Don't send Jake Gyllenhaal any Welcome to the MCU cards quite yet, but reports claim he's in talks to play Marvel villain Mysterio in the sequel to Tom Holland's "Spider-Man: Homecoming."



Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter "confirmed" the talks, but the original source seems to be a report out of the U.K. tabloid The Sun.



According to The Sun (via Express), Gyllenhaal will play Mysterio/Quentin Beck, who first appeared in Issue 13 of the 1964 comic "The Amazing Spider-Man." A source told The Sun producers "were keen" to sign Ryan Gosling "but he was busy filming another project." This not-very-complimentary source added, "Jake is a suitable alternative with experience of playing villainous characters."



Suitable alternative? Jake Gyllenhaal is a catch. They'll be lucky to have him, if they do indeed get him.



Deadline noted that Gyllenhaal almost played Spider-Man himself back in the Tobey Maguire days. Now he'll play Spidey's villain.



Speaking of Spider-Man, though, Stan Lee just went out of his way to praise Tom Holland, who was suitably flattered. They have a brewing bromance that hopefully continues through at least the next movie.



"Spider-Man: Homecoming 2" is scheduled for release in theaters on July 5, 2019.



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