If there was anyone who thought that “Avengers: Endgame” would be the end of Avengers movies, well ... that would just be silly. No one thought that.
Just in case, though, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has swung into theaters less than three months later, reminding viewers that superhero movies can still be fun even if there’s only one real hero in them.
Lightweight and entertaining, “Far From Home” could double as a teen comedy with cool special effects and fight scenes.
Taking place after the events of “Endgame,” this Spider-Man locks into the angst of Peter Parker, who feels the weight of the world upon him, while he really wants to deal with the typical problems of a 16-year-old.
Specifically, he wants to tell his crush, MJ (Zendaya) how he really feels about her on an upcoming school trip to Europe, and he doesn’t want to let anyone, not even Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), interfere with it.
Not even if Tony Stark himself has gifted him a pair of glasses that connect to the whole Iron Man arsenal of knowledge, technology and weaponry.
Once in Europe, duty calls and Spider-Man has to help battle giant elemental beings bent on destruction, with the help of a brand-new superhero, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a powerful being from another planet in an alternate dimension.
Gyllenhaal -- who once nearly replaced Tobey Maguire as the original Spider-Man -- is a complicated delight as Mysterio and quickly becomes a friend and mentor for the young web slinger.
Holland continues to be excellent in the title role, completely making us forget the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man, and the supporting players continue to be good.
Zendaya’s MJ is the coolest and smartest kid on the block. Best bud Ned (Jacob Batalon) has got himself a girlfriend, and Martin Starr (“Freaks and Geeks”) provides some comic relief as a bumbling teacher. Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan and Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May have some uneasily hilarious flirtatious moments.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” shows that the Marvel Cinematic Universe still has more to offer. Just make sure to hang around for the two post credits scenes, which both contain valuable info.
Rental Recommendation: Watch the young Gyllenhaal in the weird and wonderful cult classic “Donnie Darko.” Grade: A-minus
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Spider-Man: Far From Home
Starring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya
Rated: PG-13 (PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments)
Running time: 129 minutes