AFTER the heaviness of the past two Marvel movies it was a relief to see the studio get back to something light and entertaining with the latest Spider-man outing.
Spider-man: Far From Home takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, which wrapped up the whole “Infinity Saga” and left the team scattered.
Tom Holland’s 16-year-old Peter Parker – AKA Spider-man – is a bit over the whole saving-the-universe business and just wants to spend the summer doing normal teenage stuff.
Like … a class tour of Europe. Really? I clearly went to all the wrong schools.
Sadly for Peter’s romantic aspirations regarding classmate MJ (Zendaya), Nick Fury is trying to get hold of him.
There are destructive monsters threatening Earth and for undisclosed reasons Peter is the only Avenger left at his disposal. Everyone else who didn’t die in Endgame is either elsewhere in time and space or have hung up their capes.
Just as Peter starts to think his holiday is going to be a complete bust, however, a new superhero comes to the rescue – enter Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who announces himself as having recently arrived from a parallel dimension.
Mysterio makes short work of the monsters – though not without smashing up a few Venetian landmarks – so Peter can go back to enjoying his school trip. Right?
No, I didn’t think so. Turns out there’s a lot more European architecture for Peter to play his part in destroying, including large parts of Prague, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
There’s plenty of light humour from comedy actors Martin Starr (Gilfoyle from Silicon Valley) and J B Smoove as Peter’s teachers chaperoning the school trip.
Best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) is also lovestruck with a classmate and there is plenty of naive romance going on amongs the adults as well, with the attraction between Stark
Industries’ Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) really taking off.
Stay tuned at the end for both mid-credits and post-credits scenes.