- "These days, you can be the smartest guy in the room, the most qualified, and no one cares. Unless you're flying around with a cape, or shooting lasers with your hands, no one will even listen. Well, I've got a cape and lasers. With our technology, and with you, Mysterio will be the greatest hero on Earth!"
Quentin Beck was a former Stark Industries employee who sought to replace the late Tony Stark as Earth's next defender. Beck staged several Elemental crises across the world with the use of his suit, drones and hologram technology, seeking attention and recognition from the public as a new superhero named Mysterio.
Beck exploited traits of charisma and his skills in illusions and trickery to gain the trust of "Nick Fury" and Spider-Man, even filling the void of a mentor figure for him in Stark's absence. After his fraudulence was uncovered, and his plan to continue his destructive rampage across the continent of Europe was revealed, Beck had proven himself to be a worthy adversary to Spider-Man, although his callousness and arrogance eventually proved to be his downfall. Nevertheless, Beck was instrumental in exposing Spider-Man's identity to the world, as he sent modified footage of the Battle of London to several news outlets, framing Spider-Man for the attacks.
Working for Stark Industries
Quentin Beck was employed by Stark Industries, where he began working as an engineer, specializing in holographic technologies. Beck had assisted in the invention of the illusion technology prototype during his employment. Stark took an interest on Beck's invention, but opted to use the system for therapeutic pursuits, and codenamed it the Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing, or B.A.R.F., much to Beck's displeasure.
In 2016, Stark went to use B.A.R.F. to revisit his last reunion with his parents before their untimely deaths while giving a presentation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beck attended the presentation from behind, furious at Stark for naming his work in relation to regurgitation, and envious over being discredited of his work. Combined with the callousness he developed out of his need for attention, due to being unrecognized for the inventor he was, Beck was fired from Stark Industries due to his instability.
In 2023, Stark sacrificed himself to kill Thanos and his forces from destroying the universe with the power of the Infinity Stones. While most of the world mourned the death of his former employer as the Avengers officially disbanded, Beck took it upon himself to seize the opportunity to become the world's next renowned superhero and "the next Iron Man".
Beck formulated a plan to launch drone attacks disguised as natural disasters across the world and used projections to disguise the attacks as the Elementals. He had rallied disgraced members of Stark Industries, including Victoria Snow and William Ginter Riva, who had similar motivations towards Stark. Using his uncanny skills in trickery and illusion, Beck and Guterman created a falsified narrative that he was a tragic warrior from an alternate dimension in the Multiverse, stating the Elementals killed his allies and left him as the sole survivor before being brought to the Earth thanks to a dimensional tore caused by the Snap.
Furthermore, Beck and Janice Lincoln developed a decorative and well made armor which made it appears as if it enabled him to control his abilities, as well as his holograms including a holographic version of himself in full armor, making his superpowers seem real.
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With his transformation into Mysterio, Beck used the Elementals to attack Mexico and Morocco, gaining the attention of Nick Fury and Maria Hill. After a "battle" with Sandman, Mysterio seemingly destroying the Elemental. He then introduced himself to Fury and Hill and shared his false story with them, manipulating them into believing it. Sometime after this, he set Cyclone on Morocco and "defeated" the air elemental.
After the incident in Morocco, Mysterio unleashed the water elemental known as Hydro-Man at Venice, Italy. During the event, Mysterio arrived at the scene as Mysterio flying down from the sky and fighting Hydro-Man, however both Hydro-Man and Mysterio himself were merely part of his elaborate illusions. Peter Parker, who was on a school trip across Europe, saw this and helped Mysterio by luring Hydro-Man away from a crowded bridge and out of the water, allowing Mysterio to defeat it. Mysterio then flew off into the sky, much to the awe of Parker's classmates, who had watched the fight. They later debated about the mysterious hero, who they named Mysterio, due to them misunderstanding an Italian News report on the attack.
