Monday Movie Report: Jake Gyllenhaal in talks for ‘Spider-Man’ villain role


Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal could be the next major villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

According to Variety, Gyllenhaal is closing in on a deal to star in the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel, which is a joint effort between Sony and Marvel. Variety reports that Gyllenhaal would likely play the Spider-Man villain Mysterio. Variety also states that fellow Oscar nom Michael Keaton is set to once again play the villain Vulture.

Tom Holland, who played Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the first “Homecoming” as well as “Avengers: Infinity War,” has been signed on to star in the picture. Other performers from the first movie resigned include Zendaya and Marisa Tomei.

Jon Watts will direct while Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley write the screenplay. According to Variety, plot details are unknown at this time, but information has leaked that the setting will take place across the world.

Gyllenhaal, Variety writes, is currently filming a thriller titled “Velvet Buzzsaw.” His most recent work screened was “Wildlife,” which opened at the Cannes Film Festival.

In the comics, Mysterio is an illusionist, hypnotist and magician. With that in mind, it may leave an opening for a cameo appearance by Dr. Stephen Strange. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Strange master of mystical arts in the MCU and lives in New York City, just as Spider-Man does.

Speaking of Marvel, two films based on Marvel comics dominated the box office this past weekend. “Deadpool 2” earned the top spot with $125 million, while “Avengers: Infinity War” took in $28.6 million in its fourth week.

The full top five from the weekend was:
1. Deadpool 2 – $125,000,000
2. Avengers: Infinity War – $28,672,000
3. Book Club – $12,500,000
4. Life of the Party – $7,725,000
5. Breaking In – $6,470,000

The top five could get another shakeup this coming weekend, too, as the “Star Wars” prequel “Solo” releases to theaters.

For the small screen, new releases are:

  • Game Night, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%, My rating: 2.5 out of 5
  • Red Sparrow, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 47%, My rating: 2 out of 5
  • The 15:17 to Paris, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 25%, My rating: 1 out of 5
  • Early Man, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%
  • A Fantastic Woman, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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