Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly circling a role in the upcoming sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Gyllenhaal is in talks to portray supervillain Mysterio in the Marvel Studios sequel.
Mysterio, also known as Quentin Beck, debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #13 in 1964. One of Spider-Man’s most dangerous recurring villains and a master of illusions, Mysterio has tormented the web-slinger across decades and mediums, having appeared as a primary antagonist in various animated shows and video games.
Gyllenhaal, a celebrated actor with an extensive filmography, is no stranger to negotiating superhero roles. After Tobey Maguire injured his back during the filming of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Gyllenhaal was set to take his place if he didn’t recover.
Director Jon Watts and writers Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna will return for the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, which is set to hit theaters on July 5, 2019.
Stay tuned for updates.