Right after the Venice battle, Nick Fury arrived in Peter Parker's hotel and took him to a hidden base where Mysterio was working alongside them. Beck greeted Parker and told him his false narrative, manipulating the teen, leading him to believe in the existence of the Multiverse and fabricating his the story of his Earths destruction by the hands of the final elemental, saying that he had lost his family to it as well.
Beck later stated he knows when the next Elemental attack would happen and where resulting Fury attempting to recruit Parker into helping Beck against the Elementals. Although Parker turned it down due to not wanting the world to know his identity, Fury hijacked school trip, sending them to Prague so Parker could be there to help, something Beck referred to as kidnapping the boy .
During this time, Parker gave Beck the idea to give himself the superhero name "Mysterio," having mentioned his classmates named him as such from misreading the news.
- "If I don't make it... It's been nice knowing you, kid."
- ―Mysterio to Spider-Man
A day later, Beck met up with Peter Parker as well as Nick Fury and Maria Hill, waiting for the final Elemental attack. When Parker had doubts about his participation in the mission, Beck comforted him, and Peter trusted him. Beck then unleashed the fire Elemental, known as Molten Man, in order to attack Prague, which then led to him and Spider-Man, who called himself 'Night Monkey' to avoid suspicion, fighting Molten-Man. Mysterio made up that Molten Man could draw power from the Earths core by growing larger from metal.
During the battle, Mysterio failed to notice Spider-Man accidentally hit one of his Drones, causing it to lose a projector, which was then stolen by Michelle Jones. Mysterio seemingly attempted to sacrifice himself to stop Molten Man, flying into the elemental and destroying it. After the battle, Spider-Man checked on Mysterio, and Fury and Hill arrived at the scene, Fury requesting Mysterio come to a meeting in Berlin, so he can stay on Earth and help fight future threats. Mysterio, wanting to keep up his deception, agreed, and then asked Spider-Man if he wanted to get drinks, which the teen eventually agreed to. 
- "See? That wasn't so hard. Somebody get this stupid costume off me!"
- ―Quentin Beck to his Crew
Following the defeat of Molten Man, Beck and Peter Parker got drinks at a bar, which was secretly also an illusion. This was created to give the perfect atmosphere for Parker to be open towards Beck, in the hopes that he would hand over the E.D.I.T.H. glasses. The pair talked for a bit, with Parker confessing his love for Michelle Jones, and his plan to tell her his feelings atop the Eiffel Tower. Trusting Beck completely, Parker offered the glasses to Beck, thinking he should be the next Iron Man. Beck acted like he wanted to turn it down, but accepted the 'honor' nonetheless.
After Peter left the bar, Beck disabled the illusion set up there, revealing the other attendees at the bar to be his team. They cheered after Beck joked that getting E.D.I.T.H was easy. They went outside, with Beck giving the glasses to his team to link to his system in order to gain masses of drones. Showing camaraderie, Beck gave out toasts to each of his teammates, thanking them and celebrating their roles in the first step to his victory, and promising them a rich and powerful future in the absence of Tony Stark.
Unknown to Beck by that point, one of the projectors used in the Prague attack was taken by Michelle Jones before Beck's clean-up crews came to recover their tech. Parker and Jones ended up activating Beck's projector, revealing his deception.
Meanwhile, Beck and his crew began editing footage and rehearsing for the next planned battle in London, England, wanting to create an 'Avengers-level threat'. While altering the damage ratios for the Stark Industries Combat Drones, Beck realized that the hologram for his suit was slightly incomplete, and quickly found out about the missing projector. When he asked William Ginter Riva, he attempted to reassure Beck that since it was a minor flaw, the plan would've gone as intended. Beck, a perfectionist whose plans called for no single margin of error, became furious, and aimed the armed drones at his crew, threatening Riva's life unless he produced the results Beck wanted.
However, Beck then used E.D.I.T.H. to locate the missing projector and discovered that Parker and Jones both had it in their possession, threatening to expose his plans. He then informed Riva that once he had to kill Parker, the blame would be on him.
