With the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming set to hit theaters July 5th of next year, and filming set to begin later this summer, we were due for some updates on the film. Today we have some news on the villain of the upcoming sequel, news on a returning character, and a theory on another Avenger showing up.
THR broke the big news this morning that actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be joining the cast as the classic villain Mysterio. The usual background for Mysterio, aka Quentin Beck, is that he’s a special effects wizard and stunt man who is an experienced hypnotist, chemist, and expert in robotics. He uses his knowledge to create the image that he has magical abilities. Mysterio is a villain perfect for the silver screen and he’s someone that is sure to be a fun antagonist for Spider-Man.
Variety is also reporting that Michael Keaton will be returning to reprise his role from the first film, Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture, once more. The post credits scene from the first film, showed Toomes in prison after being stopped by Spider-Man, and included a conversation between him and Mac Gargan aka the Scorpion. Sony has been trying since the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, to put together the villainous group known as The Sinister Six. That group often consists of The Vulture, The Scorpion, Mysterio, Doc Ock, Electro or Shocker (the latter of which was portrayed by Bokeem Woodbine in Homecoming), and Kraven the Hunter. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if the third film ends up seeing Spider-Man face the Sinister Six.
We also know that the film will see the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, head on a bit of a globe trotting adventure, as confirmed by Marvel head Kevin Feige. It was also reported that the upcoming film would see another Avenger join Spidey, partially to help keep him connected to the MCU. With all of this information in mind, and given where the character has come so far, it’s pretty obvious who that Avenger will be.
There’s a good chance that Avengers 4 will send off Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. And even if he continued in the MCU in some capacity, we know that Iron Man wouldn’t be the Avenger who joins Peter Parker on his next Avenger. So if Spidey needs help from an Avenger he already knew. While facing a villain with potentially magical powers. While possibly needing to easily transport between New York City and other locations across the globe. There’s only one answer. Doctor Strange.
Using Strange also help further establish him as a bigger presence in the MCU. If Tony Stark is gone after Avengers 4, Marvel is probably going to want someone comparable to sort of take his place. A sarcastic, powerful, goatee’d hero. One played by an actor with a huge fan base. And someone who could easily connect to multiple other Marvel heroes. He knows Thor after Ragnarok, he knows Spider-Man and the Guardians after Infinity War, and is bound to have more interactions with other MCU characters in Avengers 4.
All of this is the best possible move by Marvel given the way things are lining up for the post Avengers 4 Phases. It’ll be interesting to see where exactly Sony takes things though, as they could completely diverge the character away from the MCU if they wanted to. But given the bump that being part of the MCU gives the character, I’d have to believe that they’re not going to shy away from a cash boost.
While there’s no official confirmation on Doctor Strange’s involvement in the film, we’ll let you know once we get word of it. And we’ll continue to update you on all things Marvel and Spider-Man leading up to the release of the Spider Man: Homecoming sequel on July 5th, 2019. You can catch Spider-Man in theaters now as part of Avengers: Infinity War.