I gotta say, after seeing Spider-Verse I was already pretty underwhelmed with the concept of another live-action Spider-Man movie. It was probably the best Spider-Man thing we got last year.
Dare I say better than Marvel's Spider-Man.
Having said that, after seeing this new trailer, the hype has somewhat returned for me. Nothing is ever going to be as good as Spider-Verse, but this is shaping up to be a good sequel to a good Spider-Man movie.
Thank you for saying everything my mind was thinking when I saw Mysterio the first time.
I have a theory on that. A Fiiillmmmm Theory, thanks f-
I wholeheartedly believe the Elementals are Mysterio illusions and that he's doing the Syndrome. In that sense, I think they can technically be called "Hydro-Man" or "Molten-Man" or "Sand-Man," but they won't actually be the versions of those characters that we know. It'll probably be more like how the Tinkerer was in Homecoming. Yea, he's technically "The Tinkerer," but he's not the comic book Tinkerer. They'd be clever references and utilization of those characters.
I actually find that really genius. They're finding ways to cleverly weave into these movies a lot of villains that aren't normally seen in Spider-Man media without needing to contrive reasons as to why they're the main villain (cough cough Electro in TASM2 cough cough). And yea, some might say they want to see a real Hydro-Man or Molten-Man or Sandman, but those villains have never had the impact other Spider-Man villains have had. Not to mention we've already seen Flint Marco Sandman once before. This is a cool way to pay homage to those characters without needing to bother with the baggage that would come with making them fully actualized characters.
To what end Mysterio is using these illusions for, I do not know, as he has no real reason to hate Spider-Man. It may just be for fame, but I think it will be cool if they lean into the themes of responsibility more with this film.
Think about it: Quentin Beck is a man who has amazing talents to build and use technology that he can use to be a real hero and help people. Instead, he uses it to achieve fame and fortune by manufacturing dangerous incidents. We see in one of the first shots of the trailer that Spider-Man is becoming famous and is pretty well-loved. What if Peter's internal conflict for this film is choosing to use his new-found independence as a superhero for fame and fortune, under Mysterio's influence? There's so much potential! What would Aunt May think about him turning away from helping people just because he can for money and fame? What about MJ? How would the general populace react? What about Happy and (hopefully) Tony? Could it all finally lead into more revelations about MCU Uncle Ben?
In Homecoming, Peter learned his Power. I think in this film, he needs to learn his Responsibility.