Tom Holland is back on the cinema screen next week in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and as the review embargo is now lifted we have an idea what the general consensus is.
Alongside Tom’s titular webslinger, we have Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury and MCU newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal as comics favourite Mysterio, plus Zendaya and Jacob Batalan returning as Peter Parker’s closest friends.
With the task of closing the curtain on the MCU’s Phase 3, how is Far From Home shaping up for the critics lucky enough to see it?
We’ve rounded up some of the reviews here, starting with Digital Spy – we gave the film a solid four stars.
“Jackson and Jake Gyllenhaal have a fun dynamic as ‘good cop, bad cop’ mentors for Peter, with Gyllenhaal excellent in his MCU debut. Mysterio is a character that comics fans have long wanted to see, and his introduction into the MCU doesn’t disappoint.
“For everything that the movie had to deal with, it really is as good as fans could have hoped for. That might sound like a slight, but we don’t mean it in that sense. It would be easy for the sequel to feel like a letdown after the epic Avengers: Endgame, but Spider-Man: Far From Home is constantly funny, surprising and thrilling”.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home isn’t as sharp or tightly written as Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the sequel more than makes up for it with sheer spectacle and MCU connections, and smartly knows when Holland or Gyllenhaal can carry a scene on their own. It’s exactly the kind of exciting moviegoing experience fans want from the MCU – but maybe don’t always get.”
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“Far From Home is a looser film than Homecoming, with pacing that occasionally slackens, and a compulsion to give every minor character time to shine. But it’s a light-footed summer blockbuster that faces Endgame‘s monolithic legacy head-on, before leaving it behind to embark on its own globetrotting adventure. The MCU doesn’t need a new Iron Man yet – Far From Home proves it’s more than safe in the web-slinging hands of Spider-Man”.
“As tempting as it is to applaud Marvel for scaling things down with its Spider-Man films – taking a larger-than-life saga and shrinking it to a human level before things get intergalactic again in Phase 4 – Far from Home has an uneasy relationship with the teen elements. Stunted as they might be, the bits between Peter and MJ are still where the movie is at its best, but their screen-time together is far too limited for there to be a real foundation between them”.
“It’s unfortunate but possibly true that the best scene in the film comes early on, when Peter tries to strategically arrange things on the long flight to Venice so he can sit next to MJ. The comic mix-up that prevents this is quite amusing and well-managed so as to stick the kid in the worst seat possible, and director Jon Watts proves himself rather good at this sort of thing.
“If the appeal of a mystery or action film can be based to a considerable extent on the quality of its villain, Spider-Man: Far From Home certainly comes up short in that department”.
“What’s slightly peculiar is that Far From Home saves its only real surprises for a pair of unmissable post-credits scenes that drop paradigm-shifting bombshells and joyous treats, as well as unlocking a subplot you won’t even realise has been running through the entire film.
“Needless to say, a threequel picking up the threads is inevitable. Tony and co. may be gone, but the future of the MCU is in safe hands”.