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Spider Man Far from Home (2019)

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Spider Man Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The film was directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal. In the film, Parker is recruited by Nick Fury (Jackson) and Mysterio (Gyllenhaal) to face the Elementals while he is on a school trip to Europe.

Discussions for a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming began by October 2016, and the project was confirmed later that year. Holland, Watts, and the writers were all set to return by the end of 2017. In 2018, Jackson and Gyllenhaal joined the cast as Fury and Mysterio, respectively.

Holland revealed the sequel’s title ahead of filming, which began that July and took place in England, the Czech Republic, Italy, and the New York metropolitan area. Production wrapped in October 2018. The marketing campaign is one of the most expensive for a film ever and attempted to avoid revealing spoilers for Avengers: Endgame prior to its April 2019 release.

Spider-Man: Far From Home premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre on June 26, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 2, as the last film in Phase Three of the MCU. The film received positive reviews with praise for its humor, action sequences, visuals, and the performances of Holland and Gyllenhaal.

It grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the first Spider-Man film to pass the billion-dollar mark, the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2019, and became Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film and the 24th-highest-grossing film of all time. A sequel, Spider-Man: No Way Home, was released in December 2021.

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Spider Man Far from Home (2019) Reviews

Much like “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” was a perfectly enjoyable if inferior follow-up to the genre-defining, zany ‘80s comedy “Vacation,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home” changes the scenery but can’t quite match the inspired heights of its predecessor.

Granted, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a tough act to follow. Director Jon Watts’ 2017 film was a giddy blast of New York City summertime air, a refreshing reboot with a hugely appealing star turn from Tom Holland in the title role. “Far From Home” also arrives about six months after the game-changing, Oscar-winning animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” perhaps the most inventive movie we’ve seen yet inspired by a Marvel comic—or any comic, for that matter.

Watts is back as director, but this time he’s in the tricky position of helming a film that not only occupies a momentous spot within the ever-developing Marvel Cinematic Universe but also furthers Peter Parker’s individual story. And for a while, “Far From Home” is a lot of fun, especially since it picks up right where “Avengers: Endgame” left off.

Working from a script by returning writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Watts and his team playfully explore what’s happening five years after Thanos’ fateful finger snap and how the world is reshaping in ways that are both major and mundane.

In that regard, “Far From Home” works best as a high school comedy—which also happened to be the strength of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”—with teens figuring out in adorably awkward fashion who they are and how to express what they feel within this brave new world. Peter has had a taste of the big time, with all the rush and responsibility that entails, but he just wants to be a normal teenager.

He’d rather join his classmates on a summer European adventure—especially the darkly alluring MJ, played once again with humorous, deadpan charm by Zendaya—than save the world from total destruction. Again. And who could blame him? It’s a lot—for him, and for us.

But duty calls. Because it’s an MCU blockbuster arriving in theaters on July 4 weekend, “Far From Home” also must function as a massive action extravaganza, and here’s where the film is at its weakest. The giant set pieces, and what the villain hopes to achieve through them, are like an empty yet distracting swirl of chaos and noise.

Admittedly, that’s the point, and we’ll get to more of that (sans spoilers, naturally) in a bit. But it all feels like overload, like so many swarming, soaring computer-generated blips. “Far From Home” loses its way just as it’s reaching its supposedly thrilling crescendo, its greatest sin being that the scenes with the highest stakes are ultimately kind of dull.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is at the center of these showdowns, with a mixture of abilities that combine Iron Man’s flying and laser-zapping with Thor’s sartorial tendencies. But who he really is and what he really wants aren’t much of a surprise, although he initially presents himself as an ally and even a hopeful force for the future.

Gyllenhaal seems to be having a blast playing dress-up in this setting, and he brings great brio to the scene in which he lays out his (surprisingly understandable) reasoning for his elaborate plan. The actual execution of it all, however, ends up being rather numbing. The real bombshells come during the closing credit sequences—so, as always, be sure to stay in your seat until the very end.

The laughs bubble up so consistently in the first half that it’s enough to make you wish “Far From Home” was a straight-up romantic comedy. Peter’s goofy notions of how stops in Venice and Paris should go down with MJ are the stuff of moony teenage-boy fantasies.

