TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - December 24, 2018
We spent the bulk of 2017 and early 2018 hearing about how WB wanted to dump Ben Affleck as Batman and replace him with Jake Gyllenhaal. Then Gyllenhaal threw everyone for a loop by signing to appear as Mysterio in the upcoming MCU flick Spider-Man: Far From Home. Some set pics leaked showing Gyllenhaal in character—minus the character's fishbowl helmet—but now the actor himself is divulging information about the film and his role in it.
While Mysterio is typically portrayed as a villain in the comics, Gyllenhaal recently told Collider that he is actually teaming up with Spidey in this one to counteract an even greater threat...
“It’s basically just about the kids going on a European vacation. We go to London, we go to Prague, we go everywhere. It’s just a really fun thing. There’s a lot of dynamics that go on. A lot of relationship stuff. A lot of cool funny stuff. A lot of fun stunt stuff. The main focus is for him not to be Spider-Man per se, but he gets dragged into it. But you know he reluctantly saves the world again with Mysterio. Mysterio’s a good guy in this, they’re both teaming up to kill the game, to defeat these Elemental monsters.”
Yup, you read that right. The Elementals are coming to the MCU...
“Well there are these threats to the world, the Elemental creatures, and Mysterio is someone who knows abut them and who wants to make sure that the world is safe from them, and Nick Fury asks him to come on and help because he’s the only one who really understands them in a way. And he teams up with the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and unfortunately he has to make him become more than just a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.”
Man, they're really expanding the scope of Spider-Man's world this time around. One of the things I really loved and appreciated about Homecoming was how relatively small scale it was. From beginning to end, the stakes were rather low for the world and rather high for the character, as it should be in a comic book movie that's not a major superhero team-up film.
Does the fact that Mysterio's working for Nick Fury this time around mean that this will count as a larger than normal MCU affair with a big blue laser being shot up into the sky at the end that they have to stop? God I hope not.
Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters this coming July.
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