Beck then went to Berlin. At the same time, Spider-Man headed to Berlin as well. Before Parker and 'Nick Fury' arrived, he set up the destination building as yet another illusion. After shooting Fury with one of his Stark Industries Combat Drones, Beck revealed himself, and trapped Parker in an elaborate series of illusions, such as Mysterio in full armor dropping Michelle Jones from the top of the Eiffel Tower, a dozen of mirrored Spider-Men attacking him, a zombified Iron Man crawling towards him, a spider whose eyes form a marching army of Mysterios, and trapping Peter inside his helmet as a snow globe version of New York City.
He then attacked Peter with an illusion of Mysterio in full armor, saying that Mysterio was made to give people hope and that he could control the truth in this role. Before attempting to declare once again that people would believe anything they heard, the illusions suddenly cut out, as Beck, wearing a motion capture suit, was supposedly shot in the back by Nick Fury, who arrived with an escort of several Interpol agents.
Peter told Fury about the other people who knew about Beck's real plan, only for Beck to reveal that Fury was another illusion, telling Peter that now all his friends have to die as well. Beck then said that for what it was all worth, he was sorry for what he had to do. Before Parker could react, he was hit and swept away by a train, as Mysterio had E.D.I.T.H alter Parker's school trip to London.
Beck then went to London, capital of United Kingdom and England with the Mysterio persona and then created his largest illusion yet: the Elemental Fusion in order to attack the city and cause maximum damage, to ensure he will forever be seen as a hero to the world, and to use his technology in order to make sure that his plan would succeed.
He then communicated with his ally Guterman, who was posing as a London bus driver, and instructed him to move the bus holding Peter Parker's classmates into a suitable 'kill zone' so the drones that made the Fusion could kill them. However, the class escaped, and Beck manually sent drones to kill his 'loose ends', Nick Fury and Maria Hill. Beck then staged the fight between the hologram of Mysterio and the Elemental Fusion.
However, Spider-Man arrived to stop his plans, going inside the Fusion illusions and destroying drones inside. Beck soon took notice to this as the massive illusion fell apart, revealing the drones to the world. Beck sent all the active drones to kill Spider-Man, who used his variety of powers and abilities to fight the army of drones until some hit him with a car and knocked him into the water around London Bridge, with Beck assuming he was finally dead.
Furious with the failure of his illusion plan, Beck attempted to hunt down and kill Ned Leeds, Michelle Jones, Betty Brant, Flash Thompson, and Happy Hogan, the other people who were aware of his plan, by manually controlling one of the armed drones, trapping them in the Tower of London. After finding Jones, Betty distracted Beck's drone by pushing down a suit of ornate armor, making the drone fire at it, giving Jones the time to destroy it with a mace, angering Beck even more.
Duel in the Tower Bridge
- "How could you do all of this?"
"You'll see, Peter. People... need to believe. And nowadays, they'll believe anything."
- ―Spider-Man and Mysterio
Beck then learned that Spider-Man survived his fall, and was coming towards him. Beck then ordered the Elemental Fusion to be shut down for a time, so he could personally deal with him. William Ginter Riva then began to set the illusion up once again, wondering how Mysterio would ever spin the story.
Beck was then ambushed by Spider-Man in the Tower Bridge viewing area, grabbed by the web-slinger and suspended in mid-air, Parker told him he had lost and demanded he hand over E.D.I.T.H.. Beck said he always had contingencies before a Stark Industries Combat Drone knocked them apart. Beck, now furious and motivated to murder Spider-Man, arrogantly challenged him to fight for Tony Stark's Glasses, sending a last swarm of combat drones after him while projecting a pitch black, silent hallway to hide them.
Spider-Man used his enhanced senses, dubbed "Peter-Tingle", to detect the now invisible drones, which were being easily destroyed. Beck then noticed the drones nearest to him were not firing. Even after learning from Riva that he was in the crossfire of the drones, Beck still ordered the attack. Spider-Man dismantled the drones, and inadvertently sent the last active drone spiraling towards Beck, which shot him in the abdomen, knocking him to the floor. Beck, downed from the misfired gunshot, said that tricking Peter was the most disappointing part of his whole campaign. He then held out the glasses for Peter to take, saying that Tony Stark was right all along, and Peter was worthy of them.
