WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, in theaters now.
When Peter Parker joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, fans got to see Spider-Man on the big screen like they never thought they would. He wasn't just the star of his own solo films anymore, he was an Avenger. He interacted with Tony Stark and Captain America. He went into space. He fought Thanos. He carried the Infinity Gauntlet across a battlefield of aliens while swinging from Thor's hammer Mjolnir.
Peter Parker's been quite busy taking part in the MCU's biggest cosmic battles. But Spider-Man: Far From Home finally puts Peter back on firm ground, trying his best to be nothing but a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. And, as the film comes to a close, it delivers a scene fans have been waiting five movies to finally see unfold on the screen.
Yes, Far From Home finally shows us Spider-Man swinging across the MCU's New York City, and it's just as epic as we could have hoped.
From Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, going through both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, we've seen plenty of scenes featuring Spider-Man in action. But, perhaps most surprisingly, we've never actually seen him swinging in all his glory through the skyscrapers of New York as the one and only Spider-Man. Such scenes had become staples of directors Sam Raimi and Marc Webb's respective Spider-Man films, and the MCU seemed to have, perhaps consciously, avoided revisiting that specific well...
Without proper buildup, that is.
Sure, we've seen Spider-Man patrol the streets of Brooklyn a little bit in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and we saw him fight both Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw in the middle of New York in Avengers: Infinity War. But none of that even comes close to the closing minutes of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
When Spidey comes back from his trip across Europe, he finally swings across New York, flying through the old Stark Tower, running alongside skyscrapers, flipping in the air and even finding the time to snap a quick selfie. The appropriately amazing moment simply isn't thrown in -- it's actually a payoff to Peter's arc since Civil War. He's been slowly growing to become the Spider-Man we all know and, finally, at the end of Far From Home, he stands on his own as a superhero.
Spider-Man's epic patrol through New York is a moment that feels earned because it arrives as the conclusion to a story arc that's been unfolding for the past three years years. It isn't just meant to be a cool moment because "that's what Spider-Man does." It's a message that Peter Parker now, truly, is the one and only Spider-Man.
Now in theaters, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.