In case you’ve been hiding under a shell, Sony just released the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer. I did a detailed breakdown here but there’s still a lot to uncover that I’ll try and touch in the upcoming days. Among the many, many reveals, the biggest was unarguably seeing Jake Gyllenhaal in full costume as Mysterio, unleashing his powers and trying to contain Hydroman, with his iconic fishbowl helmet.
Casual readers of comics would however be aware of Mysterio as a villain. Going by the name of Quentin Beck, he seeks attention and adulation from people around him and in his alter-ego of Mysterio, can be dubbed the Master of Illusion (not to be confused with The Chameleon, another Spider-Man villain). The trailer however shows him fighting other villains and helping Spider-Man clear out the mess. What’s going on here?
What follows are some brief tidbits about Mysterio’s motivations, as well as a potential plot summary of how the story for Far From Home unfolds. Naturally, spoilers follow, even though they’re all speculative so you’ve been warned. I’m not spoiling Avengers: Endgame here though, that’s for a separate post.
The general belief is that the four villains seen in the trailer, collectively referred to as The Elementals, are either working with Mysterio, or have been conjured up by Mysterio as illusions. By wreaking havoc on Europe, and ensuring Mysterio arrives in time to fend them off and save the city, Mysterio will become a hero in the eyes of the public, getting exactly the adulation and appreciation that Quentin Beck from the comics so craves for.
The general plot is expected to follow Avengers: Endgame (again, more on that later) and sees Peter Parker going on a school trip to Europe. In the time that has passed between the two movies, several developments have happened. Notably, Aunt May and Happy Hogan are seeing each other, as are possibly Peter Parker and Michelle, which certainly means he’s gotten over Liz as she moved out of town in Homecoming. For some reason, either to relinquish superhero duties just to enjoy the vacation, or unwilling to don the costume as a consequence of the events of Endgame, Parker leaves his suit behind, thinking nothing will go wrong.
It does though, and Fury arrives to give him his costume upgrades. Spider-man helps Fury, Hill and what’s left of S.H.I.E.L.D. to contain the Elementals (or at least a few of them) until Mysterio arrives to their rescue and succeeds in defeating these supernatural creatures. The news adores Mysterio, so does the general public as seen in the final scene of the trailer.
The Elementals (the ones that are left), or some other threat will probably resurface and events will undoubtedly unfold leading to Spider-Man combating and gaining credit for their defeat. This is probably going to anger Mysterio who will eventually snap, and reveal his true sinister motivations, leading to a final battle between him and Spider-Man.
Of course this is an overtly simplified summary of events. There’s a lot that’ll be going on around the movie as suggested by the packed trailer; it ran for almost 3 minutes and was still labeled by Sony as a “teaser”. I can only imagine what a second trailer will unleash.
Spider-Man: Far From Home releases in theaters worldwide on July 5, 2019. Don’t forget to bookmark us for all the latest coverage on the MCU.