WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, now in theaters.
The marketing of Spider-Man: Far From Home led viewers to believe that Quentin Beck/Mysterio was actually a superhero from a parallel dimension who had traveled to our Earth to save it from creatures known as the Elementals. However, as many comic book fans suspected, the film's marketing was as deceptive as one of Beck's illusions. The character ended up just being a man with a grudge who used countless drones to create powerful illusions.
However, the film's twist could have been radically different. In a new interview with Collider, Spider-Man: Far From Home screenwriters Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna revealed that, at one time, they considered revealing Mysterio as something else entirely.
"There were some early, early versions of this movie where Mysterio was a Skrull," Sommers revealed. "There were a lot of Skrull versions of the story early on. When you’re doing a con artist movie, what we finally landed on—we sat down and talked about how do we keep on fooling the audience, how do we keep on having a lot of fun reveals? How many distractions can we get away with before people want to murder us? [The Mysterio skrull reveal] was an early idea about why he was doing everything he was doing."
However, the idea was never really explored far into the film's production.
"I don’t think it ever made it to paper, necessarily, but we talked about it for a while," McKenna said, clarifying that the Skrull idea didn't go far. "But we talked about a lot of stuff. We spent a lot of time in a windowless room with [director] Jon [Watts], and the folks from Marvel and Pascal Pictures, just talking it through. That’s what it is, in those early stages. It’s just a lot of talk. Going down different roads and just gradually refining things until you have a story."
As we now know, a Skrull twist did take place in Spider-Man: Far From Home's after-credits scene, when it was revealed that the film's Nick Fury and Maria Hill were actually Talos and Soren, shape-shifting Skrulls who were previously introduced in Captain Marvel.
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.