The trailer clearly features the MCU iteration of Hydro-Man. In the comics, Morris Bench was a crewman on the cargo ship U.S.S. Bulldog who was accidentally knocked overseas by Spider-Man (the wall-crawler was battling Namor at the time). Bench was exposed to a powerful experimental generator while in the sea, and his body was transformed into a form of living water. Blaming Spider-Man for his fate, Hydro-Man sought vengeance. He's been a constant thorn in the web slinger's hide ever since, even working as a member of the Green Goblin's Sinister Twelve on one occasion. Spider-Man: Far From Home appears to have reinvented Hydro-Man as one of the four mindless, destructive Elementals - and, understandably, the creature strikes in Venice.
12. Peter Fighting Without The Suit
Peter is unable to stand by as this Elemental force wreaks havoc in Venice, and tries to intervene - only to get blasted back by jets of water. The fact he's out of costume helps to give a sense of the structure of Spider-Man: Homecoming; it suggests that Hydro-Man is the first of the Elementals Peter encounters, and that he initially takes action even though he doesn't have a suit. This may explain how Nick Fury works out Spider-Man's secret identity; he notes a kid with Spider-Man-like super-powers, realizes the wall-crawler hasn't been spotted in New York for a few days, and puts two and two together.
11. Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio
The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer gives a first look at Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. A classic Spider-Man foe created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1964, Mysterio was a stuntman and special effects artist who decided he'd never gain the fame he deserved - and so got involved in the world of superheroes and supervillains. The costume is very true indeed to the comics - notice the patterning on the bodysuit and the style of the gauntlets - but this is definitely the coolest Mysterio has ever looked.
10. Mysterio's Powers
Just what are Mysterio's powers in the MCU? In the comics, the self-styled magician uses advanced technology to simulate superhuman abilities, and it's possible that's what he's doing in the trailer as well. At the very least, Mysterio appears able to teleport in clouds of green smoke, and can project powerful energy blasts of some kind with a similar green hue. He's also clearly able to negate gravity.
More recent comics have established that Mysterio does indeed have some sort of mystical abilities, however - he even forged a deal with Marvel's version of the Devil, Mephisto, on one occasion. A couple of scenes possibly hint that the MCU has kept this idea, with arcane symbols flaring in the air that are reminiscent of the effects of Doctor Strange's spells. Of course, it's always possible the maniac saw footage of Doctor Strange from the battle against the Black Order in Avengers: Infinity War and decided to imitate them.
9. Mysterio As A Hero?!?
The plot of Spider-Man: Far From Home appears to be lifted straight from Mysterio's origin story, back in Amazing Spider-Man #13. In that comic, Mysterio originally presented himself as a hero rather than as a villain; in fact, he went on to frame Spider-Man as a bad guy, and earned acclaim as the city's champion when he took down the wall-crawler. Unfortunately for Mysterio, he was unable to resist bragging when he crossed paths with Spider-Man again - and Peter got him on tape. In the MCU, it seems likely Mysterio is really the one behind these monstrous Elemental attacks, and he's staging "victories" in battle against them in order to win fame.
8. Mysterio's Fishbowl Helmet
Mysterio's design really is comic-book-accurate - right down to his infamous "fishbowl" helmet. In the comics, Mysterio's helmet was inspired by the eye-pieces in Spider-Man's mask; he can see out, but nobody can see in. The MCU version is a little more spectacular, though, making the helmet look a little bit more like a crystal ball rather than a fishbowl. It will be amusing to see how the movie justifies Mysterio's bizarre fashion choice, which has been roundly mocked in every medium he's appeared in to date.
- 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