It's Official: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Play Mysterio In The Next 'Spider-Man'

We already had an inkling after photos of the actor in costume on the film set were leaked, but the news has now been confirmed.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners. (© SND)

We're not really surprised, as fans who've been paying attention to what's going on in the Spider-Man world had been aware of this development for a while. After all, we'd seen him on set, in costume – it was difficult to deny the news. But it's now been officially announced: Jake Gyllenhaal will indeed be playing the villain Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The actor made the announcement via an Instagram post (his first, in fact), in which he pretended to have just discovered that he wouldn't be playing Spider-Man. In the post, he holds the 1989 comic Amazing Spider-Man #311, bearing the title "The Return of the Man Called Mysterio".

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If you're not familiar with the villain, he's a magician without any real powers created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1964 (in Amazing Spider-Man #13). In reality, he's a former actor who never managed to make it in the film world, and who decides to exploit his knowledge of special effects to get revenge on Spider-Man — another way to make it, perhaps. He's known for his costume with a glass dome covering his head. 

Mysterio is a cult character, who we'll be encountering on the small screen for the first time, and we're sure he'll have quite a number of magic tricks and optical illusions up his sleeve for us. All portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal: could it get any better?

Spider-Man: Far From Home will be released in cinemas on July 5. But keep your eyes peeled: an initial trailer should be released this week at the Sony panel at Brazil Comic-Con. 

By Arthur Cios, published on 10/12/2018