|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (June 1964)|
|Created by||Stan Lee|
|Alter ego||Quentin Beck|
|Team affiliations||Sinister Six|
|Notable aliases||Dr. Ludwig Rinehart|
Mysterio (Quentin Beck) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A failed actor but gifted special effects artist, Quentin Beck turned to villainy when his lofty Hollywood aspirations passed him by. His first major act as a supervillain was to frame Spider-Man for a museum robbery with Beck portraying himself as a hero, only to be defeated by Spider-Man instead. Vowing revenge on the webslinger, Mysterio would end up becoming one of Spider-Man's most enduring rogues.
In 2009, Mysterio was ranked as IGN's 85th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. The character has appeared in numerous media adaptations, including feature films, television series and video games. Mysterio made his live-action debut portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character biography
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 Other characters named Mysterio
- 5 Other versions
- 6 In other media
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Mysterio was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (June 1964). It was later retconned that the aliens seen in The Amazing Spider-Man #2 had been Mysterio and his men in disguise; it was revealed that he had been hired by the Tinkerer to disguise himself as an extraterrestrial and uncover military and industrial secrets. Like Kingpin, he has crossed over and been a major villain of Daredevil. In the storyline "Guardian Devil", he crossed into Daredevil's territory almost pushing Daredevil to the edge.
Fictional character biography
Quentin Beck is a special effects wizard and stunt man working for a major Hollywood studio with dreams of making a name for himself in the film industry. However, he came to see his career in special effects as a dead-end job. His attempts to become an actor were poorly received, but he realized that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective criminal. In his first battle with Spider-Man, after he frames Spider-Man for robbing the Midtown Museum, Mysterio obstructs the hero's spider-sense with gas and dissolves Spider-Man's webbing with a chemical abrasive. However Spider-Man tricks Mysterio into revealing he robbed the museum, then Spider-Man revealed he had captured it on tape. Mysterio was then jailed, blaming Spider-Man for his ruined career.
Mysterio later joins the Sinister Six in an attempt at revenge on Spider-Man. In an elaborate scheme, Doctor Octopus gives each member of the Sinister Six a card with the location of the next battle written on it. Each location was carefully selected to best suit that member's particular talents and Spider-Man will have to fight them one after the other. Only once Spider-Man has defeated each opponent, will he be able to obtain the card that will identify the next location. Doctor Octopus believed that with this plan, each of the Sinister Six would weaken Spider-Man a little bit more so that his chances would grow slimmer after each battle. When Spider-Man reaches Mysterio, his third opponent, he is immediately attacked by a group of highly developed robot replicas of the X-Men controlled by Mysterio. After successfully defeating the robots and Mysterio, Spider-Man gets the next card that enables him to go on to battle Sandman.
Mysterio later creates the alias of world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Ludwig Rinehart, using technology and hypnosis in an attempt to make Spider-Man lose his mind, and nearly convincing him to unmask, though ironically Spider-Man was helped by J. Jonah Jameson suddenly bursting into the house. Spider-Man then unmasked Mysterio. Mysterio then establishes a brief partnership with the Wizard in a plot to kill Spider-Man and the Human Torch on a Hollywood movie set by pretending to enroll them in a film. However they were both defeated and arrested. He threatens to destroy the city while on TV, and goes on to convince Spider-Man he is 6 inches (15 cm) tall using a post-hypnotic suggestion and a miniature funfair, but Spider-Man sees through the illusion and captures Mysterio yet again.
While Beck is incarcerated, his cellmate Daniel Berkhart briefly becomes Mysterio on the original's behalf. Out of prison, Beck resumes his Ludwig Rinehart identity to manipulate Spider-Man's Aunt May into revealing the whereabouts of a lost fortune hidden in her house. Beck used bogus alien disguises to frighten May Parker into revealing the location of the fortune, but then learned that the money had long ago been eaten by silverfish. In his next appearance, Mysterio tricks Spider-Man into believing that he had caused the death of a bystander. Mysterio then attempts to scare the tenants from an apartment complex in a real estate scam thwarted by the preteen superhero team, Power Pack, much to his later humiliation. He is recruited by Doctor Octopus to form the second Sinister Six, and battles Spider-Man.
In other encounters, Mysterio has faked the death of Spider-Man's Aunt May, and made deals with demons from Limbo. Despite this, however, Mysterio was constantly beaten by Spider-Man and usually arrested. He joined Doctor Octopus' Sinister Six on several occasions, but this never gave him the edge against his foe that he desired. Eventually, he began to lose credibility as a supervillain, with his defeat at the hands of Power Pack being a particularly humiliating moment.[volume & issue needed]
After his final imprisonment during the Guardian Devil storyline, Mysterio was given an early release, as he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and lung cancer, both caused by the chemicals and radiation from his equipment. He was given one year to live, but this imminent death caused prison psychiatrists to grant him an early release. Obsessed with exacting his final revenge on Spider-Man, he was disappointed when he deduced from newspaper articles that the current Spider-Man was just a clone and saw no dignity in overpowering a 'copy' of the real thing (even though by then, the clone had been killed and the current Spider-Man was indeed the original). Mysterio decided to change his plan and focus on Daredevil, whom he had encountered recently during an insurance scam that the hero had thwarted; Mysterio believed that he had found a 'kindred spirit' in Daredevil, in the sense that both were second stringers with little reputation outside their homes.
