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Listen: The latest Spider-Man is much more than just a sequel

Superhero fatigue? What superhero fatigue? Marvel proves once again that you can’t go past a good ol’ web swing as Spider-Man: Far From Home dominates the box office.

 

 

A much needed rebound from the heavy-hearted Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home has stuck the landing as the final film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third phase.

The plot, in a nutshell, is that Peter Parker would like a holiday from the superhero gig. But, as is the moral of all Spider-Man stories, with great power comes great responsibility, and he is forced back into the fray to thwart evil and save lives.

It sounds like any other superhero sequel film, and yes, it is full of new suits and levelled-up powers, but Spider-Man: Far From Home is so much more than that.

After the overwhelming grandeur of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man takes us back to the streets and reminds us of the real-world consequences of all those epic battles. Rather than stagger us with the fate of the universe, Peter reminds us that, most importantly, we fight for the ones we love. And those fights might not always come in the shape of a big purple titan.

 

 

It might be misinformation. “People will believe anything these days,” says one character, reflecting our current age of “fake news” and setting up the idea that what you think you know, you don’t know, and all bets are off for the next phase of the MCU. The main plot twist nails this perfectly, the mid-credit and end-credit scenes even more so. Audible gasps and cries of, “What?!” will be heard in the cinema, and while several questions were answered during the film, the credit scenes will raise twice as many.

So where is the MCU going in phase four? The rumour has been “cosmic” for a very long time…and it seems the secret is out *wink*.

Check out Spider-Man: Far From Home in cinemas now, and The Nerd Reserve podcast full spoiler review at the link below.

 

 

The Nerd Reserve

The Nerd Reserve podcast, hosted by Phil Logan and Victoria Cotman, is your nerd culture fix! Talking movies, TV shows, games, and comics. You can find them over on Apple Podcasts at: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/the-nerd-reserve/id1262715227

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