While Marvel fans wait with bated breath for a full-length Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, we are itching to see what the new Spider-Man series’ take on iconic villain Mysterio will be.
Those of us who grew up reading the Spider-Man comics imagine Mysterio as a cross between Superman and an astronaut.
Sort of like this:
— Flickering Myth (@flickeringmyth) December 26, 2018
So, when a very fleeting image that appeared to be a preview of Jake Gyllenhaal’s upcoming portrayal of Mysterio surfaced online, it threw hardcore Marvel fans for a loop.
He doesn’t look anything like Mysterio.
— Daniel Richtman (@DanielRPK) December 25, 2018
— MCU News & Tweets (@MCU_Tweets) December 25, 2018
— The Nerd Rage Podcast (@TheNerdRagePod) December 27, 2018
He’s so…handsome. We were honestly expecting something more like this:
Spider-Man : Far From Home (2019) pic.twitter.com/cD5SnY2ttM
— Batman (@Batmancanseeyou) December 27, 2018
— Geek Vibes News 📰 (@GeekVibesNews) December 26, 2018
Or some fun combination of this:
— Zesty Movies (@zesty_movies) December 27, 2018
But he’s so…rugged.
Then Marvel fans got hit with some even more interesting information: Mysterio won’t be a villain in the new film at all, but rather a comrade of our friendly neighborhood awkward teenage Spider-Man, whom Tom Holland is coming back to play.
According to Cinema Blend, Gyllenhaal gave a short outline of the change:
“There are these threats to the world. Elementals. Elemental creatures. And Mysterio is someone who knows about them, and wants to make sure the world is safe from them. And Nick Fury asks him to come on and help, because he’s the only one who really sort of understands them in a way. And then he teams up with friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and unfortunately, he has to make him more than just friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.”
"First look at Mysterio" — "Via drawing" pic.twitter.com/jnx7FbTCrc
— Alex ✌️ (@AlexVelascoTASM) December 25, 2018
I really love this take on the character since those photos from the set surfaced. Excited to see Jake's performance.
— Dash | Road to Endgame (@PrattsRagnarok) December 25, 2018
Give me the fishbowl or we riot.
— Julian Sharabi (@juliansharabi) December 25, 2018
Great BUT…where is the trailer. pic.twitter.com/jDlpOie1NZ
— Binge-Watcher (@YourDisneyFan1) December 25, 2018
Someone get this guy a fish bowl helmet.
— VampyreNVRmore (@IsraelPena13) December 25, 2018
The original Quentin Beck (one of the many villains who took on the Mysterio mantle) was once a Hollywood special-effects professional and stuntman before deciding to give up his life on the big screen for a life of illusion-based crime. The all-too-familiar fishbowl helmet concealed his face while he pulled off his many evil deeds, often framing Spider-Man as the perpetrator.
Looks like Thor 😂
— Jelani Williams 🔱🌊 (@jelani82) December 25, 2018
‘Spidey’s new adversary’? But @Collider told me they were friends in this movie?!
— Sean G (@rantrantzz) December 25, 2018
PUT THE FISHBOWL HELMET ON HIM YOU COWARDS!
— Silver6kraid (@silver6kraid) December 26, 2018
The departure is actually what drew Gyllenhaal to the part in the first place:
“This character Mysterio, when they showed it to me, was so original. And the idea of who he is and why he’s there is so original and so special, I was like ‘Man, they did it again.’ I didn’t think [Sony and Marvel] could, and they do it every time.”
W E W A N T F I S H B O W L W E W A N T F I S H B O W L
— joe (@jedioncer) December 25, 2018
— The Shadow of Embers (@LordOmega9001) December 25, 2018
According to Marvel, Mysterio will, in fact, rock the fishbowl, but it will show off Jake Gyllenhaal’s face.
Meanwhile, Tom Holland is gonna blend into the night sky with his Spidey stealth look:
— Tom Holland News (@THollandNews) December 8, 2018
Spider-Man: Far From Home is due out in theaters July 5, 2019. Let’s hope we actually get a trailer sometime before then.
In the meantime, feel free to pick-up Spider-Man: Homecoming to watch again and again to get you hyped.