After the Kingpin gave Mysterio all the information he possessed about Daredevil's past, Mysterio developed an elaborate plot to drive Daredevil insane using a special designed drug to influence Daredevil's mood, presenting him with a baby girl and conflicting reports that she was the second coming of Christ or the Antichrist, with the drug rendering Daredevil violent if anyone suggested that the child was innocent. In the course of the scheme, Karen Page was killed by Bullseye after Mysterio had convinced her that she was suffering from HIV due to her time as a porn star, Matt Murdock's partner Foggy Nelson was framed for murder after cheating on his current lover, and Daredevil nearly lost his mind as he appeared to be tormented by the forces of Hell.[clarification needed]
However, Daredevil's will proved stronger than Mysterio expected, and once Doctor Strange discovers and magically removed the drug from Daredevil's bloodstream, Daredevil unmasked Mysterio as the mastermind, shattering the villain's helmet in fury and revealing his now languishing appearance. Beck had thought Daredevil would kill him upon discovery, which in his eyes, was a "grand way to end his final show". Daredevil denied him this and instead dismissed Mysterio's scheme as a basic 'B-movie' plot and calling Mysterio a 'human Xerox', incapable of having an original thought in his life; if nothing else, the Kingpin had already attempted to drive Daredevil insane and he had used the 'supernatural intruding on our world' idea in a previous attack on J. Jonah Jameson. Broken in every sense of the word, Mysterio, saying he was stealing an idea from Kraven the Hunter, pulled out a gun and shot himself dead. While Mysterio has faked his own death several times in the past, this act was apparently legitimate, as Mysterio literally had nothing left to live for.
Sometime later, Quentin Beck suddenly appears in the Midtown High School auditorium in a dark red version of his costume during the three-way battle between Spider-Man and the two successor Mysterios. He confronts Francis Klum before leaving him for Berkhart to deal with. Quentin Beck then confronts Miss Arrow, revealing that half his head is missing from the gunshot wound and explains that, having gone to Hell for suicide, his "superiors" in the afterlife sent him back to Earth to maintain a cosmic balance. His superiors want Spider-Man to continue working at the school and Beck knows Miss Arrow has a similar role for the "other side".
Berkhart and Klum briefly battle one another before Spider-Man captures Berkhart. While trying to escape, Klum runs into Arrow and tries to take her as a hostage, only to be stabbed by one of her stingers. He then teleports away, badly bleeding. Neither Berkhart nor Klum have been seen since. Though Berkhart was incarcerated, Klum's status is uncertain.
In The Amazing Spider-Man #581, a flashback shows that, prior to his suicide, Beck had been hired by Norman Osborn to fake his son Harry's death.
Mysterio reappears during The Gauntlet storyline, which re-introduces several past Spider-Man villains with new twists. This Mysterio claims to be a returned Quentin Beck who had faked his death, though it's unclear how this fits in with his aforementioned appearance. He is under the employ of Maggia crime member Carmine, creating androids of various deceased Maggia (including their dead leader Silvermane) to give them a credibility boost in their gang war with Mister Negative. Beck controls the Silvermane robot himself and plants seeds of rebellion in Hammerhead, who had left the Maggia under the belief that Silvermane was deceased. He also tries to drive Spider-Man mad by making him think he's accidentally killed several gang members, while trying to convince him that a returned Captain George Stacy, who claims to have always been the gangster known as the Big Man, also faked his death years earlier. This turn makes Spider-Man realize that Mysterio must be behind the recent mysterious return of so many deceased individuals, and he vows to have Mysterio pay for making it personal. Shortly after, Mysterio uses the Silvermane robot to murder Carmine in an attempt to secretly seize control of the Maggia and its fortune. Spider-Man eventually exposes and confronts Mysterio, who flees. He later runs into Chameleon, who tells him that he has some friends who are "dying" to meet him.
During the Origin of the Species storyline, Mysterio is among the supervillains invited by Doctor Octopus to join his villains' team where he is promised that he will receive a reward. Mysterio went after Spider-Man for Menace's infant. He manages to trick Spider-Man into giving him the child by projecting an image of Avengers Mansion and uses his illusions to try to frighten Spider-Man. Ultimately, Spider-Man recovers the baby from Mysterio after figuring out the villain's involvement.
Mysterio is next seen as part of the new Sinister Six organized by Doctor Octopus. He first works with Chameleon to distract Spider-Man and the Future Foundation, faking an attack in the Caribbean by zombie pirates while the rest of the Six steal something from the Fantastic Four's headquarters. He also participates in an attack by the Six on the Avengers Academy. When the Sinister Six launch an attack on the Intelligencia and their new doomsday weapon, Mysterio is responsible for taking down the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes.
Doctor Octopus and Mysterio later coordinate the Octobots that have infiltrated the Apogee 1 Space Station. When Mysterio notices that some of the Octobots were disabled, Doctor Octopus orders the Octobots to finish their mission and then destroy the space station. Spider-Man, Human Torch and John Jameson later discover that some of the space station's crew members have been taken over by the Octobots making them Octobot-controlled zombies that obey Doctor Octopus' commands. While in their undersea base, Doctor Octopus and Mysterio discover that their Octobot-controlled zombies have passed out. After Apogee 1 Space Station is destroyed and the crew is evacuated by Spider-Man, Human Torch and John Jameson, Doctor Octopus tells the rest of the Sinister Six that his master plan is about to begin.
Although Mysterio aids Doctor Octopus in his attack against the Avengers and his plan to 'heal' the world during the Ends of the Earth storyline, he agrees to help Spider-Man, Silver Sable and Black Widow defeat Doctor Octopus's plans after Spider-Man convinces him that Doctor Octopus will not honor any deal he has made with the Six as he will almost certainly scorch Earth if his plan succeeds. Mysterio leads Spider-Man and his allies to a Mayan temple where Doctor Octopus's base is located (claiming that he was responsible for the choice of location due to the supposed Mayan prophecies of the world ending in 2012), leaving them to face the mind-controlled Avengers. After disabling the Octobots that were controlling the Avengers, Mysterio lends Spider-Man and Silver Sable his vehicle and provides them with the location of Dr. Octopus' base. He then disappears in a cloud of smoke and leaves the heroes to deal with Octavius.
