Far From Home Offers Our First Look at a Classic Spider-man Villain
If anyone in Marvel’s storied history deserves a long vacation, it’s Peter Parker. He’s a character defined by his struggles with adversity. Hell, we’ve seen Spidey bite the big one onscreen twice in 2018. So it’s a relief watching Peter (Tom Holland) leave his Spidey suit behind to take a European vacation with his bestie Ned (Jacob Batalon) and crush M.J. (Zendaya).
But we all know that the good times won’t last, and before long Peter must take up the mantle of your friendly European Spider-Man. I’m not gonna lie, I’m glad that Peter’s life is a mess because the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home looks like a perfect follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Check it out below:
Spider-Man is one of the few comic book heroes with a rogues’ gallery that gives Batman, ahem…Bruce Wayne, a run for his money. Spider-Man: Far From Home’s trailer offers a peek at the first big screen adaptation of Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a villain who has tussled with Spider-Man since the early 60s.
In the comics, more than one man has taken on the mantle of Mysterio. But the most popular version is Quentin Beck, A Hollywood special effects guru/stuntman/magician/roboticist… you get the picture. What’s essential about the character is that he uses visual trickery and likes f#<king with Spider-Man.
In the trailer, it looks like Mysterio is working with Spider-Man. I’m going out on a limb and guessing Mysterio is faking meta-human attacks and pretending to stop them to make himself look like a hero. It’s the sort of douchey act of narcissism guys like Quentin Beck love to do.
What stands out about the trailer is how faithful Mysterio’s costume remains to its comic book roots. When it comes to rocking the silliest costumes around, Mysterio is right up there with Aquaman’s nemesis Black Manta – blame it on their big goofy domed heads. I’m shocked that both character’s costumes work so well onscreen. We’ve come a long way since Bryan Singer based the X-Men’s costumes on Pulp Fiction’s infamous gimp suit.
It’s great that Spider-Man: Homecoming’s director Jon Watts returned for the sequel. Watts’ delivered a pitch-perfect version of Peter Parker in a film that felt like nothing else in the MCU. Holland’s Peter Parker may just be the heart and soul of the MCU as it enters its next phase. I can’t wait to see how Watts tops himself. With Captain Marvel due in March and Avengers: Endgame dropping in April, Marvel fans have plenty to look forward to in 2019.
1 – Shout out to Tony Revolori’s Flash Thompson for slipping the word dickwad into a Disney movie.
2 – It’s great to see a previously obliterated Nick Fury taking part in something other than a post-credits scene.
Here’s Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Official Synopsis:
Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighbourhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!
Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives in theatres on July 5, 2019.