A sweet, parallel romance finds Peter’s wisecracking, scene-stealing best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon), connecting unexpectedly with the prim, Type-A Betty (Angourie Rice). And a third flirtation—between Tony Stark’s right-hand man, Happy (Jon Favreau), and Peter’s Aunt May (Marisa Tomei)—has some potential but doesn’t go far just yet, although it’s enough to make Peter’s Spidey sense tingle.

Holland isn’t afforded the depth of character we’ve seen from him previously—most notably during his heartbreaking exit in “Avengers: Infinity War.” But once again, he’s completely charming in the role, bringing a boyish enthusiasm that’s irresistible and wholly different from the ways Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield played him in previous incarnations. His Peter even gets to show glimmers of being a flaky kid as he dodges calls from an increasingly, amusingly frustrated Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

Perhaps his true superpower is the fact that he seems more like a relatable, fully fleshed-out human being than any other character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Surely, we’ll have a multitude of chances to find out for sure.

  • Christy Lemire –  Roger Ebert
  • Christy Lemire is a longtime film critic who has written for RogerEbert.com since 2013. Before that, she was the film critic for The Associated Press for nearly 15 years and co-hosted the public television series “Ebert Presents At the Movies” opposite Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, with Roger Ebert serving as managing editor.

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Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.

129 minutes

Cast

Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man

Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck / Mysterio

Zendaya as Michelle “MJ” Jones

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill

Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds

Angourie Rice as Betty Brant

Marisa Tomei as May Parker

Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan

Tony Revolori as Eugene “Flash” Thompson

Remy Hii as Brad Davis

Martin Starr as Mr. Harrington

J.B. Smoove as Mr. Dell

Numan Acar as Dimitri

Peter Billingsley as William Ginter Riva

Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as Jason Ionello

Director

  • Jon Watts

Writer (based on the Marvel comic book by)

  • Steve Ditko
  • Stan Lee

Writer

  • Chris McKenna
  • Erik Sommers

Cinematogapher

  • Matthew J. Lloyd

Editor

  • Leigh Folsom Boyd
  • Dan Lebental

Composer

  • Michael Giacchino

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Spider Man Far from Home (2019) Plot

In Ixtenco, Mexico, Nick Fury and Maria Hill investigate an unnatural storm and encounter the Earth Elemental. Quentin Beck, a super-powered individual, arrives to defeat the creature, subsequently being recruited by Fury and Hill. In New York City, the Midtown School of Science and Technology completes its year, which was restarted to accommodate the students who previously disintegrated five years earlier as a result of Thanos’ actions.

They had reappeared un-aged, thanks to the actions of the Avengers. The school organizes a two-week summer field trip to Europe, where Peter Parker—who is still mourning the death of his mentor Tony Stark—plans to reveal to classmate MJ his attraction to her. Happy Hogan informs Parker that Fury intends to contact him, but Parker ignores Fury’s phone call.

Parker and his classmates travel to Venice, Italy, where the Water Elemental attacks. Parker helps protect his classmates, while Beck arrives and defeats the creature. Fury meets with Parker and gives him Stark’s glasses, which were meant for his successor. The glasses enable him to communicate with and take command of the artificial intelligence E.D.I.T.H., which has access to Stark Industries’ databases and commands a large orbital weapons supply.

Beck claims to have entered from an alternate reality within the multiverse, where the four Elementals killed his family and destroyed his civilization. With only the Fire Elemental left to destroy, Beck predicts it will attack Prague. Parker declines Fury’s invitation to join the fight and returns to his class trip.

Fury secretly changes the class’s itinerary to divert the students to Prague. There, Parker is forced to help Beck fight the Fire Elemental to again protect his friends. Beck manages to destroy the creature with Parker’s help. Fury and Hill invite Parker and Beck to Berlin to discuss the formation of a new superhero team, but Parker decides that Beck should go alone and transfers control of E.D.I.T.H. to him.

Once Parker leaves, Beck celebrates alongside ex-Stark Industries employees, with whom he had been working to masquerade as a superhero. Beck, who was fired from his position as Stark’s holographic-illusions specialist for his unstable nature, used advanced projectors to simulate his powers and the Elementals, and now hopes to use E.D.I.T.H.’s orbital weaponized drones to increase the scale of his illusions and fraudulently establish himself as an Avenger-level hero.

