Michael Mando's Mac Gargan (a.k.a. Scorpion) has the potential to be a truly great movie villain in next year's Spider-Man: Far From Home. Spider-Man: Homecoming moved at such breakneck speed that it was easy to miss the name-dropped Easter eggs, but Gargan was key among them. Eagle-eyed (and eared) viewers will have recognized the once-and-future Scorpion as the arms dealer due to meet Michael Keaton's Vulture on the doomed ferry at the end of the film’s second act.
When Mando shows up in Spider-Man: Homecoming's mid-credits scene, incarcerated, badly burnt and scarred, Scorpion tattoo on his neck, full of hate for Spider-Man, the deal is sealed; this is a future villain of the collaborative Marvel/Sony future. His approach of Toomes, questioning the identity of the wall-crawler, assures future character motivation (and revenge is a timeless classic).
With the title of the Spider-Man: Homecoming follow-up recently being confirmed as Spider-Man: Far From Home, and no doubt in fandom’s mind that those turned to dust in Avengers: Infinity War will return, it’s high time that theorizing moves from "How do the finger-snap Avengers return to life?" to "Who are they going to fight when they’re back?" As far as Spider-Man goes, Mac Gargan’s Scorpion alter-ego is right at the top of the list - after all, it’s been ten years and fans have never once been let down by the promise of a post-credits tag. So what exactly can the Marvel brain trust do with The Scorpion?
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The Sinister Six
It's been happening for years; the more villains Sony throws into its Spider-Man films, the higher the likelihood fans will see their favorite villain-grouping - the Sinister Six - on the big screen. It almost took off in the Andrew Garfield-led films, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 directly setting up a Sinister Six film Thankfully, this didn't come to pass, with Sony instead going in for the Marvel deal to share Spider-Man.
Now that Spider-Man is under the watchful eye of Marvel Studios, it's potentially the best time to launch fan-favorite supervillain boy-band the Sinister Six. Kevin Feige & co. have hand-delivered so many beloved characters to the MCU that fans can trust that Spider-Man's greatest collaboration of nemeses will be given due justice. As long as there's six of them, and as long as they're all recognizable as Spider-Man villains with a shared hatred of the wall-crawler, fans will have no problem enjoying the show.
So far, we've got Adrian Toomes' Vulture, Donald Glover's nascent Prowler, Bokeem Woodbine's Shocker, and Mando's pre-Scorpion makes four. Throw in Jake Gyllenhaal being courted for Mysterio, and the studio's work is almost done. All it needs is for returning writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers to find that sixth member and tie them all together in a thrilling Spider-thrashing spectacle.
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The iconic ever-changing line-up of Spider-Man’s greatest villains would be a treat for the big screen, and exactly the kind of blockbuster ending the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy is begging for. A gathering of Big Bads all teaming up to make Spidey's life hell would no doubt make for a spectacle. Although it might not mean Mando gets the spotlight directly, he would at the very least be guaranteed a spot in the line-up.
J. Jonah Jameson
Michael Mando has already proved himself on long-form prestige television fare like Better Call Saul, and it's safe to assume that he'll bring the same amount of mystique and intensity associated with him in his role as Nacho Varga on that acclaimed show. Fans need only study Mando's arc on Saul to appreciate the similarities between Varga and Mac Gargan; even in the original comics, Gargan was a mid-level henchman. He was the guy you go through to get to the guy calling the shots and pulling the strings. Nacho Varga is a middle-man often caught in the middle, acting exasperatedly under ineffective bosses, and that dynamic could easily be transplanted to Gargan and the MCU's incarnation of J. Jonah Jameson - the man who is responsible for the creation of the Scorpion in the source material.
In his first appearance all the way back in 1964, Mac Gargan was persuaded to undergo the experimental Scorpion process by professional thorn-in-side J. Jonah Jameson, most famously known as being the editor-in-chief of The Daily Bugle, and the man who originally labeled Spider-Man a menace. The process made him more than lose his marbles, and there’s little doubt that Mando can bring the requisite manic intensity to a PTSD-stricken, crazed Mac Gargan in Scorpion armor. Using a reverent plot point like Jameson gets fans safely and respectfully to that place.
Early rumblings regarding the plot of Spider-Man: Far From Home center around a trip to Europe for Peter Parker (hence the title). This doesn’t preclude Mac Gargan from somehow following Spidey to the continent, or just being there out of happenstance, and it also certainly doesn’t prevent J. Jonah Jameson from making his first appearance in the MCU (indeed, it's been speculated J.B. Smoove is in the role). The connection between the characters in the original comics makes for an exciting prospect.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019