While Tom Holland indulges in his usual penchant for dropping clanging spoilers, we're rounding up some (spoiler-free) reactions to his new movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Holland is back as Peter Parker in the closing chapter of phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Picking up where Avengers: Endgame left off, the story this time sends Peter and his school-friends on a vacation to Europe, where he's intercepted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Spidey's new mission: to work with Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), who hails from the 'multiverse', to battle the deadly Elementals, ancient beings that are rampaging across the continent.
With its globe-trotting nature and expansion of Marvel mythology, this is poised to be a funny and thrilling adventure that anticipates future MCU developments to come. We've eight days to go until the release of the new Spider-Man movie, and critics are upbeat, beginning with this from Den of Geek UK.
So, #SpiderManFarFromHome, then... Full review coming next week, but in short, it's a perfect palette cleanser after #AvengersEngame – funny, inventive and a great Spidey adventure in its own right. Oh, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio... pic.twitter.com/qtAwfoBmc8— Den Of Geek UK (@denofgeek) June 20, 2019
You'll note the reference to Jake Gyllenhaal there – he's a running theme throughout most of the responses, critics such as People's Kara Warner citing him as a valuable addition to the movie.
#SpiderManFarFromHome! What a fun, solid sequel. Tom Holland so incredibly charming, will watch him in any/all things. Jake Gyllenhaal gets way more to do than expected, clearly had a ball doing it. Also still loving Zendaya's MJ.— Kara Warner (@karawarner) June 19, 2019
Uproxx's Mike Ryan lauds the movie for its smooth extension of the post-Endgame storyline.
Absolutely loved SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. I’m a huge Mysterio fan and Gyllenhaal nails him. Also the movie is very clever (and funny) how it handles the fallout post ENDGAME in explaining how this world works now.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) June 19, 2019
Screencrush.com's Matt Singer says movie is a triumph of more intimate, character-driven stakes.
#SpiderManFarFromHome had the difficult task of following two epic Avengers movies AND Spider-Verse and succeeds by telling a smaller, classical story about Peter Parker caught between what he wants and what responsibility demands. Pure cat(spider)nip for Spidey fans like me. pic.twitter.com/G2a4p6YhAr— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) June 19, 2019
And New York critic Edward Douglas says the movie is a test of Tom Holland's star-power in the wake of Endgame – something he passes with flying colours.
I really liked Spider-Man: Far From Home for reasons you can read in my review next week but I'm convinced that Tom Holland's Spider-Man can carry the MCU post-Downey and Evans. Whomever hired him and @jnwtts should get a nice raise!— Edward Douglas (@EDouglasWW) June 19, 2019
Click here to book your tickets for Spider-Man: Far From Home and cast your own verdict when it's released on 2nd July.