By: Henry J. Fromage (Two Beers) –
When I realized how this blockbuster had fallen through a crack of our coverage recently, I was less perturbed than usual due to the recent news about Sony taking their toy and going home, leaving Marvel and its interconnected universe in the lurch. Seems like we have a new angle.
Probably because everyone encouraged them by buying tickets to this dumbass thing.
In Spider-Man: Far from Home, Peter Parker is dealing with the loss of his mentor and his growing feelings for Mary-Jane by wanting to get away from it all and just be a normal teenager. A study abroad trip to Europe seems like the perfect opportunity, but being as this is a superhero movie and all… trouble finds him.
At this point Marvel, and whatever likely minute contributions Sony has to offer, has this down to a science. The tone that Kevin Feige and two-times-running director Jon Watts have brought to the Tom Holland Spider-Man character is noticeably lighter and younger-skewing than previous iterations while still maintaining an underlying weight and pathos that’s always been a part of the webslinger’s personality.
This sequel has a lot to contend with considering the fall-out of the Avengers movies and The Snap, and it’s impressive how they can both acknowledge all of that, build upon it, and maintain that tone. It’s really hard to imagine how Sony is going to be able to keep that balance intact while somehow redacting all of that interwoven backstory.
Being redacted from your girlfriend’s universe would make you eat your feelings, too.
While it’s likely you’ve already seen this if you were interested, I will still leave the film’s big twist unspoiled, except to say that it’s sold extremely well by the interactions of the principal characters. Jake Gyllenhaal is arguably an overpowered actor to play the central role he does in a Marvel Machine film, but sells all aspects of his character and the relationship he has with Spidey beautifully. A final shout-out to Zendaya, who channels an endearing awkwardness that pairs so well with Tom Holland’s slightly different take on the same feelings and impulses. I do dearly hope that whatever the next iteration of Spider-Man looks like, it gives a chance for the rapport between these two to blossom.
So much of the plot hinges on Peter’s poor decision-making skills, perhaps an admirable tack to take on a teenager thrust into far too much responsibility so soon, but a little hard to swallow considering, well, that great responsibility he’s inherited with his great power. Maybe a totally cavalier Tony Stark wasn’t the best role model after all.
It would be a goddam shame if this is the last iteration of this Spider-Man creative team- Far from Home proves that they’re just getting going.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: whenever Peter Parker makes a terrible decision
Take a Drink: for awkward romantic tension
Take a Drink: for every reference to Tony Stark
Take a Drink: for each new city visited
Do a Shot: for the big twist