Two years ago, Marvel Studios released the coda to the Infinity War Saga with Spider-Man: Far from Home, the second solo Spider-Man movie in collaboration with Sony Pictures which brought us a closure to the events of Avengers: Endgame. This was the highest grossing Spider-Man feature of all time, and a post credit scene that hinted at the now confirmed Secret Invasion story line coming soon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the MCU's cinematic output forced into a hiatus by the Covid19 pandemic, fans have had a lot of time to take in and reflect on the movie and were happy to share some of those thoughts on social media on its 2nd anniversary.
One thing that cannot be denied is that Spider-Man: Far From Home rode in on the coat-tails of Avengers: Endgame, and it didn't matter what Marvel put out following the biggest movie event of a generation, that subsequent release was always going to benefit from arriving when Marvel fever running so high. As it was, Spider-Man: Far From Home didn't just do well, it became the first Spider-Man movie in history to bring in over $1 billion at the box office.
"GOAT Spidey movie," said one comment. This sentiment was mirrored by the vast majority of those commemorating the movie's release date. Another user added, "One of the best Spidey movies. I love it so damn much and that illusion sequence..." and the love continued with, "Loved it. It was full of ridiculous moments that were reminiscent of the Raimi movies, and I couldn't get enough."
However, there are many fans out there, and it is never possible to please everyone. While most were happy to celebrate the date, there were others who were cursing its very existence in the world. "Hot take: Marvel really messed up Spider-Man here. Homecoming was okay, but I feel they really dropped the ball with this movie," said one, with a second adding, "This is quiet possibly the most overrated Marvel film and easily the most overrated Spider-Man". A third user pondered, "I wonder if Jake Gylenhall's back hurts after carrying this entire movie."
More curious were those who somehow couldn't seem to decide where they really stand when it comes to the love/hate world of the MCU's Spider-Man. One user commented, "Easily my least favorite Spider-Man film and one of the worst MCU films to date. Obviously I know I'm in the minority on that, but all film is subjective. Still ridiculously excited for No Way Home though!" Go figure.
However divided some opinions are, like many of the MCU movies there are two parts to the telling. There is a standalone movie and there is the continuing narrative and tease of what is to come all wrapped up in one story. There are some who want to sit through a Marvel movie watching for the easter eggs and portents of some future projects, and there are those who want an airtight story that they don't need to know the history of the MCU to enjoy. Whatever the opinion, Spider-Man: Far From Home did a good job closing out Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and setting up both a cliffhanger ending to lead into Spider-Man: No Way Home, and a tease of Secret Invasion and proved that even after the epic defeat of Thanos and the culmination of the Infinity War Saga, there are plenty of people who can't wait to see where the story goes next.