With the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming set to arrive in 2019, we are starting to get some information as to what that film will be. And it appears that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be facing off against Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio in the film.
Deadline has the exclusive that Gyllenhaal is in talks to take over the role in the upcoming film. This is a little bit ironic because as you may remember that back in the early 2000’s, during Tobey Maguire’s stand-off with Sony, Gyllenhaal was in line to take over for him as Spider-Man in the Raimi Spider-Man films. Gyllenhaal was also rumored to be considered for taking over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck. Glad to see Jake finally get a role in a superhero film.
Many characters have operated under the name Mysterio in the Spider-Man comic books, but the main one was an ex-stuntman and special effects artist named Quentin Beck. First appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #14 in 1964, Beck discovered that he could use the skills he learned in Hollywood to become a supervillain. He creates illusions by a variety of means–hypnosis, mechanical effects, and hallucinogenic drugs–and uses these illusions to distract law enforcement while he commits his crimes.
Back in 2017, it was announced that Mysterio was being considered for a stand-alone, spinoff film of his very own. If that is true, we might be seeing more of Gyllenhaal as the character than in more than just one film. Also, since a Kraven spinoff was announced at the same time, that character might be the villain for the second sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is set to be released July 5, 2019.