Why Gyllenhaal is Ideal for Mysterio
A talented actor, Jake Gyllenhaal is no stranger to genre films. He cut his teeth on films like October Sky and Donnie Darko, with the latter earning him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor. Gyllenhaal's career has included a few stumbles, receiving heavy criticism for his work in Southpaw, but he's shone in movies like Brokeback Mountain, Source Code, and Stronger. At his best, Gyllenhaal is able to portray a truly three-dimensional character; he knows how to emote, how to evoke sympathy, and how to win viewers over to his side. Spider-Man: Homecoming presented Marvel's first truly relatable villain, and Gyllenhaal's Mysterio could easily continue that.
At the same time, Gyllenhaal is no stranger to action roles, playing in fantastical action films like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Source Code. That experience is ideally suited to the superhero genre, as it will translate into an understanding of just what the stunt choreographers want him to do. No doubt Gyllenhaal will perform well alongside Michael Keaton's Vulture, and the dynamic between the bad guys is sure to be a key point of excitement for the film.
Gyllenhaal is known for his commitment to the roles. He starved himself to skeletal levels for Nightcrawler, and bulked up dramatically for Southpaw. He's one of those actors whose performances really should merit an Oscar, but it somehow hasn't quite ever happened in spite of his commitment. Superhero movies don't tend to be award-winning, but they do sometimes demand a great deal from their actors - as Hugh Jackman could testify. No doubt Gyllenhaal will be prepared to go to any lengths to create a stunning Mysterio for the big screen.
The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel will reportedly deal with the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, so it's going to be fascinating to see how Marvel adapts Mysterio to suit the context of the MCU. There's certainly a sense of irony in having a failed Hollywood special effects designer as the main villain in a superhero film, given the demands this genre typically puts on special effects! Should Gyllenhaal go for the role, Marvel is guaranteed to have a commanding performance.
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