Spider-Man: Far From Home concept art reveals a completely different look for Hydro-Man, shown in the MCU movie as the Water Elemental.
Concept art from Spider-Man: Far From Home shows a completely different look for Hydro-Man. Far From Home was the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was Tom Holland’s first solo film as Peter Parker. The followup movie was the first, and so far only, Marvel Cinematic Universe installment to release after Avengers: Endgame. As a result, Spider-Man: Far From Home showed the effects of Thanos’ snap, as well as Iron Man’s sacrifice to restore the world. Like the first Spider-Man movie starring Holland, the sequel was well-received, with a third film in the series, currently referred to as Spider-Man: Homecoming 3, set for a November 2021 release.
Spider-Man: Far From Home focuses on Peter’s school trip to Europe, where he insists on not having to work as his superhero alter ego. However, plans change when the Elementals attack. One of these is the Water Elemental, a take on Morris Bench/Hydro-Man from the comics. However, unlike in the comics, the Water Elemental is actually just one of four Elemental illusions created by the movie’s villain, Quentin Beck/Mysterio.
A few different looks for Hydro-Man were considered in the planning of Spider-Man: Far From Home, including one version with two heads. That take was revealed by concept artist and creature designer Jerad S. Marantz, who’s back with another early look at Hydro-Man. This version shows a Hydro-Man in clothes, looking far more human than the Elemental shown in the film. He bears more of a resemblance to the comics take on the character. In his caption, Marantz explained why this early look is so different, saying, “This was in the brainstorming phase. Trying to figure out what kind of Hydroman we were going to have. This was the science experiment gone wrong scenario.”
Marantz’s concept art illustrates just how much trial and error is involved in creating a character design, especially for a superhero movie. Though the comics can provide a jumping off point, sometimes movies end up with versions completely different from their existing counterparts. A more human-looking Hydro-Man didn’t make sense for Spider-Man: Far From Home due to the Elemental take on the character. However, it’s still interesting to see how different he could have looked in the finished film.
It’s also refreshing to see Marantz speak so frankly about the design process, especially his admission about how it went wrong. Concept art reveals have become a more regular part of the Marvel and DC movie experience in recent years, as fans enjoy seeing how characters evolved visually on their way to the screen. What’s more, the differences aren’t always as big as the ones seen in the concept art for Hydro-Man, making this Spider-Man: Far From Home reveal even more interesting.