Spiderman: Far From Home Review & Parental Guidance
Friday afternoon my family went to see Spiderman: Far From Home. All opinions are ours. Our review does not include spoilers for Spiderman: Far From Home. However, after the Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe section, it does contain Avengers: Endgame spoilers.
Spiderman: Far From Home’s Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Even though Spiderman: Far From home is produced by Sony Pictures, it is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Far From Home is the final movie in Phase 3 of the Avengers. While the plot is not heavily dependent on Infinity War or Endgame, the characters are greatly affected by the events of Infinity War & Endgame. There is a montage at the beginning of the movie that commemorates the characters lost in Infinity War & Endgame, and a brief discussion of the key plot points. This will allow viewers who haven’t seen them to understand Far From Home, but it definitely has spoilers from both movies.
Other Marvel characters make appearances in Far From Home like Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). Archive footage is also used for characters like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Obidiah Stone (Jeff Bridges). Other characters are name-dropped like Pepper Potts, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Thor.
There are even clips from movies like Captain America: Civil war and Iron Man that are viewed from a different angle to provide backstory for the plot.
Spiderman: Far From Home Thoughts
Note: There are spoilers for Avengers Endgame after this point.
We all enjoyed Spiderman: Far From Home. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, we were definitely left wondering who would lead the Avengers now and how the characters would move forward after the snap especially those who have 5 missing years.
Spiderman: Far From Home dives right in addressing some of these. Aunt May is hosting a fundraiser for those who were displaced by the Snap (or the Blip as they call it) and came home to find their homes owned/occupied by others. Like Peter most of his key classmates disappeared in the Blip and are still in High School. There are a few new characters who were not blipped – so younger siblings or classmates are now older than those who were blipped. There was also comedy of one character being served a drink and another pointing out that he had been blipped and wasn’t really 21.
Meanwhile, Nick Fury is trying to get in touch with Spiderman to get him to take a lead role in the new Avengers. Peter meanwhile is reeling from the loss of Tony and just wants to be a kid again.
I missed the 90s teen movie references from Homecoming. It definitely had a heavier tone coming off of the Endgame snap.
Spiderman: Far From Home Trailer
Before going to the movie, check out the trailer below:
About Spiderman: Far From Home
From the Press Release provided by Sony:
In Spider-Man™: Far From Home, Tom Holland returns as our friendly neighborhood Super Hero who, following the events of Avengers: Endgame, must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. The film expands the Spider-Man film universe, taking Peter Parker out of his comfort zone and his home in Queens, New York City, and hurling him across Europe during what was supposed to be a school vacation – but which becomes his greatest challenge and most epic adventure ever.
In the aftermath of a monumental battle between good and evil, which has brought Peter Parker and his friends – and billions of others – back to life, Peter continues to mourn the death of his mentor, Tony Stark / Iron Man, whose heroic sacrifice made Peter’s return possible. Everywhere he looks, Peter sees tributes to the fallen Avenger, which adds to his sense of loss, even as his own turbo-charged heroics leave everyone wondering if he’s the next Iron Man.
Peter is comforted, somewhat, by the kind words of Tony’s friend, Happy Hogan, who reassures him that, “I don’t think Tony would have done what he did if he didn’t know you were going to be here after he was gone.” But Happy bears another message that Peter definitely doesn’t want to deal with: Nick Fury is looking for Spider-Man. Determined to leave his super heroics behind for a few weeks, Peter ducks Fury’s calls – despite Hogan’s warnings that, “You can’t ghost Nick Fury!” – and heads off with his friends Ned, MJ and the rest of the gang on a European vacation.
But Fury won’t be denied, and he and his associate Maria Hill track Peter down in Venice. The former S.H.I.E.L.D. head tells Peter that he needs Spider-Man to deal with a new threat: massive Elemental Creatures, each representing one of the four elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. The monstrous beings have emerged through a hole torn in the universe … another aftershock from the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Peter then meets Quentin Beck, a Super Hero who comes from an alternate Earth and is determined to stop the Elemental Creatures. Fury and Beck, who’s also known as Mysterio, want Spider-Man to join the battle, but this is way out of Peter’s comfort zone, and he pleads with Fury to bring in one of the other Avengers to deal with it. Unfortunately for Peter, they’re all unavailable, so he must join forces with Beck in an epic clash with consequences he can’t yet imagine.
Far from home, Peter must protect his friends, save the world, rise to a challenge only he can meet, and come to terms with his destiny as Spider-Man.
Columbia Pictures presents a MARVEL Studios / Pascal Pictures production, Spider-Man™: Far From Home. Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal. Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. Based on the MARVEL Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Executive Producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, Stan Lee, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach. Director of Photography is Matthew J. Lloyd, CSC. Production Designer is Claude Paré. Editors are Dan Lebental, ACE and Leigh Folsom Boyd. Visual Effects Supervisor is Janek Sirrs. Costume Designer is Anna B. Sheppard. Head of Visual Development is Ryan Meinerding. Music by Michael Giacchino. Music Supervision by Dave Jordan.
Spider-Man: Far From Home has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for Sci-Fi Action Violence, Some Language and Brief Suggestive Comments. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on July 2, 2019.
Spiderman: Homecoming Parental Guide
With Peter Parker being only 16, a lot of the film is set in high school. Spiderman: Far From Home has a PG-13 rating. The violence is typical of a comic book movie.
The language is mostly mild. There is very little in the way of sexual content. At one point, Peter is caught by another student changing without his pants in the presence of an older woman.