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Spider-Man: Far From Home opened to positive critical reception, audience adulation, and box office success. The second Spidey installment featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker was an emotionally stirring follow-up to Endgame, as it featured Parker grappling with the trauma following Infinity War and Endgame, and most importantly, the absence of father figure Tony Stark. However, in Marvel fashion, the movie retained its fair share of humor and action.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland Spider-Man: Far From Home
Jake Gyllenhaal (L) and Tom Holland arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures’ ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ at TCL Chinese Theatre | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Far From Home currently boasts a 90% critic score and a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, making the Spidey movie one of the best-reviewed MCU films to date. Critics hailed the film as “a breezily unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action,” stating that “Spider-Man: Far from Home stylishly sets the stage for the next era of the MCU.”   

With ticket sales soaring through the roof, and people still talking about this movie on social media, you would think it was a perfect foray into Parker’s post-Endgame existence. Not quite. While the movie is well-reviewed, many fans of a particular group found the movie quite slow, boring, and a bit uninspired. 

If you knew the twist, was ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ a waste of time? 

For those of you who have yet to see Spider-Man: Far From Home, spoilers to come.  Far From Home was a strong movie, yet, many agree that the first half sort of casually meandered around, taking too long to get to the climax that many knew was destined to occur. 

The first hour of the film focuses on the woes tied to highschool, yet it takes center stage in a movie about superheroes, which many felt was out of place. In an online discussion about Spider-Man: Far From Home, fans argue that the film didn’t become captivating until Mysterio was revealed as the bad guy. One fan stated:

…the first hour is hard to get through. Way too much of the high-school clique twattery that worked well as the background in Homecoming, but really shouldn’t be given centre stage as it does here, and the elementals are (really!) just pretty special effects. It gets much better when Gyllenhal gets to be the bad guy; the Mysterio mindscrew sequence is stunningly good, and incredibly reminiscent of the 60s comics, and Holland gets to remind us of why he’s such a good choice for Spidey.

But that first half is painful. THE MCU really can’t do sequels with returning writer/director teams without letting them get stupidly indulgent.

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Many viewers chimed in to concur with the above statement. In short, they noted that if you were a comic book aficionado, you were merely waiting for this twist, as a truly “good” Mysterio seemed utterly implausible. Or, if you happened to discover Mysterio turned out to be the bad guy beforehand, the movie became a bit torturous to watch. One MCU fan noted:

It’s an OK movie but it’s really a one-trick pony. If you happen to know the plot before watching it, it becomes a bit of a chore to sit through. The entire movie pretty much builds towards the twist in the mid-credits, and if you’ve already read about that, there is not much going on plotwise. The script is surprisingly weak.

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While Spider-Man: Far From Home built to an epic climax and a shocking mid-credits scene, getting to those moments was a bit of a hassle for certain viewers.