Based on the latest casting news for Spider-Man: Far From Home, it's looking increasingly unlikely that the film will feature enough villains for The Sinister Six to form. Spider-Fans everywhere have longed to see the villainous group, which missed being the first super-villain team in Marvel Comics history by one month, on the big screen since the first Spider-Man movie in 2002. There was even talk of the group getting their own movie, spinning out of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.
The wall-crawler swinging over to the MCU definitely raised hopes; Spider-Man: Homecoming introduced almost enough villains to field a Sinister Six. Apart from Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) as The Vulture, his crew included The Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine), The Tinkerer (Michael Chernus) and The Scorpion (Michael Mando). The movie also included an arms dealer named Aaron Davis (Donald Glover) - the secret identity of long-time Spider-Man villain turned ally, The Prowler.
Currently, only Keaton has been confirmed as returning for Spider-Man: Far From Home. Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play Quentin Beck/Mysterio, a high-tech illusionist and special-effects designer turned criminal. Numan Acar has also been confirmed as part of the cast, playing a character named Dimitri. This name is fairly close to that of Dmitri Smerdyakov - a.k.a. The Chameleon - prompting speculations that Acar may be playing the infamous spy and master of disguise, who first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1.
While there are enough villains for a Sinister Six to be formed from this motley crew, it doesn't seem likely to occur in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Assuming the guesses as to Gyllenhaal and Acar's characters are accurate, the movie still needs to take the time to develop their characters and give them a reason to come to hate Spider-Man and seek out other super-criminals to squash the wall-crawler once and for all. Given the care taken in developing the conflicted character of Adrian Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it seems unlikely they'd rush that development in the sequel just to deliver a Sinister Six. The same is true for Mac Gargan's Scorpion and Aaron Davis' Prowler: not only are Mando and Glover not confirmed to return, but neither is at the supervillain stage yet.
Talking of that conflict, while Michael Keaton is also reported to be returning in Spider-Man: Far From Home, there's no guarantee that Toomes will be gunning for Spidey. Despite being a petty crook who wanted revenge on Tony Stark, Toomes considered himself a man of honor and was willing to let bygones be bygones with Peter Parker after discovering his secret identity since Peter saved his daughter's life. Spider-Man: Homecoming's mid-credits scene saw Toomes denying that he knew Spider-Man's secret identity when Mac Gargan mentioned some guys he knew on the outside who wanted to go after Spider-Man. While it's possible that Toomes may want to seek revenge on Spider-Man by himself, it's just as likely he may be paying Peter Parker back for having saved Toomes' life while thwarting his big score.
Whatever the case, between the casting news and the clear need for more time to develop the potential villains Spider-Man: Far From Home has already introduced, it's not quite time to bet on the Sinister Six just yet. Maybe it's better to wait until the third MCU Spider-Man movie.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019