Peter Parker is back on the big screen with #SpiderManHomecoming, swinging from a stunning debut in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. The film marked one of the most ground-breaking collaborations between movie studios to date, as a deal between Sony and Marvel allowed Tom Holland's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to appear in the billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It currently looks as though he's the only character that's allowed to transition between studios however, with both Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal claiming that #Venom and the rest of Spider-Man's rogues gallery will be excluded from the MCU.
Amy Pascal said:
"Here's what we're doing: all these characters are a part of the Marvel comic book universe...In that universe, they are all related to each other. Kevin [Feige] makes characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These characters are separate, except for Spidey, who belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is why he's there."
While Feige claimed:
"We never say never...You could ask me, 'Is Superman gonna be there?' I go, 'Never say never,' but not any time soon."
Regardless of that confusion, the deal is already paying off dividends, with #Sony already building their own Spider-Man franchise in tandem with the #MCU. There'll be elements of creative influence, but very little physical crossover. So, while Peter Parker will be swinging in and out of these symbiotic sagas, who's exclusively in Sony territory as the spiderverse begins to pick up speed?
Warning: This post contains significant spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Eddie Brock A.K.A. Venom
- Tom Hardy (Confirmed)
- Movie: Venom (2018)
#Venom is one of Spider-Man's most compelling adversaries, but suffered from a poor interpretation in Sam Raimi's Spiderman 3. With #TomHardy onboard and Sony reportedly aiming for a hard R-rating, it seems as though the character is finally in good hands.
Hardy is due to play Venom's first incarnation, Eddie Brock; Parker's rival photographer at the Daily Bugle. However, with Parker staying in school, it remains to be seen how that origin will be adjusted for the reboot. Still, Tom Hardy playing the nasty, drooling anti-hero is enough of a reason to get excited about Sony's next venture in the spiderverse.
Appearing In: Venom is the only film Tom Hardy is currently confirmed to appear in so far, but expect more announcements in the future.
Adrian Toomes A.K.A. Vulture
- Michael Keaton (Confirmed)
- Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
In an incredible turn of events, acclaimed actor #MichaelKeaton went from starring as a well-known superhero (Batman) to starring in a movie about a washed-up actor who once played a winged superhero (Birdman), to actually playing a winged super-villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It's a level of irony that the Oscar-nominated actor will appreciate more than anyone.
Everything you need to know about The Vulture can be found here, but in short: he's a bitter, blue collar businessman who's got a bone to pick with Tony Stark.
"He is somewhat of a victim. He takes things in that he feels like a victim, and some of it is justified actually. He believes that there’s an upper echelon of society of people who are getting away with a lot and have everything. And there’s a whole lot of folks who are working hard, and don’t have much. Does that sound familiar? To anybody, given the political climate? Which I think is an interesting way to go about this." - Michael Keaton
Appearing In: Thus far, Michael Keaton's Vulture is only confirmed to appear in Homecoming, but it's a well-known fact that Sony has always been aiming for a Sinister Six movie, so don't be surprised to see him wing his way into that one in the future.
- Logan Marshall-Green (Confirmed), Bokeem Woodbine (Confirmed)
- Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Herman Schultz was a young thief and extortionist who never really rose in ambition when he took on the #Shocker mantle. He's had a few large-scale moments working for Nazi war criminals and attempting to hold New York City to ransom, but Shocker's big selling-points are his vibro-shock gauntlets - which Spider-Man is going to face in Homecoming.
After some ambiguity surrounding who was actually playing Shocker, it turns out that both Logan Marshall-Green and #BokeemWoodbine will be playing their own electrifying versions of the character - but it's Woodbine who'll be playing Herman Schultz.
Appearing In: Both actors attached to play Shocker are only confirmed to appear in Homecoming thus far.
Phineas Mason A.K.A. The Tinkerer
- Michael Chernus (Confirmed)
- Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Phineas Mason, a.k.a. #TheTinkerer is an incredible engineer and scientist, functioning as the source of inspiration for the weapons and technology of Vulture's crew in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Actor Michael Chernus' comedy credits include a role in Netflix's Orange is the New Black, so we're betting that this is a much more amusing take on the mad scientist than the comics have previously provided.
The nefarious engineer has a general dislike for superhumans, with a disdain for Spider-Man in particular. In the movie, Tinkerer seems to be an annex to Vulture's crew, reworking the Chitauri and Dark Elf technology into machinery for their use. Should he survive the events of the movie relatively unscathed, he could provide the means for the aforementioned Alex to transform into the hulking Rhino.
Appearing In: Chernus is only signed on for Homecoming thus far.
