Marvel Studios has grown gradually into one of the industry’s most successful and prolific film studios. The franchise is showing no signs of slowing down. It is so, due to a creative and adaptable strategy to producing each new installment. It ultimately has turned unknown actors and filmmakers into megastars while still employing Hollywood’s finest.
Working with Marvel’s top team of producers and higher-ups comes with unique challenges. While films like Thor: Ragnarok, have their fans expecting excellent work on a daily basis, Marvel Studios has the means to do so. This has been a unique experience that takes some time to get accustomed to for the continuously changing cast of first-timers in the MCU. This was especially true for a former Phase 3 star who had to reinvent himself in order to succeed.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Spider-Man: Far From Home’s villain Mysterio in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In particular, he spoke about the nervousness he had when he first heard about the Marvel Studios production process. During an interview with Howard Stern, he described the MCU as “enormous”. The actor further reflected on his first day on set. Here, he stumbled over parts of his lines as Quentin Beck. He described how he hopped aboard a moving train after doing extensive research for all of his ideas.
“It’s hard, man. That acting is hard. All of it. That world is enormous. And I joined that world way into that run; a train that was already moving. Normally, I come in way early on, and I get to figure it out.”
Positively, he complimented Marvel Studios for its openness to shooting-related suggestions. This is, even if it meant adjusting production schedules by “an entire day” to accommodate them. The actor recalled a moment in which he forgot his lines and had to ask Spider-Man star Tom Holland for help, in which he appeared alongside Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson. Holland reassured Gyllenhaal by saying, “It’s all good, man. Just relax,” which put him at ease as he attempted to give his all to a world he adored. Here’s what he precisely said;
“I was freaking out. It was a scene with [Samuel L.] Jackson, Tom … there were a number of actors in that scene. And I remember not being able to remember my lines. I was the wooden board. And they were like, ‘Whoa.’ And I went up to Tom Holland and was like, ‘Dude, help me out.’ He’s like, ‘It’s all good, man. Just relax.’ It was like he was me in so many situations. And I finally did. I just put a lot of pressure on [myself] because I love that world.”
On Broadway for almost a year performing “a one-man show for an hour and a half” each night, the Mysterio actor wanted to make sure Holland and his other actors knew he would give his best. To this he said;
“I had to walk up and be like, ‘Look man, I just came off Broadway doing a one-man show for an hour and a half on stage, so I got this. Please, believe me.’”
Even though Jake Gyllenhaal had an impressive acting career and a sister who appeared in the critically acclaimed DC film The Dark Knight, the MCU was a whole other game for him. In the MCU, Gyllenhaal and Holland’s relationship is legendary, but his support for his co-star gives it a wonderful new twist. Given that Far From Home being Holland’s fourth MCU film at the time, he was fully committed to the Marvel process and seemed eager to assist Gyllenhaal in making the most of his MCU debut.
Spider-Man: Far From Home became the first live-action Spidey film ever to gross $1 billion worldwide as a result of the on-screen and off-screen chemistry. Gyllenhaal’s encounters with Spider-Man were exciting until he stunned the world by exposing Spider-Man’s identity to the world. Even in the highly anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home in December, Mysterio will have a part, but it’s unclear whether Gyllenhaal will reprise the role among all the other craziness. Quentin Beck’s actions helped set off the MCU Multiverse falling into turmoil, regardless of how he was portrayed in the MCU Spider-Man world.