Who Is Mysterio? Spider-Man: Far From Home's Villain Explained

Spider-Man Far From Home Mysterio Explained

Despite being a major character in the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mysterio's powers and origins are as mysterious as his name to the uninitiated. Unlike his fellow rogues Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, the character has been featured sparingly in media outside of the realm of comics. There's also a web of secrecy surrounding the latest Spider-Man movie, so we still know very little about Mysterio's first big-screen incarnation.

The rumors regarding which characters would appear in Far From Home ran fast and furious while the movie was shooting, and Marvel Studios and Sony were reluctant to let any details out. Even the fact that Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders would be appearing in their recurring roles as Nick Fury and Maria Hill was kept a closely guarded secret. There were also so many villains (Mysterio among them) rumored to be a part of the film that at one point it was speculated that Far From Home might be an origin story movie for The Sinister Six - one of the first supervillain teams in comic book history and the first dedicated to the destruction of a single superhero.

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There is no small irony that all of this subterfuge should be built up around a character like Mysterio, who depends on such confusion in committing his crimes. It is also no wonder that many fans now find themselves as turned around as the heroes Mysterio contends with regarding what has and hasn't been confirmed about Spider-Man's most mystifying foe. What follows should cut through the illusions and lead the lost back to reality.

Jake Gyllenhaal Will Play Mysterio In Spider-Man: Far From Home

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler

While it has been known for some time that actor Jake Gyllenhaal had been cast in Far From Home, precisely who he was playing was kept secret while the film was shooting. Most of the rumors suggested that Mysterio was slated to be the main villain of the movie and it was speculated this was the role Gyllenhaal had been cast in. It was not until one eagle-eyed fan took video footage of Gyllenhaal wearing what seemed to be the classic Mysterio armor that the filmmakers finally confirmed that Gyllenhaal would be playing the classic Spider-Man villain.

This marks Gyllenhaal's return to the big-budget blockbuster scene for the first time since 2010's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Recently the actor has been focused on dark thrillers like Nocturnal Animals and Nightcrawler, serious dramas like Everest and Stronger, and unique oddities like Netflix's Okja and upcoming release Velvet Buzzsaw.

Mysterio In The Spider-Man Comics

Mysterio in Amazing Spider-Man 13

Mysterio first appeared in June 1964 in Amazing Spider-Man #13. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the costumed criminal was eventually revealed to be Quentin Beck - a former movie stuntman, actor and special effects designer, who turned to crime after becoming convinced there was no future for him in Hollywood. Though he doesn't have any actual superpowers, Mysterio is a brilliant illusionist and played the part of a true wizard to the public, seemingly teleporting to and fro in a dramatic puff of smoke. Luckily for Beck, he was as gifted a chemist as he was a conjurer and he was able to back his stagecraft up with a number of impressive achievements, such as a special smoke that could negate Spider-Man's Spider-Sense.

Later, Mysterio would join with fellow villains Electro, The Vulture, Kraven The Hunter, The Sandman and Doctor Octopus to form the first incarnation of the Sinister Six in a bid to destroy Spider-Man through sheer strength of numbers. Mysterio would go on to join other incarnations of the team over the years and tried to take on Spider-Man several times as a solo act. Beck's plans ranged from the surprisingly subtle - such as when he posed as a psychiatrist and attempted to trick Spider-Man into revealing his secret identity  - to showy spectacles, such as when he hypnotized Spider-Man into thinking he'd be shrunk to a height of six inches while on live television. The one constant in Beck's dramatic schemes was that he always overplayed his hand while trying to prove his cleverness.

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Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
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