I understand not everyone was in love with Spider-Man: Far From Home, but I wasn’t one of them, I absolutely loved the movie and I think it is my favourite ever Spidey movie to this point. The whole way they did Mysterio was like something out the cartoon and comics series I grew up loving, and this version of Spider-Man in Tom Holland is also my favourite iteration of the character. Quick warning that SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home are in this article so be aware if for some strange reason you haven’t seen the movie yet.
In the movie Peter discovers both what it means to be a hero and have that responsibility, but he also has his world turned upside down in the end of the movie when his secret identity is revealed to the world by Quentin Beck aka Mysterio. Who knows at this point how this is going to affect Peter going forward into a third movie or wherever else he appears next? Jake Gyllenhaal has started to open up about the character and the movie, now that the mystery of it all has eased as the movie pushes towards the Billion Dollar mark worldwide. The veteran actor did an extensive interview with THR recently and one of the points he was asked was specifically about Beck revealing Peter’s identity to the rest of the world in that med-credit stinger.
“Well, I just love great endings that refer back to other great endings. The first movie [Homecoming] was great like that, too. I also love the end of Prisoners. I love those kind of cliffhanger moments. So often, we’re used to the same structure, particularly in very large movies, and it takes a lot of courage to leave on those kinds of cliffhangers. The way I look at it is twofold: Mysterio exists as someone to teach Peter Parker a lesson. In my opinion, there’s no use for just a straight-up bad guy unless there’s a lesson to be learned. And the lesson, particularly for Peter, is what is growing up for real. The truth of it is, if I go back to earlier work that I did, the thing that I love about adolescence — and was terrible about adolescence — is that as you grow up, the world becomes totally unclear. One of the things that I loved about doing Donnie Darko, when I was Tom’s age, was that it portrayed adolescence in a way that I had not experienced through most high school movies. The courage that the filmmakers had in Far From Home to say, “We’re gonna bring in a villain that’s going to turn Peter’s world upside down and force him to be who he actually is to the whole world. Nothing’s a secret anymore,” that was amazing. As an audience member, not as the person who played Mysterio, I believe in Peter Parker, and I believe in Spider-Man, his power and how strong he is. What Mysterio reveals will end up helping Peter, somewhere. He’ll learn from it, and those are the best characters. The characters who teach our heroes a lesson don’t always have to be like Obi-Wan.”
See, this is the aspect I am liking about the MCU approach to Spider-Man, they have started him so young that he’s still just a kid that has so much to learn about what being a hero is. In each movie so far Parker has learned some important lessons that are going to help him one day be a leader of the Avengers or at least a key member. I was worried about Spider-Man spending so much time away from NY City in the last movie, but it actually worked for me and the ending pretty much told us that this is where we see Spider-Man working from this point on.
I feel like now Marvel can look to tease Osborn, Doc Ock and others for the future, because Spider-Man shouldn’t fight his greatest enemies in his first two movies. For me Mysterio was the perfect villain to advance the character arc of Peter Parker and I can’t wait to see what long lasting effects this has for Parker in the next movie.
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