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Spider-Man: Far from Home

There are worse ways to spend two hours than watching Spider-Man save the world again. At the very least, Spider-Man: Far From Home provides precisely the sort of eye-popping escapism that’s endemic to summer movies. We enter the latest chapter in the Marvel-verse as Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and his adolescent peers (including Jacob Batalon as a sassy/wise sidekick and Zendaya as Peter’s love interest MJ) are preparing for a transoceanic class trip, a setup that provides plenty of opportunities for the most spectacularly scenic devastation this side of the Notre Dame fire. Director Jon Watts checks all the boxes: tons of stuff blows up and monsters made of towering infernos and Poseidon-worthy water spouts threaten our teen hero. There’s a twist involving Mysterio (Jake Gyllanhaal) that’s entertaining even though you’ll totally see it coming. There’s a grand finale smackdown when evil is trounced, but not completely enough to rule out a sequel. The best part of Far From Home is Samuel L. Jackson, whose Nick Fury single-handedly elevates the movie from a C to a B+. And for those mourning the loss of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Avengers: Endgame, know that he is not wholly gone and neither are his special superpower spectacles.



  • Jon Watts


  • Tom Holland
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Zendaya
  • Cobie Smulders
  • Jon Favreau
  • J.B. Smoove
  • Jacob Batalon
  • Martin Starr
  • Tony Revolori
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Angourie Rice
  • Numan Acar
  • Remy Hii


  • Chris McKenna
  • Erik Sommers
  • Stan Lee
  • Steve Ditko


  • Amy Pascal
  • Avi Arad
  • David Minkowski
  • Eric Hauserman Carroll
  • Kevin Feige
  • Louis D'Esposito
  • Matt Tolmach
  • Matthew Stillman
  • Stan Lee
  • Thomas M. Hammel
  • Victoria Alonso

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