“Spider-Man: Far From Home” will allow Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to take center stage in the MCU

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The first trailer for “Spider-Man: Far From Home” was released on Jan. 15, and since then speculation about the web-crawler’s next adventure has been rampant. This Spider-Man film will take place following the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” It will mark the end of Phase Three of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) and of the Infinity Saga.

 

Because “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is set to take place directly after the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” we can expect a lot of the fall out from it to be addressed in this film. One such event we’ve already seen snippets of in trailers is how Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will deal with the death of his mentor, Tony Stark, and how it will affect the MCU as a whole.

 

Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark had been the face of the MCU and now there is a sizeable hole that needs to be filled. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” will be vital in establishing Spider-Man as a stronger, more significant character capable of taking over as the face of the MCU. While Spider-Man has always been a fan favorite, Tom Holland’s character has mainly been portrayed as young, afraid and inexperienced in crossover films, which has been exasperating, to say the least.

 

In “Captain America: Civil War,” Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was first introduced on the big screen as he flashed his potential by stealing Captain America’s shield and showcasing his superhero abilities in the subsequent fight that followed. However, once he got whacked to the floor by giant Ant-Man Tony decided Peter should sit the rest of the battle out and although Parker initially wanted to continue fighting, he ultimately succumbed to Stark’s request.

 

The most recent instance in which Spider-Man was portrayed in this manner was in “Avengers: Endgame.” When all of the fallen Avengers returned following Hulk’s snap, each was briefly featured in scenes which allowed fans to appreciate their return. However, in Spider-Man’s featured scene during the fight against Thanos’ army, he is shown running away from them with the Infinity Gauntlet in tow. Again he is depicted as someone who is afraid and overwhelmed by his circumstances before being pleasantly surprised by Captain Marvel, who shows up just in time to save him.

 

Something I’m hoping to see in “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is a more empowered Spider-Man who is allowed to reach his full potential as a hero and help fill the void left by Iron Man’s death.

 

Something I am concerned about when it comes to this film is the budding relationship that has been teased in the trailers between Parker and M.J., who is played by Zendaya Coleman. While it is nostalgic to see Parker develop a relationship with someone who goes by the same initials as Mary Jane; I hope the writers don’t try too hard to force that love connection. When other films have tried to do this in action movies it often comes off as way too cheesy. Despite this, I have a feeling Marvel will be able to pull it off, mainly because of their ability to incorporate humor into their films. I’m hoping this will help in the characters’ transition from acquaintances to something more personal.

 

Another aspect of the film I am looking forward to is seeing is Jake Gyllenhall’s debut in the MCU as Mysterio. It will also be interesting to see how Director Jon Watts uses both Mysterio and The Elementals, a group of four humanoids who can control natural forces, who will also be making their MCU debut.

 

In the comics Mysterio is one of Spider-Man’s main antagonists and a master illusionist. Yet, in the trailers The Elementals, specifically Hydro-Man, are shown as the main villains while Mysterio is presented as an ally. This sets the stage for a potentially cruel plot twist in which Mysterio reveals himself to be the real big bad of the film.

 

Another element worth noting when discussing “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is that this film will be the final movie in Phase Three of the MCU. After the release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home” there won’t be another Marvel film for nearly a year. With this being said, I am very excited to see how Marvel decides to close out Phase Three and wrap everything up. There is no doubt in my mind that whatever they decide to do, it will leave fans itching for more.

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