Spider-Man: Far From Home is the curtain call for MCU phase 3. It takes place after the Avengers re-snapped the universe in Endgame, which is why fans had unusually high expectations for the movie, and thank God, it didn't disappoint.
Marvel fanboys have got every reason to be excited for the beloved wall crawling superhero.
Honestly speaking, Far From Home is one of the hardest movies to review without giving away the plot. But we'll try to be as secretive as possible to not spill the beans.
Just prepare to be blown away at the theater. Two hours and nine minutes of 'Euro trip gone wrong' and whole lotta fun stuff awaits. This movie not only bests Homecoming, it proudly puts itself in the MCU hall of fame.
The opening sequence shows us a glimpse of Mysterio in action while Nick Fury and Maria Hill acts as a witness to his arrival.
The following scene pays tribute to Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff.
Meanwhile, Peter Parker prepares for a Euro trip with his school friends and teachers. He plans to propose to MJ while in Europe, but his buddy Ned dismisses his romantic endeavors.
The kids hop on an airplane and journey across European landmarks while Peter consciously avoids his spandex life and focuses on MJ, who's got potential suitors among the kids.
Ned promised Peter to think of the trip as a bachelor party but does some very unbacheloresque things.
Peter is so excited about Europe that he sent Nick Fury to voicemail, instead of receiving the call.
Happy Hogan is also there, incessantly pissed off at the teen Avenger Spider-Man. But his flirtatious camaraderie with Aunt May has us craving for a budding romance in the MCU. #HappyLovesMay should be trending, huh?
Right after a boat ride in Venice, the kids encounter an evil force made of water, it even has a face.
Peter left his suit at the hotel, with only a pair of web shooters he has a hard time fighting such an antagonistic force.
Mysterio aka Quentin Beck, the fan favorite Marvel character, makes an appearance in this act - winning over hearts of Venetians and Peter alike. After all, he is the guy who heroically stops the destruction.
Inevitably, Nick Fury catches up to Peter and introduces him to Quentin as he hints the possibility of a multiverse, claiming he came from Earth (just not the one Peter lives in).
Quentin's earth was destroyed by the Elementals, the same villain that appeared in Venice.
Elementals are based on old school Marvel villains like Hydro Man and Molten Man.
Mysterio teams up with Nick and Peter to stop the Elementals. In fact he does most of the fighting while Spider-Man was tackling relationship issues.
Earlier in the film, Peter inherited a pair of glasses from Tony Stark. Before his sad demise, Tony nominated Peter to be the recipient of the high tech AR glasses but did he really want him to possess it?
One common complain about MCU films is its mediocre supervillains that don't really pose believable threat.
Far From Home rises up from this archetype mould and delivers us a standard baddie. The villain you'll see in this movie is comic book accurate, played by a respectable actor who's well known by the fans.
Enough about the film, we now need to pen down some words of praise for the people who made it.
Tom Holland shines bright as Spider-Man and truly embodies the essence of a friendly neighborhood hero.
Jake Gyllenhaal does a top notch portrayal of Mysterio. He's instantaneously likable and well suited for future MCU entries.
Samuel L Jackson put on his usual charismatic charm and it seems like he won't retire from comic book films anytime soon.
Zendaya is cool as MJ, and so was Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds.
Far From Home has an ensemble cast of likable actors that made the film very enjoyable. There are blatant plot holes the movie cleverly avoids. But if you still are not convinced, just take it as a summer blockbuster that does not necessarily have to make sense.
Like any other MCU movie, Far From Home has two post credit scenes that will make your jaw drop and eyes bulge out of the socket. Trust issues, old enemies and deceiving looms large throughout.
Far From Home brilliantly addresses the post endgame world and makes Peter Parker a big deal, giving him the window to evolve as an Avenger - in a world where his mentor Tony Stark only exists in memories and murals.