Thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal's fantastic portrayal of Quentin Beck in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mysterio is now being considered one of the best villains in Marvel Cinematic Universe history. The latest Spidey solo adventure set Beck up as a inter-dimensional hero and potential new mentor for Peter Parker, but true fans suspected that the iconic master of illusions was up to something and Marvel didn't disappoint in giving us a big twist that revealed Mysterio to be the film's ultimate antagonist.
Comic book fans were initially skeptical about whether or not Mysterio and his classic fishbowl helmet could be brought to life in a believable way on the big screen, but the MCU totally pulled it off. We got to see an unforgettable fight between Spider-Man and the notorious Sinister Six member's illusions, and Beck turned Peter's life upside-down by revealing his secret identity to the world. There was so much to love about the film version of Mysterio, but there's actually quite a bit that the MCU changed from the source material. Here are 15 Surprising Details About Mysterio The MCU Got Wrong.
15 HE WAS ORIGINALLY A HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN
In Far From Home, Quentin Beck was a disgruntled former Stark Industries engineer who resented Tony Stark for failing to recognize the potential of his Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing prototype and hoped to replace Iron Man as Earth's most beloved superhero. In the comics, he was actually a former Hollywood stuntman and special effects wizard who used his expertise to commit crimes because he felt his talents were unappreciated in the film industry.
14 QUENTIN BECK PRETENDED TO BE SPIDER-MAN
In the MCU, Beck's career-starting scheme involved using illusions of Elemental super-villains to trick the world into thinking Mysterio was going to be their next Iron Man-level savior. In the comics, he simply donned some red and blue spandex and pretended to be Spider-Man. He closely observed Spidey to figure out how to duplicate his powers with special effects, and committed various crimes as the web-slinger.
13 MYSTERIO NEVER REALLY ASPIRED TO BE A HERO
In addition to wanting to tarnish Tony Stark's legacy, Far From Home's Mysterio hoped to replace Iron Man as the world's favorite and most infamous superhero. Mysterio did briefly pretend to be a hero in the comics by taking down the alleged criminal Spider-Man (who he'd been framing for weeks), but he never really hoped to stay a good guy for long. He was way too focused on becoming rich and famous to waste time actually helping people.
12 HE WAS THE ONE WHO TEAMED UP WITH TINKERER, NOT VULTURE
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Adrian Toomes teamed up with the Tinkerer to create weapons out of recycled Chitauri tech. If Marvel wanted to be more comic-accurate, they should have saved the Tinkerer for the sequel, since he worked with Mysterio—not Vulture.
Mysterio's comic book debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #2 saw the master of illusions being hired by the Tinkerer to disguise himself as an extraterrestrial and uncover military and industrial secrets.
11 HE FIGURED OUT HOW TO COUNTER SPIDEY'S POWERS
Spider-Man is one of the most powerful superheroes in all of Marvel comics, so it's hard to believe a mere special effects master could provide him with a true challenge. Mysterio has more than a few mere illusions up his sleeve, though!
His scientific expertise helped him develop a special fluid that dissolves Spidey's webbing. Beck has also created gases that lessen the usefulness of the wall-crawler's spider-sense, making his illusions far more effective.
10 MYSTERIO IS SKILLED IN HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT
When Spider-Man finally got within punching distance of Mysterio at the end of Far From Home, the battle was instantly won. Quentin Beck didn't bother even throwing a single punch Peter's way, and he fell to the ground defeated when Spidey saw through his final illusion and blocked his gunshot.
Defeating Mysterio isn't as easy in the comics, because he's actually trained in hand-to-hand combat thanks to his time as a Hollywood stuntman.
9 MYSTERIO WAS JAILED, NOT ELIMINATED
Even though Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of Mysterio has been widely praised by fans and critics alike, the villain fell prey to the same issue that ruins almost all of the MCU's antagonists—he perished at the end of his first film!
Mysterio is meant to be a recurring Spider-Man villain, and it's a real shame that Marvel seems to have written him off so easily. When Spidey defeated him in the comics, Beck was simply sent to jail and allowed to reappear and wreak havoc on and off for decades.
