Everything you need to know about Mysterio, the new villain of Spider-Man: Far from Home


Everything you need to know about Mysterio, the new villain of Spider-Man: Far from Home

The story of Spider-Man is the story of his villains. Since Raimi’s film in 2002, Sony has adapted a long list of supercriminals with different success. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the bets are higher than ever, because the titular villain is none other than Mysterio.

Younger people probably do not know much about this villain because he is one of the oldest. His debut goes back to no less than 1964, at number 13 of The Amazing Spider-Man. We owe their creation to the imagination of Stan Lee and the cartoonist Steve Ditko.

Everything you need to know about Mysterio, the new villain of Spider-Man: Far from Home

Why do we say that the choice of Mysterio is a very high bet? The first reason is that he is one of the most kitsch villains the Spider-man has ever faced. His theatrical style and uniform, with gold armor parts, a green mesh, purple coat and a spherical helmet full of smoke is, at least, peculiar.

The set is so 60 that it was hard to imagine in a current movie, and yet there it is, fish tank included in the head. The influence of the MCU in the new films of Spider-Man is very noticeable, which is fortunate. Marvel was able to make Captain America’s uniform look ridiculous on the big screen, and now they have achieved the same with Mysterio. I suspect that if the art direction had been run by the same as The Amazing Spider-Man: Rise of Electro, the result would have been much worse.

A special effects expert

Everything you need to know about Mysterio, the new villain of Spider-Man: Far from Home

The second reason why Mysterio is a risky bet for the big screen is because as a supervillain it’s a bit of fraud. The main incarnation of Mysterio (and the one they have apparently chosen for the film) is Quentin Beck, a special effects magician who decides to invest his deception skills in starting a criminal career. In other words, he is a normal human being who supports his “superpowers” in the use of technological devices, drugs and gases to generate very convincing illusions and hallucinations. He is no expert in close combat, or in the use of weapons such as Hawkeye, and his creations are more geared toward manipulating the mind than causing physical damage like Iron Man’s armor.

As a result of this use of technology, Mysterio is an excellent manipulator who has been on the verge of driving Spider-Man or Daredevil crazy, but he has little to do when his plans are discovered, and he has ended up in jail more often than not. that probably proves worthy for a supervillain. In comics he has been defeated even by the Power Pack, which is literally a group of young children with superpowers.

Everything you need to know about Mysterio, the new villain of Spider-Man: Far from Home

Mysterio in the new Spider-Man movie

The trailer of Spider-Man: Far From Home shows a Mysterio to whom we are very unaccustomed. Not only does he seem to have the gift of teleporting, but he can fly and face a water elemental with enough ease, releasing green energy discharges from his hands and erecting shields of energy with floating runes very much like Dr. Strange.

None of these powers appears in the comics and, unless the elemental is the result of a full-scale illusion, it seems that the Mysterio embodied by Jake Gyllenhaal has received a remarkable update of his powers.

The origin of this update is truly intriguing. Is Mysterio a student of the mystical arts as Strange was in the elder’s academy? The greenish color of his abilities also suggests the presence of a powerful artifact, namely the stone of time, the green gem that Dr. Strange voluntarily yielded to Thanos.

All this is pure speculation, but is it possible that in Avengers: Endgame something happens with the infinity stones that ends up spreading its power across the Earth and generating accidents like the elementals seen in the trailer or Mysterio himself? Actually, it would not be so weird. Do not forget that the infinity stones have their own will. In the current line of Marvel comics (a saga entitled Infinity Wars ), the gem of time disappears and decides to stay to live in the body of an inmate awaiting execution on death row: Hector Bautista. As a result, the guest soon discovers that he can manipulate time as he pleases.

Everything you need to know about Mysterio, the new villain of Spider-Man: Far from Home

Mysterio and the elementals

As for Mysterio’s heroic attitude, do not wait long. In his debut, the character also starts selling himself to the public as a new superhero. It is precisely Spider-Man who reveals his criminal plans and that is the reason why Quentin Beck is obsessed with destroying the Spider-man. On his way, he will not lack allies. The vulture of Michael Keaton has his return assured after his success in Homecoming, and the rumors about a movie of the six sinister (a group of which Mysterio is a member) are increasingly strong.

Another factor to consider is the elementals that are seen in the film. The first images suggested that it could be Hydro-Man, Molten Man and Sandman. All of them are classic Spider-Man villains, though they have no history in common beyond the fact that they are all the product of scientific experiments that go horribly wrong.

Everything you need to know about Mysterio, the new villain of Spider-Man: Far from Home

The latest rumors suggest that what we see in the film are not these characters, but a group of immortal humanoids from the elemental planes: Hellfire, Hydron, Magnum and Zephyr. None of them is human and their background in the comics is purely magical. It would not be strange that it was Mysterio himself who brought them to Earth from other planes of existence to pose as a hero.