Venice they just happen to be present when a huge, watery monster

Finally, during the post-credit scene, it is revealed that the Nicky Fury and Maria Hill on Earth are Skrulls in disguise. We see that the real Fury is actually in space on a station being run by the Skrulls. This is a big nod in two directions. First, it shows that Marvel is looking to move their universe to the stars, with Fury set to keep an eye on the galaxy instead of just the Earth now. Second, it sets up a potential Secret Invasion storyline. A one-liner from Fury/Skrull during the film also suggests that the Kree and Skrull war is far from over. This means we should expect Captain Marvel, The Eternals, and The Guardians of the Galaxy to steer the overall plot into the next chapter. Cheers, to phase 4!

The 23rd episode in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and already Tom Holland’s fifth outing as a juvenile Spidey, this doesn’t have the sting of Spider-Man: Homecoming and it’s obvious returning director Jon Watts isn’t nearly interested in Jake Gyllenhaal’s silly-looking, neon-armoured ‘Mysterio’ as he is in the plight of the cast of amiable (supposed) high schoolers.

Beginning with amusingly ironic use of that infamous Whitney Houston classic, we watch as Holland’s Peter Parker tries to deal with Spider-Man’s celebrity while keeping his identity as a 16-year-old kid a secret (and Holland, who recently turned 23, does look pretty youthful). The inconvenient reappearance of half of the world’s population at the climax of Endgame (now called ‘The Blip’) has led to global confusion, which is treated with a degree of light-heartedness quite at odds with the earlier film’s sombre tone, and this is tonally juggled rather nicely with Peter’s haunted guilt over – spoiler alert – the death of Tony Stark.

Peter and his pals are going on a multi-country European trip, something which surely these kids and their school couldn’t possibly afford, and when he and the gang are in Venice they just happen to be present when a huge, watery monster (an ‘Elemental’) emerges from the canals and proceeds to smash up a few tourist spots. Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio (as the Italian media call him) is on hand to fight the thing, and this leads to the no-spoilers-necessary revelation that he’s working closely with Nick Fury (the great Samuel L. Jackson, of course) and he’s also from another dimension, which prompts a quick gag to distance this from last year’s charming Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.