Did Spider-Man: Far From Home Just Add Another Comics Villain?

Numan Acar in Homeland

However Spider-Man's post-Avengers: Infinity War situation is resolved in Avengers 4 next year, just a few months later, the Web-Slinger will be back on the big screen a few months later for Spider-Man: Far from Home. Taking Tom Holland's Peter Parker across the pond for his summer vacation, the sequel will reportedly see him clashing with Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, with Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to play the illusionist villain. However, Spider-Man has a history of tangling with multiple bad guys in movies, and the addition of Homeland actor Numan Acar has us wondering if The Chameleon will be involved in Far From Home as well.

In Deadline's report about Numan Acar's Spider-Man: Far from Home casting, his character is simply identified as Dmitri. By itself, that doesn't sound too interesting, but in the comics, The Chameleon's civilian identity is Dmitri Smerdyakov. This is by no means official confirmation that Acar is playing Chameleon in Far From Home, and since Peter Parker is hanging out in Europe during the movie, the chances of him running into a guy named Dmitri will surely increase. Nevertheless, the prospect of seeing Chameleon, one of the various Spider-Man villains who still hasn't been represented on the big screen, is exciting.

Chameleon Spider-Man comics

Debuting in 1963's The Amazing Spider-Man #1, The Chameleon was the first super villain Spider-Man fought. A master of disguise, Chameleon initially didn't have any special powers, instead using makeup, costumes and a high-tech hologram belt to make himself look like his targets. Later, Chameleon took a serum that actually gave him disguising powers, though he still relies on costuming and his innate acting abilities to effectively pass himself off as another person. Chameleon is also Kraven the Hunter's cousin, and is responsible for putting the big game hunter on Spider-Man's tail. Outside of the comics, Chameleon's other media appearances include Spider-Man: The Animated Series and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

Best known for his role as Haissam Haqqani in the Showtime series Homeland, Numan Acar's other credits include The Great Wall, Prison Break, 12 Strong and Jack Ryan, the latter of which debuts on Amazon next month. Along with his role in Spider-Man: Far from Home, Acar will appear next year in Disney's live action Aladdin adaptation as Hakim, Jafar's right-hand man.

With his addition to Spider-Man: Far from Home, Numan Acar is the second new actor to hop aboard, as Jake Gyllenhaal's involvement isn't a sure thing yet. Last week, Curb Your Enthusiasm star J.B. Smoove joined Far From Home in an undisclosed role. As for familiar faces, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jacob Battalion and Hemky Madera will reprise their respective Homecoming roles.

Spider-Man: Far from Home swings into theaters on July 5, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates. You can also look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what else the Marvel Cinematic Universe has coming up.

Adam Holmes
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