The untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel has found its villain in Jake Gyllenhaal, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. Gyllenhaal is in talks to play the role of Mysterio in the upcoming film, set to be released in 2019.
In the comics, Mysterio (Quentin Beck) is an enemy of Spider-Man skilled in special effects and hypnotism as well as hand-to-hand combat. More interestingly, he is a member of the Sinister Six, a group of supervillains who were teased in Spider-Man: Homecoming in the post-credits scene.
This is Gyllenhaal’s first appearance in a Marvel film, but it was previously rumored he was considered as a replacement for Tobey Maguire before the filming of Spider-Man 2.
Little is known about the plot of the sequel, though Marvel’s Kevin Feige previously told io9 that audiences will find Peter Parker traveling outside of New York City.
Although we saw Peter Parker vanish at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, the confirmation of a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel leaves little doubt the character will end up surviving the untitled Avengers 4.
Jon Watts will return to direct the sequel and filming will begin in July 2018.
The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is scheduled to be released in theatres on July 5, 2019.