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Spider-Man: Far From Home

The romping follow-up to Avengers: Endgame — and bridge into the next phase of the MCU — is now in theaters.

Metacritic score: 69 nice

The first big story arc in the Marvel Cinematic Universe concluded with Avengers: Endgame, and so as its follow-up film — one meant to bridge audiences into the next big phase of the MC — Spider-Man: Far From Home bears a lot of responsibility. It has to tie up lingering questions about the events of Endgame (in particular, the aftermath of the “snap”) and set up what’s next as well as function as a stand-alone story for Spider-Man.

Thankfully, Far From Home is up to the job. Like its predecessor, Spider-Man: Homecoming, it works both as a superhero film and as a tale of teenage foibles and fun. Peter Parker / Spidey (Tom Holland) heads to Europe with a number of his classmates — including his crush, MJ (Zendaya) — for a carefree tour of major cities. And Peter can’t wait, because he needs a break from the responsibility of being chosen by Tony Stark to lead the Avengers in the future. But Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is looking for him, and has big plans for him, too. It’s a movie that seems — in more ways than one — keenly interested in the next generation.