Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler

Is Jake Gyllenhaal About to Join Spider-Man as a Villain?

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Spider-Man: Homecoming knew that we had seen several Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) before, so the producers and writers mercifully skipped the origin story and brought in Michael Keaton’s Vulture as the main villain. There are plenty of Spider-Man villains to choose from so we don’t have to relive similar storylines (Tom Hardy’s Venom is its own movie!), so who are we going to see Tom Holland fight in the next installment?

Rumors say it’s going to be Quentin Beck, AKA, Mysterio; the special effects wizard/stunt man who becomes a supervillain following a failed acting career. And who will be making their Marvel movie debut? None other than Jake Gyllenhaal—according to rumors that could be nothing. The Hollywood Reporter writes that he’s currently “in talks” for the role. But this is a pretty cool fan-cast regardless, for everyone who thought Nightcrawler was an X-Men movie at first.

A “source” reportedly told The Sun that the first choice for the project was Ryan Gosling, but “Jake is a suitable alternative with experience of playing villainous characters.” It’s true: Gyllenhaal’s villain resume is no joke. OkjaEnemy. Prisoners. Nightcrawler. On the most tiny crumble of disapproval, I just hope they don’t go with his plexiglas helmet? While convenient for protecting oneself from poisonous gasses and other gadgets, it’s outrageously cartoony and Gyllenhaal’s face acting is amazing (and also very handsome).

What do you think about this casting?

(via The List, image: Open Road Films)

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