After all, Avengers: Endgame may have provided the perfect combination of epic spectacle and gravitas, but Spider-Man: Far from Home delivers an equally impressive mix of humor, heart and action to cap off this era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spider-Man: Far from Home releases July 2nd, 2019 from Sony Pictures. The film has an MPAA rating of PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments. Its runtime is 2 hrs. 9 min.

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