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Mysterio's Spider-Man: Far From Home Role Mirrors His Comic Book Debut

Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home

WARNING: The following article contains possible spoilers for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, based on a 55-year-old comic book that the trailer appears to be referencing.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer provides our first look at Jake Gyllenhaal as the master of illusion, Mysterio. It's already impressive to see the sequel nails his classic Steve Ditko-designed costume, complete with the fishbowl helmet, but it appears as though the plot will also evoke the classic villain's comic book debut in 1964's The Amazing Spider-Man #13.

In that issue, by Ditko and Stan Lee, Mysterio appeared to be a superhero with amazing powers, at least until Spider-Man discovered his secret and revealed to the world that he was actually a supervillain.

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In the Far From Home trailer, we first see Mysterio as he flies in and attacks a giant water creature. He wows the entire world as he puts on a marvelous show, taking on a seemingly powerful foe that had just left Spider-Man all wet.

Of course, while the villain certainly appears like the familiar Spider-Man foe, Hydro-Man, there's no evidence that's actually the case. It's remarkably similar to Mysterio's comic book introduction.

In Spider-Man's initial confrontation with Mysterio, when the villain was still pretending to be a superhero attempting to apprehend the "criminal" Spider-Man (something that wouldn't be an issue in the film, as Spider-Man is less of an misunderstood hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), Mysterio seems to have his way with the wall-crawler while exhibiting a great number of unusual powers.

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Just like in the trailer, the public buys into Mysterio's act fully. He gets a parade down Fifth Avenue. Amusingly enough, though, just like in the trailer, the one person who still thinks Spider-Man is better than Mysterio is none other than Peter Parker's bully, Flash Thompson...

In the original comic book, Spider-Man eventually uncovers Mysterio's secret, that he is a movie stuntman who has spent all of his time developing a special suit that can make it appear as though he possesses superhuman abilities; in actuality, he has none.

That's almost certainly where Far From Home is heading as well. It's fascinating to see the filmmakers take a comic book story written in 1964, at the earliest stages of the Marvel Universe, and adapt it to the much more expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe, more than 50 years later. It speaks to the timelessness of those early Lee/Ditko Spider-Man stories. There's a reason why Ditko's earliest designs are still being used, almost precisely, more than five decades later. Those early stories are considered classics because they are classics and as such can hold up to being adapted to modern times (and Europe) really 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.

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