And so begins the next phase of the MCU project. Director Jon Watts returns along with stars Tom Holland (The Impossible) and Zendaya (The Greatest Showman) who are this time joined by Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch).
I actually enjoyed Spider-Man Homecoming as it balanced the high school fun with the large scale superhero stuff. It had a great father/son dynamic between Peter Parker and Tony Stark. However, this sequel has the tricky task of picking up from the events of Endgame.
The movie does start with some very strange decisions and cuts that really made me worry for the rest of the film. Once it gets going there is quite a nice setup for how the world is now and the high school comedy is again well handled. Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal really carry the film with their acting and chemistry.
As always, its difficult to give a detailed review of these films due to the need to avoid spoilers. However, I felt the film went rapidly downhill following the big twist. As with most of the MCU entries, there seems to be a combination of technology that can do (and be invented at will) anything and superhero’s who are almost indestructible. This means that there is a real lack of danger and I find the CGI battles just become really boring.
As usual I have to state that I am aware that I am not the audience for this and the fans will probably love it. It is funny and action packed. I do, however, think Marvel will have real difficulty filling the holes left by Endgame going forwards.
Should you go and see it: Yes, if your a fanboy/girl or just want a big dumb blockbuster. Also you have to stay right to the end of the credits.
Rating: 6/10, Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal deserved a better film. Marvel need to dial back the convenient tech.