Quentin Beck was an expert in designing special effects devices and stage illusions, as well as a master hypnotist and magician, and an amateur chemist. He also possessed a wealth of knowledge in hand-to-hand combat techniques that he learned as a stuntman. Unfortunately, all these things did little to help his career in the film industry. One day, a colleague joked that the easiest way to become famous was to take out a costumed hero. It was here that Mysterio was born.
Mysterio was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (1964).
Major Story Arcs
The Rise of Mysterio
Mysterio chose Spider-Man as his target. He viewed Spider-Man as a relatively inexperienced and weak hero, and felt it would be easy to take him down. Quentin joined forces with the Tinkerer and together the two developed a scheme to steal some secret military plans. They used their combined intellect to develop an alien disguise to hide their true intentions for these plans. The scheme was foiled by Spider-Man, but because of the villains' disguises their true identities remained anonymous.
Beck continued to study Spider-Man's behavior and his actions and when he felt he was ready, he attacked as Mysterio. Armed with gas that could confuse Spidey's spider-sense, hallucinogenic gas, and chemicals that could easily dissolve his webbing, he saw the first battle to be an easy win. Unfortunately for Mysterio, Spider-Man never goes down without a fight. Such was the case, and Mysterio was defeated and arrested.
The Sinister Six
After several failed attempts at the webslinger's life, Mysterio accepted Dr. Octopus' invitation to join the Sinister Six, a group of malcontents each with their own grudge against Spider-Man. As part of this team of evil doer's, it was Mysterio's job to construct robotic replicas of the X-Men to subdue Spidey. But Spider-Man quickly realized that he wasn't fighting his old allies and used his spider-sense to find Beck's remote control room and defeated him yet again.
The Battle Against Spider-Man
After the dispersion of the Sinister Six, Mysterio continued to battle with Spider-Man to his own dismay. For a time it was thought that he had died in prison as his old friend Daniel Berkhart was taking up the fishbowl for him, but it turned out Beck had been alive all along. A crusade of Mysterio's was the attempt of the retrieval of a lost fortune located in Aunt May's house. Ironically the money had been eaten by silver fish by the time it was discovered leaving Mysterio defeated yet again.
The End of Beck
Eventually, Mysterio was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and critical lung cancer assumed to be a nasty side-effect of the chemical products he had used against Spider-Man for years. Because it had been predicted that Mysterio had at most a year to live, Ravencroft released him to carryout the rest of his life in freedom. Mysterio made one final attempt to exact his revenge against Spider-Man. However, it had come to Mysterio's attention that Spider-Man was in fact a clone, and no longer the enemy he knew. Because he had no need for revenge against this new Spider-Man he decided that he would get a superhero worthy of his respect to end his miserable life. He decided it was Daredevil who would have the pleasure of ending the reign of Mysterio. Mysterio devised a plot to make Daredevil kill him in a fit of insanity. He hired Bullseye to kill DD's love interest Karen Page, he destroyed Foggy Nelson's relationship with Liz Osborn and he almost made Daredevil kill a baby. But still Daredevil's resolve was too great for Mysterio's psychological torture. Beck ended up committing suicide by shooting himself. However, there was another Mysterio on the horizon, brewing like a storm in the mind of Daniel Berkhart, an old friend of Beck's.
Return of Beck
A teleporting mutant named Francis Klum purchases the Mysterio costume, and turns the school Peter Parker teaches at into a "haunted house", filling it with death-traps. Klum's actions bring the attention of Daniel Berkhart, who arrives and prepares to team up with Spider-Man in order to defeat him. Quentin Beck, apparently alive, appears in the school auditorium in a dark red version of his costume and confronts Klum, before leaving him for Berkhart to deal with and Spider-Man captures Berkhart. Klum runs into Miss Arrow and tries to take her as a hostage, only to be stabbed by one of her stingers. He then teleported away, badly bleeding. Neither Berkhart nor Klum have been seen since. Beck also vanished, with Spider-Man wondering if the real Beck had really returned back from the dead.
