Over the course of the 5 previous Spider-Man movies we’ve met many of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies including; Doctor Octopus, the Lizard, Rhino, Sandman, Venom, Electro and three versions of the Green Goblin. 2017 will see Spider-Man return to the big screen in another rebooted series this time as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Luckily for the Sony/Marvel production team Spider-Man has one of the greatest collection of enemies in comic book history. Let’s take a look at some of the villains Spider-Man could face in this new movie series.
A former Hollywood special effects wiz, the most well-known Mysterio is Quentin Beck who after failing in his dream career decided to put his specialist talents to use in a life of crime. A master of hypnosis and creating grand illusions, Mysterio also utilised his abilities to combat Spider-Man on a more psychological level. Mysterio even invented an hallucinogenic gas that could interfere with his Spider-Sense. Although better known as a member of the Sinister Six, Mysterio’s distinct skill-set could make for a very different battle with the new Spider-Man.
Kraven the Hunter
Sergei Kravinoff or Kraven the Hunter is an unbalanced Russian big-game hunter who travels to New York City in order to defeat Spider-Man and prove himself to be the world’s greatest hunter. Kraven is at the peak of human fitness and is an expert at hand-to-hand combat. Mostly famous for an excellent series known as Kraven’s Last Hunt where he relentlessly stalks and eventually manages to defeat Spider-Man leaving him comatose. Kraven then adopts the Spider-Man identity – in his mind, proving not only that can he defeat Spider-Man, but that he can beat him at his own game. This storyline could present Spider-Man with his darkest movie yet.
Scorpion AKA Mac Gargan is a private investigator who was originally hired by Daily Bugle editor and regular Spider-Man antagonist, J. Jonah Jameson to find out how Peter Parker is able to achieve such amazing photos of Spider-Man. Gargan of course fails and Jameson with help from the Scientist, Dr. Sitwell is able to transform Gargan into the Scorpion via genetic manipulation and a technological super-suit. Scorpion is often a physical match for Spider-Man, his only weakness is that the genetic treatment that grants him his powers eventually causes him to lose his mind.
Funded by J. Jonah Jameson, the original Spider Slayers were mechanised robots created by Scientist, Spencer Smythe to hunt down and kill Spider-Man. Spencer eventually died due a disease caused by the radioactive materials used in creating his robots. His project was continued by his son, Alistair Smythe. Alistair created a bio-organic armour that enabled him to physically take on Spider-Man with an assortment of physical enhancements and Spider-like powers. Spider-Man against a father and son duo of villains would a be an interesting option for a new movie, plus he could then take on two very different physical foes as well.
A slight bending of the rules as Kingpin is already in the MCU as the arch-enemy to Daredevil in his Netflix series. However, Wilson Fisk was originally a Spider-Man foe, the Kingpin of New York City manipulating every element of crime. His appearance in a Spider-Man movie could show that his influence reaches beyond Hell’s Kitchen. Spider-Man versus the vast criminal underworld could allow him to face gangsters like Tombstone and Hammerhead or even the master thief known as Black Cat. If Spider-Man was to face off with Kingpin it would probably be with Daredevil alongside him.
What villains would you like to see in the new Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man?