Good news movie geeks! Following recent rumours, we finally have evidence that Jake Gyllenhaal will be playing the villain in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”.
The 37-year-old Academy Award-nominee is portraying the classic fishbowled baddie Mysterio aka Quentin Beck. Photos of Gyllenhaal as Mysterio leaked online this morning (Monday, 1st October), but it showed him without the character’s trademark fishbowl-esque helmet.
BREAKING: Here's the first look at Jake Gyllenhaall as the villainous Mysterio in these SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME set photos!ADVERTISEMENT
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As Comic Book points out, Mysterio’s outfit looks like “a more tech-enhanced version of Thor’s original outfit”. One could deduce that it’s cross between “the mainstream Marvel Universe (purple cape and all) and the Ultimate Universe version where the outfit is more based in technology”.
In the comics, Mysterio worked as skilled stuntman and visual effects wizard in Hollywood. When his dream of becoming an actor doesn’t pan out, he decided to utilise his special effects talents as an illusionist. The Marvel supervillain went on to be one of Spider-Man’s prominent foes.
Spider-Man: Far from Home: Mysterio in Liberec, Czech Republic, final scene pic.twitter.com/KCzGJmme01
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Final scenes from Spider-Man: Far from Home in Liberec, now the end of filming pic.twitter.com/D9SNaHSBJk
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Word first got around that Gyllenhaal was in negotiations to play the classic Spidey villain back in May. Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have yet to officially confirm Gyllenhaal’s role but this will mark the first we’ll see Mysterio on the big screen.
From the clip above, it looks like the web-slinger has bested his foe since they’ve been surrounded by law enforcement agents. Their fight has evidently caused some major destructions as you can see from the flaming debris surrounding the area.
The students of Midtown High are back together with some other new characters in this SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME set photo from filming yesterday in Venice!
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Clearly, Peter Parker’s trip to Europe isn’t going to be a vacation. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige previously spoke about the significance of the sequel’s title. “We like (the title) of course because it ties into ‘Homecoming’, not just keeping that word going, which we like and we liked it more than ‘Homecoming 2’, but that notion of ‘home’ is a word that has dual meanings we’d like to continue with this (MCU) version of Spider-Man. So, ‘Far From Home’ has multiple meanings,” he said.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” will debut on 5th July 2019.