Every MCU movie has a set of expectations based on what came before it, and Spider-Man: Far From Home has the highest possible expectations. Not only is it the first movie after the life-changing events from Avengers: Endgame, it is also the final movie of Marvel’s Phase 3 with nothing known about what’s next in Phase 4, but if that’s not enough, it also has to keep up with its reputation of being a fun Spider-Man adventure and live up to the expectations set by its predecessor Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Tom Holland is still by far the best portrayal of Spidey. In this latest installment, the teen hero is lost since mentor Tony Stark is gone and we watch this young man struggle with the idea of stepping up, following Tony’s death but clearly, he wants a simpler life as a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. With that being said, the entire first act feels like the writers were doing the bare minimum to set themselves up for the big reveal of the second act. Truthfully, if it weren’t for the amazing job the actors did with their characters, the approach taken with how the first act was written could have really hurt this film. Which brings me to MCU newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal who plays Mysterio and brings to the table a powerful, refreshing performance.
This movie is good, not great, but honestly, no movie can live up to Avengers: Endgame. It’s definitely entertaining and the kids will love it, so don’t worry about feeling like you won’t get your money’s worth. For me what absolutely saved “Spider-Man: Far From Home” was how it ends and the post-credit kicker that will leave you surprised and anxious for the next one.