Sony and Marvel Studios are just kicking off their Tom Holland-led Spider-Man franchise, but the star doesn’t want to face the same villains audiences have seen before. Even though Spider-Man: Homecoming will be Holland’s first solo film, it will be the sixth solo Spider-Man movie since 2000. Thanks to that exposure, audiences have seen plenty of Spidey, but only a small portion of his amazing rogues gallery. It is one of the reasons Holland’s version is skipping the origin story, but also why Vulture will be the villain.
Michael Keaton will be the first version of Vulture on the big screen. But Vulture is just one of the many new villains making a live-action debut in Homecoming. It’s all part of a conscious effort from the studio to not re-use villains that have been shown before. And it’s a mindset Holland agrees with.
CinemaBlend spoke to Holland about his solo outing and what’s next for the character. With a Homecoming sequel set for 2019, plans are already in motion with many fans wanting to see Green Goblin make a return. But Holland is not among this group.
“I agree with Amy [Pascal]. I think Spider-Man is a character that has so many rich villains. We should be exploring people that we haven’t seen before, rather than people we have seen in the past.”
Spider-Man’s rogues gallery is highly regarded as one of the best in comics. If Green Goblin is off the table, then Venom, Sandman, Doc Oc, Lizard, and Electro will likely not be considered either. Kingpin is already in the MCU, but on Netflix, so no matter how much Vincent D’Onofrio would like to fight Spidey, the chances are unlikely.
Thankfully, having a rogues gallery as deep as Spider-Man allows other notables a chance to be included. Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and Chameleon could all be possibilities moving forward, but it depends on who is calling the shots. Sony reportedly has plans to give Kraven and Mysterio spinoff films of their own, which could knock them out of contention for an MCU appearance. That said, Homecoming may be teasing Jackal’s inclusion in the future.
As Holland’s franchise continues on, hopefully it will offer a new twist on some familiar villains. Sam Raimi’s films set a high bar for Green Goblin and Doc Oc, but there is room for improvement by redoing Venom, Sandman, Lizard, and Electro. Whether or not these characters are reused remains to be seen, but for now it is not something the studios or their star are looking to do.
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