Viewed – 12 November 2019. Online rental
In the wake of the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is on a school trip in Europe when a series of elemental beasts begin to attack various cities. When a hero from another dimension appears to battle them, Parker feels obliged to offer his help, aided by new tech left to him by the (spoiler) late Tony Stark.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last few Spider-Man movies but do think Holland is perfectly cast. This time around he teams up with Jake Gylkenhaal‘s Mysterio, who proves a very interesting character even if an actor of his calibre is hardly ‘stretched’. Samuel L Jackson‘s Nick Fury is also a welcome return after his absence from other movies. The story is generally teen angst complicated by an inconvenient new threat, and the shadow of Tony Stark / Iron-Man looms once again which for me spoilt the last movie. However here at least Spidy gets to do his own thing and we are treated to some great set-pieces with some very imaginative moments revolving around Mysterio’s illusion powers.
At the end of the day this hardly breaks the mould for a Spider-Man or Marvel movie and lacks the depth of a Captain America or Avengers – but when it’s all this entertaining … does that really matter? Not ‘amazing’ then, but still the best Spidy outing in quite a while.
Verdict: 3.5 /5
I really have an issue with this film being more ‘Iron Boy’ than ‘Spider Man’ but that’s mostly down to my familiarity with the early comics run of the Ditko/Romita/Andru years and how totally not like that this new Spider Man is. Half the time I’m just pissed that the Spidey costume is just so wrong most of the time, whichever one he’s wearing.
I very much agree. However this effort is a bit more Spidy and less Iron Man. Yet its still not quite the Spidy I used to know.