All aboard the Marvel hype train! WOO WOO!
It is here! The first teaser of Marvel’s highly anticipated “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” This is the second (official) installment of the Spider-Man films out of Marvel Studios, though we all know Spidey from his appearances in “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Jon Watts returns to the franchise to direct this second installment after doing such a damn good job with “Homecoming.” The film stars Tom Holland as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and is rejoined by Zendaya and Marisa Tomei, with a familiar Marvel appearance by Samuel L. Jackson.
Peter Parker (Holland) decides to join his best friends Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya), and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks
There’s a lot to unpack with this trailer.
Last time we saw Spider-Man, he was not looking so good and disintegrating into the world’s saddest cloud of dust in “Infinity War.” This already has Marvel fans asking the tough questions. Where is “Spider-Man: Far From Home” in the MCU timeline? Does this have something to do with Captain Marvel’s rumored time travel abilities? And, if you’re really reaching, will there possibly be a link to the larger Spiderverse storylines?
Lots to be revealed and this critic/fangirl can’t wait!
Tom Holland is as charming as ever in the role of Peter Parker (that it seems he was just born to play). The trailer gives the sense of a fun teen comedy with a perfect use of The Ramones. One thing that this new generation of Spider-Man films gets right is the understanding that Peter Parker is young. The tone of these films allow him to be youthful, they allow for all the awkwardness of the teenage experience with all the responsibility of being a hero.
It’s a great balance that has long been missing from the character’s appearances in cinema.
There’s a lot to look forward to in “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and that rich Marvel tapestry of characters just keeps on unravelling. We get an exciting first look at Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio (a name that sends shivers down the spine of comic book fans).
From the return to form for Peter Parker to this continued exploration of its most popular property, down to a great arrangement of the classic Spider-Man theme by Michael Giacchino (your girl loves a good score), Marvel is pulling out all the stops on this one.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” hits theaters on July 5, 2019
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Caitlin is a lean, mean writing machine based in Austin, TX. Her love of film began when she was shown “Rosemary’s Baby” way too early in life. She currently serves as the Lead Film Contributor for Shuffle Online; other notable bylines include The Financial Diet and Film Inquiry. Caitlin is a member of the Online Association of Female Film Critics and the Women Film Critics Circle.