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Published July 24, 2019

9 Times Mysterio Messed With Spider-Man

Can Mysterio please stop hurting Peter Parker?

The mystic genius Quentin Beck, AKA Mysterio, is well known for his mind-bending visions and vendetta against Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, but how many times does he mess with the web-slinger?

 

It’s clear he uses his background as a Hollywood stuntman and special-effects artist to create a worthy arsenal capable of taking down the famous wall-crawler. Here are nine times the illusionist tricked the spider with his psychedelic “powers” in the comics.

 

1. First Encounter

Mysterio’s first encounter with Spider-Man occurs on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, where he appears in a cloud of smoke. While they battle on the bridge, Mysterio continues to emit a smokescreen ripe with chemicals--a tactic he often employs to dull Spider-Man’s Spidey-sense and escape physical combat.

Mysterio’s first encounter with Spider-Man occurs on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #13
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #13

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #13

    • publishedJun 10, 1964
    • added to marvel unlimitedNov 13, 2007
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2. Hacked TV Broadcast

Mysterio continues to mess with Spider-Man when he hacks a television broadcast. Here, he threatens Spider-Man with the bridge's destruction using staged illusions.

ysterio continues to mess with Spider-Man when he hacks a television broadcast.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #66

3. Hall of Mirrors

Mysterio is later seen standing over a table-top model of an amusement park which he plans to use as a staging area to shrink Spider-Man with one of his new inventions. His goal: to squash the spider!

Mysterio is later seen standing over a table-top model of an amusement park
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #66

Once Mysterio successfully tricked and shrunk Spider-Man, the spider-size hero finds himself in the amusement park’s hall of mirrors that trap him.

 
Spider-Man trapped in Mysterio's hall of mirrors at the amusement park
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #67

4. Building Come to Life

When Mysterio wants to make Spider-Man believe that he kills an innocent man, he brings the New York Public Library to life to attack him. The very bricks of the building form into a giant and as Spider-Man destroys it, a man gets caught under the rubble trying to help but unintentionally aiding Mysterio in his diabolical plan.

Mysterio brings the New York Public Library to life to attack Spider-Man
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #311

5. Drone Technology

Mysterio often uses combat and surveillance robots, or drone technology, to further craft his illusions. With this tech, he tricks Spider-Man into killing a Maggia cronie.

Mysterio's high tech illusions
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #619

6. Unified Team

Practice makes perfect when it comes to honing his illusions for Spider-Man, so Mysterio employs a number of Hollywood colleagues that help him practice before he goes up against the elusive wall-crawler.

Mysterio employs a number of Hollywood colleagues
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #620

7. Multiple Mysterios

Mysterio installs hidden holograms, mirrors and other illusion-casting devices in his costume and cape to protect himself, and trick others of course. This technology allows him to replicate himself so that when up against Spider-Man, he does not sustain any injuries.

Mysterio installs hidden holograms, mirrors and other illusion-casting devices in his costume and cape

8. Spidey-Sense

Despite the illusionist’s best laid plans and practiced moves, Spider-Man is able to take Mysterio down when he hones his spider-sense amidst the mist.

Spider-Man is able to take Mysterio down when he hones his spider-sense amidst the mist
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #13

9. J. Jonah Jameson Team-Up

Though nothing stops Mysterio from returning the favor. He tries many times to frame Spider-Man for crimes he didn’t commit and even once teamed up with J. Jonah Jameson to launch a campaign against Spider-Man.

Mysterio teamed up with J. Jonah Jameson to launch a campaign against Spider-Man
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #13

While Spider-Man holds his own against the notorious liar, Mysterio always has contingencies at the ready for their next encounter.

BONUS: MYSTERIO MOCKS THE SOCKS OFF SPIDER-MAN

While Mysterio's gadgetry and illusions mess with the wall-crawler, he is always out to outdo Spider-Man even in comedic jest. Mysterio's sarcasm lives up to the famous quipster with worthy wisecracks of his own.

Mysterio mocks the socks off Spider-Man
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #66

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