Spider-Man: Far From Home – What To Know Before Watching
Avengers: Endgame may have wrapped up a lot of Marvel Cinematic Universe plot threads, but it’s Spider-Man: Far From Home that’ll bring an end to Phase 3 of this superhero franchise. For the full list of Marvel Movies after Endgame check out our list here.
Although the Web-Slinger popped up in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, it’s been two years since his last solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming came out. Now Spidey is all on his own and we’re here to hype you up before the movie comes out!
Peter isn’t your “friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man” anymore. He’s on a school trip to Europe and is fighting international crime. That isn’t that exciting news though, we can’t have the same story just set in a different location. This isn’t the Taken franchise.
Spider-Man: Far From Home first introduces the multiverse into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The concept has been alive long and well in the comics and the TV series but this would be the first time it’s been addressed on the silver screen.
In the trailer above we see Jake Gyllenhaal playing Quentin Beck from Earth 833. For reference, the main MCU movies take place on Earth 616.
Just a little introduction to the multiverse if you’re not a comic book reader and you’ve never watched any of the DC TV shows. The multiverse is a collection of alternate universes that resemble each other with one slight difference. For example on Earth-65 there isn’t a Spider-Man, there’s Spider-Gwen. On Earth-652149 the heroes of Earth fell to a zombie plague. They pretty much ate the rest of humanity and then each other. It’s pretty gruesome but if you like that stuff you should definitely check out the comic.
But back to Quentin Beck aka Mysterio. It looks like he’s playing a good guy in the trailer but comic book readers know that he’s one of Spider-Man‘s oldest arch-enemies.
The story of Quentin is that he was a Hollywood stuntman and FX technician who becomes disillusioned with the industry. So he decides to put his skills to good use as a supervillain instead. He first appears in 1964’s The Amazing Spider-Man #13 in a story called “The Menace Of Mysterio”. Much like our fleeting glimpse of Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, Beck introduces himself as a hero. After framing Spidey for a spate of robberies – Mysterio vows to take down the webslinger on behalf of New York City. It’s not long before he’s revealed as the real villain, though, kickstarting a long-running conflict between the two. Basically, Mysterio is not one to be trusted.
So the Jake Gyllenhaal Mysterio appears to be a kind of Thor and Iron Man hybrid. But the Mysterio of the comic books doesn’t really have any super powers. His stage combat training makes him a skilled fighter, while his background in special effects and illusions helped him to engineer an innovative (and natty looking) super-suit, concealing tech such as holographic projectors, sonar tracking and hallucinogenic chemical weapons. Oh, and he does a mean sideline hypnosis, too.
I’m not really trusting this nice-guy act of Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Mysterio. Someone from a parallel Earth, working with S.H.I.E.L.D. to deal with weird elemental menaces? Yeah right, it’s probably a front.