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I created Mysterio to give the world someone to believe in! I control the truth! Mysterio is the truth!
~ Quentin Beck/Mysterio's most famous quote upon confronting Spider-Man.
Tony Stark is gone, there is a window of opportunity, and someone will step up. These days, you can be the smartest guy in the room, the most qualified, and no one cares. Unless you're flying around with a cape or shooting lasers with your hands, no one will even listen. Well... I've got a cape and lasers. With our technology, and with E.D.I.T.H., Mysterio will be the greatest hero on Earth! And then everyone will listen!
~ Mysterio speaking to his crew.

Quentin Beck, also better known as Mysterio, is a major antagonist of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the final antagonist of the Infinity Saga. He appears as an unseen character in Captain America: Civil War, the main antagonist of Spider-Man: Far From Home and the posthumous overarching antagonist of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

He is a former Stark Industries illusions specialist who wants to become the world's biggest superhero in place of the late Tony Stark aka Iron Man, feigning attacks from inter-dimensional beings called the Elementals to do so. A spiteful and emotionally unstable man, he ends up becoming the first real personal threat to Peter as his actions started a catastrophic chain of events that arguably ruined the boy's life. He is the former friend turned archenemy of Spider-Man, followed by the Green Goblin.

He was portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, who also played Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Unlike the other villains in Spider-Man films who became evil due to certain circumstances, Quentin became evil on his own for no reason other than petty spite making him far more evil than any other Spider-Man film villain.
  • Tony Stark stealing credit for his invention and firing him is a flimsy excuse for his actions because:
    1. He was fired for being unstable. His temper tantrums, sadism, and overall arrogance throughout the film certainly support that claim.
    2. He misremembers the events of Captain America: Civil War, where he imagined the audience laughed when Tony unveiled his glasses' names as B.A.R.F. In reality, the audience didn't laugh at the name, and Tony himself admitted the product needed a much more suitable name, thus presenting Mysterio as a narcissist who has an unreliable grasp on his memories.
    3. He endangers countless innocents that had nothing to do with his job loss at all.
    4. He criticized Tony for using his technology for psychotherapy, despite Quentin himself using this technology for deceptive practices and causing harm (creating the Elementals to make everybody think that he's a superhero).
    5. It is pretty obvious that he felt no gratitude nor sadness over Tony's sacrifice and death, seeing it as a window of opportunity to take his place as the world's greatest hero. This is despite the fact that Tony saved the whole world (and his own life) from Thanos.
  • Staged all of the global destruction caused by the Elementals to pretend to be a hero, completely uncaring about any resultant civilian casualties. He even told his crew to have the drones do maximum damage, and when one of his crew told him that it would cause several casualties, he merely replies that it would serve as more coverage. With this, he ended up ravaging 2 villages and had some heavy hitters on Prague and Venice, which even if unknown if people died, Mysterio's intention to harm and threaten their lives and kill as many as he can still remain.
  • Threatens to execute his entire crew with drones over the loss of one of his projectors. Moreover, this loss is actually his fault, yet he still blamed his crew for losing it anyway.
    • Although he later takes help from his crew and doesn't harm them in the rest of the movie, it's only because they embody the collective identity of Mysterio and are assigned with maintaining the illusion and technology, not out of any sense of loyalty to them. Also, given that he was threatening to kill his entire crew for losing one of his projectors and that he was constantly yelling at them for either not doing what he says or for making errors, Mysterio never genuinely cared for them and only saw them as puppets so he could become famous.
  • Tortures Spider-Man by making him go through nightmarish illusions, even blaming him for Tony Stark's death when Peter had nothing to do with it as Tony sacrificed himself to defeat Thanos.
  • Purposefully led Peter in front of a train using his illusions, which would have killed him hadn't it been for Peter's superhuman strength.
  • Attempts to murder Peter, MJ, Ned, and Betty in order to keep his villainy secret. It's also worth noting that the latter wasn't even confirmed to know his secret, as Peter said Ned might have told her.
  • Also attempts to murder Nick Fury and Maria Hill to sell his cover story and prevent them from investigating him, unaware that the Skrulls, Talos and Soren, are standing in for them.
  • Feigns respect for Peter as he "hands" E.D.I.T.H. over, only to reveal it was an illusion so he could try to shoot the boy to death from behind his back.
