There Is Something Sinister Growing In Spider-Man: Homecoming

There are absolutely spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming in this article, be warned. This article will talk about the villain(s) introduced in the new film and what some of this may mean for future Sony films.

Spider-Man Homecoming

After Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony had a plan for a Sinister Six movie that would've been written by Drew Goddard and debuted in 2016. Sony has always wanted to expand the Spider-Man universe into multiple franchises and they are talking about it again with Venom (Tom Hardy attached) and Silver & Black. Does the studio still want to do a Sinister Six movie? If you watch the new Spider-Man: Homecoming, you get the feeling they do as they introduce a lot of villains who have, at times, been members of the villain team.

You start with Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton). The Vulture was one of the original Sinister Six from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964) along with Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter. The film doesn't take Toomes off the board, so you've got one member of a potential team there.

We move on to Herman Schultz (Bokeem Woodbine), the second person in the film to become the Shocker. The character wasn't one of the original members, but he did join when Hobgoblin put together a Sinister Seven to take on Kaine. That moves it to two classic Spider-Man villains who could work together.

And there is a prison scene with Mac Gargan (Michael Mando) who is not only the classic villain Scorpion but was also attached to the Venom symbiote for a while. Gargan lead a version called the Sinister Twelve during the Marvel Knights: Spider-Man run. There has also been talk that Scorpion could be the villain for the Silver & Black movie.

They also introduce Aaron Davis (Donald Glover) who goes on to become the villain turned hero the Prowler. The fact he starts as a villain makes him a candidate even though the Prowler has never been a part of the Sinister Six. But having one of them turn on the others would be a good plot device in a movie about a super-villain team. The fact that at one point there was a Sinister Sixty-Six, it's surprising that the Prowler has never been part of the team.

Another potential villain introduced in the film is Peter's friend Ned (Jacob Batalon). He is believed to be Ned Leeds, another comic character who goes on to become the first Hobgoblin and join the second incarnation of the Sinister Six. This would also make for an interesting plot point to have Peter's best friend go bad.

We are, of course, speculating on the building of the Sinister Six, but the evidence is there and if Sony believed they could make a movie based on a group of villains three years ago, it's a safe bet that they probably still think that. A film starring Michael Keaton, Bokeem Woodbine, Donald Glover and Michael Mando wouldn't be a bad thing either. Plus, if these five are the team, the sixth member could be a big name like… Tom Hardy as Venom… or Black Cat once Silver & Black is done… or the rumors that they want to have Kraven the Hunter get his own film. There are many villains they could tap into without having to go to Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Electro or the Lizard used by the previous films.

And even if they aren't putting together a Sinister Six movie, Spider-Man: Sinister Six would be a good second film in this rebooted franchise.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.