The best part about Spider-Man's immense rogues' gallery is that producers can still find fascinating antagonists to single out as on-screen villains without repeating themselves, even after six existing Spider-Man movies. Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and the wizards at Marvel Comics gave Spidey plenty of interesting adversaries over the years, and a number of them have had their time to shine in a movie-geared spotlight -- from Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) and the Sandman (Thomas Hayden Church) to the Vulture (Michael Keaton) and the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe).
There's a sequel to Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming in development over at Marvel Studios (in association with Sony), and Tom Holland will be back in the web-slinger's suit... strange, seeing as how we saw Peter Parker fade away at the conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War. Still, the show must go on -- somehow -- and the rumor currently exists that the villain standing in Spidey's way will be none other than Mysterio. The trades say Watts wants Jake Gyllenhaal for the role, and that Mysterio will share the screen with a returning Michael Keaton, reprising his part of The Vulture. So, who is Mysterio? And what do you need to know about him before the sequel opens in July 2019? Read on to find out.
There actually have been four different versions of Mysterio over the years, but the classic take on the character -- and the one that we are assuming will be used in the Spider-Man sequel -- is Quentin Beck. He appeared in issue No. 13 of The Amazing Spider-Man, dating back to 1964, and he owes his origin story to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (titans of the early Marvel storytelling methods).
If the Marvel Studios producers decided to go with an alternate version -- meaning, not Quentin Beck -- they would probably opt for Daniel Berkhart, the second Mysterio who appeared on the scene in 1975, in issue #141 of The Amazing Spider-Man. Berkhart was the prison cell mate of Quentin Beck, and assumed the Mysterio persona at Beck's request. So it might seem odd for the MCU interpretation to start there, which is basically why we are placing our money on Beck showing up in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (which likely will not be called that when it gets its official title).