Jake Gyllenhaal is prone to playing awful, awful people. In Nightcrawler, he was a sadistic, voyeuristic nutter. In Okja, he was down for killing and abusing those adorable hippo-horse things.
And don’t get me started on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He didn’t, necessarily, play a villain in that. He was just pretty evil for inflicting it on cinema-goers.
However, after it was first reported that Jake was appearing as classic villain, Mysterio, I waited with bated breath for the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer to drop. Seriously. I nearly collapsed a lung, after holding my breath for so long.
Naturally, there was a red suit and web-slinging (because it would be a fucking dire Spidey movie if it was missing those two components), but – surprisingly – Mysterio appears to be a hero in this movie, instead of the presumed antagonist.
How can a man with a fishbowl for a head be a good guy? You never saw Nelson Mandela wear a fishbowl. Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure that’s all Hitler wore. Just sayin’.
At the end of the trailer, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man can be seen fighting The Elementals, before Mysterio jumps in and totally emasculates Spidey before taking the battle in his own hands and telling Peter Parker than he “don’t want any part in this”.
So, why is one of Spider-Man’s biggest foes helping him out? Theories have already surfaced suggesting that Mysterio isn’t actually a good guy, at all.
In fact, Mysterio – whose real identity is Quentin Beck, a former movie special-effects specialist – is creating the elemental monsters deliberately, and using his SFX to ‘defeat’ them and appear as the hero. Think of Syndrome in The Incredibles, but played by Jake Gyllenhaal, so, y’know… Sexier.
In a recent interview, Jacob Batalon (who plays Peter’s best pal, Ned) said “The main focus is for [Peter] 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,” continued Jacob.
We could either wait until the beginning of May for Far From Home to hit cinemas, to see how heroic Mysterio is. Or, more probable, we could just refresh Tom Holland’s Instagram and see him spoil the plot within a week or so.