Volume Eight, Issue Nineteen!
“The Mysterio Multiverse”
We’ve got a new look at Spider-Man: Far From Home in the latest trailer, but one of the biggest revelations isn’t just how the MCU has moved on from the heroic sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. No, it’s the fact that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck (aka Mysterio) is apparently from an alternate Earth. According to the exposition from Nick Fury, Thanos’ “snap”, or one of the other ones, caused a few portals to open in the MCU, causing Beck and the Elemental creatures he and Spidey will fight to arrive on our Earth. It’s an interesting spin to the Mysterio character, and could pave the way for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to make their way into the MCU proper.
If it were true.
The thing about this “reveal” is that I don’t buy it. Mysterio’s entire gimmick as a villain is that he’s a “Master of Illusions”, which means that it’s probably (definitely) likely that this reveal is really just a bait and switch to try and make Quentin Beck appear more heroic. Hell, I’ll even go one further and bet that not only are those elemental creatures a product of Mysterio’s illusions, Nick Fury probably is too. It’s most likely Marvel’s way of playing off the Adrian Toomes being the father of Peter Parker’s date in Homecoming, albeit a little easier to see coming because A) you did that in the previous movie, and B) it’s friggin’ Mysterio we’re talking about here.
However, it is possible that this reveal in the trailer is legit. In the comics, Mysterio was the first character to make contact with the Ultimate Marvel universe, and even ran around causing havoc in that universe as a different version of the character. It’s certainly possible that Marvel Studios has decided to throw in the whole “alternate reality” aspect of the comics. After all of their successes, would you really think that they’d be afraid of trying this out? But at the same time, I don’t see them going that route, especially when they’ve made it a point to make everything so connected, even the stuff that doesn’t really connect to the MCU, like the Netflix shows. Only time will tell if Quentin Beck’s claims of a multiverse ring true or not.
At the very least though, he’s got the fishbowl helmet, which rules!