It seems that Jake Gyllenhaal may be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’s villain, Mysterio.
Fans everywhere were overjoyed in 2015 when Marvel Studios and Sony seemed to put their differences aside in order to bring Peter Parker back home, and when British actor Tom Holland was cast in the role, he quickly established himself as the perfect fit. The union of the two studios made Spider-Man: Homecoming a massive success, and with the first film managing to cast Michael Keaton as villain, Vulture, there’s certainly pressure on the sequel to bag a big star to follow.
Homecoming’s sequel will be released just two months after Avengers 4, which does give Marvel a potentially difficult marketing strategy. However, while we don’t know much about the details, we do know that Homecoming 2 will see Spidey journey overseas thanks to his latest foe – and we now have a better idea of who that’s going to be.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jake Gyllenhaal is currently in talks to play the sequel’s main antagonist, Mysterio. As one of Hollywood’s leading actors, he would be one of the biggest names to join the MCU, and his extensive acting range should allow for him to bring all aspects of Mysterio to life – so long as the character is well-written, Gyllenhaal could well deliver us one of the best Marvel villains to-date.
Behind Mysterio’s fishbowl helmet is Quentin Beck, a failed actor turned special effects whiz, skills that he uses to commit numerous crimes and escape with ease. This gives director Jon Watts plenty of room to explore Mysterio’s skillset, without giving Peter another Thanos-calibre villain who he cannot defeat alone.
Let’s hope that this rumour becomes a reality, and we see Gyllenhaal join the MCU soon.
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is slated for release on July 5th.