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Spider-Man: Far From Home was released on 2nd July 2019 and is Tom Holland’s fifth venture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His portrayal of Peter Parker has won him several awards including ‘Breakthrough Performance of the Year’ at the Golden Schmoes Awards in 2016, and ‘Choice Summer Movie Actor’ in 2017 and 2019 at the Teen Choice Awards. There is no doubt that Holland is an icon of our generation and will continue to pick up more accolades in his career. Alongside his co-stars, Holland’s talent shines through in this film, with his endearing personality and the ability to convincingly showcase different emotions.
There will be spoilers for BOTH Spider-Man Far From Home and Avengers: Endgame in the next section, so if you haven’t seen either of these films, I suggest you skip ahead!
Spider-Man: Far From Home is set months after Avengers: Endgame, and follows Peter Parker (Holland) as he attempts to navigate teenage life after the tragic events of the previous film, which saw Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) sacrifice himself for the world with the Infinity Gauntlet, ending his life, subsequently causing emotional pain for his family and close friends, including Peter.
He and his classmates go on a trip to Europe. He discusses his plan to tell MJ (Zendaya) how he feels about her with his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon). For the duration of the trip, he plans to leave his hero suit behind and have some fun with his classmates and crush, but his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) packs it for him. Unfortunately, the trip and his plan are thrown into chaos when creatures known as the Elementals cause carnage. Peter tries to help, but assistance comes in the form of Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), who saves the day. Nick Fury, (Samuel L. Jackson), furious with Peter for dodging him, demands his help to stop the Elementals – further disturbing the trip.
Throughout the film, the theme of wanting to be a normal teenager versus being needed for superhero duties persists. Peter discusses this with Mysterio and touches on the fact he feels guilty about having these thoughts. The dichotomy between his enjoyment of being spider-man and his issues with heroism, showing his humility as a teenager.
Another strong theme in Spider-Man: Far From Home is the mentor and mentee relationship between Peter and Tony Stark, which has been touched on in previous films. For example, in Avengers: Endgame, Tony refuses to think about the concept of time travel to bring everyone back until he looks at a picture of the two of them. In this film, he receives a pair of I.A. (Information Architecture) glasses named E.D.I.T.H. An acronym for ‘Even Dead, I’m The Hero’. Tony could have easily gifted E.D.I.T.H. to someone else, but his choice to give them to Peter is a sign of trust and belief in his abilities as a hero.
There was an emotional scene in which Peter vented about his feelings towards ‘becoming the next Iron Man’ and not feeling able to live up to Tony’s image. However, the sadness of this scene is quickly lightened by Peter mistaking AC/DC for Led Zeppelin! The scene is one example that shows the talent of Holland, as even though the actor is in his early twenties, he is perfectly capable of exploring a teenager’s emotional depth.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is one of my favourite films in the MCU and Tom Holland is my favourite Spider-Man actor.
The news about Spider-Man potentially not being in the MCU anymore saddened me, and I hope that both Disney and Sony can come to a mutual decision. However, I am sure that whatever happens Spider-Man will continue to be a legendary character in years to come.
The only question is if a third Spider-Man film is announced but doesn’t take place in the same universe as the Avengers, how is it going to carry on from the events of this film?