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Relaxed: Spider-Man: Far from Home

Jon Watts

With this year’s superhero epic Avengers: Endgame behind him, our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man returns to our screens and to regular(ish) high school life in New York. Returning director Jon Watts proved with Homecoming that he had a wonderful understanding of how to bring this classic character to life in new and exciting ways, and Far From Home looks set to be just as charming and fresh as the previous film.

"A colourful, fun and lively take on one of the most beloved superheroes of all time."

After having literally gone to space with the Avengers, Peter Parker is back on terra firma, making appearances at small charity events, swinging around Queens and generally being an awkward, nervy teenager. While months earlier he was trying to survive being trampled, stabbed or maimed by giant alien hordes, now he’s just trying to survive high school. On a much-deserved holiday with his school pals to Europe, however, Peter finds himself drawn back in to the hero life, battling sinister forces beyond anyone’s understanding, while being tailed by Avengers head honcho Nick Fury, who needs his help. Also joining the cast this time around is Jake Gyllenhaal as the enigmatic Mysterio, boasting a costume that looks ripped straight from the pages of the comic books.

Where this current iteration of Spider-Man succeeds is in highlighting that Peter Parker is very much still a teenager; vulnerable, endearingly dorky and completely out of his depth when it comes to this superhero business. Tom Holland is superb in the role, and with a delightful supporting cast, including Marisa Tomei as Peter’s Aunt May (now clued up on Spider-Man’s not-so-secret identity) and Jacob Batalon as scene-stealing best friend Ned, this is a colourful, fun and lively take on one of the most beloved superheroes of all time.