Everything You Need to Know About Mysterio

Everything you need to know about Mysterio, the puzzling new character at the center of 'Spider-Man: Far From Home.'

Spider Man: Far From Home

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Spider Man: Far From Home

While we’ve seen many classic Spider-Man villains on the screen (Green Goblin, Venom, or Doctor Octopus might ring a bell), longtime comic fans have been patiently waiting for one in particular to rear his dome-shaped head. Often thought to be too silly a character to be adapted from page to film, Mysterio (played by former Spider-Man contender Jake Gyllenhaal) will finally make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest Spider-Man movie, Far From Home, in theaters July 2nd. But just who is he?

Quentin Beck—or Mysterio, as he’d come to be called—was created and introduced by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1964’s The Amazing Spider-Man #13. Beck’s story begins in Hollywood of all places, where he’s a triple threat: stuntman, magician, and special effects artist. (Think of him as Gob Bluth, but evil). A jack of all trades but master of none, Beck’s career stalls and he decides his skillset might be used more effectively elsewhere.

After studying Spider-Man and deeming him a worthy fall guy, Beck leans on his movie chops to artificially replicate the hero’s abilities, including a nylon spray for webs and suction cups for wall-scaling. In full Spidey costume, Beck initially poses as Spider-Man to frame him for a series of robberies. He then lures Spider-Man into a trap atop the Brooklyn Bridge, besting him and positioning his alter ego, Mysterio, as the city’s newest hero. Of course, Spider-Man eventually gets the drop on Beck, defeating and humiliating the villain in the process.

Beck, doing business as Mysterio, proves to be somewhat of an admirable foe, as his suit has all kinds of tricks illusions designed to counter Spider-Man specifically. His now-infamous fishbowl helmet contains a sonar device that disrupts Peter’s Spider-Sense; his gauntlets are filled with a special fluid that dissolves webbing; the bottom of his boots shoot smoke for distraction or cover and are also spring-loaded so he can mimic Spidey’s acrobatic feats.

Spider-Man and Mysterio

Beck would eventually go on to become one of the founding members of the Sinister Six, the villainous supergroup formed by Doctor Octopus to take down Spider-Man. Despite the combined powers of Beck, Doc Ock, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, and Vulture, Spider-Man ultimately proves victorious. Beck floats in and out of Spider-Man’s life, joining a new Sinister Six, taking on Daredevil (more on that in a bit), faking his own death, and various other comic book shenanigans--but the key takeaway is that sleight of hand and obfuscation are the name of the game for Mysterio. When he appears to be telling the truth, he rarely is.

In his MCU debut, Mysterio appears to have been lovingly adapted, big ol’ fishbowl head and all, as he looks to team up with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker abroad. While Into the Spider-Verse fans got understandably excited about a Far From Home clip that made mention of the multiverse, we’re not sure yet if Beck’s bluffing or telling the truth. Regardless, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out his true purpose. To hold you over until then, check out some of our favorite Mysterio comics listed below.

Mysterio, Marvel Comics

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