BEIRUT: After the tragic yet heroic events that occurred in AVENGERS: ENDGAME leaving ripples that would forever change the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the lives of all who were affected forever, audiences are called to return to that world through the eyes of the youngest Avenger to date, a young man by the name of Peter Parker.
In SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, Tom Holland returns as our friendly neighborhood Super Hero who, following the events of Avengers: Endgame, must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
The film expands the Spider-Man film universe, taking Peter Parker out of his comfort zone and his home in Queens, New York City, and hurling him across Europe during what was supposed to be a school vacation - but which becomes his greatest challenge and most epic adventure ever.
The sequel brings together hardship, humor, and heart, basically, everything audiences love about Spider-Man and the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, while dealing with very emotional themes and remaining true to the tone that was established in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.
Here, audiences get to see a Peter Parker who is struggling with believing in himself, and the responsibility that he has in being a hero without a mentor.
If we take Spider-Man’s arc over the course of CIVIL WAR, HOMECOMING, INFINITY WAR, ENDGAME, and now FAR FROM HOME, it’s easy to pick up on the fact that he is slowly becoming the protagonist of the MCU, and this is only the first chapter of his hero’s journey.
His arc in FAR FROM HOME is that of understanding that he has to now grow into his own and take on the “with great power comes great responsibility” motto.
In fact, the film’s theme is exactly that, and though we never hear it uttered by any character, the narrative itself basically says it via the journey that Peter has to go on.
Peter's journey is one of critical growth, but it doesn't come easily for him.
In the previous film, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, Peter wanted the life of an adult, but now he wants to hang onto his youth, but the world is telling him, 'It's time for you to step up.' Everyone is looking for a new Super Hero and savior - the next Tony Stark. Tony seemed to have chosen Peter, but the world doesn't realize he's a 16-year-old.
What is great here, is that the film expands on all the already established characters, and does so with such great ease, and organic fun that turns the entire film into one hell of an enjoyable ride.
The film’s nonstop action also pulls the audience in and reminds us why we all love Spider-Man to begin with.
With the narrative taking these kids on a global trip, the world of the MCU expands along with it, and the film offers some great and exciting visuals that echo those of INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, and that is a welcomed upgrade.
Relationships grow, responsibility grows, and stakes are higher than ever, with two post-credit scenes that will leave your jaw on the floor, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is the perfect finale for the MCU’s third phase.
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