No Way Home: So...Is Quentin Beck Really Dead?

Spoilers for Far From Home and possible spoilers for No Way Home.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio
Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, seen here revealing Spider-Man’s true identity

In what will be our last article (for now) in our recent Spider-Man: No Way Home series of entries, we have decided to conclude our journey down the rabbit hole of all things Spidey-related by discussing the possibility of Mysterio’s return in the upcoming Tom Holland flick or in future installments. Therefore, we have compiled a list of three possible reasons that offer some explanation of why Quentin Beck, the primary reason we are getting a No Way Home film in the first place, is, in fact, not dead.

1. Quentin Beck’s cryptic final words

Dead MysterioQuentin Beck, seen here muttering his final cryptic words

“You’ll see, Peter. People, they need to believe – and nowadays, they’ll believe anything,” Mysterio weakly says, right before he ostensibly succumbs to his wounds and dies.

For casual moviegoers, Beck’s last words may appear as if it carries no weight. After all, the AI Edith even confirms to Peter Parker that Mysterio is truly dead. But for the more astute viewers, this may not be the case. Throughout his appearance in Far From Home, Beck has been portrayed as a master manipulator, a villain who is always a thousand steps ahead of those he opposes. It would only stand to reason that Beck’s final words constitute a double meaning, literally noting that people will indeed believe anything they see while figuratively implying to us, the audience, that this may not be the last we see of him.

2. There can never be a Sinister Six without Mysterio

Sinister SixThe Sinister Six, seen here surrounding Spider-Man

Based on the evidence provided from the No Way Home trailer, there is a chance that the MCU could very well be gearing up for a Sinister Six/Spider-Man showdown in the not-so-distant future. A couple of blink-and-you-will-miss-it scenes in the trailer reveal the inclusion of the Green Goblin, Electro, The Sandman, The Lizard, and of course, Doctor Octopus. Although there have been various incarnations of the said group of evildoers, the likes of Doc Ock and Mysterio have been heavily featured in all of the multiple interpretations of The Sinister Six. Therefore, this notion lends further credibility to the theory that Quentin Beck is indeed very much alive, but whether he will make an appearance in No Way Home or a later Spidey film is for the future to say.

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3. Officially killing off Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio would be a mistake

MysterioMysterio, seen here in a battle against the Fire Elemental

While there was plenty to enjoy in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it is without a doubt that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio was the best part of the film. The Master Illusionist managed to single-handedly rattle the relatively impressionable Spider-Man, making the latter reach a breaking point where he questioned his own reality. Even after Mysterio’s suggested death in the film, the uncertainty displayed on Peter Parker’s face upon hearing the conformation of Quentin Beck’s demise speaks volumes to how dangerous the villain truly is. Hence, Mysterio as a character would only serve as an asset towards crafting far more compelling stories for the MCU’s Spider-Man. To accomplish this, the supervillain must first remain alive.

Whether or not the reasons stated above lend credence to the theory that Mysterio still lives remains to be seen. That being said, for now, it can serve the purpose of being intriguing food for thought.

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