This isn’t a review of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, which is a fun superhero movie full of FX, action, teen romance and humour: this is a quick look at the ‘Elementals’ that feature in the movie.
These massive beings, supposedly from an alternate reality Earth (you find out their true nature later in the story) are pretty cool to look at.
There’s a brief teaser moment showing an Earth Elemental that appears in front of Nick Fury in Mexico…
…and then the first one we get a really good look at is a Water Elemental that attacks Venice. This flowing, fluid creature forms a roughly human shape and causes havoc in and around the Venetian canals.
The next Elemental we encounter is a burning, molten creature, which rampages around Prague, putting Peter Parker’s friends in jeopardy again.
The final one is a massive fusion of all Elementals (part lightning storm cloud, part water, part lava, etc) that rises from the River Thames and starts wrecking Tower Bridge.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is an enjoyable flick, with these Elemental set-pieces adding spectacle and excitement to the story. They also remind me a little of the kind of creatures drawn by Jack Kirby for Marvel’s pre-superhero monster comics.