The most recent, finally Marvel-sanctioned set of Spider-Man movies featuring Tom Holland and Zendaya are just plain fun. Whether it’s Holland’s impeccable acting or the hilariously uncomfortable scenes reminding you of the awkwardness of high school, the newest Spider-Man series gives us a young, fresh take on the webbed superhero. The best Marvel movies are enjoyable to even non-superhero fans, and by that metric, Spider-Man: Far From Home may be one of their best.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (FFH) boasts an impressive cast, all of whom carry their weight. Holland (Peter Parker), Zendaya (Mary Jane), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), and Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan) all return from Spider-Man: Homecoming, while Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jake Gyllenhaal (Quentin Beck), and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) join them for the sequel.
While trying to enjoy a two-week class trip to Europe, high-school superhero Peter Parker is recruited by Nick Fury to help defeat the latest menace to humanity, the Elementals. At first, Parker respectfully declines, preferring to focus on his developing crush on MJ, but events of course intervene: Forced to get involved, he gradually finds out these deadly forces are not what they appear, leaving him with no choice but to join the fight.
Even if you’re not into the superhero action, there are plenty of sweet rom-com moments between Holland and Zendaya to go around. I found myself rooting for those two more than any battles between Spidey and evil supernatural forces. And while both actors themselves are five years removed from high school, I wholeheartedly bought into their innocent teenage characters, largely thanks to their incredible chemistry.
Due to Holland’s superb acting, audiences are painfully reminded just how young, awkward, and naive Peter Parker is — an element sorely missing from prior versions of the web-slinger. It’s his performance that gives these new Spider-Man films such a fresh, fun feel. And although Tobey Maguire will always hold a spot in my heart (sorry Andrew Garfield), I can confidently and easily say Tom Holland is my favorite Spider-Man.
The film also ends on one of the MCU’s biggest cliffhangers, so don’t forget to keep watching after the credits roll. Due to recent drama between Sony and Disney, the exact future of Holland’s Spider-Man was cloudier than Mysterio’s fishbowl head, but it’s been confirmed we will be getting one more Marvel-connected Spider-Man film. The fragile arrangement between the studios means we should enjoy this while it lasts!
Spider-Man: Far From Home is available now for a one-time purchase of $5.99 (available through January 15, 2020).
Other new movies now available this week:
100 Acres of Hell – October 15
3 From Hell – October 15
An Israeli Love Story – October 15
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable – October 15
Emanuel – October 15
Gothic Harvest – October 15
Harmonia – October 15
Making Montgomery Clift – October 15
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love – October 15
Princess Emmy – October 15
Satan’s Slaves – October 15
The Cat Rescuers – October 15
The Drone – October 15
The Noonday Witch – October 15
Ulysses & Mona – October 15
Black Spruce – October 17
Greener Grace – October 18