Jake Gyllenhaal appears to confirm he's playing Mysterio in 'Spider-Man' with hilarious first-ever Instagram post

Jake Gyllenhaal appears to confirm he's playing Mysterio in 'Spider-Man' with hilarious first-ever Instagram post

While fans are still wondering what exactly is going to happen in the next Avengers movie, which will be out in April next year, we know at least a small amount of Marvel's future line-up of movies. The first one to follow up from the as-of-yet untitled Avengers 4 will be Spider-Man: Far From Home, but up until recently we haven't known a whole lot about the movie.

First of all, we recently found out that Peter Parker will be getting an updated version of the classic Spider-Man costume this time around, first spotted in leaked set photos and then in officially shown off by Tom Holland on Jimmy Kimmel.

Aside from that, there's been a lot of rumours, first that the film will see the teenage superhero travelling through Europe, and then that he'll be wearing some sort of black stealth suit as well - which was recently shown at the Comic Con Experience in Brazil - where it is rumoured we'll also be getting a trailer this Saturday.

There have also been rumblings that Jake Gullenhaal, who signed on to join the cast, will be playing a surprising choice of villain. The Hollywood Reporter first cited sources that the 37-year-old actor will be playing Mysterio months ago, but neither he nor anyone else involved in the project have confirmed whether this was true or not.

In October, leaked photos from the set showed Gyllenhaal in a full-on caped costume, where the cast and crew were filming in Liberec, Czech Republic. This all seemed to confirm that he was playing the villain, considering he was wearing a similarly outlandish costume.

Now it looks as if we've got our 100% confirmation that Gyllenhaal is in fact playing Mysterio, after he heavily hinted that he'd be taking on the role of the strange master of illusion in an Instagram video.

The actor isn't that active on social media, and this marks his first ever Instagram post, where he joked that he had "just realized I'm not playing Spider-Man," with a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #311 in hand - with the villain front and centre on its cover.

It's a funny post on its own, but it may also be a nod to the fact that Gyllenhaal was actually in the running to play Peter Parker back in the day. Before the very first Spider-Man movie was released in 2002, he was one of the actors up for the role, but was beaten to the punch by Tobey Maguire.

Before it was cancelled, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4 was set to feature Mysterio in a brief cameo, as a little joke for the fans. The most we saw of it was some concept art for the film, but I think fans are much more happy with the character taking centre stage in this sequel.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to be released in July 2019, a few months after Avengers 4.