For a while, Jake Gyllenhaal’s name has been banded around as a possible replacement to play Batman in the DC universe. However, with that pure speculation, the door for his entrance into the comic book universe could come from Sony’s venture of Spider-man in the forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.

The dramatic actor is said to be in early talks to play the bad guy Mysterio. Mysterio is the name of several fictional characters, supervillains appearing in Marvel’s comics, all of which are enemies of Spider-Man. The villain has taken on many guises the first and most high-profile incarnation of Mysterio is Quentin Beck.

As of yet, no plot details for the sequel have been revealed but Michael Keaton will be returning to his role as Vulture as well as Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Also set to return are Zendaya and Marisa Tomei.

Jon Watts will also be returning to direct from a script by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing for Marvel and Sony.

Also in the news – Kristen Stewart to make her directorial feature film debut with adaptation of The Chronology of Water

Gyllenhaal has so far managed to stay away from the comic book genre, but it is reported that due to an opening in his busy schedule after a number of projects he had lined up for this year were pushed back, he had space to fill.

Gyllenhaal is currently filming a horror, Velvet Buzzsaw, which is written and directed by Dan Gilroy. The film sees Gyllenhaal reunited with Gilroy as well as Rene Russo after they collaborated together on 2014’s Nightcrawler. His film Wildlife opened Cannes Film Festival critics week recently and he also has the western The Sisters Brothers, starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Riz Ahmed, coming later in the year.