Jake Gyllenhaal To Play Villain Mysterio In Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel

Casting for Marvel's Spidey sequel is underway!

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Villain Cast In Spider-Man: Homecoming 2!

Villain Cast In Spider-Man: Homecoming 2!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Jake Gyllenhaal seems finally poised to enter the superhero realm as he is reportedly in talks to portray the Marvel supervillain Mysterio in Marvel Studios’ forthcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. The actor has had a long flirtation with playing a comic book character, having costume tested to play Spider-Man, screentested for Batman, and was circling but ultimately turned down the role of Rick Flag in Suicide Squad. There have also been rumors of Gyllenhaal replacing Ben Affleck in the DCEU for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, though this MCU casting leaves that in doubt.

The character of Mysterio has had several iterations in the Marvel Comics Universe, the first being Quentin Beck who first appeared way back in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 in 1964. Beck was a Hollywood special effects wizard who uses his skills to become a supervillain, with The Tinkerer (played by Michael Chernus in Spider-Man: Homecoming) having created his signature bubblehead suit. Mysterio has been at times a prominent member of The Sinister Six, and has also existed in different versions, notably Daniel Berkhart, Francis Klum (created by Kevin Smith!) and an African American version known as Mysterion.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously confirmed that the 2019 sequel to Homecoming will take Peter Parker out of New York for a European adventure in London that will reflect the global aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. Spider-Man: Homecoming writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers will write the sequel, and Jon Watts will return as director on the Sony and Marvel film. The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is already scheduled for July 5, 2019, but it's unknown of Holland himself will return as the character or if another character will take up the mantle of the Web-Head like Miles Morales did in the comic books. Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters now.

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