Sony and Marvel’s newest blockbuster movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home (FFH) did really well in the box office. It has raked in over one billion dollars and is now Sony’s highest grossing movie of all time. It is not really a surprise considering the release of Avengers: Endgame, but for Sony this is a big deal. FFH has fans craving the third movie, especially considering the ending. Unfortunately, Sony and Disney are having a dispute right now, and the existence of a third movie still remains to be seen. Nevertheless, we have gotten two good Spider-Man movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and it’s time to talk about the second one. (Major spoilers for FFH and Endgame below!)
After walking out of the theater, and even while in it, I knew that FFH was not as good as its predecessor. Spider-Man: Homecoming was very good because it was very small-scale, and that made it more charming. But that charm was missing in FFH because the point of this movie was to bring Spider-Man to the big leagues and be the new face of the MCU. Because Captain America disappeared and Iron Man died in Endgame, Spider-Man had to take their place as a hero who saves everybody from a world-ending—or Avengers level—threat, and that means he would need to stop being just a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. This movie has such a high-scale threat, and it seemed weird for Peter Parker’s character (who they have already established in this universe) to change so drastically.
Another problem that I had with this movie was the humor. Normally, I love the humor in the MCU, but in this movie it seemed that they tried too hard with all of the jokes. Some of the jokes either didn’t land, or you could see them coming from a mile away, or they were very repetitive. The great thing about the humor of Homecoming was that it mostly just came from the characters and their interactions with each other. FFH just sometimes struggled with being very funny, or being really serious and dark.
Mysterio was the main villain of this movie, and while Jake Gyllenhaal is a very good actor and he played the villain well, Mysterio’s motivations were incredibly stupid. To start, he is yet ANOTHER person who is just mad at Tony Stark, which we have seen five times before. Mysterio was the one who invented the augmented reality glasses, which Tony named BARF as an acronym, and Mysterio got mad about it. This motivation kind of makes sense for why he would be mad at Tony, but it doesn’t mean that he has to turn to being a supervillain. This movie made a few callbacks to other MCU movies to explain his motivations, which was cool, but his character was still based on an overplayed villain template. At least in Spider-Man: Homecoming the villain had a reason to turn to crime, but in Far From Home Mysterio had no compelling reason for why he’s evil in the first place.
I enjoyed Spider-Man: Far From Home, but it is definitely not one of my favorites. I have heard a lot of people saying that this movie was the best live-action Spider-Man movie and one of the best MCU movies, and I’ve never understood why. It has a lot of problems. Maybe if I rewatch it, I will think differently. In the meantime, I’m very excited to see if there will be a third movie; but we don’t know as of yet, considering the conflict between Sony and Disney. Hopefully they can work it out, so that we can have a whole trilogy on our hands.
Note: After this article was written, Sony and Disney were able to put their differences aside and will be working on a third Spider-Man movie together.