Incomniac’s newest game is a marvel (no pun intended). The fact that they were able to create a Spider-Man game this good amazes me. This game really is the best in its class. While it isn’t perfect, it still is able to have an engaging narrative, fun characters, and a world that is fun to explore. There were some parts of that which could be improved. Like how you take pictures of stuff, but there is no in-game codex of what stuff is. You have one for characters you meet, but that’s it. I would have liked to see one for the places you see and how they connect to Spider-Man’s universe. Another thing the game did well was having a big part of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. Even ones that aren’t well-known, like Screwball. So I got to thinking – who would I like to see in a sequel? Insomniac has said the idea for a sequel is open, but they aren’t committing to it yet. That’s fair. Better to not have a sequel than a half-assed one. But assuming they do, these are the villains I want to see. By the way, Venom and Carnage aren’t going to be on this list. Too many games have done them, and I’d honestly like to see more of the rest of the Spider’s gallery get their due. Let’s get started.
10. Jack O’ Lantern
This dude is definitely not a central tier villain. He’s a gun for hire in every sense of the word. But the original game showed that you can have those, along with a bigger bad and it works. That was the entire third act with the Sinister Six, after all. A former CIA agent who became a merc, this guy is all about some pretty clever weaponry. The suit for this villain has it all, and the helmet is rigged to be imposing, but still be something approaching practical. It’s kind of a bummer how little fanfare this dude has had, especially on his ridiculous circular hoverboard. Not a super complicated villain, but one I’d like to see get his time in the sun.
A former stage magician turned small-time crook, a lot of the versions of this character that have been done in gaming have not done him justice in the way I think they should. Also not cool enough to be a big bad, this guy would be a fun side-quest character. But the real potential I see is in the boss fight. Too many games have made battling this dude very straight-forward, when that wasn’t the kind of villain he was. Mysterio was about performance and using trickery to get the best of the Spider. So their fight should reflect that. Have Spider-Man working to unravel his projections or traps or what-have-you, while having to work around the main villain himself. A fight about subterfuge sounds like a lot of fun.
8. Kraven the Hunter
I’ve talked about this dude before. The ultimate hunter who decided that he got tired of hunting game, and wanted to try something a little different on for size – the Spider-Man. This would definitely be a boss that is more about the story that leads up to him than the man himself, because Kraven’s tale is a tragic one. The original game showed that it can weave a tragic narrative, so I’d like to get to know him. As for the fight, it would be cool if this was a battle where he is hunting you, and you are constantly having to stay on your toes. It’s all about knowing the angles and getting around them. One false move, and you could be dead. I dig that.
Anyone remember the battle with The Pain in Metal Gear Solid 3? I do. That fight wasn’t especially interesting, but it got me to thinking about one of the most unknown of Spider-Man’s villains – Swarm. This dude was a former Nazi scientist who tried to enslave the queen of a mutated bee colony, and then subsequently had his consciousness absorbed into the hive after they devoured him. Yeah, it’s comic book logic. But the dude is literally a giant swarm of bees! He has no shape, can become any shape, can control thousands of bees, and go anywhere. This would be one crazy fight, and I kinda wanna see what Insomniac could do with the character.
So, we have a villain who is literally a giant swarm of bees. Why not have one who is literally a human personification of water? Some of this may sound like going over the same kind of fighting as Swarm, but not only does this guy have an interesting back-story in connection with Spider-Man, but this would be another interesting fight. I think back to the fight with Clayface in Arkham City, and that’s kind of what I think of with this. It would be kinda neat if the Spider had to think up tricks on the fly, or have the fight be more about trying to contain Hydro-Man than fighting the person him. Of course, I can already see how the battle ends – with him being frozen and then contained – but maybe Insomniac could surprise me. We don’t get many water-based villains in games, so I figure that a sequel could let this dude have his due.
Given that the first game was very family-friendly, this may be a hard boss to include in a sequel, but I really want to. This vampire has been haunting the Spider for a long time. Part of me is trying to think of a way that he could be integrated into a family-friendly Spider-Man game. Naturally, this would be one HELL of a boss to fight. The vampire powers, along with the fact that he can go toe-to-toe with the Spider in terms of strength and speed, he really would be hard to take down. Part of me hopes there would be some kind of daylight device. But this boss would be more about the mystery. I can already hear the bad jokes now when Spidey actually has to go after a real vampire and him having trouble accepting that.
4. Alistair Smythe
Part of me is kind of surprised that he wasn’t in the last game, since it opens with taking down Fisk. Smythe has been one of Fisk’s right-hand men for a long time. When he is first in the comics, he is in a wheelchair, with his weapon being the asset that Fisk has the most use for. However, over time he gets himself some a neat biological upgrade that turns him into a monster. That could be an entire plotline in the sequel game. I can already see him being part of a plot of Spider-Man trying to clean up the remaining assets of Fisk, only to realize that Smythe will go to any lengths to look after his boss’ interests, even if it means turning into a freakshow.
This guy is ostensibly Iron Man, with more tools dedicated for the purpose of killing the shit out of people. I was hoping to see him in the films with Tom Holland in them because Stark has become a father-figure to him, but the angle in the games would be more about the Spider having to overcome this guy’s tools of the trade. However, since the Avengers exist in that universe, and Spider-Man has remarked to having knowledge of them on some level, any chance there could be an Iron Man cameo? Perchance to dream. Still, this would be a fun fight. I imagine the battle with Hammerhead in the most recent DLC, but with Spider being alone, having to figure it out.
Now, the thing about this character is the fact that Lizard is to Spider-Man what Two-Face is to Batman – a character that is tragic, a reminder that you can’t save everyone and that sometimes you have to accept battling friends. I see this more as a narrative driven character than someone with a cool boss fight attached. In the comics, Parker had a deep connection with Dr. Connors, so it would be nice to see the two facing off once-more. It’s implied that he is incarcerated at the beginning of the first game, but since The Raft was opened and everyone was let out, I wonder where he will end up next.
And the villain I want to see most in the next game is…
1. Green Goblin
I mean, it’s almost dead certain that he will be in the next game, right? Norman Osborn is one of the secondary antagonists, and the plotline of Harry being in the weird tank is left unresolved. He was trying to reverse-engineer the Spider’s abilities, so I figure this is all heading to him being either the central big bad of the next game, or one of the big ones. It is gonna be interesting to see what angle another game in this franchise would take, as they just had a big showdown with the Sinister Six. Lots of things to consider. So long as they don’t make him an overacting idiot like the one in the Sam Raimi film (I hated those movies. Blame the fact that Tobey Macguire is the titular character), I’m good.
What about you? What villains would you like to see? Let me know down below.
Until next time, a quote,
“I learned how to disarm opponents by making bad jokes.” – Silver Sable
“Yeah, you mean good jokes. But I know that humor’s subjective.” – Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man