As part of the "Gauntlet" storyline, Mysterio reappears, working with the Maggia in their ongoing gang war with Mr. Negative. Carmine, the consigliere of the Karnelli (formerly Manfredi) family, hires Mysterio to fake the return of important Maggia leaders, including Silvermane. Carmine hoped to take control of the Maggia, through the robotic Silvermane duplicate controlled by Mysterio, from the bumbling Don Bruno Karnelli. Soon, however, Mysterio kills Carmine and sets up most remaining Maggia members to be killed by Mr. Negative's gang while he escapes with the Maggia's vast fortune. While Mysterio made his escape, blowing up the opera house that was the site of the gang war's most recent standoff in the process, Spider-Man was able to catch Mysterio's fleeing boat and destroy it, along with the stolen money. Beck is later seen being approached by Chameleon, who is apparently organising a revenge scheme against their longtime foe with other villains.
Ends of the Earth
Mysterio joins Dr. Octopus's latest Sinister Six in his plan to leave his legacy on the planet before he dies. Mysterio and the rest of the Sinister Six attack the Intelligencia where Mysterio tricks the Red Ghost using his various illusions. Later, when Spider-Man organizes the Avengers to stop Dr. Octopus's plans destroy the Earth using an advance Green House Effect. Mysterio and the Chameleon set up a fact attack on Silver Sable's home country. His illusion is discovered and he and the Chameleon are defeated. Mysterio leads Spider-Man and the Avengers to Doc Ock's real base in South America that is revealed to be another trick in order for Dr. Octopus to mind control the Avengers through his octobots and stolen technology that Peter Parker had created at Horizon Labs. However, the plan backfires when Silver Sable gains the upper hand and the Avengers are freed after Beck switches sides and disables the octobots. Mysterio slips out during the final battle with Dr. Octopus.
A few weeks later the Ultimate Mysterio is later revealed to be nothing more than an avatar of the Earth-616 Mysterio. After Peter Parker's death, and knowledge of his identity is released, Mysterio knows who Spider-Man really is as a result. He does not get the chance to make use of this knowledge, though, as he is defeated after he tricks the 616-Peter Parker in going through a dimensional bridget to the Ultimate Universe where Peter meets Miles Morales. After trying to trap Peter in the other universe, Beck is defeated by Peter Parker and Miles Morales and imprisoned in the Ultimate Universe, where the knowledge is useless.
After the events of Secret Wars (in which the Multiverse no longer existed) Beck was transported back to the Main Marvel Universe. He restarted his criminal career by robbing banks, but Beck was hit by a Spider-buggy driven by Spider-Man and Deadpool. It caused Mysterio to (comically) be defeated in one blow. He was later taken to the hospital but escaped after recovery.
Demoralized by his defeat by Deadpool, Mysterio would give up his life of crime and settle in Las Vegas. Ben Reilly, who had been protecting Vegas at the time, would pay him a visit to intimidate him. Seeking his own redemption, Reilly understood what Beck was going through and implored he stay on the straight and narrow. It wasn’t long after that Beck was pulled into a scheme by his magic-using daughter, Mysteria.
Unfortunately, it was a trap. His daughter needed to spill the blood of the person she loved the most to get ultimate power at a place of worship buried under a Vegas casino. When she attacked Beck, they were interrupted by Ben. She ended up getting stabbed in the struggle, allowing Beck to absorb the power she intended to take through a brand on his hand. He blamed Ben for her death and lashed out, forcing Ben to cut off his hand thus disconnecting him from the power.
Mysterio would return to New York to fake an alien invasion that was quickly stopped by Spider-Man. On trial, he would be defended by Janice Lincoln (the new Beetle). She was hired by the demon Kindred, who had helped Mysterio escape Hell. Kindred was here to call in his favor to Mysterio for saving him. Kindred wanted to torture Peter Parker, and he needed Mysterio’s help to set the stage. He was successfully found not guilty by reason of insanity and forced to undergo court ordered therapy to earn his release.
