Spider-Man: Far From Home director, Jon Watts, has shared some adorably cringe-worthy yearbook shots for Peter Parker and his classmates to celebrate the film's theatrical release. One the the biggest draws of Spider-Man as a character has always been the tricky balance between Peter's regular life as a high-school pupil and his extra-curricular activities battling supervillains and saving the citizens of New Year City. This is especially true for Tom Holland's MCU iteration of the character, who still struggles with adolescent crushes and embarrassing family members, despite having helped prevent the destruction of the Universe only months prior.
It's within this juxtaposition that Spider-Man: Far From Home derives most of its humor. Even as Peter and his friends are enjoying a "science" trip across Europe, the tribulations of high school life are present and Peter's superhuman strength and high-tech suit are of no use to him that department. Spider-Man: Far From Home takes added pleasure in exploring how schoolkids have been impacted by "the blip" - the MCU's new name for the five year period where half of the population vanished - and the downright inconvenience Thanos' snap caused.
Marking the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Watts has posted a montage of in-character yearbook photos from the film's younger crop of characters. On the top row, there's Betty Brant (Angourie Rice), Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) and a student briefly used at the start of the film to explain how those who "blipped" came back at the same age. The bottom row features Holland's Peter Parker, Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori) and MJ (Zendaya).
The photos feature some wonderful comedic touches that hint towards each character's personality in the current Spider-Man movie series. Betty looks serious and earnest, while Ned comes across typically goofy. Peter's shot is by far the most awkward of the bunch, perfectly playing in to the superhero's romantic struggles in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and MJ is, as expected, the rebel of the group. However, it's Flash's yearbook entry that stands out most. Having clearly wielded his money and influence to replace a standard photo with a professional shot, Flash is trying far too hard to look sophisticated and is being a little too obvious about showing off his fancy watch.
These subtle character traits come to the fore in Spider-Man: Far From Home more readily than they did in 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and there's a sense that both the actors involved and Watts himself had a far better grasp of their individual characters this time around. No doubt Spider-Man: Far From Home merchandise is already flying off the shelves, but Disney might want to consider printing a full-length mock yearbook, featuring more cheesy photos, hilarious messages and people asking why Peter Parker keeps running out of classes.
Source: Jon Watts