In a post-Endgame world, many are wondering just which direction the Marvel Cinematic Universe is headed.
And now, thanks to some early reactions to Spider-Man: Far From Home, the 23rd movie in the multi-billion dollar superhero series, we've got a bit of a steer.
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Though reviews are still under a strict embargo, screenings for the Homecoming sequel happened in the US last night, and the buzz is already building.
And it's encouragingly positive.
Many are simply head over heels for Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio, while an emotional performance from Tom Holland as Peter Parker – who has just lost his mentor in Tony Stark – is coming in for heavy praise too.
Oh, and apparently, there’s a post-credits scene for the ages...
#SpiderManFarFromHome is the coda we needed after Endgame, a glimpse of how the world looks now that the dust has settled. Could maybe have gone a bit harder on P's emotional arc, but bursting with warmth and humor and awkward teen romance. 💕 Also: Jake G = perfect casting.— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) June 19, 2019
And obviously with Mysterio involved, there are some pretty bizarre scenes. Honestly I always kind of assumed a Mysterio movie wasn’t really possible, but Jon Watts and company pulled it off.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) June 19, 2019
A reaction tweet: #SpiderManFarFromHome is wonderful. It’s funny and clever and filled with smart twists. (It also made me have incredibly visceral memories of class trips of yore.) I didn’t leave the theater sad! I am not worried about superheroes’ emotional states! Zendaya!!— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) June 19, 2019
#SpiderMan #FarFromHome is an absolute home run. It’s SO much fun. It’s huge in itself and for the future of the MCU in the most surprising ways. Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, just a lethal, awesome combo!!— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) June 19, 2019
I cannot wait to see this movie again. And again. pic.twitter.com/0hYJvKkdjN
#Spiderman #FarFromHome is SUCH a good movie! Jake Gyllenhaal suits up & completely embraces his role in its entirety & he’s clearly having a blast. This is such a refreshing film after the heaviness of #EndGame. The post-credit scenes are a MUST WATCH & will blow your dang mind! pic.twitter.com/wcTh9iHaYq— Maude Garrett (@maudegarrett) June 19, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home made me smile from start to finish. Its got huge reveals and exciting set pieces but the way it builds off Endgame to to dive deeper into Peter’s emotions is really what make it soar. Mysterio also rules. I can’t wait to see it again. pic.twitter.com/FvP3B53MOX— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) June 19, 2019
Director Jon Watts is back on board following great work on Spider-Man: Homecoming, with Samuel L. Jackson stepping in to the father figure role as Nick Fury.
Zendaya is back as MJ and Jacob Batalon as Ned, alongside Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and J.B. Smoove as Mr Dell, Peter's teacher and chaperone on his college trip to Europe.
Here’s the synopsis: Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man™: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man™: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighbourhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation.
However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!
Spider-Man: Far From Home lands in the UK on 2 July.