By all accounts, Spider-Man: Homecoming was an incredible success. With a monster opening day at the box office and universal praise from critics and fans alike, this feature film is already proving to be one of the MCU’s finest. Even the picture’s main villain – the Vulture as portrayed by Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton – is being relatively well-received.
MCU movies as a whole, while extremely popular both critically and commercially, have largely been criticized for their lackluster antagonists. Fortunately for Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, Spider-Man lore is chocked-full of fan-favorite baddies.
From Venom to Scorpion, and more obscure characters like Rose and Prowler, there are more than a handful of villains that could make their way into a sequel. Some are certainly more likely than others, but each deserves an opportunity to shine on the big screen in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 for one reason or another.
Please be aware that this article contains spoilers from Spider-Man: Homecoming, so if you have yet to see the film and wish to remain spoiler-free, beware.
Here are the 15 Villains We NEED to See in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2.
With the introduction of Mac Gargan in the first of two Spider-Man: Homecoming post-credit scenes, it would appear as though this film universe is setting up one of Spidey’s more formidable foes: Scorpion.
Scorpion is a longtime antagonist in Spider-Man lore, but the villain has also crossed paths with the likes of Captain America and Falcon in the comics. Ultimately, Scorpion is the byproduct of unregulated molecular tests and a giant suit with a mechanical tail. Make no mistake, however, as Mac Gargan has proven to be a more than a match for our hero on numerous occasions.
This Easter egg reveal has some believing that Sony is attempting to set up the Sinister Six– a nefarious group of supervillains bent on destroying the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man– and if this is the case, then there are certainly a few more villains we would need to see in the upcoming sequel.
Doctor Octopus is not only referred to as one of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies but also as the original leader of the aforementioned gang of baddies, the Sinister Six.
Sony attempted to get the Sinister Six up and running during the Amazing Spider-Man film era, but with the Marvel deal came a complete reboot of the franchise, and the half-dozen antagonists never quite made it to the finish line together.
Doc Ock received his big screen debut in the critically praised, fan-favorite comic book movie: Spider-Man 2. For this reason, some fans may think we don’t need to see this villain again for some time, but if the Green Goblin can make three appearances in five films, then we believe it is time to revive Doctor Octopus for the sake of the Sinister Six.
Mac Gargan did say something to Adrian Toomes about knowing people on the outside, and if we believe this to be true, it is entirely possible that Kraven the Hunter could be one of the aforementioned known associates.
After all, Kraven is introduced in the comics as a big game hunter who seeks to bring down the ultimate prey: Spider-Man. Perhaps it is possible that the hunter is commissioned to do so by the likes of Mac Gargan, or another.
Comic book fans have been hoping to see this villain take on Spidey for a while now. Perhaps it is time to give the people what they want and make Kraven the Hunter one of the sequel’s big baddies, or maybe even a mid-tier secondary antagonist.
As the half-brother to Kraven, Chameleon is yet another formidable villain from the Spider-Man rogues’ gallery. In fact, Chameleon is one of the franchise’s oldest characters, making his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man’s first issue back in 1963.
As a shapeshifter, Dmitri Smerdyakov proves to be more of a cerebral match to Peter rather than a physical force– although, this character has seen physical enhancements in some of his later iterations.
Arguably the most interesting aspect of the Spider-Man character is the dichotomy between Pete and his superhero alter-ego. School dances, part-time jobs, and the mere act of attending class are all interrupted by Parker’s duties as the web-slinger, and with the ability to change his appearance, Chameleon has the power to make life difficult for not only Spider-Man but Peter as well.
Spider-Man: Homecoming had its share of fun Easter eggs, but notably absent was any mention of Norman or Harry Osborne, aka the two Green Goblins. Yes, the Green Goblin has been done to death in Spidey’s previous feature films, but having Norman Osborne as a looming threat with the possibility of him becoming a supervillain somewhere down the line could certainly be an interesting twist.
As was in The Amazing Spider-Man films, Oscorp is often the cause or catalyst for villainous activity in the comic book universe. We do not necessarily need to see Norman (or Harry) fully take the turn in the imminent sequel, but a mere cameo or reference would certainly be appreciated by Spidey’s more diehard fans if handled correctly.
If the Homecoming Saga decides to steer clear from the Osborne family, it is certainly understandable, given their big screen history, but a Spider-Man universe without Harry and Norman just seems wrong.
The most recent trailer for Insomniac’s Spider-Man game coming to the PS4 had fans everywhere Googling the name “Martin Li.” Making his first full debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #546 less than a decade ago, Mr. Negative is one of the webhead's newest villains.
So, those who have not picked up a Spidey comic in some time may not be too familiar with this baddie, but like Norman Osborne, Li is an overarching threat who utilizes his empire in addition to his super powers.
However, Mr. Negative’s presence in the highly anticipated video game might be enough reason to keep him out– assuming that Marvel and Sony would like to keep these properties separate. That being said, this villain is incredibly interesting, to say the least, and would be a real treat to witness on the big screen.
In the same vein as the previous two entries, Kingpin is a larger-than-life threat due in part to his vast resources– all in addition to being extremely large and powerful. The MCU and its respective television universe have yet to truly clash, but if one character were to make the leap, we think most fans would cross their fingers for Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin from the Marvel’s hit Netflix series Daredevil.
Again, Marvel and Sony may not want to mix their separate divisions. Besides, Kingpin already had sufficient time to shine in Daredevil’s first season, and asking movie fans to watch at least 13 episodes of a Netflix series in order to get the backstory on a character for an upcoming movie probably isn’t realistic.
That being said, Kingpin is originally a Spider-Man villain, and one of the best. Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal is spot on and deserves a chance to grace the silver screen.
