7 (Spoiler-Free) Things Everyone Should Know About ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

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(l to r) Numan Acar, Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME

Note: There are no spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home in this article, beyond what has already been shown, referenced, or very clearly hinted at in trailers, ads, and merchandise. There ARE spoilers for many of the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, particularly Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame , out of necessity.

1. How’s Tom Holland as Spidey?

If he hadn’t already, Tom Holland has now firmly established himself as the platinum standard for playing live-action Spider-Man—and, not incidentally, playing Peter Parker. He slips seamlessly from fighting bad guys to trying to overcome his awkwardness and tell M.J. how he feels about her, to trying to figure out what his place is in a world without Tony Stark. And the movie is directed well enough that you can easily forget that when you see Spidey swinging around and fighting and webbing things, you’re seeing either CGI or a stunt double, and not Holland.

2. What about the plot?

It’s a bit formulaic in a slightly twisty way, and it has at least one serious plot hole, but it’s good enough. It has twists, but if you’re at all familiar with the comic books from which it gets its source material, you won’t be very surprised. The “far from home” part of the film—that Peter and the other kids are on a class trip to Europe—works pretty well, and much of it was obviously filmed on location. There’s plenty of comedy, from Happy dating Aunt May to the neurotic teachers chaperoning the trip. And the plot actually hinges on the special effects, which are outstanding.

3. What movies do I have to see before Spider-Man: Far From Home

Of the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, the ones you absolutely should see before this one are Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Captain Marvel. Of course, those Avengers films have prerequisites of their own, too.

4. Do they deal with the significant questions left by Avengers: Endgame?

They do, and right away. It’s still quite a coincidence that all of the core characters from Peter’s class were “blipped,” but at least they make it very clear that the event had enormous consequences for everyone, blipped or not.

5. What about those core characters?

The other members of Peter’s class that you’ll remember from Spider-Man: Homecoming are all given a fair bit of screen time. They’re not exactly the most three-dimensional characters you could want, but they’re necessary to the plot even if only to provide someone for Peter to protect/rescue. Ned is great comic relief, and has a subplot of his own with Betty; and you’ll find yourself actually feeling sorry for Flash Thompson.

6. Is there a mid-credits or post-credits scene, and if so, are they important?

Yes, yes, and yes. Spider-Man: Far From Home has mid-credits and post-credits scenes, and you should see both of them. The first one is vitally important to Spider-Man’s ongoing story, and the second has possible consequences for every future MCU movie.

7. When is a good time for a restroom break?

The plot is fairly uncomplicated, so I think you’re probably to take a break almost whenever you feel the need: you’ll see most of the really important scenes coming, and you’ll know not to go then.

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