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Mysterio

(pop culture)
“Has the amazing Spider-Man turned to crime?” asks writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko's splash page for The Amazing Spider- Man vol. 1 #13 (1964), which depicts the webslinger on the lam with a stolen money bag. This crime is actually committed by Mysterio, aka Quentin Beck, a television special-effects master who disguises himself as Spidey to frame the hero and reap glory—plus a significant reward—by capturing him. Beck longs for more of the spotlight than his behind-the-scenes trade affords, and he attires himself in green with a purple cape and a crystal ball–like one-way helmet (he can see out, but no one can see in) to tackle Spider-Man. Beck's Mysterio uniform is a sartorial warehouse of effects weaponry—he immerses himself in an eerie cloud of fog, leaps prodigiously with solemounted springs, and wields a spray that dissolves Spider-Man's webbing—but through stick-to-itiveness Spidey foils Mysterio's plans and exposes him as a supervillain. In Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964), Mysterio accepted Dr. Octopus' invitation to join the Sinister Six, allying with Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, and the Vulture in (unsuccessful) gang warfare against Spider-Man; Mysterio remained a Sixer in many revivals of the team. In a classic 1968 clash, Mysterio made Spidey believe that he was trapped inside a miniature model of a danger-filled amusement park, and on more than one occasion he drove the wall-crawler to the brink of insanity. Soured by each defeat, Mysterio continually upgraded his weaponry, over time adding hallucinogenic gasses, holographs, toxins, robots, and even hypnotism and slight-of-hand trickery to his repertoire. With each new encounter, this master of illusions so disoriented Spider-Man that the hero could no longer trust his eyes, learning that nothing with Mysterio was as it seemed. Nor was Mysterio always who he seemed. During a period when the villain had faked his demise, a new Mysterio—Beck's successor Danny Berkhart—made the web-slinger believe that the illusionist had risen from the dead. Berkhart donned the Mysterio guise on several occasions, but Beck later returned to the identity. Eventually Beck discovered that he had developed terminal cancer from repeated exposure to his illusion-casting chemicals (Daredevil vol. 2 #7, 1999, by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada). Targeting a new adversary, Daredevil, for a final hurrah, Mysterio was mortified after failing to defeat the Man without Fear with an elaborate web of deceptions and took his own life. Yet with Mysterio, no one can be fully certain if his death was real. Berkhart resumed the Mysterio mantle, and the miniseries Spider-Man: The Mysterio Manifesto (2001) alleviated reader confusion by clarifying which Mysterio appeared in various Spider-Man stories. One thing with Mysterio is certain: his superpowers translate well to animation. The insidious illusionist (voiced by Chris Wiggins) appeared in two episodes of the original 1967–1970 Spider- Man toon, both adapting comics stories, as well as in an episode of Spidey's 1994–1998 series, with Gregg Brewer playing the villain.
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"Just because Quentin Beck makes up lies about the multiverse doesn't mean it isn't real," Entertainment Weekly quoted him as saying.
Fury and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) implore Peter to fight alongside Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to defeat four humanoids called The Elementals.
During the first leg of the class trip in Venice, Fury and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) implore Peter to fight alongside otherworldly warrior Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to defeat four humanoids called The Elementals.
In this new mission, Spider-Man meets a new ally played by Jake Gyllenhaal that goes by the name of Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, a superhero from a parallel-universe.
In Venice, Italy, another Elemental suddenly appears and goes on a rampage, but before Peter could effectively assess and put an end to the situation, the timely intervention of a new hero, Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), addresses the threat.
During the first leg of the class trip in Venice, Fury and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) implore Peter to fight alongside otherworldly warrior Quentin Beck aka w Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to defeat four humanoids called The Elementals.
Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) lends a hand to S.H.
"We are living in a time where there is a lot of complication and people don't really know what's going on," Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays newcomer Quentin Beck, said.
He introduces Spider-Man to Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), and we learn there is in fact a multiverse, made accessible by Thanos' apocalyptic snap of the fingers.
Mysterio is the villain name for Quentin Beck, a Hollywood special effects artist who realizes his talents could be used to pull off real crimes.
Gyllenhaal has played some very ambiguous roles in the past and he channels that conflict as Quentin Beck, whom Jackson believes has been shunted to the MCU from another dimension.
The official trailer for "Spider-man: Far From Home" was released Tuesday, and it gave audiences a glimpse of Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Peter Parker's (Tom Holland) first meeting.