Spider-Man: far from perfect

Tom Holland’s second outing as the famous wall-crawler left much to be desired.

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Spider-Man: far from perfect

The sharp red and black design of the Spider-Man suit was one positive in Far From Home.

The sharp red and black design of the Spider-Man suit was one positive in Far From Home.

The sharp red and black design of the Spider-Man suit was one positive in Far From Home.

The sharp red and black design of the Spider-Man suit was one positive in Far From Home.

Bennett Carollo, Sports Editor

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home was likely the most anticipated movie of the summer and in almost any other year would’ve been the most anticipated super hero movie of the year. Of course, nothing could top the hype for the most ambitious team-up movie of all time and the conclusion of the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame. In fact, Endgame likely fed the hype for Far From Home, as many fans were anxious to see what kind of impact Thanos’ snap had had on the average citizens of the MCU and to get a first look at what the MCU would look like sans Iron Man and Captain America. Far From Home is also the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was one of my personal favorite MCU entries and in my opinion the closest that a live action Spider-Man movie has gotten to reaching the glories of Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s trilogy from the early 2000s. So, it’s safe to say that, along with many other moviegoers, I was looking forward to this film when I walked into the theater a few days after the July 2nd release. The question is, did Far From Home live up to the hype?

For me, the answer was unfortunately no. I’m not going to say that I didn’t enjoy myself for any of Far From Home’s two hour and nine minute runtime, but the film was nonetheless flawed. For one, anyone who knows anything about Spider-Man or paid attention to the marketing of the film could tell that Quentin Beck, AKA Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, would be the main villain. For this reason, the first hour or so of the film, where Peter Parker and everyone else was clueless to Mysterio’s evil intentions in the face of a hero façade, seemed to drag out. The “surprise” twist where Mysterio revealed himself to be evil was also underwhelming for this same reason. Additionally, Peter was presented to be far too naïve during this moment for my liking, as he willingly gave Beck Tony Stark’s powerful E.D.I.T.H. AI after only having known him for a few days. This felt like too much of a forced plot point. Far From Home also blatantly ignored one of the biggest criticisms from fans after Homecoming, that Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man was too much of an “Iron Man Jr.” when it was revealed that Beck’s motivation for staging an “Avengers level threat” was anger over the fact that Tony Stark disrespected his work and fired him. Rather than tone down the amount of Iron Man involvement, director Jon Watts strangely dialed it up. There was also an admittedly clever, but still out of place, scene where Peter designs his new Spider-Man suit with AC/DC playing in the background, a callback to a similar scene in 2008’s Iron Man. The side plots involving a sort of battle between Peter and classmate Brad for the affection of MJ and a relationship between Ned and Betty also felt uninspired, underdeveloped, and were not all that entertaining. Not to mention, the post credits scene of the film was confusing, as it was revealed that the Nick Fury that the audience saw was in fact not the real Fury, which felt more like a slap in the fact to audiences than anything else.

This is not to say that there weren’t any bright spots in Far From Home. Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal did well with what they were given and delivered good performances. The special effects, especially during the climactic final battle, were also spectacular. Nonetheless, Far From Home was, to me, very disappointing and didn’t leave me optimistic for the future of Spidey in the MCU. This future got even more bleak on August 20th when news broke that Sony and Marvel couldn’t reach an agreement on how to split the profits of the potential third movie, thus possibly ending Spider-Man’s involvement in the MCU altogether. However, I find it hard to believe that these two massive corporations won’t be able to find a way to reach a compromise, considering the immense commercial success of the two films that have been released thus far. It is also in the best interest of the Spider-Man franchise and fanbase that an agreement is reached, because the last thing that we need is another reboot.

 

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