If you thought Avengers: End Game was the final film in the decade long Infinity Stones Saga, think again.
Phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe draws to close this week with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Set in the aftermath of End Game, Peter Parker must wrestle with losing his friend and mentor Tony Stark. In a world without Iron Man, the pressure is on Peter to step up and protect the Earth from villainous threats.
Life as a teenager is hard enough without the added expectations that come with being a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and junior Avenger.
Like its predecessor Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home uses classic teen comedy riffs to underpin an epic superhero tale, and the influence of John Hughes classics like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club runs through Far From Home on every level.
The awkwardness of relationships, between characters of all ages is wonderfully refreshingly realistic, and strong performances from Marissa Tomei, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders and Australia’s Angourie Rice help make this much more relatable than any average superhero flick.
Tony Stark’s right hand man Happy Hogan, played by Jon Favreau (who directed the first Iron Man, as well as the upcoming The Lion King remake), is in the early stages of a romantic relationship with Peter’s Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), while Peter has his eye on classmate MJ (Zendaya).
As Peter sets off on a European Vacation (the National Lampoon film providing another significant inspiration for Far From Home), he ducks calls from S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury, and resists packing his superhero suit, because he is in desperate need of a break from his commitments.
As Peter and his classmates tour Europe, strange happenings take place, and the involvement of Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Quentin Beck” appear a little more than mysterious….
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.
With Avengers: End Game racking up over $80 million dollars at the Australian Box Office since releasing on April 24, the pressure on Spider-Man to perform is inescapable.
Thankfully with a film this good, he looks up to the task, on every level this film is next level.
4 & 1/2 Stars – “The Icing on the Cake AND the Cherry on Top”