'Spider-Man Far from Home': makes us miss Harry Potter

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Whoever missed Avengers: Endgame and is unfamiliar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get completely lost in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Many fans think this is a great thing.

Avengers: Endgame, which was released at the end of April, has already made 2,751,379,067 dollars at the box office. And counting. The three-hour-long superhero movie was announced as the conclusion of 21 earlier superhero films that together make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Iron Man was the first in 2008, Spider-Man: Far from Home is the coda and the continuation.

In other words, if you don’t know the MCU or the shocking sacrifices that some of the characters in Avengers: Endgame had to make to save our universe, you really won’t understand very much about this film.

In a world that has lost a number of Avengers, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is supposed to stand up as the Great Protector, but Peter Parker prefers to go on a school trip to Europe in the hope of convincing his classmate Michelle Jones (Zendaya) to go out with him. Under pressure from Nick Fury (Jackson), he helps the mysterious Mysterio (Gyllenhaal) in the struggle against destructive Elementals.

The drama, bombast, and chaos of Endgame has been dropped in favour of a smaller-scale adventure and more – but slightly contrived – light-heartedness. The young actors who play Peter Parker’s classmates and the older actors who play their slow-witted teachers have trouble dealing with the excessive quantities of mediocre jokes. Perhaps it would take talent like Robert Downey Jr.’s to turn them into compelling cinema. The alternation between school scenes and fights against strange creatures actually made us miss Harry Potter.

Spidey’s Euro trip is by no means desperately boring, but neither is it ever as straightforwardly fun as the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In keeping with the MCU’s annoying tradition, you have to wait until the credits for the revelation that we are still a long way from home.

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