By Ben Morse
The Sinister Six has returned like never before, and beginning with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #682—on sale March 21—they will threaten not just the wondrous wallcrawler, but the entire Marvel Universe in Ends of the Earth.
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While every member of the Sinister Six possesses a skillset that makes them an asset to the group and threat to Spider-Man, probably none take as much pride in their work as Mysterio. The one-time Hollywood special effects wizard brings trademark flair to his every scheme, but his oft-underrated brainpower may be what the wallcrawler should be looking out for.
“Master of illusion, con man supreme and tech support,” says Dan Slott of Mysterio’s role within the Sinister Six. “To make his master plan work, Doctor Octopus [is] going to need some of Mysterio’s misdirection and sleight of hand. On top of that, none of the [others] are go-to guys in the high tech skill department. So it’s very helpful for Doc to have a fellow bad guy who can rig up robots and tinker with the best of them.”
Indeed Doc Ock may be more reliant on Mysterio than any of his other allies, a crutch that could prove either Spider-Man’s undoing or a colossal backfire for the tentacle terrorist.
“Doctor Octopus has upped his game in Ends of the Earth,” reminds Slott. “Spidey’s never had to deal with a Doc Ock scheme on this scale before, and that’s going to require all of [his] resolve and focus. And no one has a way of disorienting Spider-Man like Mysterio.
“In that regard, Mysterio might be the most troublesome member of the current Sinister Six.”
If it seems like Slott puts a great deal of stock in Mysterio’s prowess, that’s because he’s been following the adventures of Quentin Beck across comics and beyond for decades, impressed by what he’s seen.
“[In] AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #66 and #67, before knocking him out, Mysterio shows Spider-Man a tiny, tabletop model of a carnival fairground, then drops him on to a real deserted carnival,” the writer recalls. “And then using a giant Mysterio prop, tricks Spidey into thinking he shrunk him! Ah, man. You just can’t tell stories like that anymore, can you? But I love that so much. That one was even adapted for the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon , which you can see right here on Marvel.com!”
Stay tuned next week for more from Dan Slott on the Sinister Six as we get set for Ends of the Earth, beginning in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #682 on March 21!