“Spider Man: Far From Home” is once again directed by Jon Watts, following 2017’s “Spider Man: Homecoming” and it’s the 23rd film in Marvel’s cinematic universe. Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Balaton, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Colbie Smulders & Samuel L. Jackson all return to their previous roles. Academy Award nominee, Jake Gyllenhaal joins the cast in this film along with comedian J.B. Smoove.

After the events of “Avengers: Endgame”, the Avengers have undid what Thanos has done in “Infinity War” and everything is back to normal. Well almost everything. Peter Parker (Holland) returns home but after his losing mentor and friend, Tony Stark, is lost for words & emotions not knowing how to continue being Spider Man. But still being a teenager, he still wants to enjoy his youth. While his school is going on field trip in Europe, Peter and his friends (Zendaya & Balaton) have a strange encounter with strange monster while in Rome. After being approached by Nick Fury (Jackson), and Maria Hill (Smulders), Parker’s hopes for a normal vacation is altered by this monster known as “Elementals” which are supposedly from an alternate universe. Another strange appearance is a man in Thor-like costume with Dr. Strange like powers and goes by the name Quentin Beck (Gyllenhaal) who then goes by “Mysterio”. As Parker & Beck, continue with these encounters, a bond begins grow but Peter questions this new bond after finds out incriminating info about these “Elementals”.

Coming off the events of “Infinity War” & “Endgame”, this movie really had a lot riding on it even after the success of the previous film. From a storyline stand point, you see the casualties of “Endgame” & the weight that Peter carries in the opening scenes of the movie. Holland’s performance continues to be amazing and only gets better with each Marvel film involving Spider Man. From “Civil War” to “Far From Home”, Holland really gives a great performance. Along with Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal also gives a great performance as Quentin Beck. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Following a great performance from Michael Keaton in the previous film, the villain is also good in the sequel. With the exception of a handful of performances including Gyllenhaal’s, Marvel’s movie villains have been mediocre at best but as they keep bringing in high caliber actors and actresses, the performances also get better. Gyllenhaal’s performance and character arch has similarities to Liam Neeson’s “Ra’s Al Ghul” in 2005’s “Batman Begins” just not as dark and grim. The story does come across as similar to the previous film. Much like Avengers 1 & 2, both movies having the same storyline, fluidity & ending makes it very predictable and cliche.

Overall, this movie had great lead performances, typical storyline but ultimately suffered from the sequel “bug” of being good but not as good or better than the first. Spider Man has been Marvel’s Champion in the world of comics and really coming into his own. Sam Raimi’s trilogy had 2 great movies (we won’t get in to Spider Man 3) and Marc Webb’s 2 films that were mediocre and had false advertising but now with Marvel making Spider Man movies they’ve been really knocking them out of the park.