2:33pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Jake Gyllenhaal Makes Instagram Debut With 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Joke
Consider the promotional efforts for next year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home to be officially underway, with the movie’s villain releasing a video on social media revealing that he’s not who he thought he was. Literally.
Jake Gyllenhaal — who plays Mysterio in the new movie — posted a video of himself reading an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man on his new Instagram account with the caption, “I just realized I’m not playing Spider-Man.” Needless to say, he was appropriately shocked, managing a stunned, “Woah. What the f—“ before the video ends.
Making the joke land particularly hard is the fact that Gyllenhaal was considered as a potential replacement for Tobey Maguire for Sony’s Spider-Man 2, after the latter was injured shooting Seabiscuit. Negotiations were reportedly underway before Maguire recovered sufficiently to retain the role.
The issue of Amazing Spider-Man he’s reading is 1989’s No. 311, which features Mysterio as the story’s antagonist, trying to convince Spider-Man that he is accidentally responsible for a man’s death. Whether or not this is a teaser for the plot for Far From Home remains to be seen until the movie opens July 5. The film stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man, and is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe following the events of Avengers 4, which is set to open two months earlier.