The stars of Spider-Man: Far From Home revealed some intriguing and rather unexpected plot details during their recent appearance at Brazil's Comic Con CCXP.
Although the event took place earlier this month, footage has just surfaced online via Collider of the panel that took place immediately after the movie's first trailer -- which still hasn't been shown here -- premiered at the con. The panel featured Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Jake Gyllenhaal (Mysterio/Quentin Beck), and Jacob Batalon (Ned), the latter of whom was asked to describe the plot of the film.
While we know that the movie takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame and involves Peter, Ned, and their classmates going on a school trip overseas, we've only gotten vague hints of Mysterio's role in the story and reports of another group of villains known as the Elementals. Batalon revealed what sounds like a surprising twist regarding Mysterio:
“It’s basically just about the kids going on a European vacation," he said. "We go to London, we go to Prague, we go everywhere. It’s just a really fun thing. There’s a lot of dynamics that go on. A lot of relationship stuff. A lot of cool funny stuff. A lot of fun stunt stuff. The main focus is for him not to be Spider-Man per se, but he gets dragged into it. But you know he reluctantly saves the world again with Mysterio. Mysterio’s a good guy in this, they’re both teaming up to... defeat these Elemental monsters.”
Batalon's remarks not only paint a somewhat different picture of how Mysterio may be used (more on that a minute), but hints that the movie's villains, at least at first, could be the Elementals. In their relatively short Marvel Comics career in the mid-1970s, the Elementals were four beings from another dimension who had wielded power over the four natural forces -- fire, water, earth, and air -- and once ruled over a kingdom on Earth long before even the rise of Atlantis. They did fight Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel at one point (Ms. Marvel #11-12, November-December 1977), which could make for an interesting connection to her upcoming arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Whether this version of the Elementals will be true to the comics is something else entirely we don't know. But apparently the MCU's version of Mysterio has some experience with them, which Jake Gyllenhaal pointed out when asked about his part in the proceedings.
"Well, there are these threats to the world, the Elemental creatures, and Mysterio is someone who knows about them and who wants to make sure that the world is safe from them," said the actor. "And Nick Fury asks him to come on and help because he’s the only one who really understands them, in a way. And he teams up with the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, and unfortunately he has to make him become more than just a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.”
Now, if there's one thing we know for sure, it's that the character of Mysterio in the comics has a long history of illusion and misdirection -- that is, after all, his stock in trade. For that matter, so does the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself, so while the comments from Batalon and Gyllenhaal seem unusually candid, we have to think that there's more going on than meets the eye.
Will Mysterio eventually turn on Peter and Fury? Is he somehow in cahoots with the Elementals, whoever they are? And how will the events of Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame factor into all this? Those are some questions to keep in mind while you watch the video of the interview below (the plot discussion starts around 4:15) and ponder what these guys revealed. Spider-Man: Far From Home is out in theaters July 5, 2019.