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Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.
With Avengers: Endgame in its second weekend of release, the veil on spoilers has dropped and the public can now discuss the finer points of what happened in what might be the biggest movie of all time. In addition to being able to talk out what happened in the past, we’re now being given a chance to discuss the future, as the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer just dropped a pretty big clue as to what the Marvel Cinematic Universe may tackle next.
As seen in the trailer, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is from another dimension, and you can thank Thanos for that little twist of fate. While we're still a little skeptical about whether this is the truth or not, we're going to treat it as if the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home is being on the level with us. Which, to be totally honest, is exciting as hell; Mysterio's truth could mean a lot for the Spider-Man franchise, as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general. Let's dive into what we've got so far.
The Truth About Mysterio: He Comes From Another Dimension
During the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, we learn from Nick Fury that while Thanos’ snap with the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War wiped out half of all life in the galaxy, it also did something worse. It tore a hole in the dimensional fabric of our world, which means that Mysterio has somehow bled over from his Earth into ours. This version of Mysterio, also known as Quentin Beck, seems to be a legitimate superhero with powers that can fight the so called Elementals that are wreaking havoc on our world.
It’s because of his abilities, and knowledge of these creatures, that Nick Fury has drafted Mysterio into the fight. But he also wants Spider-Man to be involved as well, more than likely due to his scientific mind and the fact that a lot of the other Avengers are indisposed at the moment. Not to mention, even Quentin knows that Peter's abilities are useful, lamenting in the trailer that someone like him would be handy to have on his world.
How Other Dimensions Could Affect Spider-Man: Far From Home
So right there, a minor implication can be discussed for Mysterio and his role in Spider-Man: Far From Home. While the world is used to the man with the giant fishbowl on his head being a villainous presence in Spidey’s life, we’ve been told that in this film he’s actually a hero. It looks like we have our explanation for why this twist came about, because in another world Quentin Beck is probably a nicer guy who works on saving the world, and is probably a legitimate spell-caster.
Rather than present Mysterio as the illusionist/special effects master he’s always been known as, it looks as if we’re seeing an alternate version of Mr. Beck that shows him as a legitimate hero/role model for Peter Parker. Even better is the fact that this new wrinkle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe could potentially open the rest of the world up to a new and exciting possibility in Phase 4 and beyond: interdimensional worldbuilding.
How Mysterio's Story Could Affect The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Much like Sony’s last Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe now seems to be playing with the theory of alternate versions of characters we already know and love. Marvel sort of played around with that possibility in Avengers: Endgame, as we now have another Gamora who’s traveled through time into the modern day, and has none of the memories/experiences of the one we lost in Avengers: Infinity War.
Of course now it’s a whole new ballgame with other dimensions coming into play, because as we saw in last year’s big animated hit, new dimensions mean more complications than just removing someone from time. The truths of one universe don’t always map up with those of another. So, not only does this mean that Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Mysterio could totally be a hero, but it also means that the villainous Mysterio might still be active in this particular dimension.
Also, it should be noted that in the traditional Marvel Comics canon, the Fantastic Four have been known to mess around with interdimensional travel. So if you’ve been holding out hope for the first family of Marvel’s return, this just brought your wildest dreams a little closer to reality.
What This Might Mean For Future Spider-Man Movies
Spider-Man has always played around with big scientific concepts that change the world we live in. So Spider-Man: Far From Home would be the perfect place to start laying down the multiverse theory. With all of the cosmic power behind The Decimation, it wouldn’t be surprising at all that the fabric of the cosmos has been torn. And with that event, we could see the mother of all crossovers.
With Sony also working on a Spider-Man multiverse after Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, there’s a possibility that if the studio really wanted to, the world of the animated and the world of live-action could overlap. Meaning -- and I may be fan-boying out here -- we could see Miles Morales team up with yet another Peter Parker, albeit one who is younger and more alive than the ones he’s previously teamed up with.
Is Mysterio Telling The Truth?
Of course, all of these theories are predicated on the “truth” that Mysterio/Quentin Beck is actually telling the truth about being a hero. With that particular character being known as a liar and a flim-flam man, via his special effects prowess and some scientific tomfoolery, there’s always a chance that Mysterio is a bad guy.
But at the very least, if the part about Mysterio coming from another universe holds true, we’re possibly seeing the very turning point in the MCU that could change so much. Which would make the traditional supervillain’s lies a little easier to handle, but wouldn’t make him any less of a monster.
The possibility definitely exists that Quentin Beck is lying through his teeth to Nick Fury, Peter Parker, and everyone that’ll listen in Spider-Man: Far From Home. So while we’ll trust that this new development is the truth for the time being, we’re still very skeptical of just what might be happening underneath the surface.
Which makes it a good time for you, the audience, to re-watch the trailer to Spider-Man: Far From Home, in order to see if you can pick up any further clues about what may or may not be actual, hard won truth: