Film Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

As the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be released after the shoot-the-works finale of the “Avengers” saga, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” gets to test-drive a crucial question of blockbuster culture, if not movie aesthetics: What does it feel like to watch a Marvel film in a post-Avengers world? Is there anything at stake left?

There has, on occasion, been something at stake in a Marvel movie (“Iron Man,” the first two “Captain America” films, “Black Panther,” fill in your quirky favorite), yet rarely does it have much to do with how the end of civilization looms up in these movies. It has to do with that mysterious, hard-to-bottle chemistry of audience and superhero — the flow of actor, character, mythology, and FX concept as they merge and navigate a universe of eye-widening hermetic excitement. On that score, “Far From Home” takes a quantum leap — or maybe just a spider swing — over the first Peter Parker film in the MCU, 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” (Many out there were fans; I was mixed.)

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