For the past few years, we’ve been seeing greater villains in the MCU, which has been a relief. For so many years the MCU was viewed as a great franchise but its persistent weakness was its villains. With forgettable antagonists like Malekith (Thor: The Dark World), Ronan (Guardians of the Galaxy), or Yellow Jacket (Ant-Man) it’s always a relief when a Marvel movie arrives with a legitimately fantastic villain. And Spider-Man: Far from Home was one such Marvel film.
Like Black Panther, Spider-Man: Far from Home delivers its villain on its own terms, choosing to flesh out the story a bit before leaving you riveted midway through the movie as the antagonist comes into play in a shocking way.
What I love is how the writers psychologically trick you into thinking that Quentin Beck is the good guy. And believe me. I did my homework.
I knew that Beck was a man who used special effects to make himself look larger than life while he deceived Spider-Man and became one of his greatest arch-nemesis in the comics. And yet, despite knowing this, I was honestly fooled.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of the character took me for a loop and I started to feel like Peter Parker. Like this new guy was really cool. The kindness he showed Peter, the made-up backstory of his character, the cool outfit and awesome superpowers, everything about Mysterio screamed awesome. He was so cool he was starting to rival Doctor Strange…until the movie threw me for a loop and reminded me that he was, indeed, a villain.
Suddenly this awesome character that I was really starting to like transformed before my very eyes, becoming this ultra-jerk whose plan of becoming the ultimate hero was going to get the true heroes killed. But what made it so freaking perfect is that, according to Mysterio’s speech which perfectly filled us in on the details of Mysterio’s reasoning for his evil plan, Beck was unknowingly in Captain America: Civil War. He was the one who created the system called Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing or B.A.R.F as Tony called it. Um…genius!
This twist would’ve been even greater if I hadn’t started reading about Mysterio’s character from the comics. Danggit!
All in all, Mysterio has once again reinvigorated my love for Spider-Man villains. From Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus to Kingpin and now Mysterio, the villains Spider-Man has had to face have wowed me since I was a child and continue to find ways to excite me even as an adult.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s casting as the character was perfection and this was truly the best villain since Erik Killmonger outside of Thanos, because Thanos is clearly one of the greatest movie villains of all time.
Did you like Mysterio’s role in Spider-Man: Far from Home? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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