Mysterio tried to escape Kindred by posing as his own therapist and baiting Kindred with a body double, but that plan failed. Kindred wasn’t asking much of Mysterio though. He gave Mysterio the opportunity to turn the screenplay he had been working on into a legit movie, as long as it starred Mary Jane Watson. As he was directing under the alias, Cage McKnight, he had to reveal himself in order to get MJ to commit and convince her that he really was looking for redemption.
This movie also puts him in the crosshairs of Vulture’s new Savage Six. They don’t appreciate how Mysterio is portraying them. Mysterio is able to get the best of them each time they attack, and ultimately, the supervillains he was giving a second chance to on his crew helped him run them off set for the last time.
During the premiere of his movie, Mysterio would be confronted by two different teams of Spider-Man rogues. Doc Ock’s new Sinister Six, working under orders from Kindred, would show up to recruit him, while The Savage Six would show up for a second attempt at ruining the film. He would teleport away under the disguise of keeping Mary Jane safe, but he ultimately betrays the trust he built with her when he offers her up to Kindred.
When the Sinister Six catches up with Spider-Man and the other supervillain teams in the graveyard, Mysterio disguises them as select allies so they can get close to Spider-Man, but The Lizard jumps the gun and reveals them. His team is forced to fight off the rest of the villains for their chance at Spider-Man. Eventually, Doc Ock uses a piece of Black Ant's helmet to knock everyone, including Mac, out through the ear centipedes Kindred was using to control them.
Mysterio has had no actual superpowers, though he is very accomplished illusionist, athlete, and hand-to-hand combatant. Their main threat came in the form of advanced technology mixed with great skill at illusion. Gadgets of his have included spring-heeled boots, hologram projectors, radar sensors, various hallucinogenic gases (including a gas that could nullify Spider-Man's spider-sense), among other things.
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Hair: Black (bald)
Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)
In this reality, Mysterio is a bank robber that Spider-Man was going to defeat along with the help of the police. They only succeeded in capturing his accomplice. He was also seen earlier in the "Hollywood" arc as a character in the Spider-man film. This was, in all likelihood, not the real Mysterio that was featured later on; it was only an actor named "Bruce" playing the character, presumably made for the film, in a costume practically identical to that of his 616 incarnation.
In his second appearance, he used a bent cop to gain access to police info and to distract them from future crimes. Eventually, the cop was captured by Spider-Man and the N.Y.P.D., but Mysterio managed to escape while vowing revenge on Spider-man.
At the start of the second volume of Ultimate Spider-Man, The Kingpin returns to New York City following the Ultimatum Wave and all of the evidence of his crimes gone. As soon as he gets a moment alone in his office, he's greeted by Mysterio who says he's a fan then tosses the crime lord out the office building window and into the street below. Mysterio then looks down and says that the act will look good on his resume.
Mysterio appears shortly afterward, using an illegal gas to cause several blocks of civilians to hallucinate and see giant spiders. With everyone distracted, he then tries robbing a bank. Unfortunately, Spider-Man is in the vicinity, and guesses that the spiders were an illusion, and manages to fight Mysterio, stopping him from getting away with the gold he was trying to steal. In revenge for this, Mysterio creates an illusion of the Hulk rampaging, which Spider-Man goes to stop. Upon reaching the Hulk, he is knocked unconscious, and the only thing stopping Mysterio from killing him is the arrival of the Shroud, a mysterious new hero. Together, the Shroud and Spider-Man stop Mysterio, damaging the technology in Mysterio's costume. Mysterio manages to get away then. Spider-Man takes some of the damaged technology to the police, but unknown to him, Mysterio is at his hideout, and notices some blood which isn't his on his costume.
Mysterio then sends a Spider-Slayer to get Spider-Man, which can track him using his DNA (from the blood). However, the Spider-Slayer is easily destroyed by the Shroud and the Human Torch. The police then arrive at Mysterio's hideout, having tracked him using the tech, and Mysterio is forced to blow up his hideout so that he doesn't get captured.
