William Ginter Riva is a former Stark Industries scientist. In 2009, Riva was a member of a science team ordered by Obadiah Stane to try and recreate the Arc Reactor technology after Tony Stark returned to the United States of America after having been kidnapped by the Ten Rings on Afghanistan, only to quickly fail at the task and be berated for his failures by his superior, who ultimately went to create the Iron Monger Armor.
By 2024, Riva joined forces with Quentin Beck out of a mutual disdain for Stark and worked with him and other ex-Stark Industries employees to wreak havoc across Europe, building Beck's reputation as a renowned superhero. He was instrumental in releasing Spider-Man's identity to the world, as he directly sent the altered footage of the Battle of London to The Daily Bugle that incriminated Spider-Man for the attacks.
Recreating the Arc Reactor
- "Mr. Stane. Sir, we've explored what you've asked us and it seems as though there's a little hiccup."
- ―William Ginter Riva to Obadiah Stane
In his tenure as a scientist for Stark Industries, William Ginter Riva developed the Stark Industries Combat Drones. In 2009, William Ginter Riva was forced by Obadiah Stane to make a suit for him, similar to the ones that Tony Stark made in Afghanistan while kidnapped by the Ten Rings. Stane also attempted to get Riva to make a miniature version of the Arc Reactor, like Stark's. Riva confessed though that he was not of the same caliber of genius as Stark, because he could not reproduce his results. When Stane criticized him for being unable to build what Stark did in a cave with a box of scraps, Riva replied that he wasn't Stark, earning him his superior's fury.
In 2024, Riva decided to work for Quentin Beck who was also disregarded for his work for Stark Industries. Riva helped Beck program his drones to create illusions of the Elementals that were "terrorizing the continent". Riva was in charge of managing and maintaining the attack drones equipped with Beck's specialized illusion tech.
When Beck discovered a drone is missing one projector, Riva dismissed it as a minor inconvenience but Beck soon found footage of Michelle Jones finding the projector and threatened to shoot Riva in the head with one of his drones if the matter was not resolved. Fearful, Riva complied and worked to compensate for the weaker drone, and ensure Beck's story to be rid of Parker's friends.
Exposing Spider-Man's Identity
The Battle of London then took place and Beck ended up killing himself by accident while trying to kill Spider-Man. However, Riva used recorded footage from the scene with the drones and uploaded it into a computer chip. Riva later edited the video, which altered the events and made it look that Mysterio was the hero and that Spider-Man was the culprit aside of revealing Spider-Man's secret identity before sending it to J. Jonah Jameson, the show host of The Daily Bugle, who released the video to news outlets, framed Spider-Man as a murderer and exposed his identity to the entire world.
Behind the Scenes
- William Ginter Riva's appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home was because, according to Kevin Feige, they thought it would be fun to bring him back as a way to tie-in with other installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When Mysterio was settled as the main antagonist, director Jon Watts saw Iron Man again and selected Riva after asking himself who else could be affected by Tony Stark's death.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Spider-Man: Far From Home
- ↑ Iron Man
- ↑ Spider-Man: Far From Home Mid-credits Scene
- ↑ MARVEL'S KEVIN FEIGE ON THE MCU MULTIVERSE, 'FAR FROM HOME' POST-CREDITS SCENES AND THE FUTURE OF SPIDER-MAN
- ↑ ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Spoilers: Director Jon Watts on the Post-Credits Scene, the Song He Wrote for the Film, and More [Interview]