Another month long past, another Marvel movie which will indeed just hoover up money.
Before we even begin, this film firmly goes into the category of “If you’re not a fan, you’re not going to want to see this”, in the similar fashion of Detective Pikachu was, which was just published on this very blog beforehand. It’s the latest in a long series of superhero films and after Avengers: Endgame, you might have actually had your fill of the whole genre and are ready to move on with other things.
That’s all entirely understandable and so after the ridiculous highs of Avengers: Endgame, Both Sony and Marvel have to contend with how to continue things forward now with a lighter affair which brought many things back down to a much smaller staked situation and indeed show there was going to be life after Tony Stark. That’s mentioned here as pretty much, it is a theme of dealing with the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame and who is going to take over the reigns from Robert Downey Jr’s larger than life billionaire hero.
With everyone coming back from the events of Avengers: Endgame now being referred to as “The Blip” and the universe saved from Thanos, Tom Holland’s Spiderman is just tired and wants to get away from it all on a school trip and in essence, get it together with MJ (Zendeya) finally. Of course as we see, things will not be straight forward as a new threat comes along with strange elemental creatures causing havok and Jake Gyllenhaal coming in as the new hero on the scene, Mysterio.
Nick Futy makes a return along with Maria Hill (Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders) and they lead the new duo in combatting the new foes, and we see Nick Fury somewhat annoyed that Peter Parker is still thinking about his own high school issues and hanging out with MJ rather than saving the world and doing more grander things. This conflict occurs for quite a bit of the film with the theme of “stepping up” being the main focus.
Now this is where I may cause some constination in terms of the fanbase of the MCU. in a strange sort of way, this was a tick the boxes affair that was entertaingly fine. It was very good to watch, no real bad acting, the story made sense in context, some really cute scenes along with good speical effects. The mid end credits scene is a massive moment, with a large dose of fan service and reference to “fake news” which leaves things wide open and certainly makes you want to see what happens next. Seriously massive props for Marvel bringing back that particular actor too for the role…..
However, one can argue that this was just a nice way to climb down things from Endgame, to show what happened and in a way, it’s just fine. It has action, funny chracter moments and certainly a moment which made lots of girls go awwwwww in the screening I attended. But afterwards, having time to digest the events of the film, acting, effects etc, I only reach the conclusion of it’s fine.
To be honest, the film kind of leans way too much on the death of Tony Stark as a crutch, even though during two scenes, it was used to great effect. Seriously, The Marvel Logo coming in with “I will always love you” by Whitney Houston along with images of Stark was a touchingly laugh out loud moment at the beginning. But really it was laid on a wee bit too thick at times and it got annoying from my point of view. Perhaps that was now a failing from Spider-Man Homecoming, that having Iron Man present then, not having him now, left a void to be filled and they hadn’t worked out how to do that yet. That Spider-Man actually can’t work by himself in his own films. It maybe the wrong impression to arrive at of course but couldn’t be helped.
That’s potentially a more long term problem with the MCU; It only litterally was down to the final mid credits scene that I’m more inclined right now to see what happens with Spiderman next and not much else from Marvel, aside from perhaps Blade which if given the right material, Mushaira Ali will knock right out of the park.
The biggest cloud surrounding the MCU now is; What will be the point in carrying on watching after Avengers: Endgame, which was a damn good finale and that was such a natural point to actually stop? Based on this outing and films slated down the line, I’m not sure any more.
Make no mistake, Spider-Man: Far from Home is not a bad film. Cast and Crew have turned out a quality piece of entertainment and it’s still much better than a lot of other films on the market at the moment. But the point has been reached for myself where indifference has finally landed. If it is just myself feeling that way, that’s fine perhaps, they will continue to make all the monies in the bank account without me. If however, many others have reached that point, that is very dangerous for the franchise.