After Avengers 4, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is supposed to ground the Marvel Cinematic Universe without the stakes of Thanos in the background. While few details about the upcoming movie are known—aside from its July 5, 2019, release date—a fresh leak suggests a new villain will join the fray.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to join the sequel as Mysterio, a villain that has yet to be portrayed on the big screen. The character will allegedly join Michael Keaton’s Vulture, who at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming was put in prison for his crimes. Importantly, Vulture knows the Spider-Man’s secret identity.
Mysterio (aka Quentin Beck) was first introduced back in 1964 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko as an expert in hypnosis and illusions. Like Keaton’s Vulture, he sounds like a more grounded character, rather than having absurd superpowers. He also dons one of the cooler outfits of the villains who have faced Spider-Man.
What’s interesting about the choice of Gyllenhaal is the actor nearly played Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, which came out back in 2004. As the Hollywood Reporter puts it, Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire hurt his back while filming Seabiscuit, casting doubt about whether he could return to return as the superhero. Maguire did eventually return, going on to play the role one more time in Spider-Man 3.
Gyllenhaal is known for his dramatic turns in movies like Nightcrawler and Southpaw, so it will certainly be a change of pace for the actor. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for casting big actors, and seeing him and Michael Keaton against Holland’s Spider-Man will make for great drama.
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is currently set to hit theaters on July 5, 2019.