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Mysterio Dimensions in Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man
The new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home dropped week ago. The first new thing to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a post-Avengers: Endgame spoiler world, it contained a lot of interesting bits of information.
One of the more interesting bits of information came from giving us more information about Jake Gyllenhaal’s version of Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio.
Mysterio is traditionally one of Spider-Man’s most popular villains. Perhaps the version of Quentin Beck from the MCU dimension is still a potential villain somewhere, but based on multiverse theory, there’s always the possibility that he’s a hero elsewhere.
Is Mysterio telling truth about multiverse?
There is one story that backs up the idea that Mysterio could be telling the truth, at least in some part. The 2012 Marvel Comics story Spider-Men, by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, brings Peter Parker and Miles Morales together for the first time. The story uses Mysterio as its villain, revealing that the Mysterio of the Ultimate Marvel Universe (Miles’s universe) is but a robotic avatar for the Mysterio of the Marvel-616 (Peter’s universe). This means that Mysterio is aware of the multiverse and capable of pulling off heists in different universes.
Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home could be lying about coming from another universe, or that part of his story may be true.
Specifically, in the Ultimate line of comics, a Mysterio android was sent to attack Miles Morales and wound up tearing a hole in the fabric between worlds. This android functioned as an avatar in this other world. His plan was very simple: Enter a universe with a younger, less experienced Spider-Man and use his villainous knowledge and experience to overtake the criminal underworld unimpeded by his now-loathsome rival.
In Ultimatum, Magneto distorts the world’s poles to create apocalyptic weather conditions. In the massive conflict, dozens of characters die. Peter Parker happens to be one of the few survivors.
Fortunately, Sony seems to agree, and a spinoff and sequel are now in development. Although the Spider-Verse franchise is just beginning, it seems that it may already have a big bad in the form of Olivia Octavius.
Following Ultimatum, When Peter Parker came to confront Mysterio, the supervillain managed to almost kill Peter by luring him into a trap. First, Mysterio created an illusion of the Hulk (supplemented by real detonations to simulate the damage the Hulk left behind).
However, it was only then that Peter realized Mysterio was simply an android being controlled by someone else.
The nature of Mysterio’s interdimensional travel wasn’t entirely unearthed until the Spider-Men storyline, where 616 Peter Parker tracks down Mysterio in a subterranean bunker. The 616 Spider-Man ended up finding his way over into the other world, and, with the combined help of Miles Morales, managed to defeat Mysterio once and for all, cutting off Mysterio’s access to the other world permanently.
Idea of multiverse…
The idea that he’s using the multiverse as a cover for his plan isn’t that much of a step to take. It would explain to everybody else where these creatures came from and also keep Nick Fury and others from taking too close a look at Beck himself if they think he’s from another world.
Certainly, if true, the idea that crossing between dimensions is possible now in the MCU is a game changer, but that’s only the case if any of this is actually true.
This could certainly be the reason that Far From Home is considered the end of the MCU’s Phase 3 rather than the start of Phase 4. Marvel wants to end this phase with an indication of what’s to come, and that is the multiverse.
Just like the Iron Man 3 twist, if this one is a trick, a lot of fans will be less than thrilled, so teasing a multiverse now only works if you never go back on it.