Who is Mysterio?
Mysterio is known primarily as a villain of Spider-Man though he has also made notable appearances in other stories. He famously hired the hitman Bullseye to kill Daredevil's friend Karen Page. It is rumored that Mysterio could appear as a villain in the Netflix show Daredevil Season 2.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #13
Real Name: Quentin Beck
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Quentin Beck is a special effects guru and stunt man working in Hollywood. His dream to become a major actor in the film industry. While having some success in the field of special effects he become depressed when he fails to become an actor. He begins to feel stuck, and bitter working behind the scenes while craving the spotlight for himself. He realizes however that his expertise with special effects and illusions could make him into a powerful super villain. Best of all he would finally have the spot light on him as he always desired. Quentin creates the villain name and suit of Mysterio.
Mysterio would go on to become a regular antagonist of the hero Spider-Man. In their initial altercation Mysterio was attempting to rob the Midtown Museum. When Spider-Man arrives Mysterio uses to specially crafted chemicals to disrupt the arachnid hero. First he uses a gas that blocks Spider-Man's spider sense, then he uses a solvent that can dissolve Spider-Man's webbing. Despite the hindrance, Spider-Man tricks Mysterio and captures him.
Mysterio joins the Super Villains group the Sinister Six. In his first work with the group he creates robotic versions of the X-Men to battle Spider-Man.
Working both alone and with the Sinister Six Mysterio is continually defeated by Spider-Man.
Guardian Devil Story:
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One of the more brutal Mysterio stories is the Guardian Devil story. Here the villain turns his focus to Daredevil. Mysterio is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and lung cancer that were caused by chemicals and radiation from his Mysterio equipment. He is said to have one more year to live. With his life winding down Quentin becomes obsessed with his legacy and seeks to change the perception that he was a loser. He sets his sights on bringing down his old foe Spider-Man. As he is released from prison he is disapointed to learn that Spider-Man is a clone. Feeling that defeating a cheap copy of the original would be demeaning to his legacy he searches for a new target. His new focus quickly becomes the hero Daredevil.
In Mysterio's mind the two were kindred. Both being unknown outside of a small circle of people despite being very talented. In his mind both Daredevil and himself were something like victims of the masses for not being recognized for their greatness.
He acquires a vast amount of information on Daredevil from the Kingpin. He then creates a drug that he believes will cause Daredevil to go insane. This manipulation nearly leads Daredevil to kill a baby was was falsely accused of being the anti-christ. Mysterio convinces Karen Page that she is suffering from HIV contracted during her stint as a porn star. Bullseye then assassinates Karen and frames Murdock's partner for the crime. Between the duress caused by Karen's death and the Mysterio's drug Daredevil began to lose his mind. He felt like was being tormented by the forces of hell.
Daredevil continues to fight despite these emotional and mental assaults. Eventually, Doctor Strange discovers the drug and magically removes it. Analyzing the drug in his system Daredevil realizes that he has been duped by Mysterio and furiously attacks the villain. In the battle between the two an enraged Daredevil smashes Mysterio's helmet revealing a sick Quentin Beck. Beck expects Daredevil to kill him, which he sees as a finishing touch upon his magnum opus, or as he puts it a "grand way to end his final show." Daredevil compares it instead to a B-Level movie, says that Quentin copied the plots and plans of other villains. Mysterio says he has an idea to steal from Kraven the Hunter he proceeds to pull out a gun and shoot himself in the head.
While Beck had previously faked his death numerous times this time appeared to be final. However, other men have since found and used Beck's Mysterio mantle equipment typically to even less effect than the original.
Mysterio is a master of illusion and special effects which he uses to disorient and confuse opponents.
Also has been shown to be adept at chemistry and robotics that has allowed to create various traps and weapons.
Mysterio has skills in the following disciplines
- Mental Manipulation
- Special effects
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