During the Spider-Men storyline, Mysterio has crossed over to the Ultimate Marvel Universe multiple times only to encounter the mainstream Spider-Man after his last travel. In the struggle, Spider-Man is transported to the Ultimate Universe, where Mysterio reveals that his Ultimate counterpart is simply a robotic avatar controlled remotely. Refusing to allow Spider-Man to escape, Mysterio sends a robot avatar after Peter and the new Spider-Man. Despite using chemical weapons to create the hallucination that both Spider-Men are fighting an army of their greatest foes, Peter's greater experience allows him to focus through Mysterio's illusions and destroy the avatar. Mysterio subsequently departs, reflecting that it is more appropriate to leave Spider-Man trapped in a world where he is dead, leaving Iron Man to examine his discarded technology. Mysterio is preparing to cement his victory by destroying the portal and trapping Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe forever. But unable to resist the temptation to see how his enemy is faring, he keeps the portal open long enough for Peter and the Ultimates to capture him. Despite his best efforts to throw them off with their worst fears, Mysterio is quickly defeated. Fury decides to keep him prisoner in the Ultimate universe due to his knowledge of Peter's secret identity. He is later questioned by the Ultimates when Galactus is accidentally transferred into the Ultimate universe after they determine that Galactus originates from Mysterio's world. Beck reveals that Galactus's past assaults had been defeated by his world's Reed Richards, allowing the Ultimates to send their Reed to Earth-616 to hack his counterpart's files on Galactus.
Eight months after the events of Secret Wars, Mysterio attacks Parker Industries with the intention of using the company's Webware technology to cause mass hysteria by beaming imagery directly into the minds of the product's users. The plot is thwarted by Deadpool, who runs Mysterio over with his "Dead-Buggy". While recovering in the hospital, Beck is visited by an unknown figure, who leaves a Mysterio bust on the supervillain's bedside table while declaring that he is "not out of the game yet". After Deadpool is manipulated into killing Spider-Man, Mysterio tortures the hero's Limbo-bound soul by projecting his own spirit into the realm using power provided by a mysterious benefactor. Deadpool is able to enter Limbo and help Spider-Man overpower Mysterio, who is afterward shown to have disappeared from his hospital bed.
After being beaten by the likes of Deadpool and other superheroes, Quentin Beck left the supervillain business and relocated to Las Vegas. His daughter Misty Beck shows up in order to persuade him to become Mysterio again. Dusk shows some awareness of this, as she warns Scarlet Spider about Mysterio, but when Reilly visits the villain, he accepts Beck's explanation that he has decided to retire. Misty later involves her father in a ritual that would grant her great power if she sacrificed something she truly loved in exchange. But when she attempted to kill Beck, Reilly's intervention distracted her long enough for Beck to accidentally stab her resulting in him gaining the power himself as he places his left hand on the altar while shedding Misty's blood. Now possessing power drawn from Cyttorak, Beck recreates his Mysterio costume and attacks the Scarlet Spider. Scarlet Spider defeats his foe by cutting off the hand that touched the altar, taking away Beck's power.
Mysterio later created the illusion of an alien invasion that lured every superhero team to fight them. Spider-Man discovered Mysterio's plot and defeated him. Mysterio stated that he wanted to become more than a lesser criminal as Spider-Man webbed him up for the police. When in court, Janice Lincoln appeared as Mysterio's lawyer as the vision of an unidentified entity with centipedes on him appeared in the courthouse claiming to be the one who revived Mysterio.
In the pages of "Dead Man Logan," Miss Sinister coaxes Quentin Beck into becoming Mysterio again in exchange for keeping him safe from Old Man Logan. Miss Sinister informed him that his counterpart tricked Wolverine into killing the X-Men. In order to take over the world, Miss Sinister and Mysterio side with Neo-Hydra. Mysterio would later find out that Miss Sinister and Neo-Hydra would dispose of him once he has served his purpose. This led to Mysterio taking Old Man Logan to Neo-Hydra's base. During the battle between Old Man Logan and Neo-Hydra, Mysterio used an illusion to make Old Man Logan think that he killed him. Quentin then makes his way back to Bedford Hills Psychiatric Hospital while tossing out his Mysterio costume.
Mysterio is later shown attending a meeting with psychiatrist Dr. Winhorst, where he affirms his old story that he was sent to Hell after his suicide and was released by some demonic entity whose name he fears to say. Dr. Winhorst attempts to convince Beck that he actually faked his suicide and his belief in the demon is just his former illness causing him to hallucinate. But when the demon that brought Beck back to life appears in the psychiatrist's office, it affirms that the "demon" is real. When Dr. Winhorst flees, Mysterio begs forgiveness from the entity. Although initially prepared to spare Mysterio, the entity realizes that Peter is somehow witnessing these events in a dream. The entity adopts the temporary alias of Kindred and kills Beck again so that he cannot reveal his identity to Spider-Man before Kindred is ready. However, it is soon established that the 'Mysterio' who died was actually Dr. Winhorst, who was brainwashed by Mysterio to believe that he was the supervillain to give Mysterio a chance to escape from Bedford Hills Psychiatric Hospital. Although Kindred is angered that Mysterio shared his real name with Winhorst to increase the reality of the delusion, he notes that Mysterio keeps running from his purpose and gives him a script to stick to.
Powers and abilities
Quentin Beck does not possess superhuman abilities, but he is an expert designer of special effects devices and stage illusions, a master hypnotist and magician and an amateur chemist and roboticist. He has extensive knowledge of hand-to-hand combat techniques learned as a stuntman, allowing him to engage in combat with Spider-Man despite his foe's superior physical abilities and using his skills at misdirection as a further method of self-defense.
Mysterio's suit includes many devices to aid him. His helmet is made of one-way plexiglass, meaning he can see out but no one can see in. The helmet also includes an air supply to protect him from his own gases, sonar to navigate within his mist cloak and a holographic projector to create 3D illusions. His boots contain magnetic coil springs which allow him impressive leaps as well as the ability to cling to surfaces. Mysterio's costume contains nozzles in the boots and wrists that can release a constant stream of smoke that shields his movements. He can mix other chemicals into this smokescreen for various effects, including a gas that dulls and inhibits Spider-Man's spider-sense, a gas that causes paralysis for 30 minutes, an abrasive that eats away Spider-Man's webbing, hypnogens that make those around him more susceptible to his will and hallucinogens to cause vivid hallucinations. A combination of the hypnogens and hallucinogens, along with his holographic projectors, are how Mysterio achieves most of his illusions. The costume sometimes also includes offensive weaponry, such as lasers or knockout gas nozzles in the eye emblems on his shoulders, or electric coils within his cape to electrocute those who touch it.
Other characters named Mysterio
Francis Klum as Mysterio. Art by Todd Nauck.
After Quentin Beck, there have been several other characters who became his successors after taking his mantle as Mysterio. The second Mysterio (Daniel Berkhart) was created by Gerry Conway and Ross Andru and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #141 (February 1975). The third Mysterio (Francis Klum) was created by Kevin Smith and Terry Dodson, and he first appeared in Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #1 (August 2002), and became Mysterio in the final issue of the miniseries. The fourth Mysterio (called "Mysterion") was created by Christopher Yost and David Lopez and first appeared in Avenging Spider-Man #22 (June 2013).
After the original Mysterio seemingly dies in prison during an escape attempt, J. Jonah Jameson hires Daniel Berkhart, a stuntman who had previously worked with Beck, to torment Spider-Man while claiming to be Mysterio's ghost. After he is defeated by Spider-Man, Berkhart explains that Beck had bequeathed some of his equipment to him after his "death", and he felt he owed it to Beck to get revenge. The story leaves it ambiguous whether there is any truth to Berkhart's story or if he was simply covering up Jameson's role in the affair. Berkhart is arrested, despite there being no witnesses to his harassing Spider-Man. He tries to force Jameson to get a lawyer for him by threatening to reveal his involvement to the police, a plot thread which is never resolved.
Later, after Beck's suicide, someone claiming to be Mysterio appears with the revised Sinister Six, making references to his "death", stating how after fighting Daredevil he had exited in a "most spectacular fashion". There was some confusion to this Mysterio's identity until Spider-Man: The Mysterio Manifesto hinted that it was again Daniel Berkhart. This issue was not addressed again until a Mysterio briefly fought Spider-Man and was captured. Berkhart was later confirmed to be this second Mysterio by Quentin Beck. This Mysterio appeared during stories published between the original's death and subsequent return.
Francis Klum, a mutant with the ability to teleport, was sexually abused by his older brother Garrison (Mr. Brownstone) and forced to use his powers to assist Garrison's illegal activity as a heroin dealer. When Garrison dosed the Black Cat with heroin and attempted to rape her, Francis decided to stop his brother's cruelty for good, teleporting within and blowing up Garrison's body.
Eventually learning the details of Francis' abusive relationship with Garrison and his role in his brother's death, Felicia nearly convinced Francis to turn himself into the authorities; but Spider-Man, believing that Francis was trying to throw the Cat from the bridge on which they were talking, brutally attacked Klum. Believing that Felicia set him up, he fell from the bridge, teleported in mid-fall and sustained severe physical injuries, losing his left leg below the knee.
Hungry for revenge against Spider-Man, he contacted the Kingpin and purchased the paraphernalia of the currently-deceased Mysterio (Quentin Beck). He reasoned that by using an old enemy's costume, he could put Spider-Man off-guard; Spider-Man would assume he knew who he was dealing with until Klum demonstrated his powers and it was too late for the wall-crawler to do anything about it.
However, Klum's plans to kill Spider-Man at Midtown High were interrupted when he was stabbed in the chest by school nurse Miss Arrow's stingers after an altercation with the other two Mysterios (Quentin Beck having returned from the dead). Klum teleported to safety, although Arrow (who was later revealed to be Ero, a being composed of hundreds of spiders) would later state that her stingers were fatal to anyone except Spider-Man. Klum has not been seen since.
An unknown African-American individual purchases the suit of Mysterio from Roderick Kingsley and calls himself Mysterion. He fights the Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Spider-Man's body) and Punisher. While keeping Punisher from killing Mysterion, Superior Spider-Man captures Mysterion and places him in containment with Sandman, Electro and Chameleon in his hidden underwater lab. He is later forcibly put under mind control by the Superior Spider-Man and forced to join his Superior Six superhero team. Mysterion escapes with the other members after being freed from Superior Spider-Man's influence.
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows
In Marvel 1602, this dimension's Mysterio, known as Magus, is a member of the Sinister Sextet, the dimension's Sinister Six. The Web Warriors (alternate versions of Spider-Man) visited the 1602 Universe to deal with the Sinister Sextet and apprehended the villain.
