Spider-Man: Far From Home: Lots Of Mysterio Conspiracy Theories
Spider-Man: Far From Home is here, and you're probably planning on seeing it very soon. But before you do, let's go over the wild world of bizarre theories based on the trailers we've already seen. In our review, GameSpot's Meg Downey said, "It's full of heart and good intentions, clever, quick-witted, and confident enough to pull off some really insane reveals."
The latest Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer dropped a bombshell on us--no, not the carefully placed Avengers: Endgame spoiler warning, though we're sure people appreciated it--the implication that the MCU might actually have a multiverse. In fact, it might actually be a numbered multiverse, just like Marvel Comics.
Of course, that might not actually be the case, given the situation. We learn this juicy detail thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal's Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, who is apparently from an alternate Earth. Apparently the fabric of reality itself was punctured by Thanos and his snap--though we can't be completely sure exactly what that means or how deep the damage may go.
Or, honestly, Mysterio could just be completely full of it. The character's comic book history doesn't exactly bode well for his honesty, which left us wondering: Is Mysterio just a liar? Or is there more to the story than we originally assumed?
We took a closer look at all of Mysterio's, uh, mysteries and crafted some conspiracy theories (conspirios) to fit the bill.
He's not from an alternate reality, he's just a great liar
We're going to start with a relatively low hanging guess, here. In the comics, Quentin Beck is not only a pretty terrible dude, he's also a professional actor and stage magician who specializes in crafting elaborately staged tricks and mind games to fool his victims. So far, Far From Home's trailers have made Beck seem like a good guy (from an alternate dimension) who is just trying to help but given his history we don't know if we should believe that. It's definitely not too far of a stretch to say that Beck's abilities as a performer--and, maybe, the five year time skip during Endgame where the world was in chaos--would absolutely give him the advantage when it comes to pulling the wool over everyone's eyes.
Of course, if that's true and the whole multiverse situation really is just a clever ruse, we have to ask: To what end? Why bother going through all the trouble? What does he actually want? And why on Earth was Nick Fury so easily duped into believing him?
He is from an alternate reality, but he's a villain on his home Earth
Perhaps more likely than concocting the whole multiverse theory because he was bored and angry after the snap is the idea that Beck actually is from an alternate Earth, but he isn't being honest about his intentions here on ours--or who he was back on his.
Beck being a different Earth's super villain who sees an opportunity in a new reality to make a power grab certainly seems like something entirely possible--and it would still allow Beck to stretch his carefully honed manipulation skills for a more productive end.
He is from an alternate Earth, but he's a failed hero
One slight variation on that last theory is that Beck is from an alternate Earth, and maybe isn't that great of a guy, but he wasn't a full on super villain. There's a chance that getting thrown from one dimension to another prompted Beck to try and completely reinvent himself from a failed superhero to a genuine Avenger--which, let's be honest, will probably net the same results his being an actual, real deal bad guy would. But still, it's slightly less malicious.
He's the Sorcerer Supreme of an alternate Earth--and has a connection to an Infinity Stone
One interesting thing about seeing Mysterio in action is how he appears to have some sort of genuine magic. In the comics, his trademark fog is a sort of hallucinogenic nerve gas that makes people more susceptible to his manipulation but here we see him seemingly manifest it into all sorts of shapes, including functioning blades. Of course, that could all be part of the trick--but it could also be a hit that Mysterio is a little more than meets the eye.
In fact, he could even be a bonafide Sorcerer--maybe even the Sorcerer Supreme--where he comes from. Obviously his spells don't have the same look or aesthetic as Doctor Strange's do on our Earth, but that would only mean that magic isn't consistently visualized across realities and we're absolutely willing to buy that. Also, it could even go to follow that if Beck is connected to an alternate Earth's society of sorcerers, he could also be connected to an alternate Earth's Infinity Stone. After all, if the Stones do affect the flow of time then every Earth in the multiverse would need a set, right? Maybe Beck is harnessing his powers from his own Eye of Agamotto.
He's an alternate Earth's Peter Parker
We've all seen Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, right? If there's one hero that just about everyone is ready to accept appearing in the MCU in two different incarnations at the same time in the same place, it's definitely Peter Parker. What if Quentin Beck is an assumed name for an adult Peter from an alternate Earth? What if that's what Beck was alluding to when he said "we could use someone like you on my world" to Peter? Not that they don't have a Spider-Man, that they don't have a young and idealistic Spider-Man anymore.
He's an alternate Earth's Harry Osborn
Twist! Maybe he's not an alternate reality Peter, but an alternate reality Harry Osborn who is typically one of Peter's best friends in most incarnations of canon--at least until his dad goes crazy and he goes crazy shortly thereafter. Osborn's super villain identity is usually Green Goblin after dear ol' dad but maybe this time around he's trying out something new. After all, there's been no mention of Harry as one of Peter's classmates or friends in the MCU so far so this might be a fun and new way to bring him in without having to pretend he's been there all along.
Of course, the question remains whether or not we'd be dealing with normal, friendly Osborn or totally unhinged Osborn if this actually is the case. It could honestly go either way.
He's an android sent by someone else
The name Mysterio has been used by a lot of different people back in the comics--and some of them aren't entirely human. Though we know that this version is supposed to be Quentin Beck, we can't rule out the possibility that he'll be drawing inspiration from other parts of the source material. 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. Who's to say that this Mysterio isn't the same sort of situation? Maybe we're getting our first taste of hyper realistic Life Model Decoys in the big screen MCU.
Though if that's the case, we have to wonder who would have sent him in the first place? And to what end?
He's going to somehow bring Natasha--and maybe some other Avengers--back
Well intentioned or otherwise, there is a very real possibility that Beck will be able to bring the currently dead or inactive Avengers back. Sort of. We don't completely know how or if he was able to breach the holes in reality caused by the snap, but if it's something he can do willingly and on purpose--and if it's something he can take other people through--we could be seeing a full blown return of just about any character in the MCU you can think of.
Of course, they won't be the "real" versions--they could even be evil clones--but it's certainly a way to explain away a major resurrection for someone like, say, Natasha Romanoff?
He provides Peter with the "stealth" suit and it's got some ulterior motive or purpose
Peter has a few costume changes in the latest trailer--they're nothing we haven't seen before, but the new information about Mysterio puts an interesting spin on his most recent outfit update. We see he and Beck sharing a drink at a bar (Beck has a beer, Peter, who is a good boy, is drinking a juice with a straw). They seem to be out in public (though the people in the background look a little off--like either time has been stopped or they're not from our world) and they're both unmasked. This is a little unusual for Peter, who is one of the only Avengers who tries to actually guard his secret identity with some care. He's wearing the black "stealth" costume in this moment, which makes us think that the two might be related.
What if Mysterio gave Peter the stealth suit to help him blend in back on his home Earth? And that's why Peter isn't concerned about being recognized?
He's actually totally earnest and exactly who he says he is. Everything is fine.
This might be the craziest theory of all but stay with me here. What if Beck is not only exactly who he says he is, but his intentions are exactly what he says they are and he really is just trying to do his best to save his world and ours?