The biggest mystery from Spider-Man: Far From Home surrounds the new super-powered character, Mysterio. As fans of the comics know, Mysterio is a villain and was one of Spider-Man's earliest villains, appearing in the Web Slinger's first year of publication as well as part of the evil Sinister Six group that teamed up to beat Spider-Man.
However, the interesting thing about Mysterio is that he appears to be a hero in the movie trailer and claims to be from a parallel Earth in the newly introduced multiverse. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but Mysterio offers a brand-new type of character for Spider-Man to interact with. To catch up non-comic book fans, here is a look at some of Mysterio's best powers from the comics.
The first thing that fans need to know about the comic book version of Mysterio is that three different men took on the role of Mysterio in the main Marvel Universe -- Quentin Beck, Daniel Berkhart, and Francis Klum. Beck is who is in the Spider-Man: Far From Home movie.
However, the second Mysterio, Daniel Berkhart had a helpful power. He could turn invisible. He received tech support from Maguire Beck, Quintin's cousin, and had a cool gadget called the Invisi-Mask as well as image inducers. This aided him in really throwing a wrench into any superhero's plan to stop him.
9 PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIPULATION
While it is not a superpower, per se, Mysterio is a master of psychological manipulation. Quentin Beck was originally a special effects guru in Hollywood and developed a flair for style. He also found it was better to create drama than it was to just go into a straightforward fight.
When he first appeared, he pretended to be Spider-Man and manipulated the press and police into believing Mysterio was the hero the city needed. A much darker version appeared in the Guardian Devil storyline in the pages of Daredevil, where Mysterio tried to drive Matt Murdock insane and almost succeeded in that task.
8 MULTIVERSE TRAVEL
This power is one that fans of Spider-Man: Far From Home should pay close attention to. At one point, Quintin Beck discovered the multiverse. He realized that his Earth was not the only one and decided he wanted to try to become a more legitimate villain in the Ultimate Marvel Universe.
To do this, Beck used his ability to travel through the Multiverse to create an android version of himself and immediately killed Wilson Fisk in that world, taking over the underworld. He then caused a lot of problems through the years until the Spider-Men event where Peter Parker from our world met Miles Morales in his world and they realized what was happening with Mysterio, taking the fight to him.
Powers from both Quentin Beck and Daniel Berkhart have been mentioned here but there is something very different about the third Mysterio. The third man to operate as Mysterio is actually a mutant named Francis Klum who received his powers when his parents were implanted with mutant genes while in a Nazi concentration camp.
As a result, this Mysterio actually has superpowers, and not just the ability to use special effects to beat heroes. He actually bought the Mysterio costume and pretended to be Mysterio to lull Spider-Man into a trap, before revealing his powers. One of those powers is telekinesis, which allows him to move things with his mind and actually hover or fly.
The second mutant power that Francis Klum possesses is telepathy. Remember that one of Quentin Beck's strongest skills is his ability to psychologically manipulate anyone into doing whatever he wants of them, from the press and media to other superheroes like Daredevil.
When it comes to Klum's version of Mysterio, he one-ups that by using his telepathy to control what people do. He is able to use it to cause thoughts and fears that can lead people to hurt themselves or others. He can trick people into fighting each other, believing they are someone else. His power is so strong that he can manipulate people into doing things they would never normally do.
The final power that the mutant Mysterio has that the others do not is the ability to actually teleport. In the pages of Spider-Man, there was a point where Spider-Man had to battle both Francis Klum and Daniel Berkhart, who were also fighting each other, while Quintin Beck also returned from the dead and watched from afar.
That was confusing but it also showed the major differences between the three characters, the superpowered Klum, the manipulative Berkhart, and the calculating Beck. In this fight, Klum showed constantly how he could teleport around the room during a fight, which made him the hardest of the three to actually catch and beat.
4 BIOLOGICAL WARFARE
One of the big set pieces in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer showed Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio shooting some kind of green mist out of his gloves at the giant elemental creatures. This power remains a mystery for the movie but Mysterio in the comics has a smoky mist he is famous for.
Quintin Beck is an expert in chemistry and has developed weapons and tools that help him in his battles with superheroes as well as in committing crimes. He has created hallucinogens and gasses that can only be categorized as biological warfare. His fishbowl helmet has one other advantage. It has a 30-minute air supply to protect him when he unleashes one of his gas bombs.
3 NEUTRALIZES ENHANCED-SENSES
One of the gasses that Mysterio developed has the ability to cancel out someone's enhanced senses. On the most basic level, he can release this gas when battling Spider-Man and this neutralizes his Spidey-Sense. This handicaps Spider-Man when it comes to not being able to know when the sneak attacks of someone like Mysterio is coming from.
However, this is also a very deadly weapon. In Old Man Logan, the story starts out with Wolverine killing every member of the X-Men in a prolonged battle. This is because he was tricked to think they were villains, invading the X-Mansion. The illusions were created by Mysterio but he also used his mist to neutralize Wolverine's enhanced senses so he could not smell or sense that it was his friends he was slaughtering.
Mysterio can cast illusions to trick people. He can use his gas to take away their enhanced senses. Francis Klum can use his telepathy to make people do things they would not normally do. However, when it comes to Quentin Beck, he has a power that comes in handy for someone without any natural superpowers.
Beck is a master at the art of hypnotism. He actually trained to be a hypnotist. This was actually one of his earlier powers that he developed in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #24 where Peter Parker went to see a shrink and believed he was going insane only to find it was all a Mysterio trick.
1 SPECIAL EFFECTS
Out of all the powers of Mysterio, the one that remains the most used is his ability to create special effects. Before he became a supervillain, Beck was a VFX artist in Hollywood, creating make-up effects, mechanical and visual special effects, and taking part in physical stunt work. He then took his movie knowledge and morphed it into his life of crime.
The reason that Beck became a villain was that he did so much work in Hollywood but no one credited him with it. He chose to make his mark in the world doing something no one could ignore -- and Mysterio was born.