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MCU Thunderbolts Movie: Why Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is the Perfect Addition to the Team

Marvel Studios recently announced that it was going ahead with it planned MCU Thunderbolts movie project. The project, which was months under gestation, finally gets to have its moment in the spotlight. The MCU Thunderbolts movie will focus on the iconic team of supervillains turned superheroes of the same name from Marvel comics. Marvel fans are already predicting who gets to be in the Thunderbolts team. But one name is mysteriously amiss from all fan predictions. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, last seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home, makes for a perfect match for the upcoming MCU Thunderbolts movie. And let us explain why.

MCU Thunderbolts Movie: All Potential Members

Thunderbolts movie MCU
Thunderbolts – Marvel Comics

The MCU has come a long way since Iron Man in 2008. Many heroes have graced the screens and with them, many supervillains have come forth to make waves. As of now, there are almost half a dozen or so villains and heroes who could easily fit into the roster for the MCU Thunderbolts movie. many of them are alive and kicking in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or their fates are still undecided and they could make an easy comeback to the big screens.

MCU Thunderbolts Movie - Potential Recruits
MCU Thunderbolts Movie – Potential Recruits

The first few choices are rather simple. Baron Zemo, of Civil War and Falcon and the Winter Soldier fame, was the leader of the Thunderbolts in the comic books. He founded the team as a matter of fact. Zemo was last seen held captive in Wakanda by the Dora Milaje. Bucky barnes is another potential member. His dark pask and his superior skills as a battle strategist and combat specialist as well as a member of the Avengers make him leadership material. Yelena Belova, a fan favorite, was last seen in Hawkeye and could make heads turn in the MCU Thunderbolts movie. US Agent is also most definitely in it.

MCU Thunderbolts Movie
MCU Thunderbolts Project

Apart from those four, there are a few other villains who could show up as Thunderbolt members. Ghost (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Taskmaster (Black Widow), and the Abomination (She-Hulk) are all most likely in the team in the upcoming movie.

Why Mysterio Makes For The Perfect Thunderbolts Member

Mysterio - Jake Gyllenhaal
Mysterio – Jake Gyllenhaal

Quentin Beck first branded himself as a traveler of the Multiverse who came to Earth-616 looking for the elementals that destroyed his planet. Duping Nick Fury and Spider-Man, Beck almost got away with the EDITH glasses in his possession. His cunning and treachery would give even Loki a run for his money. At the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Quentin beck initiated his Spider-Man fail-safe once het gets beaten.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland - Far From Home
Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home

The entire world witnesses as Quentin Beck outs Peter Parker as Spider-Man to the whole planet. The movie ends with Mysterio’s fate hanging ambiguously in the balance. And that’s how his return would make for a great comeback story in the MCU Thunderbolts movie. As a master of deception, Beck is perfectly capable of faking his own death. He was one of Stark Industries’ most gifted engineers after all. His technological prowess would be more than enough for him to reserve a seat as a member of the Thunderbolts in the upcoming Marvel movie.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio Is Still Seen As a Hero

Spider-Man: Far From Home - Mysterio
Spider-Man: Far From Home – Mysterio

Spider-Man: Far From Home ended with Mysterio shifting the blame of the Elemental attacks on Spider-Man. He turned the entire world against them, making him a martyr of sorts. People still believe in Mysterio and see him as a hero. And that works in his favor. But since Fury knew that Mysterio was a fraud, Val must also be aware of his treachery when she gathers up the Thunderbolts. But she sees value in Mysterio for his skills, something Fury couldn’t do. Here’s why.

Valentina Allegra de Fontaine - MCU Thunderbolts Movie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine

Most of the heroes and villains in the MCU Thunderbolts movie are either heavy-hitters and powerhouses or assassins and saboteurs. Quentin Beck aka Mysterio would fill up a very important role. Mysterio is not exactly seen as a conventional thinker. His unorthodox ways would be give the Thunderbolts a good edge when the odds are stacked against them.

Mysterio Should Be In MCU Thunderbolts Movie
Mysterio Should Be In MCU Thunderbolts Movie

Whether Jake Gyllenhaal makes his MCU return as Mysterio in the MCU Thunderbolts movie is completely up to Marvel Studios. But the movie is a golden opportunity for letting a golden goose like Gyllenhaal make his mark in the superhero genre again.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

Bibhu Prasad Panda is a Senior Content Writer at FandomWire. He has always been fascinated with the world of word balloons and text boxes since he was 5. From aspiring to be an engineer to becoming a market research specialist, life's been quite a journey for him. Bibhu now follows his passion as an entertainment journalist/blogger. He's also an Omen main in Valorant. SCATTER!!!!