So far, a stunning seven villains have been associated with Spider-Man: Far From Home. They range from major characters such as Mysterio and the Vulture, to surprising rumors that the film could introduce the MCU versions of Hydro-Man and the Molten Man.
Marvel is still attempting to keep the post-Avengers 4 movies under wraps, and as a result we still don't know much about the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. In fact, surprisingly few details have been confirmed; all we really know that it's set "moments after" Avengers 4, it sees Peter and his school friends head off on a "summer vacation" across Europe, and Spider-Man will team up with Nick Fury and Maria Hill. Even the film's main villains haven't been confirmed.
As a result, we have more rumors about the movie than we have facts. That's particularly the case when it comes to the bad guys, 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.
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. Most viewers have taken Mysterio's involvement to be a sure thing, and indeed have assumed that Gyllenhaal has accepted the role; however, the truth is that we haven't had official confirmation The only thing that's certain is that Gyllenhaal was spotted in London in July, not far from where Spider-Man: Far From Home was filming at the time. If Gyllenhaal really is the main villain in Spider-Man: Far From Home, that would be 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 July, 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 is confirmed to include Nick Fury, Marvel's premiere 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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- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019