Published July 9, 2019

Ryan Meinerding on Developing Mysterio's Look in 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

Fish bowl, but make it fashion!

Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently swinging in theaters worldwide, and Spidey's new suit wasn't the only eye-catching costume in the film.

Earth's Mightiest Show had the opportunity to sit down with Ryan Meinerding, Marvel Studios' Head of Visual Development, to learn about the process of developing the final look of Mysterio in the film, as played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Meinerding acknowledged that leaned into Mysterio's comics origins, which embodies a classic superhero suit, and then translating it for the Marvel Cinematic Universe the way they did for Vision.

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #13

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7 Things We Learned About Mysterio's Suit from Ryan Meinerding:

1. Fun, Campy Origins

Jake Gyllenhaal has to don a green onesie, luckily for him, in place of buttons in the back, there's a hidden zipper somewhere.

2. Metallic Dimension

"One of the things we do to make something automatically feel more real in some ways is just make it metallic," shared Meinerding. "The second you use a metallic paint on his suit, it just feels more real. It gives life; when he's moving around, there's reflections playing off of it, and it doesn't feel dead or flat."


3. Honoring Steve Ditko's Original Designs

"It usually starts from such a unique place, and its one of the reasons why the MCU characters tend to end up looking more unique," said Meinerding. "With Ditko's stuff, the weirdness of the characters really came through, whether it was in Spider-Man or Mysterio or in Doctor Strange."

4. Fish Bowl, But Make It Fashion

One of the challenges the team had to work out was how to keep the iconic fish bowl, but not make it look goofy. Ultimately, making the headpiece more head-friendly made it less like Mysterio. As Meinerding stated, "Ditko got it right the first time."

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5. Visual Easter Eggs

They worked in eyes in as many places as they could such as in clasps, and when he uses as powers, there's a triangle with an eye in the center. In classic superhero costumes, there's usually some letter or symbol on the costume; for Mysterio's MCU costume, they are several vertical bands around his stomach that are subtle M's repeating.


6. Bearded Mysterio

"A lot of it has to do with Jake Gyllenhaal looking great with a beard," said Meinerding. "In a lot of ways, this movie is Peter to come to terms with being his own hero, and not living under Tony's shadows. Having another mentor that also had a goatee, also is a symbol of age in some ways, being seasoned in the world, and more directly relating it to Tony, that connection is great to have visually."

7. Countless Designs

Meinerding revealed they had about 60-70 iterations of Mysterio's MCU look. "One of the best parts of this job is being able to work with amazing filmmakers and turn their ideas into something that is real based on the comic origins of the characters," said Meinerding. "Marvel Studios is unique in really how much we're able to try to translate from the comics and how truthful we try to be to the uniqueness and greatness of those icons."

Watch the video above to see Meinerding walk through the creative process of designing Mysterio!

Then go see, or re-watch, Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives in theaters! Get tickets now!


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