Spiderman’s taking his show on the road, 3.5 readers.
BQB here with a review.
I think the overall success of the new Spiderman franchise is that they dove us into the action without bogging us down with another origin story. By now, these superhero movies have been done to death so we know who they are and where they come from. We don’t need to see baby Superman crash on the farm again. We don’t need to see Batman’s parents get shot. We don’t need to see Spidey’s uncle get shot. We know.
By trusting the viewers know, the movies can delve into further action and that is what’s done here. Peter Parker is going on a summer class trip to Europe, hoping to get a break from saving the world and all the woe that comes with it. Alas, Nick Fury tracks him down and wants him to carve out some time from his sightseeing schedule to help Mysterio fight elementals – giant monsters made out of earth, wind, fire and other 1970s bands. Or were the 1960s? I think 70s. I don’t know.
The movie integrates itself into the post Avengers: Endgame well, but my fear is that (SPOILER ALERT) Endgame offed a lot of key characters, so where the whole franchise goes from here without them is uncertain.
If I go deeper, I’ll give the movie away but suffice to say, I think this incarnation of the web slinger is a model for others to follow. We don’t need the origin story anymore. Just dive in.