‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Press Tour: An Act of Deception?

Spider-Man: Far From Homethe final film in the MCU’s phase three – is now less than a month away from hitting silver screens everywhere. And, if you’re one of the die-hard fans who watch and read every interview, announcement, and relevant Tweet leading up to an MCU installment, you’re probably aware of how this film plans to change the Spider-Man – Mysterio dynamic (or so the lead actor involved keeps implying).

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland
Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland | Photo by Victor Chavez/Getty Images

To give a little background – in the comic books – Mysterio is a master manipulator, a trickster, a hypnotist, and a talented illusionist; he’s one the most significant antagonist Spider-Man ever faces. Yet, evidently, he’s a “good guy” in the upcoming movie. Tom Holland stated during an interview with Collider:

“When you hear the word Mysterio as a Spider-Man fan you immediately think villain, and that’s not the case in our film, he’s sort of a new addition to this world of heroes, and sort of my teammate throughout the movie.”

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Tom Holland – without any restraint or concerns for subtlety – tells all his fans that you can trust Mysterio. Doesn’t this seem a little suspicious, or at the least, smell like a spoiler? If Mysterio is not villainous in the upcoming film, Tom Holland – theoretically – just spoiled a vital plot point; he should have faced the social media backlash akin to such slippage, or some expression of disappointment from Director Jon Watts.

The above example is not the only time Holland told viewers how Mysterio should be viewed in the upcoming movie, and all the focus on Mysterio’s good-natured ways is starting to raise eyebrows. Could one of the least reliable actors, when it comes to spoiling a movie, be manipulating the public? Is Holland being employed as a tool to fool us all?

Has Tom Holland been ordered to convince the public that Mysterio is a good guy in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home?’

Throughout the press tour for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tom Holland has incessantly, and without hesitance, explained Mysterio’s purpose in this upcoming film as a partner, a “big brother” of sorts. Tom Holland, according to Heroic Hollywood, stated, “Mysterio is actually my new best friend” during a promotional event.

Tom Holland is known for spoiling details; however, such an attribute makes him appear trustworthy, for such incidences have always been accidental and on-the-mark. Would it not be wise to exploit his spoiler tendency, and use it for the film’s behalf?

The public expects Tom Holland to spoil details about the Avengers, as well as his standalone films; thus, each time he spills a so-called “major detail” about Mysterio, fans just assume it’s Holland being Holland…nothing more.

There seems to be too much focus on Mysterio: his role is mentioned in every interview, slipped in during promotional events, and then commented on across digital publications.

As various outlets continue pumping out details concerning Mysterio, taking Holland on his word, we spreading Hollands’ “truth” for him. And, by doing such, those commenting on Holland’s words – whether knowingly or not – work to convince the public that Mysterio is indeed a good guy. This way, when the truth comes out, and he turns out to be the villain all along, it’s no longer expected, but rather, a violation of the expectation Holland cemented.

How apropos: A deceptive press tour to introduce the most deceptive villain in the Spider-Man franchise

Think about this whole concept for one moment. What better way to introduce Mysterio than to fool the public from the get-go? If Mysterio was indeed a “good guy,” would Holland be permitted to share such details, without consequence (over and over again)? Wouldn’t this spoil a major aspect of the movie, given the presumptions the audience would otherwise approach the film with?

Mysterio is a master of illusion, and Tom Holland is likely taking a page from his notebook with this press tour. For, if Mysterio turns out to be the master manipulator we know him to be, no other introduction would have sufficed. Further, using Holland to pull the veil over our eyes was genius, for Holland already has built-in trust, from years as a spoiling advocate for the fanbase.