Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

In the movie we see Maria Hill & Nick Fury in the Mexican desert investigating a an unnatural storm and encounter the Earth Elemental. A super-powered man, Quentin Beck, arrives to fight the creature and defeats it and then speaks to Fury & Hill. It’s been 8 months after the events of EndGame and Peter and his fellow students who came back are still adjusting to life. The school organizes a two-week summer field trip to Europe, where Peter Parker, still distraught over Tony Stark’s death, plans to confess his growing feelings for classmate MJ and avoid heroics. He attends a fundraiser arranged by Aunt May but when he comes out to meet the press, he quickly eaves after being overwhelmed by questions about Stark. Meanwhile Fury has been trying to reach him but Peter is dodging his calls, even if Happy warns him that he will be in contact.

In Venice, during the trip, Parker and his friends are among those attacked by the Water Elemental, which proceeds to wreak havoc on the city. Beck arrives and destroys the creature, while Parker attempts to help. Fury meets with Parker and gives him Stark’s glasses, which were meant for his successor. The glasses are equipped with the artificial intelligence E.D.I.T.H., which has access to all databases of Stark Industries and commands a large orbital weapons supply. Beck claims the Elementals killed his family and that he hails from a different reality, one among many in the Multiverse. Peter rejects Fury’s mission and rejoins his class but Fury covertly redirects the school trip’s itinerary to Prague, where the Fire Elemental is projected to strike. It appears at a carnival, but Beck, with Parker’s help, destroys it. Fury and Hill invite Parker and Beck to Berlin to discuss the formation of a new superhero team.

Peter feels that Beck is perfect as the next Iron Man and gives him the glasses and leaves and we see that Beck is revealed to be a former holographic-illusions specialist at Stark Industries who was fired for his unstable nature, now leading a team of disgruntled ex-Stark employees and using advanced projector drones created by William Ginter Riva to simulate the Elemental attacks. MJ meanwhile has followed Peter and deduces that he is Spider-Man. They discover that a piece of debris she retrieved during the carnival battle is a projector that presents a simulation of the Air Elemental, leading the two to realize Beck is a fraud. When preparing for another illusion, Beck discovers MJ took evidence of his deception. Parker travels to Berlin and meets with Fury, only to realize that the version before him is an illusion created by Beck. He battles multiple illusions and is hit by a train and Peter is badly injured and falls asleep. He is taken to a jail in the Netherlands where he escapes and contacts Happy.

Happy brings a jet to pickup Peter and flies him to London and reveals a suit-manufacturing machine left behind by Stark, which Parker uses to synthesize a customized costume. In London, Beck orchestrates an Elemental Fusion, seeking to kill MJ and any others to whom she might have revealed his secret. Parker breaks through the illusion, regains control of E.D.I.T.H., and defeats Beck, who dies by a misfired drone gunshot. Riva escapes with the drone files and recordings, while Parker returns to New York City and begins a relationship with MJ. After Peter takes MJ on a web swinging trek across NYC, he is stunned to see news where reporter J. Jonah Jameson of the DailyBugle.net blames Spider-Man for the Elementals’ attacks, broadcasting doctored footage of the incident filmed and recorded by Beck, in which he incriminates Parker for his death and reveals Spider-Man’s secret identity. In a post-credits scene, the Skrulls Talos and Soren are revealed to have been masquerading as Fury and Hill the whole time as directed by the real Fury, who commands a Skrull spaceship.

The movie is a fantastic rush with awesome, mind blasting (not mind blowing! Anything can blow your mind, this blasted my mind) special effects scenes. This is a fun, thrilling and sweet ride where you see Peter come into his own as a superhero and wanting to live up to the expectations that Tony Stark had for him. It’s a really good sequel to Homecoming and at times outdoes the original. I give it an 8.5 outta 10!

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