WARNING: Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead
Michael Mando, who portrayed Mac Gargan in Spider-Man: Homecoming, will not become his well-known supervillain counterpoint Scorpion in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home. In fact, it seems as if Mando will seemingly be absent from the movie altogether, similar to Michael Keaton's Vulture, who was confirmed to be absent from the upcoming sequel. Both characters were taken down by Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming and ended up in the same prison at the end of that film.
Mando didn't play a huge role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but Gargan is a big enemy of Spider-Man in the comics, where he portrays perhaps the most well-known version of Scorpion. While Mando never ended up donning the Scorpion suit in Spidey's initial outing for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many fans expressed hope that he might do so in Spider-Man: Far From Home. From the sound of things, however, it seems like fans may have to wait just a little while longer to see the villain make his first big screen live-action debut.
During a recent visit to the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home attended by Screen Rant, producer Eric Carroll was asked about Mando's involvement with the film. While Carroll acknowledged that Spider-Man: Homecoming teased the introduction of Scorpion, Gargan will not become the villainous character in the film. Carroll said, "Yeah, we did tease the Scorpion. And he is not in this movie. Nor is Michael Mando playing him."
While this quote obviously doesn't elaborate on why Mando isn't appearing in Spider-Man: Far From Home, there are a few good reasons for his absence. The film mostly takes place in Europe, with the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer revealing Parker teaming up with a seemingly alternate universe version of Mysterio to defeat elemental creatures. Even if Mando has managed to escape from (or be released from) prison, it's unlikely he's going to be traveling all the way to Europe to take on Spider-Man.
There's also the five year time jump that occurred in Avengers: Endgame to consider. It's unclear if Mando was one of the victims of the snap, but even if he wasn't, there's no telling what kind of condition he's in after five years or if the character is still alive in the MCU. Hopefully he is, though, and hopefully the MCU gives Scorpion his time to shine eventually. Given Mando's critically acclaimed performances in Better Call Saul and as the main antagonist in video game Far Cry 3, the role would definitely be in safe hands with the actor. Either way, it doesn't seem like Spider-Man: Far From Home is going to be the movie where fans find out just what he's capable of.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019