Everything You Need to Know About Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Character

Now that Avengers: Endgame is out (and dominating at the box office), Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are looking forward to the next movie on the docket: Spider-Man: Far From Home. Prior to Endgame’s release, we’d gotten a bit of a tease about what was to come — but now, we have a full-length trailer. And we’ve learned quite a bit more about Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in the film. Here’s what you need to know about who he is playing.

Jake Gyllenhaal attends Conque 2019 to present the new film Spider-Man: Far From Home at Centro de Congresos on May 4, 2019 in Queretaro, Mexico.
Jake Gyllenhaal attends Conque 2019 to present the new film Spider-Man: Far From Home at Centro de Congresos on May 4, 2019 in Queretaro, Mexico. | Victor Chavez/Getty Images

Who is Mysterio?

This time around, Marvel is calling on one of its strangest villains to take the stage. Mysterio was, originally, Quentin Beck, a visual effects artist in Hollywood. In the comics, he takes his ability to create illusions and channels that into becoming a foe for Spider-Man, specifically.

As those who are familiar with the source material know, there’s a lot of it, and the characters tend to change greatly (and even swap alter egos or pass off the mantle to someone else) from series to series. But there are a few hints as to who this Mysterio may be, as seen in the new trailer.

Meet Mr. Beck

In the first trailer, which was considered a “teaser” despite being over two minutes long, we didn’t get to see very much Mysterio. The focus was on Peter Parker traveling to Europe for a class trip (yeah, we’re jealous too). He wants to enjoy his summer vacation, but instead, Nick Fury hijacks it, calling on him to play double duty.

This time around, there’s a lot more information. Now that the spoiler embargo is lifted on Endgame, the trailer cuts right to the chase: When Tony Stark brought back all of those who had been lost in the Decimation, he “tore a hole” in the universe. Mysterio, introduced as Mr. Beck, is from another dimension, and is here to help patch things up, so to speak.

Is he a villain or not?

Wait a second — that doesn’t sound much like an evil plan, does it? Obviously, there’s more to this than we know. Fury is, understandably, a little out of his element here — he’s met aliens, sure, but never someone from a different universe. We’re inclined to believe that Beck used his abilities to convince Fury he’s on their side.

Spider-Man is brought on to help out on Earth because there are, it would appear, new threats popping up as a result of The Hole (can we call it that moving forward?). But at some point, Peter is going to realize that Beck has nefarious intentions — maybe he’s even the one who brought these creatures here in the first place.

How Endgame effects Far From Home

As Fury explained, the end result of Endgame is the reason for this disaster at hand. But there are more emotional consequence of the film that effect Peter in Far From Home. As seen in the trailer, he spends quite a bit of time with Happy Hogan, and the two discuss the death of Tony Stark, and what his sacrifice means going forward.

Peter also talks about the need for “a new Iron Man,” and though it’s implied that he’s talking about himself, that may not be the case. We’ll have to see on July 2, 2019.

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