Following the events of Marvel's cinematic epic, 'Avengers: Endgame', 'Far from Home' provides us with a nice epilogue to this series, after its final chapter. It sets some things up for what's to come, it's provides us with a nice breather after such an epic event, and Stark is able to pass the torch to Spidey as Marvel's cinematic poster boy.
Taking place after "The Snap", which had much of Peter Parker's (Tom Holland) high school fade away for a full five years (although to anyone who got dusted, it felt more like five minutes), Parker is getting ready for a school trip. After everything that went down between 'Infinity War' and 'Endgame', he's ready to take it easy, and head to Venice, Italy with his best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon), love interest whom he plans to romance, MJ (Zendaya), and of course, Flash Thomspon (Tony Revolori). The trip is headed by comic relief teachers, Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr) and Mr. Dell (JB Smoove).
While the trip is happening, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) frantically tries to get a hold of Peter for a mission. Feeling out of his element, Peter "ghosts" Fury for a bit, until he's caught "ghosting" in Venice. He's then brought in to work alongside newcomer, Quentin Beck, a.k.a "Mysterio" (Jake Gyllenhaal) to try to put a stop what are apparently interdimensional elementals before they destroy the world. After the events of the past two films, we're told that an interdimensional portal opened, making Quentin a newfound superhero who came out of it, along with these elementals. However, if we know anything about Mysterio from comics or TV in the past, it's that he's not to be trusted, as a master trickster. As far as that goes, I won't get too deep into it, but it gets interesting.
Anyway, Peter is more or less pulled from his vacation, hanging out with his best friend and trying to charm MJ to do some Avengers work, which provides us with a further look into how an average teenager might handle the responsibilities of being an Avenger. He's there to do his job, but expressively doesn't wanna be there doing it as opposed to taking it easy. But as we all know by now, "with great power comes great responsibility".
The film serves as a sort of pivot point for the MCU. It marks the very end of everything we've seen since May of 2008 - a long time for anything to keep going unless it's 80's horror. There's a couple of good stingers here, and both of them open up a whole bunch of possibilities for what's to come for the MCU.
It's my understanding that things are to split into "cosmic" (Captain Marvel, Guardians, Thor) and "urban" (Spidey, Doctor Strange, Blade) storylines. I believe Spider-Man is to more or less head the urban story while Captain Marvel does the cosmic side of things, giving us our new (spoiler alert but not really, at this point) Iron Man and Captain America for what's to come. I very much look forward to whatever else is gonna be coming out of the MCU over the next span of ten years. Marvel has already announced a few intriguing titles for the first few.
Once again, I can't help but admire this incarnation of Spider-Man. He's by far the Peter Parker I've always wanted to see, combining perfectly with the Spider-Man I've always wanted to see (as far as character). The catch is that they needed to do something new with him, while keeping everything we know and love about him in there, but subtly. To me, Stark becoming Parker's mentor makes perfect sense for this particular incarnation. Tony was always the mastermind scientist among them, Parker's brilliant, but he's still a teenager, so Stark makes all his suits, gizmos and gadgets for him. I'm only speaking for myself here, but it's juts a bit more exciting for him to have a super-intelligent suit as opposed to just something with web shooters. Stark's inventions also give way to the idea that Spidey can have a variety of suits, and not just his ever-popular blue and red.
Anyway, much like with 'Homecoming', I came out of this loving it, thinking they are making all the right moves with this series within a series. There's even one particular move this makes with one of its stingers that one might not see coming from a mile away. Someone comes back, and someone comes back in a way that just might make you cheer a bit. Not a major character, but no one can play this character quite like this guy. Curious? Get over to the theater and check it out!
MID-CREDIT SCENE: J. Jonah Jameson (once again played by J.K. Smmons) is revealed on a big screen, revealing the identity of Spider-Man as Peter Parker to the city of New York.
POST-CREDIT SCENE: Nick Fury and Mariah Hill are revealed to be Talos and Soren (Skrulls from 'Captain Marvel') in disguise, taking orders from the real Fury, seen commanding a Skrull ship.