Zendaya refuses Shuri probably With great power!

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It is understandable that a teenager saddled with superpowers will be reluctant about using them. But we thought MCU’s Peter already had that development (and then some). He dealt with the question in Homecoming, went to space in Infinity War, fought the most powerful man in the universe, fought him and his minions again in Endgame. We’d think that would be enough for a teenager to evolve. While there was no mention of the iconic “With great power, must also come — great responsibility” and its variants, the essence of that line mattered in the film. It should not have, after all Peter has seen, and it was annoying.

The trouble with a cinematic universe is that it becomes harder and harder to explain why this and that superhero cannot be in a standalone movie. There are probably 2 dozen superheroes in the MCU now. When Peter asked “Fury”, he was like Thor was offworld, Captain Marvel was unavailable and so on. What about Shuri? She has all the Wakandan tech at her disposal and probably would have seen through Mysterio’s illusions. Some suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy a standalone MCU movie now.

Some of the scenes in Spider-Man: Far From Home felt like they went on for longer than they should have. I cannot talk specifically since that would spoil some of the plot points, but it felt like some comparatively unimportant scenes were given more time than they deserved.

This sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming offers a soft launchpad for the next “phase” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, tying up loose ends in the wake of Avengers: Endgame. As an antidote to that film’s heaviness, Far from Home operates in teen movie mode, sending 16-year-old Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man (Tom Holland), on a school trip around Europe, where his only mission is to tell MJ (Zendaya) how he feels about her. Even the film’s villain (a manic-comic Jake Gyllenhaal) is grounded in reality.