Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to play Mysterio in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel

Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly in talks to to join the cast of Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel as the film’s lead villain.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor would play Mysterio, an antagonist who features across the Spider-Man canon.

A variety of characters have worn Mysterio’s trademark cape and fishbowl helmet throughout the series, but the original Mysterio debuted in the comic book series in 1964. Otherwise known as Quentin Beck, the villain is a former Hollywood special effects designer and stuntman who uses his skills for evil after his career stalled.

It wouldn’t be the first time that Marvel bosses have approached Gyllenhaal about the Spider-Man franchise. When Toby Maguire – who played Peter Parker in the early noughties Spider-Man films, directed by Sam Raimi  – injured his back in between the 2002 film Spider-Man and its 2004 sequel, Gyllenhaal was considered as a replacement. Ultimately, Maguire overcame his injury, and returned to the role.

Meanwhile, Tom Holland is set to continue playing Spider-Man in the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. Script-writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have also been hired for the new film.

Marvel bosses have ruled out another appearance from Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, saying that Holland’s co-star is “to-be-determined”.

Meanwhile, lead actor Tom Holland has responded to actor Kirsten Dunst’s criticism of the superhero reboot. Dunst, who played Mary-Jane Watson opposite Toby Maguire in the original Spider-Man film trilogy, said “we made the best ones, so who cares? I’m like, ‘You make it all you want.’ They’re just milking that cow for money. It’s so obvious. You know what I mean?”

“She’s entitled to her own opinion and I’m not one to judge at all,” Holland said in reply, speaking to Movie ‘n’ Co UK. “I definitely am not doing this movie for the money. I mean, it’s a job that I think anyone would do regardless of what you were getting paid, you know?”

“All I know is I had the greatest time on this movie and I absolutely loved it and, you know, if she doesn’t want to go and see it, I don’t really care. I don’t dislike her in any way for what she said and she’s entitled to her own opinion, so it’s all cool.”

The as-of-yet untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is currently slated for release on July 5, 2019.