Following Spider-Man: Homecoming's stellar success, Peter Parker is getting ready for a promising career in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After helping Earth's Mightiest Heroes defend the universe from Thanos in Infinity War, our beloved wall-crawler will jump into a new standalone adventure (currently known as Homecoming 2), slated for July, 2019.
Given Spider-Man's impressive rogues gallery, fans have been wondering who'll be the sequel's big bad. While figuring that out has been a bit of a nightmare due to the little information at our disposal, we may finally have some clues courtesy of Marvel Studios.
Did Marvel Just Tease The Villains We'll See Pop Up In 'Homecoming 2'?
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently available to purchase on home video. One edition of the film includes a bonus disc with a mini-documentary centered around #PeterParker's rogues' gallery. In the video, comic book and MCU heavyweights like #StanLee, Kevin Smith and Jeremy Latcham discussed a variety of adversaries with different levels of popularity in the superhero world.
Curiously, the featurette seemed to throw a few teases for the baddies we could see Spidey battle in 2019 by focusing on four specific individuals:
1. The Scorpion
Mac Gargan, #Scorpion's human alter ego, made his MCU debut in Homecoming, played by Michael Mando. While the film didn't show the character in an insect-themed suit, we did get a tease of his future as an enhanced baddie after he suffered a facial injury courtesy of the Vulture. As the post-credit scene revealed, Gargan didn't take his scar lightly, and he planned to make Spider-Man pay for it.
It was a promising tease, and it seems like it could pay off sooner rather than later. During the feature, producer Eric Carroll stated the villain has some clear motivations to go against Spider-Man in the near future:
"Mac Gargan is one of the more iconic Spider-Man villains [...] What we learned by the end of the movie is that Mac's out there. He's alive and well, and now he's got a bone to pick with Spider-Man."
Having him as an antagonist in the sequel makes sense. As Carroll mentioned, he's already established with a clear vendetta against our main hero, which could make for an interesting dynamic. Plus, as an added bonus, his presence could further develop the concept of the Sinister Six, which Sony has shown interest in exploring.
Quentin Beck, a.k.a. #Mysterio is one of those characters that fans have been clamoring to see on the big screen for a long time. A few months ago, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Sony was working on a project for him, and if this featurette is any indication, Marvel could be looking to finally bring the character into live-action.
#KevinSmith expressed his desire to see the baddie on screen, and teased how he could be incorporated into the MCU:
"The character's visually everything a comic book should be. [He] captures your imagination, and there's some menace to [him]. Mysterio lends himself to a cinematic telling of Spider-Man because he was an effects guy. So you could do these insane grand illusions, set pieces that just don't exist because it's all hallucinogens and smoking mirrors."
Admittedly, the character didn't have as definitive of a tease as Scorpion, but seeing his popularity around the comic book community and the time devoted to him in the special, I wouldn't be surprised if #Marvel is working the man into Spidey's story.
To give you some backstory, Tombstone originally went by the name Lonnie Thompson. Being an albino, the boy was heavily bullied around his neighborhood. His harsh life slowly led him to a life of crime, to the point where he became one of New York's most ruthless and feared mobsters.
Going by Homecoming's short documentary, it seems like Tombstone being a thorn in Peter Parker's side is a definite possibility. Longtime #MCU producer Jeremy Latcham described an interesting conflict of ideals that could put Spidey at odds with Lonnie:
"He's a bad dude. New York gangster stuff. And Peter Parker, because he is a hero, can't help but get in the way of that."
Tombstone is a ruthless fella, so some fans may be wondering how he could work in this new Spider-Man series, which is a bit more kid-friendly when compared to other superhero properties. That shouldn't be too much of a problem, though. We've seen quite a few Marvel films explore dark themes in more comedic or lighthearted ways, so the studio would probably find a way to introduce Tombstone without getting too explicit.
4. The Tinkerer
Similar to Mac Gargan, fans (including yours truly) have speculated that we haven't seen the last of Michael Chernus' The Tinkerer. Fortunately, the featurette confirmed our speculation and even teased his possible role moving forward. As Carroll explained in the video, Tinkerer was able to walk away and continue his life of crime.
Furthermore, according to director #JohnWatts, that freedom could lead the Tinkerer into becoming a hub for New York baddies looking to equip themselves for their illegal activities: "I love the Tinkerer, and I think he's a great character to sort of unite all the villains in this underworld, and be just sort of the hub."
Hmm... that's a a really intriguing concept. Giving the bad guys their very own Tony Stark –– someone who creates their weapons and develops their tech –– is promising, and could make for some interesting storylines.
For now, of course, that's simply speculation on my part. Overall, these four bad guys, if handled well, could be great threats for Peter Parker, so I'm crossing my fingers to see them on the big screen soon.
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 swings into theaters on July 5, 2019.
What do you think about Marvel possibly teasing Spidey's next villains? Do you think any of the baddies on the list will make their MCU debut soon? Let me know in the comments!