A Marvel-ous Summer

Spider-Man: Far From Home —Opens July 2

By Britt Argo

Spider-Man: Far From Home is one of summer’s most anticipated movies! Beware a few spoilers ahead from previous Marvel movies if you have not yet watched.

What it’s about The Avengers action continues with Spider-Man: Far From Home opening July 2. It chronicles Peter Parker’s personal journey, how he returns to high school life and his friends after missing five years. And it shows how his superhero journey must go on after the loss of beloved mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Peter may be wearing the new high-tech, armored “Iron Man-Spidey Suit” (from Avengers: Endgame), but he is still reluctant to let go and step up to take Tony Stark’s place. Seeking Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) to console him, he decides to go back to school and try to return to his friends and a normal life. His school friends decide to take a European vacation, with Peter joining them, while ignoring a call from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). He and classmates visit beautiful locales (Venice/London). But his blissful vacation doesn’t last long, when Nick Fury tracks him down and enlists Spider-Man to help battle new threats to save a changed world.

In this adventure, Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) appears from another dimension — a multiverse. The Snap tore a hole in our dimension, and Beck was transplanted here along with other baddies that followed him, doing destruction. Beck and Fury enlist Spidey to help conquer them and return them back to their Earth in order to save ours.

Why you will love it — If you saw Spider-Man: Homecoming, it has that same lighthearted take. Peter (Tom Holland) is still a young, goofy high school kid now in love with friend MJ (Zendaya), hoping she will like him. His best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) is great comic relief as the sidekick. And he still gets no love from student rivals who roast him. We get more character development with a conflicted Peter still trying to balance his life with his secret Spidey identity. Unlike a Thor or Captain America, we are still seeing Spider-Man trying to fit in, find his way, discover his powers, and what he can do. He’s just a guy who wants to save his friends first — then the world.

Fans of Jon Favreau — get more Happy Hogan on-screen. From his early acting days with buddy Vince Vaughn (Swingers, Couples Retreat, The Break-Up) to his recent starring role in Chef, Favreau is super in everything he does. He has perfected the everyman, the sarcastic sidekick, the “I don’t want to be here, but I’ll do it anyway” guy. In the Iron Man films, Happy is the silent driver/assistant who would pop up only on occasion to help Tony Stark. But in Spider-Man: Far From Home — we get more. Happy finally gets a bigger role. Happy is broken too, suffering the loss of his friend Stark, but we see him step up as a mentor more than a sidekick for Peter.

Fans of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) get more too. We missed Fury and Hill in Avengers: Endgame (only reappearing at the end). Now they come out from behind the scenes to get their chance to assist and save the world.

Do you need to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Avengers: Endgame before seeing this one? Well — yes. Understanding what happened in the last two films will set you up for this new saga.

Britt Argo, an avid movie fan for 30 years, sees an average of 150 movies a year in movie theaters. She is the marketing coordinator at Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf5100 Commerce Parkway in Roswell. 770-518-0977.