Spider-Man: Far from Home ★★★

The 23rd instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the final chapter in their Infinity Saga, Spider-Man: Far from Home presents a world without Iron Man & Captain America, finds Peter Parker hesitant to fill up the big shoes left behind by his late mentor, and serves as a palate cleanser after the heavy meal course that was Avengers: Endgame.

Set 8 months after the events of Endgame, Far from Home follows Peter Parker as he decides to take a break from all the super heroics and goes on a summer field trip to Europe with his classmates. But his vacation is cut short when a new threat surfaces in the form of many elemental creature attacks, following which he agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery.

Directed by Jon Watts, Far from Home plays more like an epilogue of The Infinity Saga than a new beginning, and presents Peter Parker wanting to hold on to his youth which is completely opposite of what he longed for in Homecoming. The premise is small-scale in this post-Endgame chapter but Watts does a good enough job to deliver an enjoyable Marvel flick.

Tony Stark's absence does hover over our character at all times while his fondness for MJ complicates his choices even further. It worsens even more when a decision he makes in haste comes back to bite him and threatens every person he cares about. What drives this sequel is him finally accepting who he is and taking charge of the responsibilities that now rest on his shoulders in the wake of the fallen heroes.

Just like Homecoming, the mood is lighthearted, the high-school vibe is retained, and the small-scale approach works in its favour. Tom Holland is excellent in the role, Zendaya gets to have more screen time and her chemistry with Holland just clicks. Jake Gyllenhaal is the new addition, playing the role of Mysterio and though the film doesn't utilise his full potential, he does well with what he's given.

On an overall scale, Spider-Man: Far from Home is fun, entertaining & sufficiently satisfying in ways most Marvel Studios films tend to be, and also marks that moment where the baton is passed from Tony Stark to Peter Parker, thus establishing the friendly neighbourhood as the new mascot of their cinematic universe. While it's unsure now if we will get to see Spidey again in the potential future of the MCU, thanks to Disney's greed, it is also certain that our web-slinging superhero has never felt more at home than in this Marvel family.

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