Early on in production, Tom Holland shared a behind-the-scenes look at Spider-Man: Far From Home's Venice set, while - in the background - his stunt double was struck down by a giant wave. There had long been rumors that Marvel planned to introduce Hydro-Man, Spider-Man's most prominent water-based opponent, and it turns out the rumors were true. The aforementioned wave was shown in the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, and while Hydro-Man's identity wasn't immediately revealed, one of the Easter eggs in the trailer did confirm Hydro-Man.
In the comics, Morris Bench was a crewman on a US cargo ship was accidentally knocked into the sea by Spider-Man (the wall-crawler was battling Namor at the time). Unfortunately for Bench, his vessel was testing a powerful experimental generator, and his body was transformed into a form of living water. Hydro-Man has been a constant thorn in the web-slinger's hide ever since, blaming Spider-Man for his fate, and he's even been a member of the Green Goblin's Sinister Twelve.
There had also been hints that a lesser-known Spider-Man villain known as the Molten Man would appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home. According to one report, a set of LEGO figures being produced for the film features Molten Man, which definitely hinted that he may have some sort of presence. Molten Man's involvement in Spider-Man: Far From Home was also confirmed in the movie's first teaser trailer, along with his identity being revealed thanks to another Easter egg.
Molten Man is an interesting addition; Mark Raxton was a New York-born scientist who was accidentally exposed to alien radiation. His body was transformed into molten rock, and he gained the ability to project radiation and generate heat. And while Molten Man is essentially a Z-list Spider-Man villain, in the comics he's the step-brother of Liz Allan. There's no reason to assume this relationship will be maintained in the MCU, given Spider-Man: Homecoming's Liz is very different to the comic book version, but he could still potentially have a tie to Liz of some kind.
While the Sandman was never rumored for Spider-Man: Far From Home, he was another one of the Elemental villains confirmed for the film after appearing in the first trailer. The interesting thing about Sandman, though, is that he's already appeared on the big screen before; Sandman was played by Thomas Haden Church in Raimi's Spider-Man 3. This makes the villain the first one to be reused by Marvel Studios in the MCU.
In the comics, William Baker (who went by numerous aliases) was a criminal who had transformed into a sand-based shapeshifter after coming into contact with irradiated sand at a nuclear test site, and his powers aided him in his fights with both Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. Although Sandman ultimately turned good and eventually joined the Avengers, his role in Spider-Man: Far From Home will presumably be different; that is, if he's even in control of his actions.
Spider-Man: Homecoming introduced Michael Mando as the Scorpion, drawing inspiration from the Ultimate Universe version of the character rather than from the classic comic book version. In the Ultimate Universe, Maximus Gargan was a violent and brutal mob boss who sought to establish himself as a Kingpin of crime. He fell foul of Miles Morales' Spider-Man, and soon wound up in jail.
Spider-Man: Homecoming's post-credits scene saw Scorpion attempt to get Vulture to reveal Spider-Man's secret identity; it was clear Gargan hoped to get his revenge on Spider-Man. Although the Vulture refused to give up Peter's secret identity, most viewers assumed this teased that the Scorpion would return as a Spider-Man opponent. In the original comics, Gargan allowed himself to be subjected to dangerous experiments in order to beat the wall-crawler, and this could easily be potential setup. For all viewers are expecting Gargan to return, though, there's been absolutely no hint of it to date.
One of the most interesting background characters in Spider-Man: Homecoming was Aaron Davis, played by Donald Glover. In the comics, Davis acquires advanced technology in order to become a sneak-thief known as the Prowler. He's particularly important given that he's the uncle of Miles Morales, a.k.a. the Ultimate Spider-Man. Homecoming even included a smart Easter egg that established Miles as part of the MCU.
It's difficult to say whether or not the Prowler will appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home; in truth, it depends on the overall direction Marvel intend to take the franchise in. If Marvel does have plans for Miles, then they'll probably maintain a subtle focus upon the Prowler. Alternatively, if the nod to Miles was merely an amusing bit of fan-service, he could well be dropped for the sequel.
Michael Chernus played the Tinkerer in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and his character is still out there, potentially serving as a source of advanced technology for the film's villains. The Tinkerer even has ties to Mysterio in the comics; on one occasion he helped Quentin Beck fake an entire alien invasion. It's important to note, though, that as yet there's no evidence that Chernus will be reprising the role.
Played by Bokeem Woodbine, Herman Schultz inherited the Shocker gauntlets over the course of Spider-Man: Homecoming. He even managed to get the drop on Spider-Man in one notable scene. It's possible the Shocker's loyalty to the Vulture will mean he returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home; there's currently no evidence for this, however.
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