By the time the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel hits theaters in July 2019, it will likely be actor Tom Holland‘s fifth turn as the web-slinging superhero. Given how intense the first four films have been (particularly Avengers: Infinity War), fans will be expecting an impressive adventure from the actor’s second solo(ish) outing. And now we have a few more details about the Homecoming sequel — including who will portray the film’s villain.
With director Jon Watts set to return behind the camera, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming will be set after the events of Infinity War and its May 2019 sequel, which offers some clue as to the ultimate fate of Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego in the aftermath of those films.
In June, Holland posted a video to Instagram in which he revealed the sequel to Homecoming will be Spider-Man: Far From Home.
While Holland will reprise his role as Spider-Man in Far From Home, he’s now expected to be joined by Jake Gylllenhaal in the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gyllenhaal is in talks to portray the villain Mysterio, a frequent foe of Spider-Man in the Marvel Comics universe.
Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first introduced in a 1964 issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, Mysterio is the villainous alter ego of Quentin Beck, a special effects expert who uses his talents to pull off elaborate crimes. Mysterio is considered one of Spider-Man’s most troublesome enemies, as he often makes Spider-Man question his own senses and perception of the world around him, relying more on psychological and chemical weapons than physical attacks.
This will be Gyllenhaal’s first, official role in a mainstream superhero movie after coming close to landing the lead roles in both the original Spider-Man franchise and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The casting has yet to be officially confirmed by the studio, so anything can happen between now and when the cameras start rolling in July.
One thing we do know about the sequel, however, is that Spider-Man will go global in some form when he returns to the big screen.
In April 2018, studio President Kevin Feige told Gizmodo’s i09 that the action will extend beyond protagonist Peter Parker’s hometown and bring him to other parts of the world.
Naturally, Feige hasn’t revealed too many specifics, but he did discuss filming the sequel in a new location. Whereas the first film was shot in Atlanta, the follow-up will start shooting in London. Filming in a particular city doesn’t mean that the story will be set there, but Feige confirmed that they chose London for a very specific reason.
“Spidey, of course, will spend some time in New York,” the Marvel exec said, “but he’ll spend some time in other parts of the globe.”
Feige didn’t give any clues as to what stamps Peter will be adding to his passport, but he did strongly hint that the reason for the web-slinger’s travel will be related to the events of Avengers: Infinity War and its still-untitled sequel, Avengers 4. The Marvel president noted that Civil War set up Homecoming and said that the next two Avengers films “will greatly inform” the upcoming Spider-Man flick — “probably even more so.”
In spite of the fact that Peter will be doing some globetrotting, Feige highlighted in an interview with IGN Africa that we’ll see the superhero trying to return to “normal life.” He pointed out how Peter is “one of us” and “is, quote-unquote, a normal person” in spite of having powers. To capture that, the sequel will show him back at school and settling into his “normal environment.”
“It’s fun to see that, because he can represent, you know, the world as a whole, as they try to move forward,” Feige said. “And you can do it in a way that is tonally unique, and tonally different than, certainly, the two Avengers films that people are about to see.”
Spider-Man: Far From Home is slated to hit theaters July 5, 2019.
Updated on June 24, 2018, with the news that Holland let the sequel’s name slip on Instagram.