Spider-Man: Far From Home is introducing several villains into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some of whom have never appeared on the big screen before. They range from major characters such as Mysterio and the Vulture, to MCU incarnations of Hydro-Man and the Molten Man.
Marvel is still attempting to keep the post-Avengers: Endgame movies under wraps, and as a result a lot is being held back about the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. While a lot about the movie's actual plot is being kept secret, we know from the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer is that Peter Parker visits several European countries and is eventually recruited by Nick Fury.
From there, Peter Parker must battle multiple villains in Europe. With so many names featuring in the conversation that there have been concerns there'll be too many villains. Fortunately, it's highly unlikely all of these rumors will be true. For one thing, Marvel Studios has surely learned important lessons from previous over-stuffed Spider-Man films like Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Still, with that being said, let's take a look through the bad guys associated with Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Last updated: January 22, 2019
The first reports from Spider-Man: Far From Home revealed that Jake Gyllenhaal was in talks to play Mysterio, who was presented as the film's main villain. For a long time, it was never confirmed if Gyllenhaal was, indeed, in the movie and if he was playing Mysterio. Marvel and Sony opted to keep his involvement secret throughout production and only recently confirmed his role, which was fully revealed in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer. Gyllenhaal being the main villain in Spider-Man: Far From Home is suitably ironic given the actor was once nearly cast as Spider-Man; he was considered as a replacement for Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2.
Mysterio is a classic Spider-Man villain, a special effects whiz who dreamed of making it big in Hollywood. Always hungering for more, Quentin Beck decided that would only come if he successfully defeated one of the costumed superheroes whose exploits were always in the papers. He suited up as Mysterio, and has become one of Spider-Man's most enduring foes, a master of illusion who has even simulated alien invasions on occasion. It would certainly be appropriate for Mysterio to finally show up in a Spider-Man film; he was one of the villains Raimi intended to introduce in his plans for Spider-Man 4, along with the Vulture.
In 2018, it was reported that Numan Acar had joined the cast of Spider-Man: Far From Home as a character named "Dimitri." Comic book readers immediately suggested that he could be playing Dmitri Smerdyakov, better known as the Chameleon. Another classic Spider-Man foe, the Chameleon is a master of disguise who uses his skills for international espionage. He's crossed paths with Spider-Man many times, and on occasion has even kidnapped and replaced Peter Parker; fortunately for the wall-crawler, he never realized Peter's secret identity.
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So far, the evidence for the Chameleon's involvement in Spider-Man: Far From Home is pretty slim, going no further than Acar's character name. He would, however, potentially be a thematic fit; Spider-Man: Far From Home includes Nick Fury, Marvel's premier super-spy, and he and the Chameleon have clashed many times. The comics and animated shows have even included plots where Spider-Man saved Fury from an assassination attempt by the Chameleon.
Michael Keaton's Vulture was the highlight of Spider-Man: Homecoming, a blue-collar worker who fell into a life of crime because he believed the world had turned against him. There have been reports that Keaton will be reprising the role in Spider-Man: Far From Home, although they're yet to be officially confirmed. The relationship between Spider-Man and the Vulture is a fascinating one; Vulture knows the web-slinger's secret identity, but he also respects Peter for saving his daughter's life. As such, Vulture could even return as an ally rather than as an opponent.
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019