8 HIS ATTEMPT AT UNMASKING SPIDER-MAN FAILED
In the first post-credits scene for Far From Home, Mysterio used a doctored video to frame Spider-Man for the drone attacks on London and went on to reveal his secret identity to the entire world. He attempted to expose Spidey's biggest secret in the comics too, but he didn't see that same level of success.
Quentin Beck pretended to be a world-renowned psychiatrist and trick Spider-Man into unmasking, but J. Jonah Jameson barged into his house and stopped Peter at the perfect time. Ironically in the film, Jameson was the one who posted Mysterio's video.
7 BECK PASSED ON THE TITLE OF MYSTERIO TO AN ASSOCIATE
The film version of Quentin Beck was incredibly power-hungry, and actually threatened his associates to scare them into doing everything he asked. He initially praised them for their efforts in helping him accomplish his grand plan, but Beck quickly showed his true colors and tried getting all the credit for himself.
In the comics, he's far more willing to let others take the spotlight. In fact, while he was in prison, he taught his cellmate Daniel Berkhart how to become Mysterio so he could carry on his legacy.
6 HE NEVER BEFRIENDS PETER PARKER
Far From Home saw Quentin and Peter quickly bond over their supposed shared experiences, and fans were led to believe that the "hero from another Earth" was going to be the teenager's new mentor. Mysterio once briefly teamed up with Spidey in the comics to stop Doctor Octopus' plans to take over the world, but he and Peter have definitely never considered each other friends.
5 HE BASICALLY TOOK OUT ALL OF THE X-MEN
Skeptics of Mysterio's potential as a supervillain need only read Old Man Logan, in which the master of illusions actually managed to eliminate all of the X-Men. He used his illusions to trick Wolverine into thinking he was fighting an entire house full of antagonists, when in reality, the clawed mutant was actually slaughtering his teammates. Sadly, since Far From Home ended with Beck's early curtain call, we'll never get to see this play out.
4 HE'S A MASTER OF HYPNOTISM
The MCU made it seem like Quentin Beck's only real gift is a mastery of illusion technology, but he's actually capable of so much more in the comics. He is skilled in the art of hypnotism, and over the years he's used it to convince Spider-Man that he was only six inches tall, to briefly drive him insane, and to make his illusions feel real even against heroes with highly-trained senses like Spidey, Wolverine and Daredevil.
3 BECK BECOMES A MAJOR DAREDEVIL VILLAIN
Speaking of Daredevil, Mysterio is one of the Man Without Fear's biggest adversaries in the comics. When the world briefly believed Spider-Man to be a mere clone, Mysterio decided to turn his attention to Daredevil instead, believing him to be more his equal since they were both considered to be lesser characters.
Mysterio used illusions and specially-designed drugs to trick Matt Murdock into thinking he was being tormented by the forces of Hell and drive him insane. To really push Daredevil over the edge, he also ruined the lives of his best friends, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page.
2 MYSTERIO'S COSTUME IS FILLED WITH WEAPONS
In the final fight scene of Far From Home, Quentin Beck chose to wear a mere high-tech helmet and special effects suit because his Mysterio costume was just for show and didn't have any real purpose in combat. His outfit in the comics, however, is filled with weapons and Beck rarely tries to commit crimes without it.
His gauntlets are filled with the special fluid he created to dissolve Spider-Man's webbing. His boots can shoot smoke for distraction or cover, and they're spring-loaded so he can mimic the wall-crawler's acrobatic feats and maneuver like someone with actual powers.
1 HE'S A MAJOR PART OF THE SINISTER SIX
When Marvel first announced plans to bring Mysterio into their cinematic universe, fans rejoiced over the prospect of a live-action Sinister Six finally happening. Mysterio was a founding member of the iconic Spider-Man villain team-up in the comics, and with villains like Vulture, Shocker, Scorpion and Tinkerer already established in Homecoming, this seemed like a real possibility.
Unless the MCU figures out a way to bring Quentin Beck back, however, a Sinister Six that includes Mysterio isn't going to happen anymore.