If Marvel does not wish to mix its television universe in with the MCU– and that certainly appears to be the case thus far– then perhaps they would settle for Wilson Fisk’s son, Richard Fisk.
This could be a fun nod to Marvel’s Netflix endeavors, while still keeping its two divisions separate. Not to mention, this Punisher-like anti-hero could serve as an interesting foil to the generally pure-hearted Peter Parker.
Given the dark and gritty tone of the Daredevil series on Netflix, D’Onofrio’s Kingpin might not translate in the lighter MCU, but with Rose, director Jon Watts and company have the opportunity to create a villain from the ground up with only minor references to his television origins. All in all, this seems like a win-win for Marvel if they decide to make Richard Fisk one of their future baddies.
The nefarious and criminally insane villain Shriek was introduced to the world in 1993’s Spider-Man Unlimited volume 1, #1. While her origin was initially shrouded in mystery, her backstory has since come to light, and we've got to say, it’s pretty dark.
As a young child, Frances Louise Barrison was abused by her mother for being overweight, which ultimately led her to drugs and even a bit of drug dealing. As a result, Frances was placed in some dangerous positions and was even shot in the head by a police officer, which served to severely damage her sanity.
Afterward, she was placed in Cloak’s dark dimension and given the abilities of Shriek– sound manipulation, flight, and a certain degree of mind control.
A lot of this may seem like a stretch for the already established MCU and Spider-Man Saga, but a tweak or two to this lesser-known villain’s backstory could serve to bring a unique female antagonist to the big screen.
In the same vein as Catwoman from Batman lore, Felicia Hardy is a fan-favorite anti-hero from the Spider-Man universe. Felicity Jones did portray Felicia in the critically maligned comic book movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but the character was frankly so forgettable that she could be reintroduced yet again, and most fans would not even bat an eyelash.
In juxtaposition to our previous entry, Black Cat is a bit more grounded and perhaps a more likely candidate for the upcoming Spidey sequel. As mentioned earlier, this is a character that Sony had tried to translate to the big screen once before, but perhaps a second attempt may serve to be a bit more memorable.
This street-level character could fit quite nicely into the Spider-Man: Homecoming narrative as it sits now. Also, given this more awkward, younger version of Peter Parker, the relationship between the two could serve as an interesting and potentially even humorous dynamic.
Not to mention, with a Black Cat and Silver Sable movie on the horizon for Sony, it is hard to imagine that a crossover isn’t imminent.
The Donald Glover-portrayed Aaron Jones character was already introduced to fans in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but he has yet to be referred to by his villainous alter-ego: “Prowler.” Homecoming is arguably at its best when Spidey is more “close to the ground,” so to speak, and the introduction of more characters like this infamous cat burglar could help keep future sequels somewhat grounded.
It is hard to imagine Prowler as a film’s main antagonist, but a secondary villain position could fit quite nicely in a sequel. Director Jon Watts already proved that he can juggle multiple villains in Spider-Man: Homecoming, so there is no reason to think he cannot, or will not, do it again.
The words “multiple villains” and “Spider-Man” used in the same sentence have caused fans to cringe since Sam Raimi’s third installment of the Spider-Man trilogy, but numerous movies have proven that this can work on the big screen if handled correctly.
Fans have been clamoring for this villain’s big screen debut for years, and so, as an old favorite, it is likely a matter of time before Mysterio gets his time in the spotlight.
As one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes, this villain has appeared in countless comics, animated series, and video games, but the baddie has yet to shine in a live-action feature film. As an underutilized special effects genius, Quentin Beck takes his theatricality to the streets of New York City as one of the world’s most trippy villains, Mysterio.
Mysterio could serve as one of the MCU’s most visually interesting characters, with his psychedelic special effects and carnival-like illusions. The villain might be hard to translate to the big screen, but fans are hoping that Sony and Marvel will make the gamble sooner rather than later.
If we are assuming that director Jon Watts and company are sticking true to the source material, then it is possible that Uncle Ben’s killer is still on the loose. Pete alluded to Uncle Ben’s death in Homecoming, and with Aunt May discovering Pete’s superhero alter-ego at the end of the film, it is likely that this storyline is brought up in a future sequel.
Theories that Uncle Ben died in the New York attack that took place during the events of the first Avengers films are certainly interesting, but given the timeline and Pete’s idolization of Tony and the gang, this seems rather unlikely.
At this point, fans are still unsure as to what happened to Uncle Ben, but we would be surprised if we did not learn about this character’s untimely death before long.
Alright, so J. Jonah Jameson may not be a villain per se, but he is certainly an antagonist that we need to see at some point in this series. It will be hard to match J.K. Simmons’ spot-on interpretation of the character, but time has put enough distance between this franchise and the Sam Raimi trilogy that fans are likely ready for a new iteration.
Jameson has been made out to be more of a comic relief character in recent years, and while this is certainly in his nature, the Daily Bugle’s Editor-in-Chief is quite the nuisance for Spidey, to say the least.
Maybe we won’t see J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming sequel, but it is likely that his presence will be felt in one form or another. At the very least, we expect some sort of Daily Bugle Easter egg, if not a brief cameo.
The announced casting of Tom Hardy as the iconic Spider-Man villain certainly came as a surprise to most fans. More confusing than anything, however, is both Marvel and Sony’s respective takes on whether or not the standalone Venom film is part of the MCU. Either way, Venom will be a big screen character next year, and fans would be quite disappointed if they never got to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man take on this fan-favorite baddie.
Tom Hardy has already proven that he can portray a physically threatening villain, and that is something that the character’s previous big screen iteration was certainly lacking. The sheer size difference between Hardy and Holland make this matchup visually striking, and their demeanors would also serve to be quite the interesting dynamic.
If nothing else, fans deserve to see this villain done right in a Spider-Man movie.
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