Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Review
But wait a second, I thought he was…?
That’s right. The Marvel Hype Machine waits for no man, but this time, the much-anticipated trailer to the much-anticipated sequel comes with a bit of a wrinkle. This is the first trailer for a post-Endgame timeline.
This trailer assumes that you already know, or could at least guess, that Spidey will somehow survive (though who doesn’t survive is anyone’s guess since the trailer cleverly avoids the topic).
Things seem to be going well for the web-slinger. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) has a healthy relationship with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), who knows and approves of his Spider-Manning. And best of all, he is about to go on a school trip through Europe! How lucky can one kid get?
Folks who enjoyed Happy Hogan’s role as Peter Parker’s super babysitter will be tickled to see his return in Far From Home. He and Aunt May seem to be flirting with the idea of flirting. I’d watch out though, Happy. Spider-Man’s history with uncles is not too bright. Speaking of which, there is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to Peter’s old Uncle Ben in the form of a well-worn suitcase.
Determined to lead a normal teenage life for once, Peter decides to leave the suit behind. And before you know it, Spider-Man is where Spider-Man has never been before: Abroad.
Peter’s classmates from Homecoming are all present; Jacob Batalon as Peter’s confidant, Ned, Tony Revolori as Peter Park bully/Spider-Man devotee, Flash Thompson, and Zendaya as MJ (hopefully with character this time).
But Great Responsibility knows no borders, and it’s not long before Peter Parker finds his trip hijacked by Nick Fury, who needs Spider-Man’s help fighting new foes, massive elemental villains made of earth, water, and fire. No, not the band.
But the real standout of this trailer is Jake Gyllenhaal’s reveal as MYSTERIO, a Spider-man baddie with magical powers who, in an interesting twist, seems to be on the side of good… at least for now.
John Watts is back in the director’s chair and he clearly feels more confident with the characters and the scope of the film.
If I had one major complaint it’s that the effects feel too numerous and unfinished. This will change in the coming months, but Marvel’s over-reliance on completely computer generated backgrounds will probably go on to be the element of their movies that ages the fastest.
Michael Giacchino is also back as composer, but this trailer opts for the Spider-Man theme from the classic cartoon. Giacchino is one of the greatest composers working today but his Spider-Man theme is maybe the third best of the live-action films. If they decided to go all in on a big sweeping score that matches the cartoon as they did with the opening Marvel title card for Homecoming, I would be totally on board with that.
Last Word On ‘Spider-man: Far From Home’
It feels like its been weeks since the last Spider-man film. But I imagine audiences will flock to the cinemas regardless. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is simply too all-consuming to be stopped.
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