The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home gives fans their first full look at Jake Gyllenhaal as the master of illusion, Mysterio. Whether he is friend or foe remains up for debate, but he's not the only villain to make a surprise appearance in the trailer, at leased through well-placed Easter eggs.
The latter half of the trailer introduces what billed as the sequel's central mystery, massive elemental creatures -- made of earth, fire and water -- wreaking havoc across Europe. All three point to the possible Marvel Cinematic Universe debuts of three classic Spider-Man villains: Sandman, Molten Man and Hydro-Man.
Enter The Sandman
The Sandman Easter egg occurs around the 1:38 mark. Nick Fury and Maria Hill are shown in what remains of a building firing upon a creature formed from the debris. A demolished car sports a license plate number beginning with "463," which could be a nod to Sandman's first appearance in 1963's The Amazing Spider-Man #4.
Of course, moviegoers got their first look at a cinematic Sandman in 2007's Spider-Man 3. Played by Thomas Haden Church, Flint Marko is a criminal whose body and molecules are bonded to radioactive sand, allowing him to transform into the substance. Sandman has flip-flopped from hero to villain in the comics but always seems to find himself at odds with the web-slinger. Going by what we see in the trailer, the version of Sandman we get in Far From Home is most likely up to his villainous ways.
Hot Like Lava
Debuting in 1965's The Amazing Spider-Man #28, Mark Raxton is a former scientist who was exposed to Spider-Slayers radiated by a fallen meteorite. Calling himself Molten Man, Raxton can generate intense heat and turn himself into living lava. Jumping ahead in the trailer to 1:48 is an individual who appears to burst into liquified flames. A leaked LEGO set led many to speculate Molten Man would show up in Far From Home, but the fleeting gimpse of the villain doesn't offer up any immediate clues, which is why we looked elsewhere.
When Mary Jane, Ned and Betty Brant flee from a threat on a bridge, another car has the license plate "2865 SEP." Going back to the comics once again for reference, 1965's The Amazing Spider-Man #28 happens to be where Molten Man made his debut.
Who's Afraid Of A Little Water?
Finally, our last (and most obviously placed) Easter egg surfaces after Peter Parker and friends arrive in Europe. The gang is out enjoying the sights, including a boat ride on a canal in Venice, Italy. As Betty snaps a photo of Ned, another boat drifts by emblazoned with the designation "Asm 212."
"ASM" is, naturally, the abbreviation for Amazing Spider-Man, and Issue 212 is the first appearance of Hydro-Man. Following the trend of accidental encounters, Morris Bench becomes Hydro-Man when he's knocked overboard and falls into the ocean. The waters become radioactive from an experimental generator, resulting in Bench's power over water.
Mysterio's flashy appearance and battle against what could very well be Hydro-Man in the final moments of the Far From Home trailer have all the makings of an elaborate illusion caused by the traditional villain. However, these three Easter eggs are meant to at least make us think Sandman, Molten Man and Hydro-Man will terrorize the Spider-Man sequel.
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.