After being cast in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, fan art has surfaced of Jake Gyllenhaal as the villain Mysterio. Though it's unclear which iteration of the character Gyllenhaal's interpretation will borrow from, this fan art appears to be a combination of the classic and Ultimate versions.
After Marvel Studios and Sony finally came to a deal, allowing Spider-Man into the MCU, the web-slinger made his official debut in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. It was a tease for things to come, and once Spider-Man: Homecoming released a year later, actor Tom Holland's Peter Parker was tasked with protecting New York City from Adrian Toomes/The Vulture (Michael Keaton), abiding the strict rules of his mentor Tony Stark, and surviving the unpredictability of adolescence. The movie turned out to be one of the MCU's most successful movies, so the hype for its 2019 sequel is quickly mounting. Now, with the casting announcement of Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, some fan art has revealed what the actor might look like in the role, assuming his costume design stays relatively true to the source material.
An artist from Melbourne, Australia known only as Kode A. - or by his social media handle BossLogic - created his own interpretation of Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, revealing it on his official Twitter account. Sticking closely with the character's trademark green and purple aesthetic, as well as additional gold and blue accents, he revealed two photos side-by-side - one showing off a detailed look at Gyllenhaal's face beneath the glass dome, and the other enveloping his face in blue smoke. He explained that even though he has some reservations about Gyllenhaal taking the role, he said, "If they do the character justice writing wise then I'm all for it."
While his interpretation of Mysterio is certainly impressive, BossLogic is no stranger to creating fan art for popular franchises. He also illustrated his own interpretation of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, a Stranger Thingss/X-Men crossover, and he even combined characters from the MCU with Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" in an image aptly titled "The Last Shawarma."
While it's unclear which version of Mysterio he'll be depicting in the Spider-Man sequel, Gyllenhaal is no stranger to playing morally compromised characters. In 2013, he starred in Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, and a year later he starred in Dan Gilroy's psychological thriller Nightcrawler, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. So, it'll be interesting to see whether or not he brings certain character traits from these roles to Mysterio.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018