Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna, the writers of Spider-Man: Far From Home, have discussed the “challenge” of updating Mysterio for the MCU.
Whenever a new character is brought to the screen from the comics, it’s important that plenty of care is taken to make sure they translate well. This is especially important for villains who play such a key role in the success of a film.
This was the challenge of Spider-Man: Far From Home writers Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna, who had the task of updating the classic villain Mysterio for the MCU – with all his quirks and eccentricities. Speaking to Collider, Sommers said:
“Mysterio is just an iconic villain, and we discussed various villains, but we kept coming back to Mysterio. He really seemed like the next logical choice, but the challenge was how to update the Mysterio from the source material, the comics, into someone that we would see in the MCU. So, it just came down to a lot of conversations with the creative team about how we would update Mysterio, how we would make someone who in the comics is a stuntman, special effects guy with strings on his shoes, into someone that we would see coming up against Spider-Man in an MCU movie.”
McKenna added: “It just seemed like, particularly with, yeah, iconic, top tier Spider-Man villain that really hadn’t been done yet, and then thematically it seemed like coming off of some of the chaos of the world, it really seemed to work with a character who thrives off of chaos, and being able to deceive people in that chaos.”
Sommers concluded: “The world is sort of traumatized by what happened, and confused, and vulnerable to someone like Mysterio. So is Peter. He is traumatized, confused and vulnerable by what happened to him personally. So, Mysterio is the perfect villain to take advantage of that, to get what he wants.”
What they came up with was pretty creative and a lot of fun to explore on screen. It will be interesting to see which villain they decide to go with next! Who would you like to see battling the webslinger in the next Spider-Man movie? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @FlickeringMyth…
Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!
Spider-Man: Far From Home features the return of Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Zendaya (Michelle), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Angourie Rice (Betty Brant), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Martin Star (Mr. Harrington), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), with Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) as Mysterio.