Unknown to Spider-Man, the Beck he was talking to was another illusion. The mortally wounded Beck attempted to kill Spider-Man one last time with a pistol, but Spider-Man quickly disarmed him and reclaimed the E.D.I.T.H. glasses. Beck collapsed, and claimed ominously that "people need to believe" and that they'll "believe anything", before succumbing to his wounds. As Spider-Man looked on, he asked E.D.I.T.H. to confirm there were no active holograms in use within their vicinity, to ensure whether or not Beck was tricking him with another illusion; E.D.I.T.H. confirmed there were none, ensuring Spidey that Mysterio had truly died.
- "I managed to send the Elemental back into the dimensional rift but I don't think I'm gonna make it off this bridge alive. Spider-Man attacked me for some reason. He has an army of weaponized drones, Stark technology. He's saying he's the only one who's gonna be the new Iron Man, no one else. Spider-Man's real– Spider-Man's real name is– Spider-Man's name is Peter Parker!"
Despite his great defeat, prior to his death during the Battle of London, Mysterio took advantage of his being subdued from Spider-Man in order to release heavily altered filmed footage of the London battle, which Quentin Beck's Crew used to implicate Spider-Man as the ringleader of the Elemental attacks. Upon Peter's return to New York City, the footage was already sent to various news outlets in the city, including New York One and The Daily Bugle, framing Spider-Man as a menace, and exposing Peter's alter-ego as Spider-Man to the world.
- "You guys do have sarcasm on this Earth, right? I like you, Peter, you're a good kid. There's a part of me that wants me to tell you to just turn around and run away from all of this and then there's another part of me which knows what we're about to fight and what's in stake. Saving the world requires sacrifice."
- ―Mysterio to Spider-Man
As an employee at Stark Industries, Quentin Beck prided himself in working on various technologies with Tony Stark. He designed and invented the B.A.R.F. prototype, but Stark fired him for his unstable nature. An embittered Beck took advantage of news of his employer's death in the Battle of Earth, seeking to masquerade as a superhero with advanced projector drones, and an advanced suit of armor with a helmet to shield his identity. He used the Elementals to cause massive destruction across Europe, only to "defeat" them himself to fool the world into idolizing him.
This plan would succeed for some time, with people such as Flash Thompson giving him praise and Brad Davis calling him "Iron Man and Thor rolled into one", implying how powerful he truly is without knowing that his true nature would require the attention of Spider-Man, "Nick Fury" and "Maria Hill". An incredible liar, Beck convinced the trio into joining forces with him with a story about the Elementals and his life as a superhero from an alternate dimension after his entire family perished, all in order to further his plan.
While portraying himself as a superhero, Beck managed a selfless and kind front, appearing to risk his life to protect innocents and allies. Beck would also become somewhat of a father figure to Peter Parker, showing sympathy for his desires for a normal life and advising Peter to think about what he wants, rather than following other people's expectations. This led Peter to see Beck as a role model and trust him enough to give him control of E.D.I.T.H.
However, beneath Beck's superhero guise lies an egotistical, dark, ruthless, destructive and manipulative psychopath who would stop at nothing to get what he wants. While Beck may show some camaraderie to his crew that helped him become Mysterio, Beck is a dangerous perfectionist who would not hesitate to murder them for the smallest missteps. Beck also cares less about civilian casualties caused by his performances than the attention he would receive for them, expressing giddy excitement at staging an "Avengers-level threat", nonchalantly watching Parker get hit by a bullet train, and plotting to kill high school students who knew of his chicanery.
Beck accentuated his psychopathy in the illusions he conjured during his first fight with Peter; one such illusion featured him choking MJ and throwing her from the Eiffel Tower, manipulating Peter's feelings for her and fears for her safety. He created a dark, terrifying, and foggy theme of illusions that terrified Peter, locking him inside an illusion of a snow bowl of New York with Avengers Tower and causing an illusion of Mysterio's giant arm to fall on him.