In the Marvel Noir universe, Mysterio is a stage magician who operated under the title of "The Magnificent Mysterio". He debuted during the Spider-Verse storyline where he and his assistant Ella collaborated with Wilson Fisk to obtain the blood of The Spider-Man after interrogating The Ox.
In Marvel Zombies, a Zombie Mysterio appears with five other Spider-Man villains attempting to eat civilians, but all six are repelled by Magneto and Wolverine. It is revealed that he was somehow infected by the Zombie Spider-Man of this reality.
Marvel Zombies Return
A past version of Mysterio from Spider-Man's college days appears in Marvel Zombies Return, as a member of the Sinister Six and battles the reality hopping Zombie Spider-Man. Like his fellow Sinister Six members, he was horrified by the undead Spider-Man's actions. The Zombie Spider-Man pulls parts of this Mysterio's brain out of his dome and head, which infects Mysterio with the zombie virus, causing him to participate with other zombie members in eating Spider-Man's friends. Angered, the Zombie Spider-Man kills him.
Old Man Logan
In an alternate future of the Marvel Universe, Mysterio casts an illusion which makes Wolverine believe that the X-Men are various deadly villains of the Marvel Universe while matching their scents. Wolverine slaughters them all, only discovering the trick after he killed the last "villain" (Jubilee who appeared as Bullseye) and the illusion cleared up. Without the X-Men, the Red Skull's alliance of villains manages to conquer America and kill most of the heroes.
In the Spider-Man: Reign alternate reality, an older Mysterio works with the 'Sinner Six' to stop Spider-Man's rebellious assault. Mysterio's fear-inducing powers fail to work, for Spider-Man had already confronted and become bored by his personal demons.
- In Edge of Spider-Verse, part of the Spider-Verse storyline, Mysterio is piloting an enormous flying orb and is infecting the people of New York with hallucinogenic gas. He came in conflict with SP//dr (Peni Parker) and despite being able to dose her with the gas, he was still beaten, brought in for interrogation and exposed an illegal biological enhancement ring.
- Another version of Mysterio is a member of the Six Men of Sinestry of the dimension Earth-803 and appears briefly assisting the group in escaping from Lady Spider.
The Ultimate Marvel version of Mysterio was introduced in Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #3. His appearance is drastically changed from his 616 counterpart. He wears all black with a green neck brace that produces blue smoke that envelopes his face. In his first appearance, he had a police technician to set up surveillance equipment to the police department. However, after NYPD's police captain Frank Quaid asked Spider-Man to aid them to find the crook who was somehow able to stay ahead of his unit. Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man's love interest, figured out how the criminal does it after the hero informed her of the situation. After the police arrested his accomplice, the villain vowed to get even with Spider-Man and then escapes.
Mysterio appears again in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1, blasting Kingpin out the window of a skyscraper. He publicly confesses to Wilson Fisk's murder and threatens the city, stating that he is now in charge. He releases a fear hallucinogen across Manhattan in order to rob the Federal Bank. Spider-Man stops him and Mysterio's personal hatred for the web slinger increases.
Creating an illusion of the Hulk to lure Spider-Man to him, Mysterio ambushes and severely wounds the hero. Before Mysterio can unmask and kill Spider-Man, a mysterious vigilante rescues him and together they defeat Mysterio, revealing his true face. Mysterio finds Spidey's blood on his broken armor and designs a Spider-Slayer that personally targets Peter. Spider-Man defeats it, and before Mysterio can do anything else, the police rush to his hideout, which they found by tracking a piece of Mysterio's tech. Mysterio curses and proceeds to blow up his hideout.
It was revealed in Spider-Men that this reality's Mysterio is a simple android, remotely controlled in real time by an 'avatar' program that was created and sent forth by the Earth-616 Mysterio in order to conquer the Earth of the Ultimate Marvel universe.
In other media
- Mysterio was a villain in the 1960s Spider-Man animated series voiced by Chris Wiggins. He appeared in two popular episodes from the first season "The Menace of Mysterio" (one of two half-hour episodes of the season) and "Return of the Flying Dutchman". Mysterio also appears in a third-season episode "The Madness of Mysterio" although he appears out of costume and has red hair and green skin. He makes Spider-Man think he has been shrunken down to six inches tall by trapping him in a fairground. In the final episode during which Spider-Man tells his past adventures to a boy, Mysterio appears in a flashback of "Return of the Flying Dutchman".
- Mysterio appeared in the Spider-Man episode "The Pied Piper of New York Town" voiced by Michael Rye. He is shown hypnotizing the youth of New York via special music in a fake disco club.
- Mysterio made an appearance in the early 1980s Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode "Spidey Goes Hollywood" voiced by Peter Cullen. He blackmails movie director Sam Blockbuster to persuade Spider-Man to star in a movie rigged with devices he created. Spider-Man's teammates Iceman and Firestar help the web-slinger overcome his deathtraps ranging from a robotic giant gorilla and a robotic shark. This led Mysterio to create special traps to keep Iceman and Firestar from interfering which included android look-a-likes of their favorite movie stars. Mysterio even created a robot duplicate of Hulk to attack Spider-Man which ended up fighting the real Hulk. After Hulk was defeated, Mysterio is apprehended by Spider-Man.