Prelude to Death of Spider-Man
Sometime after his Spider-Slayer attack, Mysterio catches Black Cat breaking into the Kingpin’s apartment. After a brief fight, Black Cat makes off with the safe. Mysterio catches up with her the moment she opens the safe, revealing the Zodiac Key. While holding it and talking to Mysterio, Cat accidentally teleports him away for a moment. He reappears and begs her to give up the key as she does not know of its power. She freaks out and wipes out a couple of city blocks. She finally gives up the key to Mysterio who is then attacked by Spider-Man and Iron Man a moment later. He blasts Iron Man away and strips him of his suit. Spider-Man quickly grabs the key and he too unintentionally creates a whirlwind of destruction before he is able to stop it. Stunned, Mysterio makes another grab for the Zodiac Key however Iron Man comes from behind him and rips out his power source. Stark discovers that it’s his own tech and that it’s being controlled remotely.
The Ultimate Mysterio is later revealed to be nothing more than an avatar of the Earth-616 Mysterio. After Peter Parker's death, and knowledge of his identity is released, Mysterio knows who Spider-Man really is. He does not get the chance to make use of this knowledge, though, as he is defeated by 616-Peter Parker and Miles Morales and imprisoned in the Ultimate Universe, where the knowledge is useless.
Old Man Logan
All the most powerful villains gathered together to kill all of the superheroes. Wolverine and Jubilee are at the X-Mansion when an explosion goes off, killing Jubilee. This angers Wolverine and he kills all the super villains entering the mansion. After the villains are killed, Wolverine finally sees that it has been an illusion created by Mysterio. Wolverine had killed all of the other X-Men.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Quentin Beck appears in Spider-Man: Far From Home, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. When Spider-Man meets him, he is working with Nick Fury. He claims to be a hero from an alternate dimension that was destroyed by a group of powerful entities known as the Elementals . Beck claims that after Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half of all life in the universe, the "Blip" accidentally brought the Elementals into the universe inhabitted by Spider-Man and Fury.
However, it is later revealed that this is all a lie. Mysterio is actually a former employee of Stark Industries who became embittered after Tony Stark disrespected his holographic invention and took credit for it. He now uses an intricate system of stealth drones and holograms to create the appearance of a catastrophic Avengers-level threat, which he plans to use that he can swoop in and look like the hero. When Spider-Man discovers the truth behind Mysterio's plan, he sets out to stop him before the villain destroys London as part of his scheme, but is defeated and left for dead after being ambushed by Beck's stealth drones. Through he is eventually defeated by Spider-Man during his attack on London and accidentally killed by a spray bullet from one of his drones, it is revealed at the end of the movie that Beck had manipulated footage from the fight to implicate Spider-Man as behind the attack, and had recorded a video exposing his identity as Peter Parker.
- Spider-Man - Mysterio appears in three separate episodes of the 1960s animated series voiced by Chris Wiggins with a British accent.
- Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends - Mysterio appears with a new plan in order to finally kill Spider-Man. He strong arms Sam Blockbuster, a movie director into getting Spider-Man on set to shoot a movie so he can finally have Spider-Man unaware. Mysterio uses a robotic duplicate of the Hulk but this doesn't go as planned since the actual Hulk is in the area as well. Hulk defeats the robot while Spider-Man, Iceman, and Firestar defeat Mysterio. He was voiced by Peter Cullen.
- Spider-Man: The Animated Series - In the 90's animated series, Quentin Beck was a special effects master working for Wonder Studios to put together a car chase scene on the Brooklyn Bridge. The effects went wrong and damage a helicopter forcing it to land. This was because the crew had hid a mortar onset without permission. Spider-Man was forced to intervene and ended up webbing Beck who was trying to escape. He was sentenced to a year in jail for his part in the incident and swore revenge against Spider-Man. After his release, Beck planned his revenge on Spider-Man for several months, creating effective carbon copies of Spider-Man and illusions to use to frame him. He managed to successfully damage the heroes' reputation, but was stopped by Spider-Man and Lt. Terri Lee and sent back to prison. Mysterio remained in prison until he was broken out by the Kingpin to be a member of the Insidious Six. This team however failed to kill Spider-Man and they disbanded to avoid recapture. He would later kidnap Mary Jane Watson in a failed bid to give his love Miranda Wilson a normal face. The machine was never designed to work and Mysterio only wanted Miranda happy. Both seemingly die in the explosion at the end of the episode. He was voiced by Gregg Berger.
