Marvel Entertainment released the first look at Spider-Man: Far from Home on Tuesday. While it’s sure to excite many, the teaser didn’t provide audiences with much of an idea of what the story will be about.
I suppose the brief look at Mysterio, portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, would be considered the highlight; what a lot of people probably will discuss (or at least think about). Mysterio would seem to be the main villain, so getting a glimpse of him (an apparent faithful adaptation from the comic book—fishbowl head and all) would logically be one of the main attractions.
But apart from that, and some humorous moments, the teaser wasn’t great. It didn’t show what the conflict of the movie will be and it raised many questions.
Why are Peter Parker and his friends in Europe? Are they on vacation together? Is that a normal thing for high schoolers to do? (Spanish class trip? Yes. But vacation? Seems odd.) Why is Nick Fury following Parker? And why is he knocking out a teenager with a tranquilizer gun? Does anyone care that adults are recruiting the teenage Parker to be a child soldier?
Will Spider-Man battle Mysterio? Will Mysterio be an outright villain or, like Curly, a victim of circumstance? (Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.) What are the other creatures? Is one of them Hydro-Man (another Spider-Man villain)? Or are they illusions created by Mysterio? (Mysterio is an illusionist or movie special effects dude in the comic books.)
The questions the teaser aren’t a problem on their own. (After all, questions can encourage people to see a movie in order to find out the answers.) However, since the plot is difficult to discern, they didn’t serve the movie well in this case.
Overall, the teaser didn’t do much for me. But then again, I’m not the target audience.
Spider-Man: Far from Home is scheduled to open on July 5.