Spider-Man: Far From Home has wrapped shooting but it’s never officially been confirmed that Jake Gyllenhaal will be playing supervillain Mysterio – until now. The actor used his brand new Instagram account to confirm his role as one of Spider-Man’s greatest foes.
In the shared video clip, Gyllenhaal pages through a copy of 1989’s Amazing Spider-Man Issue #311 in which Mysterio serves as the story’s main villain and expresses his shock at not playing Spider-Man.
“I just realized I’m not playing Spider-Man,” he captioned the clip.
Gyllenhaal’s confirmation isn’t all that surprising since rumours of the actor signing with Marvel for the Spider-Man sequel broke over six months ago, along with leaked footage of him in full costume during filming in the Czech Republic surfacing online in October.
Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced Mysterio to the comics in 1964. A special effects and illusions expert, Quentin Beck uses his talents to stagger Peter Parker’s Spidey senses in order to carry out his villainous agenda. Far from Home will mark the first appearance of the classic Spider-Man villain on the big screen.
Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts returns for the sequel along with screenwriters, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.
Tom Holland will reprise his role as Spider-Man, with Marisa Tomei and Zendaya returning as Aunt May and Michelle Jones respectively.
The movie, which launches Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opens on July 5, 2019 – just two months following the events of Avengers 4.