Jake Gyllenhaal is trolling fans over his role as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Marvel Studios and Sony are doing their best to ensure that their new Spider-Man movies are unlike what has come before. This has already been achieved with an actual teenage Peter Parker, diversifying the characters around him, letting him interact with other Marvel heroes, and by using villains who haven't been on the big screen before.
The latter will remain true with Far From Home as Quentin Beck aka Mysterio is set to be the main villain of the film. Oscar-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal was linked to the role earlier this year, but he was never confirmed to be in the movie, let alone playing the fan-favorite villain. However, Marvel fans have been able to see Mysterio's wild costume brought to life in a live-action setting through a set video. The tease of the first Far From Home trailer coming soon has only increased excitement over the potential to see Gyllenhaal in action though.
Before such a reveal could come, Gyllenhaal joined Instagram to start trolling fans over his Far From Home role as Mysterio. The hilarious video shows Gyllenhaal reading The Amazing Spider-Man #311, acting shocked to learn he is not playing Spider-Man in the movie. Judging by his choice of comic and the framed cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #66 on the wall behind him - both of which feature Mysterio fighting Spidey on the front - this is a fun way for him to finally confirm his role in the movie.
Prior to suiting up to fight Spidey in Far From Home, Gyllenhaal was previously in contention to take over as Spider-Man for Sam Raimi's original films. Tobey Maguire was on the verge of losing his role as Peter Parker and Gyllenhaal was the choice to take over. This never came to be, and the actor was also rumored to be in the mix to possibly take over as Batman should Ben Affleck leave, but he's finally got his comic book role now as Mysterio.
Since Far From Home is taking Spidey international and Marvel isn't afraid to take liberties with stories or characters, it is difficult to say how much these two specific Mysterio issues could factor into the movie. One possibly cool connection that can be made is not with the issue he is holding, but instead the one on the wall. At the end of Amazing Spider-Man #66, Spidey believes he's shrunk and on a miniaturized carnival set. He then has to fight a giant version of Mysterio in the next issue. The only time set photos and videos saw Spidey and Mysterio on set together was at a carnival, so it is possible that a similar action set piece could be in Far From Home, or at the very least, it will include a nod to it. Either way, now that Gyllenhaal is on social media, hopefully he can deliver a proper look at his true Spider-Man: Far From Home role before too long.
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