I genuinely loved Homecoming. It was such a different film from the others. One of the things I loved about it was the fact that the scope was small. See, Spider-Man isn’t a hero about saving the world, and his villains typically are small-time crooks who are just trying to get by. Vulture was just trying to get rich by selling weapons from the MCU. It was a good character and made for a good villain. Spider-Man has a rich rogue’s gallery to choose from, each with a goal that isn’t big, because he’s a friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man. Here are the ones that I’d like to see most in upcoming films.
While the look of this guy may be ridiculous, he’s a quirky and fun villain. This guy is as big a thug for hire as it gets. He only does work for other villains. Despite his suit with the deadly tail, it’s all just about getting a paycheck for him. Not seeing him as a central villain in a film, but he’d be a nice thug that the big bad sends at the wall-crawler. Would make for some fun fights. Brings back memories of seeing this guy in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Was always something of a comic foil to the bug, but he serves his purpose.
9. Rhino (done right)
Let’s not even talk about Paul Giamatti’s performance in Amazing Spider-Man 2. That was terrible and cringe-worthy. Here’s the thing about Rhino – just like Scorpion, he’s a thug for hire in a suit that is equal parts silly and utilitarian. This guy only works for money, and he’s itching to cause as much destruction as he can in the process. Also just like the Scorpion, he ends up being a comic foil to the Spider more often than not. Maybe him and Scorpion could team up? Just seeing the possibilities. It’s more a character I want to see just for fan service than anything. We’ll get to the more substantial villains soon enough.
8. Jack O’Lantern
As I said, to the substantive villains. Here we have another thug for hire, but this guy is infinitely more malicious. A former CIA operative, this guy took a look that could be seen as ridiculous and ran with it. He’s got all kinds of toys to kill with, and a look that is more than a little imposing. Part of me would love it if this guy was working under someone that we’re going to see much higher on this list. If I have anyone who actually knows Spider-Man comics, they might see who I mean before I get there. He may be in it for the cash, but this dude is no joke, and it would be cool to see how they could make him look. Sure, it’ll be a CG nightmare (genuinely trying to think how this guy could be freaky with practical effects), but it intrigues me all the same.
When we talk about the fact that Spider-Man’s villains are small-time, we’re talking about this guy. A villain who is completely devoid of superpowers in any capacity. This guy is all about using tricks and manipulation to get what he wants. His look is kind of silly, but this dude was a stage magician of the highest order. But it turns out that that doesn’t pay the bills, so he decided to use the tools of his craft to be a career criminal, and even is able to give the Spider a run for his money. It would be neat if they could make this guy a somewhat sympathetic villain. He isn’t evil outright, just dirty.
This guy is kind of a great villain that doesn’t get the respect he deserves. He has a training school where he trains henchmen to hench. That’s kinda cool. But the real thing about this guy that he is a badass fighter. Taskmaster’s trick is that he can remember any move that he has seen in action. So all he has to do is study his opponents and he can learn their entire fighting style inside and out and be virtually untouchable. What this means is that even the Spider, with his Spider Sense, can’t get around this dude because he knows his moves before he makes them. In a film, having this guy to head-to-head with the bug sounds like too much fun because it would be like two guys who are completely untouchable to each other fighting. Would get brutal. Too bad this guy is just a thug for hire. Would make a good big bad.
5. Kraven the Hunter
This guy is just awesome. I genuinely love this character. He’s a man who has had a very hard life. It’s led him to become a big game hunter who has a reputation for killing some of the most dangerous game alive. If this could tie into the MCU, it would be so awesome to see him killing some of the monsters that the Avengers have had to deal with. But in the comics, he has his sights set on new prey to hunt – Spider-Man. A real hunt that can test his skill in a way no other one has. This guy is badass with a capital B. In the comics, it is shown that he can hold his own with the bug and is a pretty damn smart hunter. Would be cool if a film could see their cat and mouse game getting really crazy.
4. The Lizard (done right)
We’re not talking about the version from Amazing Spider-Man who is another villain with a split personality and a goal of turning the world into lizard people. That was stupid with a capital S. I’m talking about the version from the comics who is kind of like Spider-Man’s version of Two-Face. He’s a tragic character. A man who lose his arm and is so desperate to get it back that he goes to stupid lengths and is eventually the victim of his own ambition. He’s a character that the Spider never wanted to hurt, but he had to protect people, so they ended up on opposite sides. It would be cool to see a film where they really nail the human element and we get to see Connors grappling with the reality of what he is, while not wanting to give up being given his arm back. I love this villain, and want to see it done with the respect it deserves.
This was the character I was talking about earlier, who I figured Jack O’Lantern would be working for. Or Scorpion and Rhino, for that matters. A small-time crook who goes big in the mob. This guy is dangerous in the extreme, along with tough. He’s been seen as a threat to the likes of the Kingpin, along with something of an ally due to their mutual dislike of the Spider. He’s one of the biggest of the Spider’s villains, so it would be nice if we could get some introduction of this dude first. Like maybe have him be the villain a film or two led up to. You know, instead of another lead-in to Venom. Love the character, but we’ve seen him in one terrible film, and we’ll see if we see him in two. Tombstone is dark, grisly, and has a long list of violent kills on his resume. Would be eager to see what would happen when the bug is faced with an enemy who is a threat in a way that goes beyond what he has seen. A psychopath who has no compunction about doing whatever he has to.
One of the most obscure of the villains on this list, I’ve been wanting to see this guy go head-to-head with the Spider in a game or film for a while. It is especially would fit in how he ties in to the MCU. See, this guy is basically like Iron Man, except with a bigger emphasis on killing. Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to see the Spider having to tackle this guy, with the idea being it’s kind of like facing off with Tony Stark, who is something of a father figure? There is so much potential. Not to mention, this guy is a cool villain. He doesn’t get nearly the respect he deserves, so hopefully we get to see a proper treatment.
And the villain I want to see most is…
1. Black Cat
Since Homecoming decided to make MJ an insufferable character who is pretty much just a Tumblr page, maybe we can finally see these two hit it off. I always loved this character. Pretty much just Marvel’s answer to Catwoman, she is still all kinds of fun. Enhanced by a super soldier serum, the Black Cat is equal parts beautiful, strong, and wanting in Spider-Man’s pants. Genuinely serious, can we make her a love interest for the titular character since the new film decided to make the character who Parker is supposed to fall for the most terrible and annoying character I have seen in cinema in a long time? A cat burglar with super strength who is more of an anti-hero than a true villain, we haven’t gotten to see her in any film, so let’s change that.
Until next time, a quote,
“We got something special, can’t you feel it?” – Black Cat, Spider-Man: The Animated Series