The first wave of full reviews for Spider-Man: Far from Home have arrived online. This is set to be the last movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year and it has the unenviable job of having to serve as a follow-up to Avengers: Endgame. There's a lot riding on this one. So how did it do? If the early indication from Rotten Tomatoes is anything to go on, the MCU isn't going to skip a beat, as critics seem to, for the most part, love the latest spidey solo adventure.
As of this writing, with 54 reviews counted, Spider-Man: Far From Home has a 93 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. That puts it on very firm ground as it looks to capitalize on the Fourth of July weekend at the box office next week. It also should alleviate any concerns that fans might have had. It's extremely rare that any superhero movie approaches the hundred percent range, so a 93 is extremely solid. While that number is sure to fluctuate quite a bit leading up to the release date, this is more than enough to give a good idea of the general consensus.
So how does it stack up against the rest of the MCU? Currently, Ryan Coogler's 2018 blockbuster hit Black Panther is the top-rated movie in the series with a 97 percent approval rating. The movie went on to earn a Best Picture nominations and Marvel Studios' first ever Oscar wins. Just below that is Avengers: Endgame, which stands at 94 percent and is getting dangerously close to becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time. Then we get to Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is locked in a three-way tie with Thor: Ragnarok and Iron Man at 93 percent. That's not bad company to be in.
Spider-Man: Far From Home sees Peter Parker traveling overseas for a European vacation with his friends from school. Things get interrupted when a powerful new threat emerges and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calls Spider-Man in to help handle the situation. He's paired up with a newcomer hero named Quentin Beck (Jack Gyllenhaal), aka Mysterio, who claims to be from another version of Earth.
For what it's worth, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which served as Tom Holland's solo debut in the MCU as our Peter Parker, is at 92 percent. And for those who are simply curious, Thor: The Dark World is still at the bottom of the heap with a 66 percent approval rating. The question now is, will this early critical praise translate to box office success?
Director Jon Watts' follow-up to Homecoming is currently tracking for $150 million opening in its first six days of release. The movie is set to open in the middle of the week on July 2 to get a jump on the competition heading into the long weekend. That would, indeed, make it a big success, which is nothing new for this franchise at this point. To dive a bit deeper on what critics are saying, head on over to Rotten Tomatoes.