The first reports surfaced last spring about Jake Gyllenhaal's role as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, but we knew little about the Marvel Cinematic Universe's take on the villain, beyond leaked set photos and claims that he's actually the sequel's "co-protagonist." But with the debut of the first trailer, fans were undoubtedly pleased to discover that the live-action version of the wall-crawler's foe will sport a signature, and beloved, element from the comics.
Designed by the late Steve Ditko, Marvel's master of illusion has long been defined by his distinctive look: a flowing, purple cape fastened with eye-like clasps, and ... a fishbowl helmet. It's a costume that a lot of filmmakers might have shied away from, insisting it's better left to the comics page. However, as the first trailer confirms, Spider-Man: Far From Home embraces Ditko's vision for the character, right down to the helmet.
Mysterio makes his grand entrance near the end of the trailer, where his iconic costume is revealed. Sure, it's updated for the big screen, with a breastplate and gloves that add dimension, texture and color. But he has the purple cape and green suit, and, once he takes flight to battle the water creature, his fishbowl helmet appears. It's slightly smaller than we're accustomed to seeing in the comics, but it's there.
As in most MCU movies, we don't expect a marquee actor (like Gyllenhaal) to spend much time on screen with his face obscured by a mask, or a fishbowl. But, it's still nice to see that Marvel and Sony are offering fans something that looks like it was lifted directly from the comics page.
While certain villains, like Zemo and Arnim Zola, were toned down for the big screen, that doesn't appear to be the case for Mysterio, who, much to the delight of fans, will rock is classic look. And, judging at least from the first trailer for Far From Home, he may hew close to his comic book origin as well.
Opening July 5, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.