Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing, better known by its acronym B.A.R.F., is a holographic illusion technology created by Quentin Beck for Stark Industries. Despite its impressive capabilities, the product was not released as Tony Stark elected to keep B.A.R.F. for his personal therapeutic purposes. Following Stark's death, B.A.R.F. was heavily used by Beck, operating as the superhero Mysterio, and his crew to simulate attacks around the world.
2016 MIT Presentation
Working for Stark Industries, Quentin Beck designed a holographic system that could be innovative. However, Tony Stark decided to use Beck's invention for therapeutic pursuits and renamed it as the Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing, or B.A.R.F., much to Beck's chagrin.
While giving a presentation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stark used B.A.R.F. to revisit the memory of seeing Howard and Maria Stark alive for the last time. Stark later explained to the assembled students that he felt guilty for the lack of respect and compassion he showed his parents in their last conversation.
In 2024, Quentin Beck, driven down a dark path due to the lack of recognition for his work, used B.A.R.F. to feign several Elemental crises across the globe, successfully initiating attacks in Mexico and Morocco. Beck continued these attacks in Europe, but he was defeated by Spider-Man when his fraudulence was uncovered by him during his school trip to Europe.
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The B.A.R.F. relies on a complex holographic system that connects with the user's hippocampus, allowing it to find a certain traumatic memory and alter it before projecting that memory onto an external infrastructure. Through the altered projection, the user is able to successfully re-experience and hopefully work through overcoming traumatic experiences. While Tony Stark used it to recount a scene from his past, the technology was more daringly used by Beck to create illusions during his campaign.