Predicting The Sinister Six Roster In Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 Sinister Six MCU

The Sinister Six can finally make their live-action debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming 3. The Sinister Six, a group of Spider-Man villains who band together to beat their common enemy, was teased by Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal on the special features of the Spider-Man: Far From Home Blu-ray when talking about the villains in their universe. According to Pascal, some of the characters in the Sinister Six from the comics now exist in the MCU. Pascal hinted that something could come of this in the future.

Not too long ago, an MCU version of the Sinister Six didn't even seem possible. The door had seemingly closed on Spider-Man in the MCU, but a recent development put Peter Parker back in the picture. A new deal between Disney and Sony means that Tom Holland's Spider-Man gets one more solo movie, and an additional appearance in a different movie before his exit from the MCU.

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Thanks to Spider-Man 3, a live-action Sinister Six is once again a real possibility. The Amazing Spider-Man movies were moving in that direction, and a Sinister Six movie was even planned at one point before being scrapped. Marvel Studios, on the other hand, can still have their Sinister Six. They've already set the groundwork for them (intentionally or unintentionally). Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home have already established a rogues' gallery for the web slinger. So if the Sinister Six is indeed the plan for Spider-Man 3, which characters will they bring back, and which villains will they pull from the comics to make the new team?


Spider-Man Homecoming Vulture mask

Vulture is a founding member of the Sinister Six and in the comics, and Spider-Man's first foe in the MCU. Played by Michael Keaton, Adrian Toomes was a formidable adversary that Spider-Man was never actually able to beat fair-and-square, so having to fight Vulture again (along with five other enemies) would definitely put Peter at a disadvantage. Why Vulture would go after Spider-Man is unclear, since he did seem to show some redeeming qualities when he refused to give up Spider-Man's true identity in Spider-Man: Homecoming's post-credits scene. However, circumstances for Vulture could have changed between Homecoming and Spider-Man 3.


Herman Schultz (Bokeem Woodbine), with his electrified gauntlet, was an important ally of the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He was a member of Vulture's gang who was defeated by Spider-Man and apprehended by the police. In the comics, Shocker is one of Spider-Man's most frequent foes, but also someone who Spider-Man hasn't taken seriously for many years. While certainly not one of Spider-Man's most menacing adversaries, he could return with an upgrade and act as sort of a supporting antagonist alongside his former boss, Vulture. As one of four major Spider-Man villains to be defeated by Peter in the MCU, Shocker could be one more character with a thirst for revenge in Spider-Man: Homecoming 3.


The cover of Amazing Spider-Man #20, featuring the first appearance of The Scorpion

In the comic books, Mac Gargan was a private investigator who was hired by J. Jonah Jameson  to be grafted to the "Scorpion" exoskeleton and fight Spider-Man. Though Gargan almost always comes up short when fighting Spider-Man, Scorpion has proven that he possesses the potential to push Spider-Man to his limit -- and on occasion, even beat the wall-crawler with the help of his superior strength. Michael Mando's Gargan never received his "Scorpion" upgrade in Homecoming, but the post-credits scene clearly set up a future appearance for the character. The scene doesn't hide the fact that Gargan holds a grudge against the person who sent him to prison. In his conversation with Vulture, Gargan reveals that he knows people who want to get back at Spider-Man. He may have connections that he can use to make that happen in Spider-Man 3.

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Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio is already considered one of the MCU's best villains. After spending most of the movie successfully manipulating Peter Parker into believing that he was a hero, Mysterio pulled off the greatest con ever to occur in the MCU. He managed to convince Spider-Man to hand over the keys to Tony Stark's AI, E.D.I.T.H. In the end, Mysterio was apparently killed, but it's still possible that Mysterio outsmarted Spider-Man (again) and could return in Spider-Man 3. Also, the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home gave Mysterio a posthumous victory by making him the cause of Spider-Man's identity being exposed. Mysterio being alive would mean that he and Peter have unfinished business to settle.

Doctor Octopus

A weakened Spider-Man takes on Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #12

Who will be the ringleader of the MCU's Sinister Six? Chances are, it'll be one of Spider-Man's two biggest villains, Doctor Octopus or Green Goblin. Goblin feels like a character that needs plenty of screen time so that he can be properly developed. Also, Marvel may use his civilian identity, Norman Osborn, before introducing viewers to his "Green Goblin" side. So instead, Marvel may look to one of the greatest minds in the Marvel Universe, Dr. Otto Octavius. Doc Ock is behind some of Spider-Man's toughest challenges in the comics, and he seems like the perfect villain to come up with a devious plan to use five other villains to take down Peter Parker. Doctor Octopus is a strong candidate for the main villain of Spider-Man 3.

Kraven the Hunter

Kraven the Hunter Spider-Man Comic

Sinister Six or no Sinister Six, Kraven the Hunter has a very good chance of being a villain in Spider-Man 3. He's also the most important Spider-Man villain who hasn't been brought to life on the big screen yet. Furthermore, Far From Home director Jon Watts (who is in talks to direct Spider-Man: Homecoming 3) has already expressed interest in using Kraven. Kraven is a great choice for a Spider-Man movie because of what he brings to the table. As a vicious and cunning warrior, Kraven doesn't need super powers or a high-tech suit to be a threat to Spider-Man. Driven by the thrill of hunt, Kraven relies only on his own wits, skills, and ingenuity to pursue his prey. His ruthlessness makes him one of Spider-Man's deadliest enemies. It's also true that Kraven doesn't always play well with others, and his differences from the other Sinister Six members could provide for some interesting interactions in Spider-Man: Homecoming 3.

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Key Release Dates
  • Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
  • Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (2021) release date: Jul 16, 2021
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021
  • Black Panther 2 (2022) release date: May 06, 2022
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