After MJ tells Parker she knows he is Spider-Man, they discover that a piece of debris she retrieved during the battle with the Fire Elemental is a projector which shows the Air Elemental, leading them to realize Beck’s deception. Parker travels to Berlin to warn Fury, only to be tricked by Beck with an illusory Fury into revealing the names of his friends who know about Beck’s plan and is hit by a train. Left for dead by Beck, Parker contacts Hogan, who flies him to London, where his classmates are.

Beck uses E.D.I.T.H. to orchestrate a fusion of all the Elementals, as a cover to kill Parker’s friends. Parker is able to disrupt the illusions, so Beck attacks him with drones. Parker regains control of E.D.I.T.H. and defeats Beck, who is hit by a misfired gunshot from one of the drones; before he dies, Beck tells one of his associates to retrieve data from the drones. After returning to New York City, Parker begins a relationship with MJ.

In a mid-credits scene, J. Jonah Jameson of TheDailyBugle.net broadcasts doctored footage of the London incident in which Beck frames Spider-Man for the drone attack and his death before exposing Spider-Man’s secret identity to the world, much to Parker’s shock. In a post-credits scene, Fury and Hill are revealed to be the Skrulls Talos and Soren in disguise, under orders from the real Fury while he is away commanding a Skrull spaceship.

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Spider Man Far from Home (2019) Box office

Spider-Man: Far From Home grossed $390.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $741.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.131 billion. It was the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2019 and the 24th-highest-grossing film of all time. On August 18, 2019, the film surpassed Skyfall (2012) to become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film worldwide.

Far From Home was the first Spider-Man film to gross over $1 billion. Deadline Hollywood calculated the film’s net profit as $339 million, accounting for production budgets, marketing, talent participations, and other costs; box office grosses and home media revenues placed it seventh on their list of 2019’s “Most Valuable Blockbusters”.

Three weeks before its domestic release, official industry tracking had the film grossing around $170 million over its six-day opening frame. Some had the film reaching as high as $200 million, while others were at a conservative $165 million; Sony was predicting a $154 million debut. By the week of release industry estimates lowered to $140 million, with the studio expecting $120 million, due to the recent underperformance of other sequels.

Far From Home made a Tuesday-opening record $39.3 million, including an estimated $2.8–3 million from midnight previews at about 1,000 theaters. It then made $27 million on its second day, the best-ever Wednesday gross for an MCU film, and $25.1 million on the 4th of July, the second highest ever total for the holiday behind Transformers ($29 million in 2007).

In its opening weekend the film made $92.6 million, and a total of $185.1 million over the six-day frame, topping the $180 million made by Spider-Man 2 over its six-day July 4 opening in 2004; it was the number one film for the weekend. In its second weekend, the film made $45.3 million, again topping the box office with a 51% decrease from the first week; lower than Homecomings 62% drop in its second box office weekend. Far From Home grossed over $21 million in its third weekend but was dethroned by newcomer The Lion King.

Far From Home was projected to gross around $350 million worldwide by the end of its first week of release, and about $500 million over its first 10 days. In China and Japan, where it was released a week prior to its U.S. debut, the film was expected to gross around a combined $90 million in its opening weekend. In China, where pre-sale tickets were less than Homecomings, the film made $35.5 million on its first day, including $3.4 million from midnight previews (the fourth-best of all time for a superhero film in the country).

It ended up slightly over-performing, debuting to $111 million including $98 million in China, the fourth-best-ever superhero opening in the country. Far From Home ended up grossing $580.1 million worldwide over its first 10 days of release, including $238 million from international territories in its opening weekend. In China, the film had a 10-day total of $167.4 million, and its other biggest debuts were South Korea ($33.8 million), the United Kingdom ($17.8 million), Mexico ($13.9 million) and Australia ($11.9 million).

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Spider Man Far from Home (2019) Critical Response

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 90%, with an average score of 7.4/10, based on 456 reviews. The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “A breezily unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, Spider-Man: Far From Home stylishly sets the stage for the next era of the MCU.”Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 69 out of 100 based on reviews from 55 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it a 76% “definite recommend”.

