Jake Gyllenhaal has finally landed his first major comic book movie role, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
News broke earlier this year that Gyllenhaal, star of projects such as Stronger, Nightcrawler and The Day After Tomorrow, has boarded Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home as Quentin Beck (AKA Mysterio), where he’ll presumably star opposite the returning Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes/The Vulture).
Of course, the studio is yet to give us an official look at him in the role, but the mere fact that Gyllenhaal’s involved in the sequel is exciting in and of itself – not least because he apparently jumped right to the tip-top of Marvel’s wishlist after Ryan Gosling (!) bowed out of the race for Mysterio.
And now, with filming on the hugely anticipated sequel underway, we’ve received our very first glimpse of the A-lister in the role via a set photo and video. It’s far from official, but at this point, we’ll take what we can get. Not to mention that the character looks great here, with Marvel dressing him in a classic, comic-accurate costume.
Fans on Reddit are already freaking out over this and the only thing we need now is the fishbowl helmet – which will likely be added in post-production, hence why Gyllenhaal isn’t wearing it here.
Final scenes from Spider-Man: Far from Home in Liberec, now the end of filming pic.twitter.com/D9SNaHSBJk
— Martin Knap (@CZMARTY7) September 30, 2018
Dubbed one of Peter Parker’s deadliest foes, Mysterio is a gifted, albeit very under-appreciated special effects guru who yearns to become a bona fide supervillain, and dreams up all sorts of illusions and tricks to counter Spidey’s abilities.
While he’s expected to be the central antagonist of Spider-Man: Far From Home, he definitely won’t be the only villain looking to make trouble for the web-slinger. Michael Keaton will be reprising his role as Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming as well, which has led fans to theorize that the Sinister Six is on its way, though for now, the exact nature of the threat Spidey faces next remains – fittingly enough – a mystery.