Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play the villain in Marvel's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' sequel

Marvel Comics

Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War.”

  • Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play the villain Mysterio in the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Michael Keaton will also reportedly reprise his role as the Vulture.
  • Mysterio is one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes and is a master of illusion. Created in 1964 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, he is a former special-effects creator and stuntman in Hollywood who turns to crime.
  • The movie comes to theatres next July.
  • This suggests that Spider-Man will return in the “Avengers: Infinity War” sequel.
  • At the end of “Infinity War,” Spider-Man is one of the many characters to disappear after the Thanos snap.

Jake Gyllenhaal may be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is in talks to star in the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel as the classic Spider-Man villain Mysterio.

Variety also reports that Michael Keaton will return as the Vulture, the villain of “Homecoming.” At the end of “Homecoming,” Vulture is in prison and knows Spider-Man’s secret identity, though he refuses to share it with another inmate.

Mysterio first appeared in 1964 in an issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man” and was created by the Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Though he’s one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes, this would be his first appearance in a live-action film (he has appeared in various animated Spider-Man series).

The original Mysterio’s real name is Quentin Beck, a special effects creator and stuntman in Hollywood who becomes a supervillain who specialises in illusions. Many characters named Mysterio have appeared in Spider-Man comics over the years, but Beck is probably the character Gyllenhaal will play if the creators want to stick to the classic interpretations of Spider-Man villains.

The “Homecoming” sequel is scheduled for release on July 5, 2019.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is one of many characters who disappeared after the Thanos snap in “Avengers: Infinity War,” but there are plenty of reasons to believe that those characters will return in the “Infinity War” follow-up next May – just in time for Spider-Man to appear again a couple of months later.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.