Geekville Radio #238: Spider-Man Far From Home Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home review

The final film in Marvel Phase Three was not Avengers: Endgame, but Spider-Man: Far From Home. It firmly established, in case there were any doubts, that people affected by The Snap did get a five year age difference. Plus, it featured the big screen debut of Mysterio, one of Spider-Man’s longest-tenured villains.


One thing I noticed when reading preview pages was the number of sites that didn’t seem to know the background on Mysterio. I’m not going to say names because I don’t want to hurt any feelings, but I would see websites speculate “Could this Mysterio be a hero?”. Anybody familiar with Mysterio in the comics knows that masquerading as a hero is what he does. Jake Gyllenhaal takes on a rare villain role but does play the “man out of place” facade very well.

As for the rest of the cast, all the major characters return. A few are recast due to the age differences caused by Thanos’s Snap, now called “The Blip” for the masses. The setting is eight months later, with Peter adjusting to life without Tony Stark.

A major plot point involved Peter being given special glasses worn by Tony in Endgame which had the latest JARVIS/FRIDAY type AI, EDITH (Even In Death I’m The Hero). This leads to a comedy segment where Peter accidentally sends death drones after a classmate.

Naturally, Peter, still unsure of his abilities, is hesitant to step up as a go-to guy for the Avengers. He willingly hands over EDITH, and thus all of Stark Technologies, to Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, who uses them to wreak havoc in Italy. Why Tony Stark of all people wouldn’t have a failsafe on such a dangerous piece of technology is not explained. But that’s low on the list of questions in a world where half the population has to deal with losing five years of their lives.

Perhaps the biggest news coming out of the latest MCU offering wasn’t even in the movie itself but in the now signature post-credits scene. In it, we find that Nick Fury and Maria Hill are actually being impersonated by Jonas, the skrulls from Captain Marvel. Meanwhile, the real Fury is on board a skrull spaceship somewhere else in the cosmos.


We speculated in our analysis of the final trailer that Mysterio not only was up to his usual trick of passing off as a hero but that he may be lying about coming from another world. Both turned out to be the case, as Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck harbored a deep hatred of Tony Stark for taking his tech, as depicted in Captain America: Civil War. Another one of his henchmen was the guy yelled at by Obadiah Stane for not being as good as Stark in the original Iron Man. Like Vulture in Homecoming, Beck’s team resented Stark and SHIELD for kicking them to the curb.

That brings us to one of the more puzzling elements of the last trailer. In it, Fury states that “The Snap” opened portals to other worlds. This line was not spoken during the film. The only mention of another Earth was during Beck’s introduction in the first act.

So why was this line cut? Was it simply for plot simplicity? Or was it a red herring to throw the audience off? After all, even if Beck was a fraud, a link to another universe would be a heckuva plot point to leave open. Especially since the epilogue showed that neither Fury nor Hill trusted Beck in the first place, even if it was their skrull doppelgangers.

Another piece of news concerning cut footage is the lack of Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes/Vulture. While he did not appear in the trailers, he was credited on the film’s IMDB page. Ditto for Michael Mando’s Mac Gargan/Scorpion. The presence of these villains wasn’t crucial, but it would have been nice to catch a glimpse of them. After all, the natural progression would be to have some form of The Sinister Six in an upcoming movie. The villainous group would be half accounted for, assuming Beck’s death was a ruse. They even have a common cause: Hatred of Stark Industries, SHIELD, and Spider-Man.


Overall, Far From Home delivered on every major expectation. We got a faithful depiction of Mysterio as a villain who masquerades as a hero. We got further development in Peter’s relationship with MJ. We even got J Jonah Jameson, the biggest thorn in Spider-Man’s side, reprised by JK Simmons to boot!

The only thing that could be seen as a disappointment was in the soundtrack. Not the music by Michael Giacchino, that was top notch as usual. But we’ve now had our second Spider-Man movie with a Ramones song in it, and not the Ramones cover of the Spider-Man theme from the 90s.

2020 will see the dawn on Marvel’s Phase Four, and there are plenty of possibilities where things will go. Our next episode of Geekville Radio will dive into what we know and don’t know about Phase Four.

Examining The Spider-Man Far From Home Trailer

Geekville Radio #233: Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer

Sony released a second trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, which gives a little more of the story. That means it’s time to examine every frame of it so we can lay out what everything means and then get mad if it turns out to be something different.

So queue up the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer and follow along!

From Bubble Boy to Supervillain. Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio
Is this a rib on Holland given his alleged history of leaking spoilers?
A very sad looking Peter
A tribute to Iron Man, presumably in the same scene
Looks like Happy Hogan is now Peter’s father figure
I’m not crying, you’re crying
Spidey busting some well armed criminals
The Iron Spider costume makes another appearance
Spidey evading gunfire
The classic costume is back!
“You don’t ghost Nick Fury!” Plus, an added Absorbing Man reference
So did MJ get snapped?
Ned can’t catch a break sometimes. By the way, in the comics Ned Leeds is Hobgoblin
Nick Fury returns
Spidey en route to a secret lair
Fury and Hill already know Mysterio
Earth Elemental? Or Absorbing Man?
Will Maria Hill be around more often?
Water Elemental? Or Hydro Man?
Stealth Suit Spider-Man?
Since he can’t use F-Bombs, will “Bitch, please!” be Fury’s catchphrase?
Fire Elemental? Or Molten Man?
Mysterio flying and fighting
Looks like Mysterio is packing a huge punch, assuming it’s not a trick.
Peter and Mysterio having a serious talk
Sooo, if it’s obvious that Peter is Spider-Man, why is MJ the only one that figured it out?
Perhaps the Elementals are combining?
At last, THE FISHBOWL Helmet!
Look! Up in the sky! …Oops! Wrong franchise…
Paging Captain Planet!
Somebody’s bound to make a “London Bridge” joke
Perhaps foreshadowing Mysterio’s villainous ways?
Where’s the fishbowl?
Tony’s Nanotech Glasses?
A city decimated
Is this before, after or during the destruction in the previous pic?
More Stark Tech for Spidey?
Fury giving a stern talking to the “Black Ops” Spidey
Iron Man Memorial
Fire Elemental? Or Holocaust?
Combat Suit Spidey swinging to safety
It’s just not a Marvel film without some well placed comedy

Did we miss anything? Any other ideas? What did you think of this trailer?