Gyllenhaal In Talks For “Spider-Man” Villain

First reported by UK outlet The List and followed up by several trade papers, it has now been confirmed that Jake Gyllenhaal is currently in talks to play the villainous Mysterio in the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel at Sony Pictures.

In the comics, Mysterio is one of the iconic villains of Spider-Man, most famous for wearing a hemispherical one-way glass dome over his head along with an elaborate cape. In the comics he’s Quentin Beck, a special effects wizard at a major studio who realises his expertise in illusions could make him an effective supervillain.

Though he has no superpowers, he is a master hypnotist, illusionist, amateur chemist, roboticist, and is deftly skilled in hand-to-hand combat. His suit also contains advanced technology capable of projecting gases, holograms and other tricks.

Gyllenhaal is set to star in and produce Cary Fukunaga’s biopic “The American,” about the life of iconic composer Leonard Bernstein, this Fall so his role here is likely to come first as “Spider-Man Homecoming 2” kicks off filming in the UK in July. The actor was famously under serious consideration to play the hero in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films.

Gyllenhaal has Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers,” an untitled Netflix art world film from his “Nightcrawler” writer-director Dan Gilroy, and Paul Dano’s “Wildlife” all due out this year. Tom Holland also stars in “Spider-Man Homecoming 2” which opens July next year.