- Spectacular Spider-Man - Quentin Beck makes his first appearance as a part of Chameleon's crew alongside the Tinkerer. They aid Chameleon in imitating Spider-Man with special effects equipment in order to frame the hero for a crime spree. This group is later taken down by a combination of Spider-Man and Black Cat. Beck's second appearance is in the guise of Mysterio pretending to be a wizard saving the world from the evils of technology by targeting Tri-Corp and Oscorp. Mysterio is able to best Spider-Man twice, but after tracking him to his hideout Spider-Man discovers that Beck uses illusions and not magic and is able to defeat him. Mysterio is allegedly sent to prison though this turns out to be an android double and Mysterio teams up with the Tinkerer under orders from the master planner (Otto Octavius) and also joins the Sinister Six. Mysterio tries to take down Spider-Man by aiding Kraven the Hunter with robotic duplicates though ends up knocking Kraven out with one of these and is the only one of the six to be imprisoned in the vault as Tinkerer saved the rest. Once imprisoned this Mysterio is then revealed to be a robot who is visited by Ned Leeds for an interview. The robotic Mysterio tries to aid in a prison riot though his homonculi are accidentally destroyed by Molten Man. The current whereabouts of Quentin Beck are unknown. He was voiced by Xander Berkeley.
- - Mysterio appears in the episode "The Moon Knight Before Christmas," voiced by comedian Paul Scheer. This version of the character was an old enemy of Spider-Man who was thought to have died after falling off the Brooklyn Bridge. However, it turns out that his soul had actually become trapped inside his helmet as the result of a deal with Dormammu. In the present, Beck's daughter Frances becomes the new Mysterio in order to take revenge on Spider-Man.
- - Mysterio appears in "Bring on the Bad Guys: Part 2," voiced by Crispin Freeman.
- The Amazing Spider-Man - An original Game Boy title. The villains have kidnapped Mary Jane after discovering Spider-Man's secret identity. Mysterio is the first level's boss utilizing henchmen and sewer alligators to attack Spider-Man.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - An original Game Boy title where Mysterio, Hobgoblin, Lizard, Graviton, and Carnage have framed Spider-Man for a bank robbery forcing him to clear his name.
- The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin - Mysterio appears as one of the level bosses working for the Kingpin who has framed Spider-Man for the theft of a nuclear device.
- Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace - Mysterio appears in this GBA title as the main villain. Mysterio has gathered a rogues gallery to challenge Spider-Man including Big Wheel, Hammerhead, Electro, Rhino, Shriek, and Scorpion.
- Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six - Mysterio appears in this GBA title as the first level's boss after the carnival and sewer stages.
- Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six - Mysterio appears in the NES title as one of the level bosses. He is fought in level 3 inside his secret laboratory.
- Spider-Man Animated Series - The game based off the 90's Animated series features over 20 bosses including Mysterio. The game was availabile on the Sega Genesis and the SNES.
- The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes - A Japan only game for the Super Famicom. Mysterio appears as one of the boss characters.
- Spider-Man - Mysterio appears in the PS, Nintendo 64, and Dreamcast title and is voiced by Daran Norris. He is working for Doctor Octopus and Carnage and was told to impersonate Spider-Man in order to discredit him and keep him preoccupied with the police. Mysterio is eventually defeated and reveals that Doctor Octopus and Carnage are planning to unleash symbiotes on to the populace of New York City.
