As far as comic book villains are concerned, Spider-Man: No Way Home has more of them than any previous film. As of now, five of the film’s villains have been confirmed, and it appears as if the Sinister Six will finally be together in live-action in the multiverse blockbuster. Green Goblin will return, Doc Ock and Sandman will join the cast from Tobey Maguire’s universe, Lizard and Electro will join from Andrew Garfield’s, and Jamie Foxx will join the form from Andrew Garfield and Rhys Ifans.
According to some reports, even though this film is the finale of Tom Holland’s first heroic trilogy, it appears devoid of any current MCU villains. There’s still hope for those hoping to see Vulture, Scorpion, Mysterio, Rhino, or Venom in the Sinister Six if they’re all able to make it together. Who could the sixth and final opponent be, now that the first five have been revealed? And why is Sony being so secrecy about it?
Spider-Man has killed all returning villains in the latest trailer, including Mysterio, who was also killed in the fight. Only Gyllenhaal’s genius fits well with this idea among all the previously established wall-crawler opponents from prior flicks. Far From Home’s ending seemed to show that the evil had been defeated. Therefore it would be a good idea to keep him out of the trailers.
Eddie Brock and his Symbiote companion were sucked into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s New York from an island paradise in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Venom appears to have his sights set on Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in No Way Home, a development that could be further explored in the upcoming film.
Venom vs. Spider-Man is a well-known rivalry with numerous popular stories tied to it. A fourth Tom Holland excursion or the inevitable Venom 3 might bring the Symbiote and Spider-Man back together since they haven’t since 2008’s Spider-Man 3. Assuming that Tom Hardy’s Venom would make a cameo in the post-credits scene, it would be shocking if he was one of the main villains.
Paul Giamatti’s Rhino was said to be returning when Collider initially announced that Lizard and Sandman would be returning for No Way Home, but that has not been verified. Giamatti’s mech-suited villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t get the opportunity to shine as much as he could have, which left many hopefuls that he would get another chance to play the part.
However, with the release of two trailers and no sign of Rhino, it appears that he won’t be returning for No Way Home. There is a possibility that Sony is holding off on announcing its comeback until after the finished product has been released, but it doesn’t make sense.
When Michael Keaton’s Vulture and Michael Mando’s Mac Gargan, aka Scorpion, met in prison at Spider-Man’s Homecoming’s end, viewers were treated to the first hints of a villainous team-up. As the franchise has moved beyond the low-level street-level villains of Homecoming, the seeds set in the dramatic post-credits scene have yet to be tapped.
Right now, it looks like No Way Home will ignore the villains of the current franchise in favor of villains from the past. Vulture or Scorpion, though, could be acceptable candidates to join the Sinister Six if only one seat is left.
Even before Ned Leeds was cast in the role of Peter Parker’s best friend, many fans were eagerly anticipating his transformation into a villain because his comic book equivalent is one iteration of the Hobgoblin.
Hobgoblin rumors reached a fever pitch last year when Batalon stated he had undergone a significant weight loss in preparation for his upcoming appearance. Having grown into superb physical form, Batalon may now handle the physical demands of a critical evil role more efficiently.
Leeds’ high schooler may be infected by Dafoe’s Goblin with his serum, sending him down the same path of madness as Norman Osborn in Spider-Man. A future sequel might be a better place for the MCU to use Ned’s villainy than a side plot among these other five threats, should they want to adopt it.
There’s a good chance that Sony won’t divulge the identity of the sixth villain in Spider-Man: No Way Home before its release since there must be a compelling reason for them to keep it under wraps.
There is a good chance that Mysterio will make a comeback, as his resurrection would not only be worth keeping a mystery, but it would also fit in with the concept of villains who have died fighting Spider-Man.