- Mysterio appears in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, voiced by Gregg Berger. Quentin Beck was a former stuntman and special effects artist who blames Spider-Man for ruining his reputation. In his first episode "The Menace of Mysterio", Mysterio frames Spider-Man for various crimes but his plan is exposed by Spider-Man and Detective Terri Lee and he is jailed. Later, he becomes a member of the Insidious Six in the episodes "The Insidious Six" and "Battle of the Insidious Six". In his final appearance in the series "The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson", Mysterio creates a studio in secret intending to defeat Spider-Man there. After breaking out of prison, he aided Spider-Man in his search for Mary Jane Watson through his studio. Spider-Man discovers that Mysterio was in love with a former actress (Miranda Wilson) who was mortally wounded from a filming accident the day Spider-Man exposed Beck and was saved only by Quentin's cybernetic technology. Miranda planned the entire kidnapping to swap bodies with the similar-looking Mary Jane using a machine developed by Mysterio, Mysterio explained that he faked the machine and only built it to give her hope for a new body. Devastated, Miranda set the studio to explode. Spider-Man saved Mary Jane but Mysterio was caught in the explosion, staying with Miranda to the end. In the five-part "Six Forgotten Warriors" storyline, Kingpin hires the Insidious Six again with Vulture, replacing Mysterio.
- Mysterio appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man voiced by Xander Berkeley. In the episode "Persona", Quentin Beck was a film special effects expert and stuntman who eventually became one of the Chameleon's henchmen alongside Phineas Mason. After Chameleon impersonates Spider-Man, using Beck's special effects tech, and goes on a crime spree, the group are taken down by the real Spider-Man and the Black Cat. Quentin takes on the Mysterio identity in the season two episode "Blueprints". He steals tech from Tricorp and Oscorp, portraying a sorcerer that is here to "save" mankind from technology. He bests Spider-Man twice, but Spidey discovers his lair and defeats him after realizing that he does not use magic, but technology and illusions. The tech itself is not a threat, while the illusions cannot fool his spider-sense. Mysterio is seemingly taken to jail, but in the end, it is revealed it was actually a robot made in Beck's image. When asked why he did this by Tinkerer, he stated that he did not want anyone else taking the credit for his performance as Mysterio. The real Mysterio is also revealed to be working with the Tinkerer for the enigmatic Master Planner. He returns in the episode "Reinforcements" as part of the new Sinister Six. He attacks Spider-Man alongside Kraven the Hunter in a mall. He does not really fight, but helps Kraven the Hunter with robot duplicates of himself. When Kraven is defeated by one of the exploding robots, Mysterio tries to escape but is stopped by Spidey's web fluid which made sure that Mysterio was not a robot this time. After unmasking him, Spider-Man questions Quentin Beck about who the Master Planner is. He is arrested by the police, while the others villains were extracted by the Tinkerer. In the episode "Identity Crisis", reporter Ned Lee is interviewing Beck when Peter Parker was rumored to be Spider-Man. Beck states that he hopes that Parker is Spider-Man and that a lot of people in the prison would know what to do with that info. In the episode "Opening Night", however, it is revealed that the Quentin that was imprisoned in the Vault was actually a robot that can switch between Quentin and Mysterio (since Montana (Shocker) knew how to do this which implies that the two were in an alliance). The robotic Mysterio aides the other villains in the Vault in fighting Spider-Man, but is accidentally destroyed by Molten Man. The real Quentin's whereabouts remain unrevealed.
- Mysterio appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man, voiced by Paul Scheer. In the episode "The Moon Knight Before Christmas", it is revealed that Quentin Beck is an old enemy of Spider-Man and former stage magician who is presumed dead after an encounter with Spider-Man when he fell off the Brooklyn Bridge. Spider-Man dove into the river and only found Mysterio's helmet at the bottom of the river while his body is nowhere to be found. Since that incident, Spider-Man gave his helmet to Doctor Strange for safekeeping at the Sanctorum. Following his apparent death, his daughter Frances Beck (voiced by Mary Kate Wiles) uses his helmet in an attempt to exact revenge on Spider-Man as a female Mysterio only to discover that Quentin Beck's soul is trapped within the helmet. Recalling Doctor Strange's saying "The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend", Spider-Man casts the spell that would enable Frances' pursuer Moon Knight to enter when it comes to Mysterio summoning evil elves, giant gingerbread men, snow monsters created from snowmen and animated toys. Using a specific wand that the Moon Knight told him to wield, he stabs the helmet with the wand. Spider-Man pretends to follow the Moon Knight by telling him to free Frances from the helmet's control, after ending up inside the helmet where he sees Quentin in the helmet as a result of a deal with Dormammu. As Quentin states that his soul is lost, Spider-Man persuade Quentin not to give up. As a result, Quentin Beck, Frances Beck, and Spider-Man return to reality. Quentin and Frances later attend a dinner with Aunt May alongside Spider-Man and Moon Knight.
- Mysterio appears in Spider-Man, voiced by Crispin Freeman. In the episode "Bring on the Bad Guys" Pt. 2, he is among the villains that take advantage of the mysterious person's bounty on Spider-Man. Mysterio uses illusions of Spider-Man in a funhouse scenario that involves Captain America fighting Hydra, holographic black panthers alongside Mysterio's own black panther, a robot double in the House of Mirrors, and a path filled with sawblades. Using the robotic double to fool Mysterio, Spider-Man webs up Mysterio while being unable to get answers on who placed the bounty and leaves him for the police.
- Jeffrey Henderson, who worked on the storyboards for the cancelled fourth Spider-Man film, said in 2016 that Bruce Campbell, who made varying cameos throughout the Sam Raimi Spider-Man film series, was intended to cameo as Mysterio in the film's opening montage of C- and D-list villains.
