The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer released Tuesday, January 15, 2019, and fans everywhere rejoiced. Marvel fans knew the famous wall-crawler would be back after his last appearance in Avengers: Infinity Wars. With the trailer came many questions, some about the Avengers and others about the characters in the movie.
However, one question has been on a lot of people’s minds; who is Mysterio?
If you didn’t know, Mysterio is the man in the trailer that seems to be fighting off a man made of water (Hydro-Man?). He seems to be wielding power similar to Doctor Strange. His appearance was not surprising as Sony had already confirmed Jake Gyllenhaal to play the role. What is surprising is the fact that he seems to be fighting against a bad guy.
Now, if you don’t know much about Spider-Man and his gallery of rogues, Mysterio is one of Spidey’s oldest enemies. He has a special place in the list of villains on the wall-crawler’s roster, and it’s not hard to see why.
Mysterio’s real name is Quentin Beck, a stunt-man and special effects wizard from Hollywood. When he was younger, his uncle gave him an old movie camera, which ignited his passion for film making. Though Beck’s father never approved, Quentin went on to become successful in both his stunt-man and special effects design fields.
At one point, Beck felt as though he was not getting the recognition he deserved, even though he was the best special effects designer in Hollywood. He attempted to switch to acting, which was poorly received. Beck also did not have the patience for directing. With both of those careers out of the question, he began to see special effects as a dead-end job.
At one point, when venting to a friend, said friend joked that the only way to become famous nowadays is to become a superhero. Beck realized due to his knowledge of special-effects he could become an effective supervillain instead.
As funny as it sounds, that’s how Quentin Beck would become the illusionist Mysterio.
Mysterio is a meticulous villain. He plans things out accordingly so everything can go off without a hitch. When he decided to become a supervillain, he did not aim for anyone big such as Ironman or Captain America.
At the time, Spider-Man had just started. Beck decided to go after the Spidey due to his inexperience in the game. Beck prepared his plan by studying the wall-crawler for months. Due to his research, he was able to recreate Spider-Man’s costume, web shooters, and mechanically created the ability to stick to any surface. The only thing Beck could not emulate was the spider-sense.
Afterward, Beck dressed up as Spider-Man and robbed banks. He planned to frame Spidey for his crimes in hopes of eliminating the wall-crawler and becoming the hero by bringing him to justice.
After several bank robberies, Beck, now going by the moniker Mysterio attacked the unsuspecting hero. He supposedly defeated Spider-Man and boasted about his crime. Unbeknownst to him, Spidey was secretly recording the entire conversation. With this new evidence, Spider-Man was able to clear his name and Mysterio swore revenge.
Most Notorious Crimes
There’s a reason Mysterio is a well-known supervillain for Spider-Man. He was one of the first villains the wall-crawler faced and the illusionist has proved just how resourceful he can be.
The Sinister Six was a group of supervillains whose sole purpose was to eliminate Spider-Man. This group has disbanded and reformed many different times so various villains have been rotated in and out of this team. However, Mysterio was part of the original Sinister Six along with the Vulture, Dr. Octopus, Sandman, Kraven the Hunter, and Electro.
Their plan was not the best conceived one, they planned to take on Spidey one by one and tag in when a villain had been beaten down by the super-hero. It didn’t go so well, Spider-Man took them all down and sent them packing to prison.
Mysterio is known for his tactical and even psychological attacks. He’s methodical and patient. It shows when he impersonates a psychologist and attempted to convince Spider-Man that he had gone insane. It sounds strange when you read it or say it out loud, but Beck nearly succeeded. He tried to convince Peter Parker (after he found out Parker and Spider-Man were on in the same) that his part-time job as a superhero was driving the man insane and he should reveal his identity to everyone. Luckily, Parker was able to snap out of it and realized it was Mysterio behind the guise of his psychologist.
While Mysterio mostly interacted with Spider-Man he did set his sights on other heroes from time to time. The most notable encounter, however, was with the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
Mysterio made Daredevil’s life a living nightmare. The illusionist set up Foggy Nelson for murder convinced Daredevil’s former lover Karen Page that she had an STD, that Page had given birth to the Anti-Christ, and contracted Bullseye (a known mercenary) to kill Matt Murdock. Karen Page died protecting Murdock and their baby. Mysterio really displayed his intelligence and psychological tactics in this storyline. People tend to underestimate what this illusionist can do and that can be their fatal mistake.
Mysterio is one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes. Though his gimmick may seem cheesy and over-the-top, there is a reason that Spider-Man still takes him seriously when he faces this foe. Strategy and illusion are as second nature to Quentin Beck as breathing. With his introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have to wonder what is he really up to in Spider-Man: Far From Home.