Jake Gyllenhaal Is Shocked to Learn He's a Villain in New 'Spider-Man' Film

We can finally say with absolute 100% certainty what we were already absolutely 100% certain about the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal will play Spider-Man villain Mysterio, which the actor confirmed in his first post on Instagram that slyly pokes fun of his well-known resemblance to previous Spider-Man actor, Tobey Maguire.

On Wednesday, Gyllenhaal released a video of himself reading a surprisingly grade-A copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #311, a David Michelinie/Todd McFarlane issue of Amazing from 1989 that (as the cover states) saw the return of Mysterio. The character debuted in issue #13 in 1964.

“Whoa,” Gyllenhaal says in the video and putting down the comic, “What the f—“

What’s even funnier is Gyllenhaal’s caption: “I just realized I’m not playing Spider-Man.” This is a nod to a widely-accepted truth that Gyllenhaal bears a striking, familial resemblance to Tobey Maguire, who famously played Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s mega successful film trilogy that ran between 2002 and 2007. The two actors even co-starred in the 2009 thriller Brothers where they played two emotionally distant siblings.

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I just realized I’m not playing Spider-Man.

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The video selfie is also Gyllenhaal’s first post on Instagram. Perhaps it’d be wise to keep tabs on Gyllenhaal’s Instagram page, in case he spoils Spider-Man: Far From Home like a certain other Marvel actor.

Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 5, 2019.

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