  • While it is possible that Mysterio may have had some fondness towards Spider-Man, as he rolled his eyes upon discovering Peter knows his secret and blamed William for killing him, he had no problems with repeatedly tormenting and trying to kill him after he uncovered his fraudulence, thus subverting any redeeming qualities he had.
  • Planned to destroy most of London and kill thousands of civilians using the hidden drones in the Elementals, all to stage an Avengers-level threat and usurp the position of the next Iron Man.
  • Frames Spider-Man for killing him and staging his own attacks while revealing his secret identity to the entire world posthumously, thereby achieving his own goals in death. This brands Spider-Man as a criminal wanted by both the authorities and the criminals he fought over the years, threatening his own safety and that of his loved ones. This is all done in spite of Peter's kindness to Mysterio as well.
    • Exposing Peter's secret identity would seriously affect Peter's personal life, leading to him being arrested for Mysterio's murder and not only preventing Peter from getting into M.I.T, but Ned and MJ as well due to them being associated with him. This made Peter seek out Doctor Strange's help to make the world forget he was Spider-Man. This makes him indirectly responsible for all of the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and thus, the entire Spider-Man Multiversal Crisis, with Doctor Strange casting a spell that summoned people from every point in the multiverse who know that the Peter in their world is Spider-Man, which nearly causes the collision of the multiverse, despite being completely out of his intention in doing so. Undoing the collapse of the multiverse and Mysterio's actions of revealing Spider-Man's identity, Peter is now all on his own with nobody (not even the Avengers as well as Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts) to help him, including no tech support.
    • Venom and Eddie Brock from the SSU (Sony's Spider-Man Universe) got sent to the MCU and vowed to hunt MCU Spider-Man down, due to seeing him as a criminal on the news on TV. Also, because Venom only goes after criminals. Had he and Eddie not got sent back to the SSU, they most likely would've successfully met and fight against MCU Spider-Man after tracking him down to New York City, thus would've completed the Sinister Six if he and Eddie teamed up with the Raimiverse's villains and the Webbverse's villains.
      • A part of the Venom symbiote was left behind in the MCU after Eddie and Venom were transported back to the SSU, which could evolve into a future antagonist.
    • This also basically means that he was entirely responsible for the Raimiverse's Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Sandman, the Webbverse's Lizard and Electro and the Sony's Spider-Man Universe's Venom and Eddie Brock visiting the MCU, making Mysterio responsible for their respective crimes there, including the murder of MCU May Parker at the hands of the Green Goblin.
    • The Vulture was transported to Sony's Spider-Man Universe thanks to Doctor Strange's spell, which he had to summon to stop the MCU from fracturing, causing Vulture to be released from prison due to having no criminal history there and letting Vulture get away with his crimes. What's more, Vulture then meets up with Michael Morbius with the intent of forming a team to fight against Spider-Man, foreshadowing a cross-universal version of the Sinister Six.
  • Though Mysterio does have some comedic moments, his actions are still played seriously.
  • While many other MCU villains have been more scale in the magnitude of destruction that they cause, Mysterio stands out for his lesser resources, his torture of Peter, and publicly revealing his identity as Spider-Man whilst framing him for his crimes which makes him not only uniquely vile for how he indirectly led to the murder of May Parker by the Green Goblin but also universally vile for indirectly starting the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and nearly plunging the multiverse into chaos when Spider-Man had led to Doctor Strange botching the Runes of Kof-Kol trying to select who to be exempt from the spell, as well as Green Goblin destroying the Macchina de Kadavus which unleashed some multiversal dangers.

Trivia

  • Mysterio is the third Pure Evil villain ever featured in a Spider-Man film, the first two being both Carlton Drake and Riot, and following Carnage. However, unlike them, Mysterio is the first Pure Evil to appear in a film with Spider-Man in it. He is the only one in a Spider-Man film to not come from the Sony's Marvel Universe.
    • Not counting Drake, Riot, and Carnage, Mysterio is the evilest Spider-Man movie villain to date. He willingly became evil, unlike the others who were manipulated or became evil by accidental circumstances. He is implied to have killed thousands of people and even unintentionally led to the collapse of the multiverse by framing Spider-Man for his death.
  • This version of Mysterio, along with his Shattered Dimensions incarnation, is one of the two versions of Mysterio to be Pure Evil.
  • Despite Mysterio being Pure Evil, Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts expressed his opinion that he doesn't see Quentin Beck as a villain and that he appreciates his crew. However, the film explicitly shows that Mysterio doesn't really respect his crew and Watts' statement may have been in jest, so Mysterio qualifies.

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