- Spider-Man 2 - Mysterio appears in the movie tie in video game and is voiced by James Arnold Taylor. He first appears as a movie specialist trying to discredit Spider-Man as a hoax, using various deathtraps that he had setup. Eventually Beck releases both Shocker and Vulture which endangers civilians and gets him in trouble with the law. Quentin Beck eventually takes on the guise of Mysterio, pretending to be an alien trying to take over New York City with an army of robots. Spider-Man foils this plan though does not catch Mysterio. Spider-Man later finds him trying to rob a convenience store and knocks him out with one punch. Mysterio also appears in the GBA addition of the game, holding Mary Jane and the rest of the theatre hostage.
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Mysterio appears in the SHIELD Omega Base as a member of the Masters of Evil and is voiced by James Arnold Taylor. His mission was to download various weapon systems SHIELD had developed for Ultron and battles the heroes team and is defeated. This battle brings to light some of SHIELD's illegal activities as reprogramming Ultron for SHIELD purposes is illegal due to Ultron's sentience. He has special dialogue with both Spider-Man and Venom.
- Spider-Man: Friend or Foe - Mysterio appears as the main antagonist voiced by Robin Atkin Downes. He combines the shards of the meteor that originally brought Venom to earth with his nanotechnology and hard-light holograms to create P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s (Perpetual Holographic Avatar Nano-Tech Offensive Monsters) and hypnotizes a variety of villains into working for him. Mysterio sends Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin to Tokyo, Sandman to Egypt, Scorpion and Rhino to Tangaroa Island, and Venom to Transylvania. Mysterio's base of operations is in Nepal where Spider-Man first encounters him. Mysterio uses two P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s to still 2 shards of the meteorite, but Spider-Man breaks another to unleashes some of the symbiote giving him enough power to raid the base and fight Mysterio. Spider-Man battles Mysterio in the centre of the base where he utilizes laser weaponry against Spider-Man, though is cocky giving Spider-Man the chance to defeat him and Mysterio is imprisoned.
- Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions - Mysterio appears in the game as the primary antagonist. He is voiced by David Kaye. He at first tries to rob a museum for the Tablet of Order and Chaos, planning to sell the Tablet for profit. However Spider-Man shows up to foil the robbery but ends up smashing the Tablet when Mysterio cowardly uses it as a shield. Once Spider-Man and his other reality selves begin tracking the pieces of the Tablet we see Mysterio kept a shard as well. This shard gives him powers, making his illusions a reality. Once the Spider-Men collect 75% of the Tablet Mysterio holds Madame Web hostage in order to gain more power from the completed Tablet. Once he has it, he gains godlike power and begins to tear reality itself apart in the four universes where the Tablet landed. He battles each version of Spider-Man starting with a game of hide and seek with the Noir Spider-Man, a full-on battle with the symbiote infused Ultimate Spider-Man, a free-fall fight with Spider-Man 2099, and a battle with the 616 Spider-Man. After his defeat, the Spider-Men beat down Mysterio and Madame Web sends them back to their own dimensions while the Amazing Spider-Man takes Mysterio to prison.
- Marvel Super Hero Squad Online - Mysterio appears in the game.
- - Mysterio appears as a boss character, voiced by David Kaye.
- Mysterio appeared in ToyBiz's toyline for Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
- Mysterio appeared in other lines from ToyBiz in various scales.
- Mysterio was featured in ToyBiz's Spider-Man Classics line.
- Mysterio appeared in Hasbro's toyline for Spider-Man 3, with his design taken from the Spider-Man 2 video game.
- The Spider-Man Classics Mysterio figure was later repainted for Hasbro's Spider-Man Origins line.
- Mysterio was featured in Hasbro's Super Hero Squad line.
- Mysterio was featured in the Marvel Universe line from Hasbro.
- Mysterio was featured in the Marvel Legends Lizard Build-a-Figure wave from Hasbro. A repainted version in classic colors was later released in the Spider-Man Vintage wave.
- Mysterio was featured in Hasbro's Marvel Legends wave as part of the Molten Man Build-a-Figure wave.
- Hot Toys produced a figure based on the movie version of Mysterio.
- Bowen Designs, XM Studios, Gentle Giant, Eaglemoss Publications and Diamond Select created busts, statues and figurines of Mysterio.