Mac Gargan A.K.A The Scorpion
- Michael Mando (Confirmed)
- Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming (Confirmed)
#MacGargan was a private investigator hired to find out the secret identity of Spider-Man. He sacrificed his humanity to track down and defeat the web-crawler by becoming the superhuman #Scorpion. The alterations to his body include a wicked tail-appendage and a severe dose of insanity.
#MichaelMando was recently confirmed to be playing Mac Gargan in Spider-Man: Homecoming, after rumors initially linked the Better Call Saul actor to the role of Cletus Kasady. Gargan is arguably a better role for the talented TV actor, who has a track record for playing violent criminals and unhinged individuals. Most notably, Mando appeared in Far Cry 3 as a tic-tastic psychopath.
Appearing In: Mando probably won't undergo the severe transformation into The Scorpion in Homecoming, making him a front-running villain for any of the future spin-offs within the Spiderverse.
Aaron Davis A.K.A. The Prowler
- Donald Glover (Rumored)
- Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming (Rumored)
#AaronDavis is a talented thief known as the #Prowler, a notorious cat burglar that once broke into Oscorp and accidentally stole a genetically-modified spider. Unbeknown to him at the time, that spider bit his young nephew #MilesMorales, giving rise to a brand new Spider-Man.
Despite having been rumored to play Morales himself, and then iconic Spidey-villain Rhino, #DonaldGlover has been confirmed to be playing Morales's uncle, after having voiced the character in the animation and heading his own campaign to star as Miles in Sony's latest live-action adaptation. It feels like a natural progression, and a fantastic twist of fan service.
It also offers a future juncture for the two studios to part ways. Fans have long been calling for an adaptation of the Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales on-screen. Could Peter Parker eventually transition into the MCU full-time, leaving Morales behind to battle the Spider-Man rogues?
Appearing In: He's appearing in Homecoming in some capacity, but what his role in the future will be remains unclear. We've already speculated about the ramifications of this casting could be, so check that out here!
Silver Sablinova A.K.A. Silver Sable
- Movie: Silver & Black (TBA)
Silver Sablinova is a trained Nazi hunter and leader of the international criminal-hunting organization, Wild Pack. She's crossed paths with Spider-Man on several occasions, sometimes butting heads, but more often finding common ground and working together.
News regarding her movie, Silver & Black, is thin on the ground right now, but we'll keep you updated on any news as it unfolds.
Appearing In: Thus far, Silver Sable is only confirmed to appear in #SilverAndBlack, a spin-off under the direction of Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Felicia Hardy A.K.A. The Black Cat
- Movie: Silver & Black (TBA)
A world-renowned athlete and cat burglar, The Black Cat a.k.a. Felicia Hardy has a complex relationship with Spider-Man, culminating in an on-again, off-again relationship. Peter Parker once trusted her enough to reveal his secret identity, but nowadays she's a supervillain and crime kingpin in New York.
So far, Spider-Man's on-screen girlfriends haven't really risen from their damsel in distress tropes, so it'd be a refreshing change of pace to see him faced with a romantic interest that can hold her own in a fight. That being said, Felicia Hardy is a compelling and powerful character in her own right, and if Spidey doesn't crop up in Silver & Black, it might not be a bad thing. Wonder Woman is currently making history (and a lot of money) without a male superhero in sight, so perhaps this is an opportunity for Sony to replicate that success.
Appearing In: So far, Black Cat has only been confirmed to appear in Silver & Black.
Sergei Kravinoff A.K.A. Kraven the Hunter
- Movie: Untitled Kraven Film (TBA)
Sergei Kravinoff is a Russian hunter of noble descent. His penchant for big-game hunting pitted him in direct conflict with a number of Marvel characters. In comic books, he has shot Sabretooth on multiple occasions, but his skills also allowed him a short, unstable stint alongside the Avengers.
Kraven eventually decides that big-game hunting is old news, and that his new drive is to hunt and kill Spider-Man. In the course of duty, he began to augment himself with elixirs from the jungle, increasing his physical capacities to that of the beasts he once hunted.
Appearing In: It was very recently revealed that Sony may have an untitled Kraven spin-off in the pipeline, but nothing else is known about the project as of yet.
Quentin Beck A.K.A. Mysterio
- Movie: Untitled Mysterio Film (TBA)
If you thought Vulture was meta, then just wait for Mysterio. Expert illusionist Quentin Beck was a special effects wizard in Hollywood, working for a big studio as a stuntman and special effects designer. He swiftly decided that the Hollywood life wasn't for him, and aimed to take fame for himself by killing Spider-Man. Since then, the enigmatic Mysterio also becomes a major player in the Sinister Six.
An untitled Mysterio film was recently mentioned, and while there's little-to-no information available about it, the potential for a self-referential supervillain spin-off is an enticing one.
Appearing In: Untitled Mysterio Film.
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