Jake Gyllenhaal To Play The Villain Mysterio In Spider-Man Sequel

Spider-Man will face off the master hypnotist and special effects guru with a fishbowl head.

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On Tuesday the Hollywood Reporter announced Gyllenhaal was taking up the role of Mysterio, a classic villain whose moniker has been used by a few men in its time but is most often associate with Quentin Beck.

Beck was a special effects worker, master hypnotist and a stuntman whose ego was so massive that when acting didn't work out, he decided to use his mastery in illusions to become a super villain. THAT old story.

The 37-year-old had a close-call with the Spider-Man universe back in the early '00s when, between Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 Tobey Maguire injured himself. Gyllenhaal was tapped to step into the spandex to replace Maguire had he not recovered in time.

Gyllenhaal isn't the only villain said to be giving Spidey a hard time in the Homecoming sequel, with Slash Film reporting that Michael Keaton would be reprising his role of The Vulture, which he played in the first film.

When we last saw Keaton's character of Vulture aka Adrian Toomes he was in prison where an old friend was demanding he reveal the identity of the web-slinger. Uncharacteristically, Toomes refused -- possibly because he was doing Spidey a favour, possibly because he wants revenge all to himself.

It's interesting to note we don't really know how this is all going to play out after Avengers: Infinity War where *big spoilers incoming* Tom Holland's Spider-Man met an unfortunate fate, and his incredibly chilling moment pleading with Tony Stark was also turned into a pretty iconic meme.

It'll be interesting to see how the next Marvel films will resolve or manoeuvre the major "deaths" at the end of Infinity War, with Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel next in the pipeline, followed by the still untitled Avengers 4.

Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in cinemas July 5.

Featured image: Getty images / Marvel / Sony Pictures.