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Warning: SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home are ahead!
Although Tony Stark died at the end of Avengers: Endgame, his influence was felt in the follow-up Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Peter Parker was still mourning for his mentor and worried about living up to Tony’s legacy. Unfortunately for Peter, his adversary in Far From Home, Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, would later use Tony’s memory against him by conjuring an illusion of a zombie Iron Man crawling out from the grave.
However, this scene could have been a lot creepier, as new Spider-Man: Far From Home concept art has been released showing Spidey battling an army of zombie Iron Men. Check it out!
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spidey didn’t actually fight the Iron Man zombie while he was tripping out during Mysterio’s illusion barrage, but in the above artwork shared by Marvel Visual Development artist Henrik Tamm on Instagram, he could have had to face off against numerous undead versions of the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist. And while the zombie Iron Man in Far From Home still had some of its faceplate intact, these monstrosities favored fully showing off their grotesque faces.
It’s unclear why this action sequence was scrapped; perhaps it was deemed a little too scary for the younger crowd checking out the PG-13 flick, or maybe it was just to . In any case, while it’s a shame Spider-Man: Far From Home didn’t get to go full Marvel Zombies, at least Mysterio still called on one Iron Man zombie to screw with Peter Parker’s head.
Although he was depicted in marketing and the early portion of Spider-Man: Far From Home as a hero, Mysterio soon showed that he was just as duplicitous as his comic book counterpart. A disgruntled ex-Stark Industries employee who was displeased with how Tony Stark made use of his advanced holographic technology (shown as B.A.R.F. in Captain America: Civil War) and was fired for being unstable, Quentin Beck teamed up with other people fired by Tony to establish Mysterio as a new, popular superhero for the world following the death of Iron Man.
Mysterio eventually obtained the E.D.I.T.H. A.I. Tony Stark bequeathed to Peter Parker and tried to use it to carry out his biggest Elementals illusion yet, but the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man managed to foil this scheme. But before dying, Mysterio left one last surprise Peter: doctored video footage aired by The Daily Bugle showing Quentin framing the Elemental attack in London on the teen hero and revealing his secret identity to the world. No matter what medium he’s in, Spider-Man just can’t catch a break.
An extended version of Spider-Man: Far From Home is heading to theaters next week, and we’ll be sure to let you know when you can expect the movie to arrive on home media. As for the future of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, it’s now been complicated by Marvel and Sony’s relationship reportedly being dissolved, but we can expect this version of the character to eventually return to the big screen.
In the meantime, you can keep track of what movies are heading to theaters later this year in our 2019 release schedule.