Here is no endgame in sight for Spider-Man. As played by Brit wunderkind Tom Holland in a whoosh of boyish enthusiasm and lovesick angst, Spidey is flying higher than ever. That doesn’t mean this follow up to 2017’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ avoids lapsing into silliness and CGI overkill. Still, the kid-friendly lightness of the piece is a relief after the tragic dimension of ‘Avengers – Endgame’, where those superheroes who weren’t killed wound up losing five years in a Thanos time blip. ‘Far From Home’ is upfront about dealing with the events that shook up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but don’t think for a minute it wants to spoil your good time. Fun is the default position for a series that now has a lot to live up to after last year’s animated, Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ left the live-action version holding its drink.
No, Spider-Man: Far From Home didn’t just kill another member of the Avengers. The latest Spider-Man movie is set shortly after the events of Avengers: Endgame, and it essentially served as something of an extended epilogue. A lot happened over the course of Avengers: Endgame, which meant Spider-Man: Far From Home really needed to ground these cosmic events and make it clear how they’d affected everyday people.
This was done in a pretty smart way, with an opening sequence that revisited the Midtown School of Science and Technology News videos that were seen in Spider-Man Homecoming. The clip served as a useful info dump to ensure viewers understood how Spider-Man Far From Home fits into the MCU, with reference to the snap (officially called “the blip”) and the fact everybody had blipped back into existence eight months ago. The video included an “In Memoriam,” an in-universe tribute to the heroes who had died stopping Thanos. Attentive viewers will have noticed, though, that three Avengers were named – not just two.