- Quentin Beck / Mysterio made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Spider-Man: Far From Home, portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal. He first appears in the prologue and defeats the earth elemental offscreen. Later, he aids Spider-Man (who dubs him "Mysterio", a moniker he accepts) and Nick Fury against the water elemental and fire elemental; where Peter unwittingly removes the cloaking Drone's device. He is revealed to be the inventor of the holographic portion of the system that Tony Stark showed off during Captain America: Civil War and had dubbed B.A.R.F. (Binary Augmented Retro-Framing), who was fired for his unstable nature and takes advantage of the power vacuum left in the wake of Avengers: Endgame (particularly Stark's death) to manufacture the Elementals in collaboration with ex-Stark Industries employees (including Obadiah Stane's former scientist William Ginter Riva, story writer Guterman (who created the alias of Quentin Beck), electromagnetics specialist Victoria Snow, and costume designer Janice Lincoln) to fraudulently establish an Avenger-level hero from another world. Peter and MJ learn of his true plan upon finding a broken projector from one of these Drones. After discovering this, the betrayed Quentin sets up many illusions for Peter, fooling him and playing an undead Iron Man, before tricking Peter into walking into the path of an oncoming train. He starts the final phase of his plan – intending to destroy the final Elemental Fusion illusion in London and kill Peter's friends. However, when Peter disables all the drones' illusions, he is accidentally shot by a misfired drone gun and Peter finds the real Mysterio. He then succumbs after giving Peter the glasses, while Riva finishes downloading the data sent to him by the drones. In the mid-credits scene, doctored video footage of the final confrontation is released by J. Jonah Jameson of TheDailyBugle.net, portraying Spider-Man as a menace who controlled the drones and killed Mysterio. He then has Spider-Man's identity publicly revealed as Peter Parker.
- Mysterio appears in: the Spider-Man Questprobe game; The Amazing Spider-Man for Game Boy and its sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2; the Sega CD version of The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin; Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace; The Amazing Spider-Man; Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six; both the Super NES and Sega Genesis games based on the animated series; the Super Famicom game The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes; and the Game Boy Color game Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six.
- Mysterio appears as a villain in the 2000 Spider-Man video game for PC, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast and PlayStation, voiced by Daran Norris. In the game, he aids Doctor Octopus and Carnage in a plot to unleash a horde of symbiotes upon New York City, mainly by masquerading as Spider-Man in a series of thefts so that the police would begin hunting down the real web-slinger and prevent him from intervening with Doctor Octopus's plans. Later, when Spider-Man arrives at the Daily Bugle to search for the impostor's real identity, he finds the building swarming with symbiotes and fights them through the entire building, until eventually reaching a secret base in the basement, where he finally confronts the impostor. After revealing himself as Mysterio, he grows gigantic and battles Spider-Man, but is ultimately defeated and handed over to the police, not before he reveals his boss' plan to Spider-Man, as well as the location of his hideout, after he breaks his helmet. In the epilogue, Mysterio is shown playing cards in prison with the other villains and replies to Scorpion's mocking of all of them failing to defeat Spider-Man despite working together by putting the blame on Doctor Octopus's plan, ironically pretending to have known all along that the symbiotes can't be controlled; Mysterio's helmet is also shown to still be broken and having been patched up in a comedic way.
- Mysterio appears in the Spider-Man 2 video game, voiced by James Arnold Taylor. He first appears without a secret identity, trying to discredit Spider-Man as a fake with no actual powers and gain fame for himself. However, this event includes Beck releasing several criminals, including Herman Schultz threatening the crowd, getting Beck in trouble with the law. Later, he reemerges as Mysterio, posing as an alien who aims to conquer New York City with his army of robots, although this plan is foiled by Spider-Man. He then lures Spider-Man into a "Funhouse of Doom" hidden in an apartment, where he puts him through several challenges before slipping away again. When Mysterio finally shows up in person some time later, he tries to rob a shop, but is defeated by Spider-Man with a single punch and unmasks him, taking pictures of him for the Daily Bugle. In this game, Beck wears a suit that looks like the traditional Mysterio costume (sans helmet and cape) while trying to discredit Spider-Man, while his Mysterio costume consists of the familiar "fishbowl" and a flowing robe bearing a large M on the chest. When fighting Mysterio inside the shop, his boss meter appears to have three bars – creating the illusion that he will be an extremely tough boss – but he is easily knocked out with one attack. In the PC version, Mysterio serves as the penultimate boss of the game, and is working for Doctor Octopus. He creates the illusion that New York has been lifted into the sky to keep Spider-Man busy while Doctor Octopus escapes, but his plan is ultimately foiled by the web-slinger and he returns everything back to normal, although he disappears once Spider-Man defeats him, implying that Mysterio was never physically present. In the PlayStation Portable version of the game, Mysterio is broken out of prison by Rhino alongside Shocker and Vulture (although it is later revealed that he was released by accident, with Rhino having been hired to release only Shocker), and goes on to take over the Wax Museum, taking numerous people hostage and replacing many of the statues with his android soldiers. He is ultimately defeated by Spider-Man and returned to custody.
- Mysterio appears as a mini-boss in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, voiced again by James Arnold Taylor. He is a member of Doctor Doom's Masters of Evil.
