While Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Far From Home featured a relatively comic book-accurate version of Mysterio, it turns out Jake Gyllenhaal's Quentin Beck almost looked completely different to Steve Ditko's original creation.
First appearing in 1964's The Amazing Spider-Man #13, Mysterio has become synonymous with his green suit, purple cape and goldfish bowl helmet. This was translated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Far From Home, but the design process for this iconic Spider-Man villain went through several iterations.
An article on Marvel.com details the various Mysterio designs courtesy of Ryan Meinerding, Marvel Studios' head of visual development. Meinerding revealed what the studio was looking for and how fans ended up with the movie's finished product. A behind-the-scenes video shows off the Mysterio designs, and it's safe to say some of them are completely out of this world.
Meinerding explained how his team took the same approach to the Vision's MCU debut and started with the comics before giving the character an update. Talking about creating Mysterio's suit, Meinerding added, "With Ditko's stuff, the weirdness of the characters really came through, whether it was in Spider-Man or Mysterio or in Doctor Strange."
Opting for the aesthetic of "fish bowl, but make it fashion," Meinerding soon realized that "Ditko got it right the first time." The general idea of Mysterio's goldfish bowl is prominent throughout, but as the designs show, a futuristic purple and white ensemble was considered at one point. Ultimately, Far From Home featured a classic nod to Ditko's Mysterio with clasps, a cape and Illuminati eyes. Still, Meinerding put his own twist on Beck's suit by modernizing it with a more metallic feel.
Audiences have been waiting a long time to see Mysterio finally take to the silver screen, and it looks like it was worth the wait. Gyllenhaal has been praised for his performance as Mysterio, while the costume's comic book aesthetic also seems to be a hit with fans.
Directed by 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.