UPDATE: Jake Gyllenhaal is now in talks to play Mysterio in Spider-Man 2.
Marvel Studios is looking to fill the villain and new high school lead in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, and the casting descriptions could potentially link the two characters together. Sony is now working with Marvel Studios to make Spider-Man part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they're quickly moving to get a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming off the ground. The movie will take place minutes after Avengers 4 ends, and early indications point to Spidey heading overseas.
It was previously thought that Gwen Stacy could be added to the sequel, but more recently there's been reports on a femme fatale character. While the new female character has gained attention, we're still waiting to find out who the villain will be and what other characters will be added. Based on some new details for Homecoming's sequel, the villain and a new high school aged male lead are coming.
That Hashtag Show is now reporting details on both characters that may point toward some very well-known characters from Spidey lore making their MCU debuts. This report states that casting director Sarah Finn is looking for people to fill both of the aforementioned roles. The villain may be responsible for Peter's journey abroad and was described as someone with "elevated ideas." Additionally, this role is not only open to all ethnicities, but Marvel's said to be looking at both men and women between 30-45 to play the part. Could it be that a version of Norman Osborn, Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter, or Otto Octavius will soon be introduced?
That isn't the only role they're looking to cast however, as another search is underway for an 18-24 year old male of any ethnicity. This unidentified role is for a fellow high school student, but Marvel's looking for someone very talented. That Hashtag Show says while this character likely won't get a spinoff movie, the studio wants someone with "leading man" qualities that can hold his own with Holland. Considering both characters are being cast with open ethnicity, they could be linked.
This wouldn't be a completely surprising route for director Jon Watts to go down after having a similar link included in Homecoming, that helped make for one of Marvel's best twists. If the villain and new high school male are linked, it is difficult not to immediately be drawn to the possibility of the Osborns being brought in. Harry Osborn easily fits that description and would be a huge role moving forward, justifying the studios' interest in getting another leading man type. Meanwhile, they could be adding further diversity to the cast, but could also really switch things up by potentially using Emily Osborn as the villain instead of Norman.
As easy as it is to pin these descriptions on the Osborns, there's no clear evidence that's who this will be. The two characters could be completely unrelated, meaning Marvel's simply building out Spidey's world in a number of ways. However, fans are eager to see another version of the Osborns on the big screen, and the former Avengers tower would be a perfect place for them to set up shop. Then again, Kevin Feige's been hesitant to reuse characters who were used in previous Spider-Man movies, so we could be in for some surprises whenever these characters are revealed.
Source: That Hashtag Show
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