He grew much more desperate and blood-lusted in his second confrontation with Parker, unleashed all of his destructiveness to ensure his plan's success; but his lack of emotional stability brought him down, as he turned against E.D.I.T.H.'s advice, only to be riddled with his own drones' gunfire. Yet Beck was partially successful in his malice, as he leveraged his still-heroic image to expose Spider-Man's true identity and frame him for a mass murder that never happened.
Powers and Abilities
- Holographic Projection: Beck had access to a wide range of advanced realistic holographic projectors controlled by William Ginter Riva's drones, which he used to make illusions of the Elemental attacks, and him stopping them. With the drones, he could cause real damage, and real casualties, which made the public believe that the illusions were real. Beck's Holograms extended to showing an extension of himself as Mysterio as well, the entire battle between him and the Elementals being pre-made before being unleashed on the public. Also, Beck trapped Peter Parker in an elaborate maze of illusion, showing him horrific visions, such as Mysterio dropping Jones from the top of the Eiffel Tower, and a zombie Iron Man crawling with spiders attacking Peter. He then attacked Parker with an illusion of a giant Mysterio in full armor.
- Genius-Level Intellect: Quentin Beck is a genius, his intellect on par with Tony Stark and his eventual protege, Peter Parker. Beck was a principal developer of the technology that would later be appropriated by Stark, who rejected his views on how the technology should be utilized and instead used it as the framework for what he would call B.A.R.F.. Beck displays his technical skills in the development of illusions and skillful applications of advanced drones, skills so refined that they are even capable of fooling intergalactic beings such as Talos and Soren, as well as the majority of the public who witness his acts of "heroism." Beck also masterminded his entire plan, which came close to succeeding, and in a way did, as after exposing Spider Man, the public believed that he was the real hero.
- Master Scientist: While working with Tony Stark, Beck proved to have uncanny skills in science, using them all to develop B.A.R.F. and used his scientific knowledge to develop the drones.
- Master Engineer: During the process of transforming into Mysterio, Beck used his engineering skills in order to create the suit and the helmet which would defend his identity secretive from the rest of the world.
- Master Actor: Beck's narcissistic mentality and attention to detail make him a brilliant thespian. Beck showed genuine concern for Parker struggling to balance his normal and hero lives, even winning him over to make Parker chose to give up E.D.I.T.H. voluntarily. However, he is not creative enough to mastermind a narrative such as being a superhero from another reality fighting elemental entities. Beck instead had a member of his team, Guterman, devise the story of "Mysterio" and how to convey authenticity to his words so as make his deceptions believed, even by "Nick Fury" and "Maria Hill." His attention to detail also made him the "director" of the pre-render of every Elemental attack so the battle path and damage caused would seem real. A drawback to this are extreme reactions to unintended mistakes, such as threatening Beck's entire crew with drones guns trained on their heads after learning of Jones' taking of evidence which Riva overlooked as minor damage.
- Master Tactician: Beck's adaptability in tense situations allows him to adjust the spin of the story on the fly. This is most evident when Beck made Parker believe Fury saved him, only to effortless coerce information of who else could know of Beck's deception. Even as Spider-Man revealed his illusions, Beck turned the story of his reported death into martyrdom by having William Ginter Riva edit the London footage to make it seem as though Parker commanded the drone attack and killed Beck, just to turn Spider-Man into a public enemy.
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- Stark Industries Combat Drones: Beck has used these combat drones in order to project holograms of the Elementals and to control them to carry out his plan, but also to wreak havoc across London when fighting Spider-Man. They were equipped with cloaking devices so that no one would see them within the illusions they created.
- Illusion Projectors: The drones were also equipped with special hologram projectors that created the Elementals and showed Mysterio flying and using his powers. They could also project their cloaking effect on their surroundings, making their targeted subject invisible, which Beck used to attempt to hide from Spider-Man.
- Pistol: Beck used a handgun as a last resort to kill Spider-Man during the Battle of London, but was quickly disarmed.
