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SPOILERS: 'Spider Man: Far From Home' Picks Up the Good Fight, Honors Stan Lee

All he wanted was some personal time with MJ...

July 8, 2019

By Maruful Hossain

This 4th of July weekend got everyone buzzing. It's not just the barbeques or fireworks... Everyone is talking about Spider-Man: Far From Home, which was released this past Tuesday, just a few days before the long holiday.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is receiving a lot of buzz because it is the first movie after Avengers: Endgame, which was released a few months ago, breaking tons of box office records. The movie is set after the events that transpired after Avengers: Endgame.  It also is the sequel of Spider-Man: Homecoming, going in more in-depth about the story of Peter Parker (Tom Holland), aka your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) always had successful movies and while this movie also had Sony Pictures producing the movie (where the Spider-Man movies are licensed by), Spider-Man: Far From Home was no different as it exceeded expectations and continued the MCU storyline. 

This movie is the end of "Phase Three," the arc that started at Captain America: Civil War, the movie where Spider-Man makes his debut. Spider-Man: Far From Home does a good job picking up where the Avengers: Endgame left off, addressing the story concerns, addressing people's questions, and bringing emotion after the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. This movie goes more in depth of Peter Parker, who is dealing with the loss of his mentor, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), tries to take a step forward and decided to go on a trip with his science class and take a break from all this superhero work.

Spider-Man: Far From Home brings up the most tragic event, which was caused by Thanos's universe dividing snap back in Avengers: Infinity War, in a comedic way. They first honor the original Avengers and also honored Tony Stark, and Stan Lee in the process while the video played Whitney Houston's song, "I Will Always Love You." Stan Lee died of cardiac arrest in November 2018. The memorium and the entire video was actually produced by high school kids. The video then shows the tragic event caused by Thanos, calling it "the Blip." Everyone being restored back to life was also showcased and they explained how everyone dealt with it. Aside from that, throughout the film, you see wallpapers, shrines, and mural paintings of Tony Stark/Iron Man, honoring Tony Stark and striking fans with emotion. While everyone knows that Tony Stark is gone for good, his presence is still felt. 

No one is hit with the loss more then Peter Parker. Tony Stark was the first one who gave Peter his first push into the crazy world of superheroes/villians. Tony Stark guided him through the process and helped Spider-Man develop into the hero he is today. Peter now feels that he has to carry on Tony Stark's legacy. This film showcases how Peter Parker is still only a human despite the fact that he is Spider-Man as Peter Parker tries to do whatever he can to carry Tony Stark's legacy while trying to be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and live as a regular 16-year-old kid. Especially after the fact that he was just brought back from "the Blip" and helped stopped Thanos for good. 

By stopping Thanos for good, Peter Parker is now able to focus on his regular life again and pick up where he left off after the blip. He now just wants to spend his science class trip, trying to wow MJ (Zendaya), the girl of his dreams. However, Peter's vacation is hijacked by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as the new threat, the elementals arrive, along with a new hero, Quentin Beck, dubbed as Mysterio (Jake Gylenhall). Nick Fury asks Peter for his help, which he is now torn due to the fact that he just wants to enjoy his class trip, but at the same time, Peter is Spider-Man, so he has his hero responsibilities. Peter tries to get Mysterio, to handle the situation. The Elementals ended up crashing the class trip anyways, so this lead Peter to be concerned for his class's safety, which is another obstacle he has to overcome. 

Spider-Man: Far From Home had very good action as they showcased Spider-Man's versatility as a hero. His web slingers simply were not enough to take out the elementals, therefore, he had to be creative in the process, while he had to learn how to fight side by side with Mysterio, who had majestic powers. This film does a really good job in making everyone believe anything is possible, especially after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Jake Gylenhall does a really good job playing Mysterio as he played a convincingly good guy that perhaps could be a mentor to Peter but there is a twist. For a fan of Marvel/Spider-Man, while you were wowed by Gylenhall's versatility, you were waiting for the time when Mysterio will show his ways. For a non-fan, it would perhaps take time to figure it out because the Mysterio character was just way too nice.

Spider-Man: Far From Home as a film can strike people on different levels. As an MCU fan, you finally get your answers and perhaps maybe more questions after the ending of the film to see where the MCU and Spider-Man will go next. As a casual Marvel fan or a fan that just wants to see a movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home is also a good movie as you are rooting for Peter Parker to figure it all out in terms of his responsibilities, seeing him want to go on vacation, and get his shot at personal time with MJ. This movie showcases the fact that Peter Parker is just like the rest of us. He has a lot of responsibilities too and he has to learn what he has to prioritize and know what is at stake. Peter Parker grieving over Tony Stark's passing and him having to take the mantle to be the "next" Iron-Man is a representation of how the audience feels when they also lost their hero as well, so it left everyone wondering what is next. Spider-Man: Far From Home is a heartfelt film that everyone should watch because it show's more of Peter Parker/Spider-Man's character development and how we all should embrace the people we love.

As a film that is closing this chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and leading a new age of Marvel films, everyone can be assured that the future will be in good hands.