Jake Gyllenhaal Joins MCU As Fan Favorite Spider-Man Villain
It looks like Jake Gyllenhaal might bring Mysterio to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to a new report, the Nightcrawler actor is preparing to enter the world of superheroes as a villain in the untitled sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. It is advised to note that Gyllenhaal is only in talks right now, but if all goes well this sequel will have an excellent actor on board to play the big bad guy.
Matt Damon was reported to have passed on the opportunity to play a villain role in the upcoming sequel. It is safe to assume that Mysterio was what he passed on. So, now the opportunity lands on Jake Gyllenhaal. Interestingly, Gyllenhaal was rumored to be in talks to take over the role of Batman, if Ben Affleck decides to step away from the character. However, the actor clarified that isn’t going to be the case. Instead of becoming the Caped Crusader in the DC world, he is going to be joining Marvel as the master of illusion.
For a long time, fans have wanted to see Mysterio appear in a Spider-Man movie. The character was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first entering the comics in 1964’s The Amazing Spider-Man #13. Since then, he’s been a regular foe for Spidey. Even though Mysterio doesn’t have any actual powers, he is a masterful designer of special effects and illusions. He’s also a master of hypnotism and magician, as well as an amateur chemist and roboticist. On top of all that, he has extensive knowledge of hand-to-hand combat techniques. That makes him a uniquely interesting bad guy. His costume of an all green spandex suit, purple cape and a big dome that looks like a fishbowl might work on the pages of a comic book, but can it work on the big screen?
It’s uncertain whether or not Marvel Studios and Sony will stay true to the costume, but having Jake Gyllenhaal under the (possible) dome is a pretty good place to begin.
The Spider-Man Homecoming sequel is scheduled to start filming this summer for a July 5, 2019 release. Tom Holland, who first got introduced as Spidey in Captain America: Civil War and recently reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, is scheduled to reprise his role. However, there are still a few questions about that, given his the events of Infinity War and the pending events of Avengers 4.
Jon Watts, who directed Homecoming, is returning to direct the sequel from a script penned by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who was credited in the last movie as screenwriters.
Back in the Sam Raimi days, Gyllenhaal almost took over the role of the web-slinger in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 when Tobey Maguire injured his back while filming Seabiscuit. So, his history with the franchise is a pretty interesting one. Let’s hope nothing stops this deal from happening.