Spider-Man

Spider-Man finds more adventure in the Marvel universe after “Avengers: Endgame.”

WARNING! “Avengers: Endgame” spoilers ahead!

When things start in July’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” film, the Avengers are over. Tony Stark is dead. Captain America is gone. There is no one left at the helm. Who will rise to take the mantle of Earth’s mightiest hero now that these other heroes are gone?

Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is Iron Man’s heir apparent. Stark was young Peter’s mentor, his idol and his friend, after all. But he is pulled between his desire for a normal, teenage existence and the enormous responsibility thrust upon him. In “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” Peter is forced to come to terms with his dilemma.

While on his class trip to Europe, an other-dimensional visitor named Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) recruits Peter’s help to battle elemental monsters that are trying to destroy the planet. But what Peter really wants is to enjoy a normal trip with MJ (portrayed by Zendaya), the girl he likes. In his own words, “What’s wrong with just being a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?”

But when the decision to leave the hero work to someone else leads to catastrophe, the words of Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben become quite prescient: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

“Far From Home” manages to balance Spider-Man’s iconic wit and teenage awkwardness with the large-scale action and dramatic plotline that have become the hallmarks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The characters are rich and exciting, and the special effects are absolutely incredible.

The one complaint I have about this movie is that there are a few lines that were awkwardly forced into the dialogue, whether to set up a punch line or to move the plot along. Other than that, though, the latest Spider-film is very enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

There are two important things to know before heading to the theater to watch “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” First, in case the spoiler alert didn’t clue you in, watch “Avengers: Endgame” before you watch this film. Second, there are two end credit scenes following the movie, and they are worth sitting through the credits for.

Zach Bethel is a 2019 graduate of Riverside Christian School.