Marvel Made a Mistake With Mysterio’s Backstory, According to Fans

Spider-Man: Far From Home was a hit, as it not only made over $1 billion at the box office, but fans and critics also had a great time watching it. That said, it wasn’t a perfect movie, and there were a couple of flaws.

Unfortunately for Marvel, one of the movie’s big flaws may have to do with every movie being connected to each other. And, on top of that, this flaw had to do with the villain, Mysterio, which means that he’s another one of Marvel’s flawed villains.

Here’s a look at the mistake that some fans think Marvel made with Mysterio’s backstory in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

A recap of Mysterio’s backstory

Mysterio is first introduced when he saves the day in Venice. He said that he’s from an alternate universe in what he called the Multiverse, but this was actually a lie.

In reality, Mysterio was just a regular dude, Quentin Beck, and he used to work for Tony Stark. He made holograms and other advanced projections for Stark, but eventually, he got fired from his job due to his behavior.

As a result, Beck teamed up with a bunch of other former Stark employees and they created a fake superhero called Mysterio using their expertise in holograms and similar advanced technologies. Their ultimate goal was creating illusions for Mysterio to defeat, which would then convince people that Iron Man wasn’t the greatest superhero in the world, Mysterio is.

Why this backstory was a mistake

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On one hand, having Mysterio be an ex-Stark employee is a good way to tie his backstory into the MCU.

On the other hand, there have already been so many villains who were, one way or another, connected to Tony Stark that this choice felt uninspired, according to some Marvel fans on Reddit. For example, in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ the villain, Vulture, becomes a villain because Stark basically bankrupted his company.

Many other Marvel villains were also wronged by Stark in one way or another. In the first Iron Man movie, the villain, Iron Monger, was Stark’s second-in-command who wanted to take over his company.

This made sense since the MCU was barely a universe at the time. But then Marvel just kept making villains whose backstory was that Stark either created them or caused them to become a villain.

The obvious example is Ultron, from Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there are more. For example, in Iron Man 3, the main villain is a guy called Aldrich Killian, and in the very first scene of the movie, Stark rejects doing business with him, which causes him to ultimately become a supervillain.

That said, not all Marvel movies have this issue, but for some fans, they think that there have already been more than enough villains whose backstory involves Stark.

What else could Marvel have done?

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In the comics, Mysterio is somewhat similar to the Mysterio in the movies. He also uses illusions to trick people into thinking that he’s a superhero, but in reality, he just wants to be famous. This is similar to what Mysterio is like in the MCU, with the main difference being the lack of involvement from Tony Stark.

Marvel could’ve always just removed that connection between Mysterio and Tony Stark, and that would’ve fixed this issue. Alternatively, Marvel could’ve gone in a different direction with the character that Mysterio is angry at. Instead of making him angry with Stark, Mysterio could’ve been angry at another superhero, such as Ant-Man.

Either way, some Marvel fans are hoping that Stark isn’t connected to other future villains. It’s just not a very original backstory to give those villains. It also makes Stark’s company look worse in hindsight. Every company has disgruntled employees, but Stark Industries can’t be the only one that keeps making supervillains.