Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) our friendly neighborhood Spiderman has been dealing with his understandable grief over Tony Stark’s death. He’s looking forward to going on a school science trip where he has concocted a plan to tell MJ (Zendaya) that he has feelings for her. He’s shown as teenager who is overwhelmed with all the pressure and just wants to go on vacation, even going as far as to repeatedly ignore Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) calls.
His school’s trip leads him to Venice, where Fury tracks him down and tranquilizes Ned because he badly needs to speak to Parker. After being interrupted multiple times, the duo end up in a remote base where Fury has set up shop. We see the familiar face of Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) as well as a newcomer; Mysterio aka Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) who we learn is a superhero from another Earth. Monsters who can control different elements and are called elementals have been attacking various locations on Earth and Fury has decided that Beck and Spiderman will team up to take down the final one; fire.
Throughout all of this, Peter is desperately trying to get the chance to be alone with MJ but he keeps getting pulled away to do superhero errands. United, Mysterio and Spiderman are able to take down the final elemental and this results in Fury inviting Beck and Parker to Berlin, to talk about creating a new team of superheroes. However, there is a catch. He needs to believe that Parker is ready to step up and be the hero the world needs, and not worry so much about his classes and his friends. Once again acting as the shoulder to cry on, Beck proposes that he and Peter go out to get a drink. It was during this scene that Peter gets the idea to give E.D.I.T.H to Beck, believing him to be better fit for the role of the next Iron Man. E.D.I.T.H (Even Dead, I’m The Hero) is a highly advanced AI system that is connected to everything that Stark controlled.
No less than five minutes after Beck is given the glasses and Peter leaves to go back to his class, it is revealed that Beck isn’t a superhero at all but is actually an ex-employee of Stark who held a grudge. With access to highly advanced projector drones, he was able to manifest these disasters and make them look realistic without having to do any actual heavy lifting. It’s a genius idea, but this reveals him to be the true villain of the movie. Peter himself isn’t too far behind with that discovery. With the help of MJ who actually deduces that he is Spiderman by showing him a piece of the debris from the fight, subsequently triggering it to unveil the projection.
Peter immediately goes to seek out Fury and tell him that Beck was not who he claimed to be, but he gets tricked by Mysterio through a series of projections and ends up being hit by a train. A train that he climbs into, badly wounded, and falls asleep on–which lands him in the Netherlands. Upon breaking out of a cell in the Netherlands, he calls Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) to come get him because he has to fix everything. On the plane, they have a heart to heart about why Tony chose Peter and why that was a good idea, despite what Peter himself thought. This all leads to the final battle between Mysterio’s team and Peter Parker, which ultimately ends with Mysterio trying to trick Peter once again. This time, by making it appear as though he were on the ground in front of Peter, handing him the E.D.I.T.H glasses back, but Peter sees through the ruse and manages to grab Beck right before he is able to shoot him in the head.
“You can’t trick me anymore.”Peter to Quentin Beck
All seems well, Peter and the rest of his class return to Newark and life goes on, with Peter telling MJ that he will see her later for what can be assumed to be a date. The credit scenes however, tell more of the story. The mid-credit scene starts out with Spiderman going to pick up MJ, and dropping her off. It continues by showing a giant screen in the middle of the square playing an edited video of Quentin Beck. What is he saying in the video? Oh just that Spiderman tried to kill everyone with drones and that his real name was Peter Parker. The post-credits scene reveals that Maria and Fury were actually the Skrulls that Captain Marvel helps in her solo film, and that the real Fury is actually on a “simulated” vacation off-world.
What does this mean? For one, it means that the world now knows Spiderman’s real identity and now think that he is an evil villain behind all the attacks. That means that the next movie in the franchise will presumably deal with this aftermath. With Spiderman no longer being part of the MCU, no one really knows what this means for the story. It definitely makes things complicated since such an integral part of Peter’s storyline is his connection to Tony Stark.
I’m really curious to see how Spiderman’s future movies pan out, especially now that Sony is solely in charge. MJ and Peter are together now, which means there is a lot of potential for cute moments in any upcoming films. I wonder how Peter’s secret identity no longer being a secret will affect their relationship, if it will at all. I do have to say though, that the scene where Peter has no idea what is real and what isn’t, was visually stunning. All the actors did a good job, but I think Tom Holland’s acting really shined through in this installment. The emotions he was able to display through his acting made the entire story all the more powerful for me. Overall, this was a very good addition to the Spiderman story we have come to know these last few years, but there’s really no telling where it is going from here.
If you saw the movie, be sure to let me know in the comments what you thought of it!