One of the ways that the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man movies have distinguished themselves from the Web-Slinger’s previous cinematic outings is by using villains that haven’t been adapted for the big screen yet. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker tangled directly with Vulture and Shocker, and we were also treated to appearances from The Tinkerer and Mac Gargan (though the latter wasn’t in his Scorpion garb). For Spider-Man: Far From Home, it was originally believed Spidey would battle Mysterio, but it’s since been revealed that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck will actually aid the superhero. Now thanks to the newFar From Home trailer, I can’t help but wonder that rather than being a master of illusions like he is in the comics, the MCU’s Mysterio is a legitimate spell-caster.
In case you’re not familiar with Mysterio, the comic book version of Quentin Beck started out as a special effects expert and stuntman working in Hollywood, but when he realized he couldn’t progress further in his career, he turned to a life of crime. His special effects expertise, combined with his skills as a hypnotist, magician, chemist and inventor, quickly made him one of Spider-Man’s most formidable foes. He doesn’t measure up against Spider-Man in a direct physical fight, but his use of illusions, hallucinogenics and weird gadgets make him incredibly dangerous for not just Spidey, but frankly most Marvel heroes.