What do you do now that the end of the world has come and gone? That's the question the Marvel Cinematic Universe hopes to answer in a post-Endgame landscape, and one that Spider-Man: Far From Home, out July 2, tackles in the most endearing manner imaginable. "So you disappeared from existence for five years, Peter Parker, what are you going to do next?" "Well, try and make out with my crush, obviously."
Avengers: Endgame sought to propel what is arguably the defining franchise of the 21st century into brand new territory. Far From Home doesn't quite do that, but it serves as a funny wrap-up to the events of the big superhero showdown, while also standing alone as an adventure for Tom Holland's endlessly appealing webslinger.
Before Spider-Man: Homecoming dropped in 2017, the very idea of Spider-Man felt tapped out. Good old Peter Parker is one of the canonical heroes, but between Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and the singing Spideys of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, it felt like he was played out. But Holland, an energetic Brit, flipped onto the scene, bringing a new puppy dog spirit to the character, and Homecoming, despite featuring a lot of Tony Stark, was as much a well-crafted high school flick as it was a cog in the Marvel machine.
The most ingenious move producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, along with director Jon Watts, made in Homecoming was casting a class of rising stars to accompany Peter on his adventures, and it's these young actors, including Zendaya and Jacob Batalon, that sustain Far From Home as well. Throw in a Jake Gyllenhaal performance that I, frankly, can't say too much about lest the spoiler police emerge, and you've got a fine, if at times uneasy, installment in a sub-series that makes me optimistic about the future of the genre.