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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man quickly became a fan favorite after his introduction in Captain America: Civil War (2016). Since then he has starred in his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Each time he appears on the big screen audiences are drawn further and further into his character’s story and they fall deeper in love with his portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Far From Home picks up just months after the events of Avengers: Endgame and follows the trials and tribulations that Peter must face after the passing of his mentor and friend Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter’s story progresses with the film and he finds himself in situations unlike ever before; in unfamiliar countries and seemingly alone, he must find a way to rise to the occasion and save the world yet again. His acting ability is impeccable and truly brings the beloved Spider-Man to life and makes each bit of the film fun and enjoyable for audiences of all ages. However, it is the person working opposite to him that makes the film as good as it is. Jake Gyllenhaal (Quentin Beck/Mysterio) is one of the more dynamic actors in Hollywood today. He can be funny, intense and mysterious, making him perfect for this role. The development of Beck’s character is one of the best parts of the film. He is just as mysterious as one would hope a character named Mysterio might be. He is also funny, energetic and, in many ways, the smartest person in the film; he proves that even in death he is able to turn the tides in his favor. The elusiveness of the character and his ability to manipulate Peter (due to the fact that Parker is still suffering from the events of Endgame) is what draws in audiences and makes them care for the character. Director Jon Watts chose to move in an entirely different direction than what fans were used to in terms of a super villain. Mysterio was an intellectual villain rather than a brute like many of the villains have been throughout the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and he brings to light an all new dimension of evil. After dealing with the likes of Thanos (Josh Brolin), Hela (Cate Blanchett) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), this move was exactly what was needed. The villain was not the only major change Watts made to the MCU; the entire film differed from those that came before it. While obviously a superhero film the story played out like a teenage drama. Peter, MJ (Zendaya), Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) and Betty Brant (Angourie Rice) spend much of their screen time oozing pubescent hormones while longing over one another. Their teenage romances drive the film forward and make for a good time. Considering everything was an illusion, the action sequences were well done and were incredibly fun. The final fight between Beck and Parker where Spidey’s Peter-tingle becomes fully functional is one of the most exciting scenes in the MCU. The scene is dark, perfectly choreographed and deep and meaningful for Peter’s character. This scene effectively wrapped up Peter Parker’s journey from boy to man and officially informs the audience of his badassery. The film’s mid-credit scene is an essential part of Peter’s story, however, it is the (re)introduction of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson that sparked excitement in the audience and fans of Simmons. The film, as a whole, has a lot of bearing on the future of Spider-Man and the entire MCU and Watts did a wonderful job of ushering in a young superhero to carry the franchise for years to come.



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