Meanwhile in the rest of the world, because of the “snap,” a quartet of large creatures have invaded the Earth leveling cities in its wake. These creatures traveled to Earth from another timeline accompanied by a soldier from that timeline named Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), who will soon be dubbed Mysterio. Beck teams up with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) to defeat the Elemental creatures. There’s only one hero available to help, and it’s the reluctant Spider-Man.
The problem facing Spider-Man is he just wants to be an average person, for at least the duration of his field trip. Fury, on the other hand, needs him to do his job as a hero. Did I forget to mention that Tony Stark passed on the keys to the Stark Industries kingdom to Peter? Isn’t this too much for a kid? Better yet, is a superhero allowed to have a normal life?
“The first act of the film is a less-than-stellar superhero team-up that builds to a less-than-stellar conclusion…”
The first act of the film is a less-than-stellar superhero team-up that builds to a less-than-stellar conclusion. But then, this is only the first act. In the second, we are delivered the superhero battle and intrigue we expect from the MCU. Thank God! Everything changes…and for the better! This is what you waited for.
I can’t say too much about the second half as its full of surprising reveals and spoilers. What I can say is Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic in this movie. I was skeptical about bringing in Mysterio as the potential antagonist (villain), and he exceeded my expectations. The FX-team transferred Mysterio’s powers from comic book page to the big screen beautifully. The Nick Fury/Happy Hogan rivalry is a joy to watch. The high school elements were light and fun, but I can see viewers growing tired of it. Better yet, this might be a good time to let the inner teen come out for two hours.
This movie has such a bad screenwriting job, even videogame adaptation did it better