Far from Home is an illusion; it is a complete psychological mind-trick for the audience and for Peter. It also showed a new side to Peter Parker- the side that was over the superhero-ism, the teenager who wants a much needed and much deserved break after the past few years, ever since Tony Stark recruited him in his Queens bedroom in Civil War. I mean seriously- since then, Spider-man has fought against Captain America, giant Ant-man, Vulture, space aliens, and Thanos. He was evaporated in the snap, lost 5 years, and his mentor- whom he loved so dearly- died right before his eyes. Now, he just wants to integrate back into normal life, like a soldier back from war. He wants to help his aunt with her foundation, hang with his best friends, and win over the girl of his dreams.
The movie follows Peter and the rest of humanity as they deal with the aftermath of the snap, and then the un-snap, and the death of three beloved heroes- Black Widow, Iron Man, and Captain America.
Iron Man, the beloved character will always be iconic, but is this a Spider-Man film or a "farewell Tony Stark" film?
So, Spidey goes on his class trip- with the world's most negligent and oblivious teachers- ready to start a normal summer. As he tries to suppress his anxiety, burden, and sadness, here comes Quentin Beck (aka Mysterio.) Beck and Jake Gyllenhaal are 2 phenomenal actors in one. Beck swoops in and, understandably, Peter is ready to re-fill the father role in his life. Peter is still a kid, a kid who has been put through hell even before all this mess- since the death of his parents and Uncle Ben. He puts his trust into this new hero, because he thinks he sees good in him. Then, Peter does the most annoying- but understandable- no, not understandable at all, just straight up annoying thing in the film and gives Tony's all-knowing, all-powerful glasses over to this guy he barely even knows. Que the super villain speech: Gyllenhaal delivers a few words along with a flashback montage to a bar full of vindictive, angry ex-Stark employees. His back story made a lot of sense, as it ties into previous films, but I do feel like Mysterio suffered a lot of speaking lines in this film. Because he wasn't actually a "hero", he spends 95% of his time just talking.
Quick question for my Marvel fanatics out there: If Mysterio is just a liar and a villian from our universe, was all the multi-verse talk a steaming pile of shitty red herring, or are we gonna have some crossovers soon?
This gets me to the psychological part of this whole film. Peter feels that an immense amount of pressure has been put on him since the death of Tony. He is one of the only supers left on earth, and the people of Earth are looking for security after the presumed loss of the Avengers. He feels understandably inadequate. Mysterio plays on this vulnerability in Peter, breaking him down in the worse way- not by his body, but by his mind.
As said a billion times in a million other reviews, Far From Home perfectly wraps up the 3rd phase of the Marvel franchise and offers great ground coverage of what humans have been dealing with since everything went down in Infinity War and Endgame. We also see a lot more of Peter's friends- who made this film so much more funnier than I ever expected! Throughout most of the movie and most of his time in the new MCU, we are watching a scared, often silly, teenager in Peter- one who just can't seem to catch his footing and relies heavily on the help of all the adults around him. He has always fallen to the background, under the shadow of the OG Avengers. In FFH though, Peter makes the mistake of trusting Beck and watches his friends be put in danger because of it, and it's like the flip of a switch in our friendly neighborhood Spider-man. At the end of the film, we see a new Spidey- one that has been to hell and back and is no longer putting himself on the back burner. He trusts his "Peter Tingle," his brains, and he is well on his way to being the greatest Avenger. I told my boyfriend that this film was totally gonna gear up to catapult Spider-man into the limelight after the death of the 2 leaders, and I stand by that theory even more now.
Mid Credit Scene- Welcome back J Jameson! Yes, there's nothing more believable than "The Daily Bugle" transforming from a newspaper to a modern-day internet podcast that spews nothing but hate and false information, and it's ran by an angry guy yelling into a microphone. After the revelations of the mid-credit scene, I feel cheated that we have to wait so long for any new Spider-man films to come out. I need to know where Marvel is going with this! What is going to come of Peter, and what are their plans for him?
Post Credit Scene- Nick Fury on vacation.
Jacindable Rating: ★★★½
starring, Tom Holland, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, Remy Hii, and more
written and directed by, Chris Mckenna, Erik Sommers, and Jon Watts