Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Mysterio in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel; Here's Everything We Know

Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Mysterio in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel; Here's Everything We Know

May 21, 2018

Many years ago, Jake Gyllenhaal was in the wings to play Spider-Man. Sam Raimi was ready to cast the young actor in Spider-Man 2 as a possible replacement for an injured Tobey Maguire. But Maguire healed and returned as the superhero and we got one of the best entries in the genre ever made.

Now Gyllenhaal is finally getting another shot at the same franchise. No, he's no replacing Tom Holland as Spidey. This time, he's up for the villain role. According to Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actor is in talks to play the comic book character Mysterio. This would be for the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming, the title of which is still unknown.

Gyllenhaal (who was recently rumored to be the next Batman) has been displaying a broadening of range in recent years, showing the potential for comic book villainy in thrillers like Nightcrawler while still growing as a more grounded dramatic actor in work such as last year's Stronger. He can be maniacal in a more realistic way or more hammed-up, depending on what's called for.

Here's all we know about the character and the next Spider-Man movie:

Who is Mysterio?

Quentin Beck, a former Hollywood special effects artist and stunt person who turns to crime using his technical wizardry to his advantage. As the villain Mysterio, he wears a very flashy green costume with purple cape and his most identifying feature, a fishbowl helmet that obscures his face. 

Have we see him before? 

Not in the movies. Bruce Campbell was supposed to play him in Raimi's fourth Spider-Man movie, but that sequel never happened. Mysterio has made appearances in possibly all the animated Spider-Man series, including the cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, played by Optimus Prime voice Peter Cullen, and Ultimate Spider-Man, voiced by Paul Scheer.

What do we know about the movie's plot? 

Given the secrecy around the post-Avengers 4 status of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nothing is known about Spider-Man's future, let alone the specific plot for the Homecoming sequel. We have heard that the movie will shoot in London this time and have a more global-spanning story as Peter Parker/Spidey tries "to go back to a normal life" after the events of the Avengers movies.

Who is writing and directing the sequel?

Another thing we can expect from the Homecoming follow-up is a tone similar to the popular 2017 reboot. We heard almost immediately that Jon Watts is going to return for the sequel, and later we learned that Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, two of the six scribes on the Homecoming script, were writing the next installment.

Is anyone else from the Homecoming cast returning? 

Although not confirmed, the assumption is that Marisa Tomei will be back as Aunt May, Jacob Batalon will again play Ned and Zendaya would reprise her role as Michelle, aka "MJ." 

When can we see it?

The untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is due in theaters on July 5, 2019. 

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