Spider-Man: Far from Home once had a Hulkbuster-type of suit for Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio character. The movie hit theaters right before the July 4th holiday and quickly started breaking records. Currently, the Tom Holland-starring sequel is the highest grossing movie Sony has ever put out and much of that comes from their relationship with Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige. Now, we're learning quite a bit about what other designs were thought of before settling on the Mysterio suit we all know.

The Mysterio concept art is featured in The Art of Spider-Man: Far From Home book. The Hulkbuster suit is obviously more bulky, but it contains the same coloring as the suit in Spider-Man: Far From Home. As it turns out, one of the early ideas was to possibly take the villain in more of a stronger and sci-fi vibe. Concept artist Ryan Meinerding says, "There were versions of Mysterio that I did that were based on him maybe being a tough, grizzled space marine who had escaped his dimension. And he was the only person that did." While the art by Meinerding is definitely cool, it's not as sleek as the final product.

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These ideas aren't just limited to costumes and suits in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Early concept art proves that Mysterio's dark visions for Peter Parker were originally going to be even darker than they were on the big screen. Giant horrific spiders were initially in the mix, but were ultimately left out for one reason or another. What we ended up seeing was probably one of the heavier scenes shown in a Marvel Cinematic Universe project to date, especially the zombified Iron Man.

Spider-Man: Far From Home dominated the summer box office and gave Sony the confidence to try and leave the Marvel Studios partnership in the weeds. The announcement was made late in the summer and it caused shockwaves across the fan community. If Sony was taking sole control over the franchise, that meant that Peter Parker would no longer be in the MCU and the cliffhanger set up by Far From Home would be taken care of without any of the MCU's huge roster of heroes. The movie sets up the third installment very well, but Nick Fury is going to have to be involved at some point in time.

Sony and Marvel Studios recently made a deal and all is right in the world again. The Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel will have Kevin Feige's involvement and we'll see Tom Holland in one more MCU project before heading back over to Sony for new team-ups with the likes of Venom and Morbius the Living Vampire. This all means that the concept art stage of the sequel are more than likely about to start up again for the sequel. While we wait to see those designs, you can check out the Mysterio Hulkbuster design below, thanks to the Movie Boys Instagram account.

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????Spider-Man: Far From Home's Mysterio Almost Had A Hulkbuster Suit???? - The Art of Spider-Man: Far From Home reveals that Mysterio went through a lot of different versions - and one of the most interestingly is evocative of Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor. Concept artist Ryan Meinerding explained that this look was a different interpretation of the character altogether. "There were versions of Mysterio that I did that were based on him maybe being a tough, grizzled space marine who had escaped his dimension," he observed, "And he was the only person that did." As a result, Meinerding went through several designs in which Mysterio wore a tough, bulky sci-fi uniform that's definitely reminiscent of the Hulkbuster. The helmet was retained, but tweaked to fit with the science fiction style. It's important to understand how the design process works on a blockbuster film like Spider-Man: Far From Home. Concept artists and scriptwriters typically have a strong working relationship - the writer will come up with an idea, the artist will render it, and the writer will rework their script based on the concept art they like. In the case of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it seems Marvel decided early on that they wanted to use Mysterio, and even that he'd be pretending to come from another dimension, but they hadn't initially decided how Mysterio's powers would work, how his illusions would be generated, or what sort of portrayal they'd want. As a result, Meinerding went through a lot of different designs, helping the writers figure out what they felt worked. This, however, is one of the most unique and distinctive. It combines a sci-fi space marine with a Marvel Hulkbuster vibe, making Mysterio feel like a physical powerhouse clad in advanced armor. In the end, of course, Marvel decided to step away from this kind of sci-fi feel, with the trickster's final look evocative of science and sorcery combined.

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