Tom Holland, almost overnight, became one of Hollywood’s true stars. That’s what happens when you take a really talented actor and put him in an absolutely iconic role. It’s an equation that’s going to lead to massive success when all of the stars align. Such is the case with Holland since taking over the Spicer-Man role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe just five years ago (feels longer doesn’t it?). Now, one of his best movies as the character is crushing it on Netflix. That’s right, Spider-Man: Far From Home is ranked sixth globally on the streaming platform.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is the second solo movie in the franchise for Tom Holland and was the fifth movie in which he donned the web-slinging suit. The movie was released and also takes place just months after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Peter Parker is back in school with his friends, trying to live that teenager life that, so far, has basically eluded him. He’s fresh off helping to save the world and the entire universe so getting back into the basic flow of teenager-dom isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
What makes it even harder (and being a teenager is hard enough) is that school is back in session for the students who had disappeared in the Thanos snap five years prior. Tom Holland as Peter Parker was included in this group which is why the character hasn’t aged at all even with the protracted timeline. Nevertheless, school is back in session with Parker and his classmates on a European trip. It’s here that trouble continues to follow Parker/ Spider-Man and he encounters a new threat to both his long-term future as a superhero as well as his identity. It’s a perfect follow-up film for the character, beginning to reset some of his story after the events at the end of Avengers.
Spider-Man: Far From Home was technically the end of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Three. Though it mostly stands on its own as a film, bringing in certain legacy characters but little else, it caps off the Phase without being strictly tied to the previous events other than the timeline. Some of this is because while part of Marvel, it was still distributed by Sony Pictures because they technically controlled the individual movie rights to the character. That deal has hit its sunset and Tom Holland is fully over at Marvel now, but this film did represent something of a different entity.
Like most movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this Spider-Man: Far From Home completely crushed it at the box office. On its $160 million budget, it earned $1.13 billion in ticket sales, ranking it fifth among the eleven movies that came out during this phase. In fact, Tom Holland was in four of the five top earners during this stretch. Not a bad run.
And critically, Spider-Man: Far From Home was a complete success as well. It’s sitting at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes though surprisingly is a bit lower at 69 on Metacritic. Critics agreed that the story was a step forward for the character in terms of growth and most thought that Tom Holland handled the additional pressure of the character really well. By the end of the movie, he’s forced into a crossroads decision that’s long been part of the Spider-Man legacy. And Holland was more than up to the task.
Though this movie technically ended Marvel’s Phase Three, it began to set up Tom Holland taking a much bigger role in the Marvel Universe as we begin to enter its Phase Four. Coming up he’ll star in Spider-Man: No Way Home. It isn’t lacking crazy buzz and speculation about what might go down in this film. There’s already been confirmation that villains from previous films and studios will be reprising their roles including Alfred Molina as Dr. Octopus and Jamie Foxx as Electro. But the big buzz is that both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will be coming back in the Spider-Man roles as well.
After his next movie, it’s a little unclear about Tom Holland and his future in the Marvel Universe. The actor hasn’t made any commitments beyond the next one. Before that, he’ll star in Uncharted which is slated to release in July. It will be a prequel to the popular video game story. But in the meantime, check out Tom Holland again crushing it in the role that’s made him famous.