From Comics to Screen: Behind Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio Costume in Spider-Man: Far From Home

When Fox first adapted the X-Men for the big screen, they did away with the character’s signature comic book costumes in favor of more “realistic” leather biker gear and that production tweak — making the sometimes ridiculously-looking comic book costumes palatable for a movie audience — has kept us from seeing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in his iconic blue-and-yellow spandex with distinctive cowl or Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in her fabulous pink-and-red costume with cape and tiara. However, the day of comic accurate costumes in film may finally be upon us at last, as Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Mysterio managed to thrill, inspire and shock us even with the nearly green bodysuit, purple cape and giant fishbowl helmet ripped right from the pages of  the Spider-Man comic book. It’s crazy looking.. and it works!

Marvel Studios’ Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding explains the long process of developing the final look of Mysterio, from comic to screen, and explains some of the inspirations for the costume and simple tricks to make it *pop* on screen, such as adding metallic paint.

One of the things we do to make something automatically feel more real in some ways is just make it metallic. 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.

Far from Home was directed by Jon Watts, from a script by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming  Jon FavreauJacob BatalonZendayaMarisa Tomei, Cobie SmuldersAngourie Rice, Martin Starr, JB Smoove, and Samuel L. Jackson also star.

The movie is in theaters now!

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