'Spider-Man: Far From Home' is fun and full of surprises, and will be the box-office hit Sony needs this summer
- "Spider-Man: Far From Home" has a great light tone that's needed after "Avengers: Endgame."
- Jake Gyllenhaal plays Mysterio perfectly.
- And get ready because this movie is full of surprises. It really likes to mess with the audience.
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"Spider-Man: Far From Home" was the perfect choice for Marvel to follow up "Avengers: Endgame." There was a vital need for something light (and very different) coming off an emotionally draining movie that closed out an era in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And this movie does it.
We pick up things with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) dealing with life after the loss of his father figure, Tony Stark. He's become more than your neighborhood Spider-Man after gaining worldwide notice when he and the other Avengers took down Thanos and saved the world in "Endgame." But with the suit off, he's just another high-school kid dealing with life after those who suffered "The Snap" returned.
That event now goes by a certain term. I'm not going to give it away here. But the explanation of it is done through the school news that airs daily at Parker's school, Midtown Technical High School. It's hilarious.
But he'll have help. Fury has brought on Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), which the news has called Mysterio, after finding him fighting one of the Elementals in Mexico. Beck says he's from another version of Earth in the multiverse, and was likely pulled into this Earth because of The Snap.
Fury also gives Parker something Stark wanted him to have: a pair of glasses. They are similar to the ones Stark sported in "Infinity War," and give Parker access to all of Stark Industry's military capabilities. And the AI inside it has an interesting name, E.D.I.T.H. (stands for "Even Dead I'm The Hero" … too soon, Tony).
It's time for Parker to take Spider-Man to the next level of superhero greatness. But can he shoulder being the next Iron Man?
That's honestly all I should give away about the movie because things start getting very interesting from that point on. I'll just put it this way, there's a lot of tricks pulled on the audience in this movie. It's a fun adventure with lots of comedy weaved in, but it's full of surprises.
This is all good news for Sony because it needs a big winner after the disastrous box office performance by "Men In Back: International." Expect a huge opening for Spidey during the long 4th of July weekend.
"Spider-Man: Far From Home" opens in theaters July 2.