Though Michael Keaton’s portrayal of the Vulture has received a lot media attention, the Vulture wasn’t the only villain who appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Another member of the wall-crawler’s rogues gallery also showed up to wreak havoc.
In both his live-action and Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, the Shocker, also known as Herman Schultz, is played by Bokeem Woodbine. The version of the character that we see in the film wears a suit similar to his iconic comic book costume and also wields the gauntlets that can unleash powerful vibro-blasts.
The character has a history with Spider-Man that goes all the way back to 1967. The Shocker has clashed with the web-slinger so many times that the character has become an integral part of the web-slinger’s world. He has even been featured in numerous cartoons and video games, each time as an antagonist of the friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man.
Since the Shocker is generally regarded as one of the wall-crawler’s less-threatening villains, the character is sometimes underestimated and pushed into the background. However, in his 50 years of history, the Shocker has had his share of memorable moments, and not all of them involve his longtime enemy.
With that said, let’s have a look at the 15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Shocker.
15. The Shocker-mobile
In the final issue of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, a story told from the point of view of Boomerang, we see the Punisher continue his one-man war on organized crime, as he begins another one of his seemingly typical killing sprees. However, this particular battle turns out to be anything but typical. The Punisher’s crusade is interrupted by the Shocker, who claims that he’s tired of being treated like a loser.
With a cry of “don’t mock the Shocker,” the villain rides up in a buggy designed like his costume, and shoots the Punisher at point-blank range, knocking him clear over the horizon. The “Shocker-mobile” was clearly inspired by the cheesy “Spider-mobile” from the 1970s.
Shocker’s stunning victory over the Punisher was enough to make other gangsters name the Shocker their new don. When Boomerang finishes his story, he admits that “half of it was made up.” So, did the Shocker really ride the Shocker-mobile in an epic takedown of the Punisher? We’ll probably never know…
14. He was a high-school dropout and “two-bit safecracker”
After dropping out of high school, orphan Herman Schultz turned to crime and soon became a self-described “two-bit safecracker.” Schultz participated in numerous illegal acts that usually involved theft and extortion.
He was arrested several times and spent most of his time in prison. Fed up with his career as a failed criminal, Schultz decided that he would find a way to never be caught again. Schultz planned to use his engineering skills to invent a device that could silently open any safe by simply vibrating the door off.
He created a suit with foam-lined fabric and placed vibro-shock units in his thumb-operated gauntlets, allowing them to emit powerful vibrations. Schultz believed that, in becoming “the Shocker,” he had reinvented himself as an unbeatable villain and that he would no longer be the “bumbling” and “frightened” safecracker he was in the past.