- B.A.R.F.: Beck used his uncanny skills of technology and science together with Tony Stark in order to create a B.A.R.F. framework while working for Stark Industries.
- Mo-Cap Suit: Beck has utilized a motion-capture suit in order to outsmart Nick Fury and Spider-Man in the illusions dimension he has created. He used it to manipulate the hologram of his persona and to have his suit projected onto him for complicated shots, like him putting on or taking off his helmet.
- Mysterio Suit: Beck wore a suit specifically designed by Janice Lincoln to look heroic and otherworldly to best suit his plans. He wore it whenever he didn't need to fly or other such feats/when he was just talking to someone.
- Tony Stark's Glasses: A pair of sunglasses that belonged to Tony Stark and equipped with E.D.I.T.H.
- E.D.I.T.H.: An A.I. designed by Stark for Peter Parker which provided the user with access the Stark satellite network in an augmented reality interface with advanced data analysis and hacking capabilities. Parker granted access to E.D.I.T.H. to Beck which he used to increase the efficiency of his illusions.
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- In the comics, Quentin Beck was a visual effects artist who wanted to make a name for himself in the film industry. Due to lack of recognition, Beck realized that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective supervillain, choosing his identity of Mysterio.
- Mysterio is the fourth villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to become a villain after being rejected or fired by Tony Stark.
Behind the Scenes
- Mysterio was originally intended to appear as a villain in the cancelled film Spider-Man 4, part of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise, which would've seen him be portrayed by Bruce Campbell, who had played cameos in all the previous three films.
- Originally, Sony Pictures Studios announced plans for a film centered around Mysterio for their own chinematic Sony's Marvel Universe, which shares no connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether this film had been scrapped or not remains unknown, considering Mysterio's appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
- Mysterio's actions in the film are similar to his origins in the comics. In the comics, Mysterio is a former special effects man for movies, who wanted to ruin Spider-Man's reputation by framing him for crimes and then defeat him as a new superhero. In the film, Mysterio is a former employee of Tony Stark, who wants to replace the fallen hero as "the next Iron Man", using his illusions of the Elementals to stage his debut. Screenwriters Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna thus had to deal with the challenge of updating Mysterio for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the post-Avengers: Endgame era.
- Matt Damon reportedly turned down the role of Quentin Beck before Jake Gyllenhaal was cast. Damon previously portrayed an actor playing Loki in Thor: Ragnarok.
- Early versions of the story of Spider-Man: Far From Home had Mysterio's status as a villain revealed from the beginning, being an out-and-out villain that Spider-Man and Nick Fury would chase around all Europe as he pulled off the Elementals threat. However, as Mysterio dealt so much in deception, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers accepted that it was sort of natural that Mysterio's ruse would lead to a story structure where his entire identity was a completely misleading. Another early idea involved Mysterio actually being an Skrull, but it was dropped.
- When asked if Mysterio actually died at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jon Watts didn't rule out the possibility of Mysterio surviving by responding "It's Mysterio, so who knows?" yet commenting that for him, Mysterio seemed pretty dead.
- James Cox, James Harris, Corbett McAllister and Timothy Eulich were stunt doubles for Jake Gyllenhaal in the role of Mysterio.
- James Payton was a stand-in for Jake Gyllenhaal in the role of Mysterio.
- ↑ Translates from Italian to: The Mystery Man
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Spider-Man: Far From Home
- ↑ Captain America: Civil War
- ↑ Avengers: Endgame
- ↑ Spider-Man: Far From Home Mid-credits Scene
- ↑ Spider-Man 4 Storyboards Reveal Iconic Villains and Huge Action That Never Was
- ↑ How Sony Learned to Cede Control to Marvel on 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ Writers on Mysterio, Those Credits Scenes, and Following ‘Endgame’
- ↑ MATT DAMON Turns Down Villain Role In Sequel To ‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’
- ↑ ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’: The Screenwriters Explain the Twists
- ↑ ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Spoilers: Director Jon Watts on the Post-Credits Scene, the Song He Wrote for the Film, and More [Interview]