Tony Stark relive Thanos and encourage him to destroy the world!
The answer, as Spider-Man: Far From Home proves, is with the same considerable wit, boundless energy and tonal levity that made 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming such a joy. In its opening minutes, Far From Home establishes its post-Endgame world with a hilariously flippant extended gag sequence that doubles as a handy catch-up reel for those who skipped the second biggest box office hit of all time. (Spoilers follow, if you too are in that camp.)
The good news is that Thanos is dead and dusted. The bad news is that Tony Stark is dead too. And while the world is clamouring for Spider-Man to take up Iron Man’s mantle as lead Avenger, poor Peter Parker (Holland) really needs a break. Just as Iron Man 3 saw Stark haunted by his trip through the Chitauri wormhole in Avengers Assemble, Endgame’s endgame casts a shadow over Parker, now grieving his mentor’s untimely death and hoping to relinquish his super-suit for a little while – less a Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man-No-More than a Spider-Man-not-right-now.
An upcoming school trip across Europe is just the opportunity Parker needs to both put his heroism on hold and declare his feelings for the brilliant, beautiful, and slightly terrifying MJ (Zendaya) – hatching a romantic plan for the holiday involving the Eiffel Tower and her favourite flower, the black dahlia (“Like the murder”). Ned (Jacob Batalon), plans that he and his best bud will be “American bachelors in Europe”, bully Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori) has become a swaggering vlogger who broadcasts to his #flashmob, and teacher Mr Harrington (a consistently hilarious Martin Starr) is still one lost student away from a total breakdown.