- Mysterio appears in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, voiced by Robin Atkin Downes. He combines the shards of the meteor that originally brought the Venom symbiote to Earth with his nanotechnology and hard-light holograms to create P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s (Perpetual Holographic Avatar Nano-Tech Offensive Monsters). He also kidnaps other villains such as Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Scorpion, Rhino, Sandman and Venom and places them under mind control using several control amulets, before sending them to various locations around the globe alongside the P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s to guard the meteor shards: Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin are sent to Tokyo, Scorpion and Rhino to the mystical Tangaroa Island, Sandman to Cairo, and Venom to Transylvania. His base of operations is in Nepal, where he uses every collected shard to makes his P.H.A.T.O.M.s stronger, until he could eventually use them to take over the entire world. After collecting the shards from all the other locations and freeing the villains from the mind control, who join forces with him in getting revenge on Mysterio, Spider-Man finally confronts Mysterio near his lair in Nepal, where the villain steals back two shards and then escapes, not before summoning two P.H.A.N.T.O.M.S. to destroy the hero, although Spider-Man manages to defeat them with the help of his symbiote black suit, which he obtains after smashing a shard in his hand. After fighting through the last remaining P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s, Spider-Man finally confronts Mysterio inside his headquarters, where he utilizes laser weaponry to fight the hero, occasionally stopping to laugh in "triumph", which gives Spider-Man time to attacks him. In the end, Mysterio and his army of P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s are defeated, with the villain being imprisoned for his crimes (off screen).
- Mysterio appears in the PlayStation 2 and PSP versions of Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, voiced by Greg Baldwin. He is an assist character who takes down enemies with his illusions.
- Mysterio appears in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, voiced by David Kaye. At the beginning of the game, he attempts to steal an artifact called the Tablet of Order and Chaos, but the Amazing Spider-Man arrives to stop him. After a brief battle between the two, the tablet gets shattered in 17 fragments, causing problems with reality. Mysterio manages to escape with a fragment and soon discovers that it greatly increases the user's powers, as the illusions he makes have now been turned into real magical powers. Later, Mysterio learns about the other fragments as well, which have been scattered across four different dimensions (the original/Amazing universe, the Noir universe, the 2099 universe, and the Ultimate universe), and seeks to collect them all and become all-powerful. After the 4 different Spider-Men (the Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, and Ultimate Spider-Man) bring Madame Web 12 of the fragments, Mysterio attacks and threatens to kill Madame Web unless the Amazing Spider-Man brings him the final 4 fragments. After 4 Spider-Men retrieve all the remaining fragments, the Amazing Spider-Man decides not to go through his deal with Mysterio and instead attacks him, but he unwillingly drops the fragments in the process, which combine with the others, recreating the tablet. Mysterio then absorbs it and becomes a mystical, god-like being, shattering the borders between the 4 dimensions, with the intention of creating a new reality in his own image. However, this allows Madame Web to summon all 4 Spider-Men in the same place and they work together to take down Mysterio, fighting him one at a time in their respective decomposing dimensions, until the villain is eventually defeated for good and stripped of his powers. In the end, the dimensions are all returned to normal and each Spider-Man returns to his own one, with the Amazing Spider-Man taking the unconscious Mysterio to prison. During the credits, Mysterio is shown sitting in his cell, feeding a goldfish in a bowl.
- Mysterio appears in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, voiced by Dave Boat.
- Mysterio appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, voiced by David Sobolov. In a bonus mission at the Raft, Magneto and Mystique infiltrate the Raft when Magneto suspects that Mysterio has his chess set that Magneto had left behind during his escape and confrontation with the heroes. Mysterio is reluctant to give Magneto his chess set back, causing Magneto and Mystique to fight past the inmates to get to Mysterio. Magneto and Mystique defeat Mysterio as Magneto reclaims his chess set.
- Mysterio appears in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, voiced again by David Kaye. He is featured in the Spider-Man Playset (which is inspired by Ultimate Spider-Man), and centers on him and the Green Goblin cloning the Venom symbiote and launching a symbiote invasion.
- Mysterio appears as a boss in the game Marvel: Avengers Alliance, voiced again by David Kaye.
- Mysterio appears as the final member of the Sinister Six in the mobile app Spider-Man Unlimited, voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
- Mysterio appears in Disney Infinity 3.0, voiced again by David Kaye.
- Mysterio is a boss in the mobile game Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2.
- Mysterio appears as a playable character in the mobile game Marvel: Future Fight.
- Mysterio appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. In the game storyline, Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, and White Tiger are fighting several escaped inmates and supervillains from the Raft on the Brooklyn Bridge, including 5/6s of the Sinister Six members Shocker, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Doctor Octopus, and, of course, Mysterio. The heroes are able to defeat the Sinister Six moments before Kang the Conqueror uses his technology to steal Manhattan and make it part of his battle arena called Chronopolis.
- Mysterio appears as a playable character in Marvel Puzzle Quest, which is inspired from Spider-Man: Far From Home.
- Mysterio appears as a boss character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, voiced again by David Kaye. He is a member of the Sinister Six and uses his illusions to trick Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, and Ms. Marvel into fighting the heroes during the Raft prison break, before taking them on himself. He is ultimately defeated by the heroes and returned to his cell.
Toys and collectibles
- Mysterio has been the subject of two action figures produced by Toy Biz under their Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Spider-Man Classics lines. The Toy Biz Mysterio was repainted for the first wave of Spider-Man figures by Hasbro.
- Mysterio has been reproduced as a mini-bust and as a thirteen-inch (330 mm) statue by Bowen Designs. He has likewise been crafted as a mini-bust by Art Asylum as part of their Rogues Gallery line. He also makes up one-seventh of the "Sinister Six" statue set from Diamond Select.
- Hasbro has made various action figures of Mysterio over the years, including a Spider-Man 2 game version Mysterio to their Spider-Man 3 Movie figures series. In 2018, a new Marvel Legends figure of the character was released, based on his comic-book version. Two versions of this figure was released, one featuring a green translucent head and a variant featuring a white translucent head. In 2019, another Marvel Legends figure was released based on his appearance in Far From Home.
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