Owen Gleiberman of Variety praised Holland’s performance and wrote, “By the end, this Spider-Man really does find his tingle, yet coming after Into the Spider-Verse, with its swirling psychedelic imagery and identity games and trap doors of perception, Spider-Man: Far From Home touches all the bases of a conventional Marvel movie. It doesn’t take you out of this world. But it’s good enough to summon the kick—or maybe just the illusion—of consequence.”

Writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, calling it “zesty, sweet and satisfying” and praised the performances of the cast. Bernard Boo of PopMatters praised the film, commenting, “Spider-Man: Far From Home is technically the final film in Phase [Three] of the MCU, and it’s hard to think of a better way to send off the most successful run of one of the highest grossing franchises in history.”

Alonso Duralde of TheWrap said that the film feels like “a charming teen road-trip comedy that occasionally turns into a superhero movie”, which he said was a compliment. He highlighted the cast, including the chemistry between Holland, Zendaya and Batalon, and said that Gyllenhaal “nails his character’s earnestness but also clearly enjoys a few moments that let him channel every exasperated-sigh, I-just-want-to-get-this-right male diva director he’s ever known.”

Writing for IndieWire, David Ehrlich gave the film a grade of “C” and, despite complimenting the cast, called the film an “unadventurous bit of superhero housekeeping that only exists to clean up the mess that Avengers: Endgame left behind”. He criticized the character development of Spider-Man, feeling that he does not change throughout the film beyond becoming more confident. He described the action as “plastic”, and felt that the film did not give enough attention to its teen elements.

Ehrlich said it might be enough to satisfy fans but called it a “failure when compared to the remarkable artistry of Into the Spider-Verse or the raw pathos of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.” John Anderson of The Wall Street Journal praised Holland and Zendaya’s performances, but described the film as “a visually incoherent, effects-heavy superhero movie”, and called the dialogue “dire”.

 

Spider Man Far from Home (2019) Accolades

Accolades received by Spider-Man: Far From Home
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result
Teen Choice Awards August 11, 2019 Choice Summer Movie Spider-Man: Far From Home Won
Choice Summer Movie Actor Tom Holland Won
Choice Summer Movie Actress Zendaya Won
Saturn Awards September 13, 2019 Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture Spider-Man: Far From Home Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zendaya Won
Best Performance by a Younger Actor Tom Holland Won
Best Special Effects Spider-Man: Far From Home Nominated
People’s Choice Awards November 10, 2019 Movie of 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Nominated
Action Movie of 2019 Nominated
Male Movie Star of 2019 Tom Holland Nominated
Female Movie Star of 2019 Zendaya Won
Action Movie Star of 2019 Tom Holland Won
Hollywood Professional Association Awards November 12, 2019 Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film Alexis Wajsbrot, Stephen Kennedy, Nathan McConnel, Sylvain Degrotte, and Jonathan Opgenhaffen Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 20, 2019 Best Original Score in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Michael Giacchino Nominated
National Film & TV Awards December 3, 2019 Best Feature Film Spider-Man: Far From Home Nominated
Best Actor Tom Holland Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zendaya Nominated
Best Supporting Actor J. B. Smoove Won
AACTA Awards December 4, 2019 Best Visual Effects or Animation Brendan Seals, Michael Perdew, Andrew Zink, and Adam Gailey Won
Hollywood Critics Association Awards January 9, 2020 Best Blockbuster Spider-Man: Far From Home Nominated
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards January 12, 2020 Best Action Movie Spider-Man: Far From Home Nominated
Movieguide Awards January 24, 2020 Best Movie for Mature Audiences Spider-Man: Far From Home Nominated
Annie Awards January 25, 2020 Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production Steven Argula and Joakim Riedinger Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards January 29, 2020 Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature Adam Gailey, Jacob Santamaria, Jacob Clark, and Stephanie Molk for “Molten Man” Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards May 2, 2020 Favorite Movie Spider-Man: Far From Home Nominated
Favorite Movie Actor Tom Holland Nominated
Favorite Movie Actress Zendaya Nominated
Favorite Superhero Tom Holland (also for Avengers: Endgame) Won

Spider Man Far from Home (2019) Movie Info

Peter Parker’s relaxing European vacation takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit him for a mission. The world is in danger as four massive elemental creatures — each representing Earth, air, water and fire — emerge from a hole torn in the universe. Parker soon finds himself donning the Spider-Man suit to help Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio stop the evil entities from wreaking havoc across the continent.

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