Mr. Mxyzptlk fulfilled his promise to be a troublemaker on this week’s Supergirl. Mxy (Peter Gadiot) appeared at the end of last week’s episode interrupting a kiss between Mon-El (Chris Wood) and Kara (Melissa Benoist). The episode “Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk” picked up right where he left off.
The comics have set a pretty high bar for Mxyzptlk’s tricks. In one, he appeared as Ben DeRoy and tried to steal Lois Lane from Clark Kent. In others, he supplied Lex Luthor with red kryptonite, and lost his powers when the Joker tricked him into revealing his true name.
Supergirl writers Jessica Queller and Sterling Gates filled “Mr. & Mrs. Mxzptlk” with more memorable Mxy tricks.
Here’s a rundown of Mxy’s tricks from the episode. Then, you vote for your favorite and tell us why you chose it in the comments. Be sure to read our interview with Peter Gadiot here.
When lured to the Fortress of Solitude for what he hopes is their wedding, Mxy is not pleased when Kara backs out. He brings to life a giant ice sculpture of Superman’s father to swat Kara down. Let’s see Marlin Brando do that. Or even Russell Crowe.
Mon-El lets the Daxam out on Mxy and actually overdoes it as far as Kara is concerned (see below). But, his suggestion of an old-fashioned duel was a nice try to defend her honor and get rid of Mxy. Mon-El and Mxy appeared in old-timey knickers on a candlelit stage. When the pistols proved another bit of Mxy fakery, they put up their dukes, and Mon-El has a mean uppercut.
This was the most devious of all, and it didn’t even require magic. Just by showing up, Mxy brought out the conflict between the Kryptonian and Daxamite. Mon-El said Kara’s not a good judge of what she can handle and called her full of herself. Fortunately, he gave her a major apology at the end of the episode.
The previews for “Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk” showed Kara in the wedding dress, but they didn’t give away the best part. Mxy sings two verses of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin to woo her. He also specifies that the wedding dress he materializes is Vera Wang. And it automatically fit Kara perfectly with no alterations. That’s magic!
Mxy brought back one of Supergirl’s deadliest villains: Parasite. Even if it was only a ruse for him to show up as Supermxy, it was nice to see another action-packed battle with Parasite. Supermxy’s got a nice ring to it too. Spin-off? You listening, Greg Berlanti?
With just the snap of his fingers, Mxy could take Mon-El out of the equation, although he always ended up somewhere. The best for Wood’s fans had to be when Mon-El appeared at the DEO in only his underwear — nothing the DEO hasn’t seen before.
Even Mxy admits he got this one from a movie. When Supergirl stops a robbery, Mxy doesn’t quite understand that she catches bad guys rather than killing them. He makes their guns float in the air and turn on the robbers just like Magneto (Ian McKellen) did in the first X-Men movie.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW.