The Elementals were a series of illusions created by the use of projectors and drones utilized by Quentin Beck to wreak havoc across the world. To mask their nature, Beck claimed that the Elementals were superpowered entities from Earth-833 that emerged from an inter-dimensional rift caused by the Snap.
The Elementals were made as threats for Quentin Beck's Campaign, conceived sometime after the Battle of Earth. Their true objective was two-fold: deceive Peter Parker in relinquishing the E.D.I.T.H. glasses, and gaining the public acclaim Quentin Beck craved as a "new hero". Incorporating his illusion tech, Beck had recruited several ex-Stark Industries employees to build up the narrative: Guterman scripted a cosmic origin of relative believability, while Janice Lincoln had created the suit, and William Ginter Riva built and operated the battle drones to be the inner working of the Elementals wreaking havoc.
They were interspersed around the world, making a global threat only he could stop. Nick Fury bought into the story given the last few years. Starting in Ixtenco, Mexico with Sandman, Beck debuted himself to 'Nick Fury' and 'Maria Hill' upon commencing the fight. Upon his 'victory', Beck worked with Nick Fury's Crew to defeat Cyclone in Morocco. Using the Hydro-Man in Venice, Beck was able to secure the trust of his true target: Peter Parker. After a battle with Molten Man, Beck successfully attained the E.D.I.T.H. glasses and staged the final Elemental attack to assure his fame as Mysterio in averting an Avengers-level threat, as well as kill Parker's friends who might know of his deceptions.
The final Elemental was exposed by Spider-Man during his last confrontation with Beck, which ended in Beck having died from a drone gunshot that misfired and struck his abdomen. Following Beck's death on Tower Bridge, Riva ensured Parker's identity was exposed to the press and incriminated Parker for Beck's crimes with doctored footage.
- Element: Earth
- Description: Sandman is an Elemental with the ability to manipulate the element of Earth. With the activated projectors and Stark Industries Combat Drones, Sandman was depicted as powerful enough to destroy whole villages, such as Ixtenco. It was "defeated" by Quentin Beck, Talos, and Soren in the aftermath of Ixtenco's destruction.
- Element: Air
- Description: Cyclone is an Elemental with the ability to manipulate the element of Air. Much like the other Elementals, it required the use of projectors and the Stark Industries Combat Drones to make the illusion of Cyclone photorealistic. Beck released Cyclone in Morocco, where it ran rampant until it was "defeated".
- Element: Water
- Description: Hydro-Man is an Elemental with the ability to manipulate the element of Water. It could hijack and usurp major water traffic corridors to create various floods. Beck activated the projectors and released the Stark Industries Combat Drones to mask the Water Elemental illusion in Venice, Italy, where Hydro-Man ran rampant in the Grand Canal. In the aftermath of its "destruction" at the hands of Beck, speculation of Hydro-Man's human identity was left up to discussion: the news media company BuzzFeed speculated that Hydro-Man was Morris Bench.
- Element: Fire
- Description: Molten Man is an Elemental with the ability to manipulate the element of Fire. Depicted as the strongest and the most dangerous of the four Elementals, Molten Man has been poised to have been the one to have killed Quentin Beck's family on Earth-833. Theoretically, per Beck's falsified story, it would feed upon metal to expand exponentially and could consume landmasses once it was strong enough. Beck released Molten Man in Prague, where it was "destroyed" during the Carnival of Lights.
- Description: The Elemental Fusion is an Elemental with the ability to manipulate all four aforementioned primary elements. It was programmed to be the most powerful of the Elementals. It was set to attack London, only to have its disguise exposed by Spider-Man.
- In the comics, the Elementals consists of Hellfire, Hydron, Magnum, and Zephyr, a team of four beings with elemental powers that landed on Earth from a different universe prior to the edification of Atlantis.
- Despite being simply referred to as Elementals, they heavily resemble the Elementals of Doom, four giant mindless creatures summoned by Diablo to battle the Fantastic Four on more than one occasion. The Elementals of Doom similarly combined into the Elematrix.
Behind the Scenes
- Spider-Man: Far From Home visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs stated in an interview with IndieWire that he's unsure which idea came first in the development process, the idea of using comic book villains or the idea that elemental creatures would be subsequently assigned to those villains.
- The VFX work for the Elementals was divided up between three different studios. Scanline worked on the Earth and Water Elementals, Luma worked on the Fire Elemental, and Sony Pictures Imageworks worked on the final Hybrid creation.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home co-writer Erik Sommers told Backstory Magazine that the comic book villain Swarm was in contention to appear as one of the Elementals: "For the most part, they were Hydro-Man, Molten Man, Swarm...but they weren’t actually ‘the Elementals’ when we were kicking around what these false attacks and false flags would be.".