*HAPPY FRIGGIN' NEW YEAR!* 2016 is about to arguably deliver some of the best superhero films ever! And comic book movies aren't the only ones in the spotlight as an array of action blockbusters and sequels are about to hit our screens seemingly creating one of the best years in the entirety of cinema's existence. So I, MacguffinBoy, would like to wish you a geeky new year!
Obviously, I have been inconsistent with my 'Flip-Flop Fan-Cast Fridays'. I've decided to hop off my bum and deliver my unofficial and insignificant casting business once again. If you haven't heard of the solo MCU Spidey film slated for release in July 2017, where have you been? Now, of course, Sony's 'Sinister Six' film, originally slated for a release in 2016, has been postponed, but is still being developed by Sony along with the 'Venom' spin-off for future release.
Before they ever start pre-production on a 'Sinister Six' film, Marvel Studios must first develop their take on the webslinger and firmly establish his obviously prominent role in their shared universe, but never say never. I am absolutely and undoubtedly enthused by the idea of a 'Sinister Six' film. I feel that it has a lot of potential. Now when I think of a 'Sinister Six' film, I automatically and unintentionally interpret it as 'Marvel's Suicide Squad'. I also think that a villain centered movie could diversify the MCU's repetitive superhero formula norm that some fans and film critics are complaining about. Personally and honestly, I have no problem with their 'repetitive' formula at all. Just keep them coming Kevin Fiege! I I started developing my own interpretation on what the film would even look like. I've decided to share some of my dream actor picks for a 'Sinister Six' film. Bare in mind, I believe in casting unknown actors. ALLONS-Y!
William Baker/Flint Marko/ Sandman
His backstory from Marvel.com: New York native William Baker, often known on the streets as Flint Marko, was a common criminal who spent most of his early life drifting in and out of street gangs and correctional facilities. While on the run from the FBI in Georgia, Baker took a moment to relax on a beach. When the steam system of a nearby nuclear test reactor exploded, it dumped massive doses of radiation on the beach, as well as Baker. After regaining consciousness, He discovered that his body had bonded with the sand around him, and he could form himself into almost anything he desired thus making him a force to be reckoned with. I didn't find much wrong with Thomas Haden Church's performance of the character in the 2007 film, 'Spiderman 3'. There's as much to hate as there is to love, which is to say nothing at all. Lack of character development and depth made Church's peformance quite unremarkable. I know and hope with all my heart that if Marvel Studios ever adapted the character, their adaptation will be faithful and memorable, that is to say they pick the right actor.
Starting it off with the yeti himself, Aleks Paunovic is making a name for himself starring on CW shows such as 'iZombie' and 'The 100' and the Disney Channel Original Movie, 'Zapped'. Towering at a mountainous 6'5", playing an antagonist isn't exactly different for the Canadian actor. Why do you think I put up an image of him holding a puppy? I needed to show his soft side. This guy will definitely give Tom Holland a run for his money and if your not buying it, YOUR NUTS!
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He's my only choice! I legitimately couldn't think of anyone else to fit the sandy shoes of Flint Marko.
Maxwell Dillon/ Electro
Moving on to his backstory from Marvel.com, Maxwell Dillon has been one of Spider-Man's most frequent and enduring adversaries, often fighting alongside some of the more powerful masterminds in the web-head's rogues gallery, rather than creating intricate plots of his own. Raised by his overprotective mother, after his father abandoned them, Max had ambitions of being an electrical engineer. However, after being convinced by his mother that he was not smart enough to pursue such a career, Dillon instead reluctantly took a job as a lineman for an electric company. While repairing a power line still connected to its spool, Max was struck by lightning. Instead of being killed, the freak accident caused a mutagenic change in his nervous system, allowing him to generate and control vast amounts of electricity. After creating a colorful costume, Max Dillon turned to a life of crime as Electro.
Personally, I had no problem with Jamie Foxx's portrayal of Electro in the 2014 film, 'The Amazing Spiderman 2'. Again, it was the character's lack of development that left the Foxx's portrayal half empty. I never really understood why the character was so pissed at Spider-Man. The film never really explicitly explain Max's crucial motivation to fry the spider.
Let's just admit that Hollywood completely forgot about the actor, Billy Zane, and since he was deprived of another role *Cough Cough* LEX LUTHOR *Cough Cough* , this one would suit him fine. He'd be perfect to me and that's because whenever I think of Electro as a character, I think of the ultimate comics version.
I can't think of anyone else for this role either. Billy Zane seems to fit perfectly in line with the MCU's current index of actors.
Adrian Toomes/ The Vulture ~ John Malkovich
Must I even explain my reasoning? He has been nominated for an Academy Award twice, a Saturn Award twice, and has won a Primetime Emmy and was nominated for 2 others. The man is a brilliant actor who is more than capable of bringing this mad scientist to life. It truly upsets me that the actor did not get a chance to give life to the character in Sam Raimi's canceled 'Spider-Man 4' project. If this 'Sinister Six' project is ever given a greenlit, this should be the first man that Kevin Fiege calls or even considers calling for the role.
Herman Schultz/ Shocker ~ Jesse Plemons
The actor's notable works include: Breaking Bad, Battleship, The Master, and Olive Kitteridge. Jesse is a rising star and is paving his way with his most recent portrayal of Ed Blumquist/ The Butcher on the FX original series, 'Fargo', of which he starred along Spider-Man alum, Kirsten Dunst. If he can hold his own portrayal of a mobster along side the likes of Johnny Depp himself, he's got talent and he can well for a character like Shocker. I believe that he could lend a sympathetic southern swag to the super-villain.
Sergei Kravenoff / Kraven The Hunter
Out of all the villains in spidey's rogues gallery, I really hope we see this one in 2017's Spider-Man reboot. He is a villain that has never grazed the silver screen before and has unique quiddity and motive. I actually have more than one pick in mind for this character
3) Oscar Issac
Yes it is, Ladies and Gentleman. En Sabah Nur himself! At the bottom of my list of picks, you'll find Oscar Issac, but just because he resides at #3 doesn't mean the guy isn't a great actor and he is. Most notable for 'Inside Llewyn Davis', 'Ex Machina', and most recently 'The Force Awakens'. He's on his way to becoming a household name. If he keeps the beard, he sure rocks the look!
2) Richard Armitage
Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór! He isn't exactly a big name but he's certainly out there in terms of his notable body of work which includes: The Hobbit Trilogy, Hannible, and Into The Storm. Another actor who pulls off gruff 'Kraven' look.
1) Manu Bennett
And finally, for my number one pick, Manu Bennett! The one actor I want to play Kraven above anyone else. Also of 'Hobbit' alum, we have Slade Wilson himself. The 'Arrow' actor is very upset that he wasn't on the show long enough and thinks that his story arc on the show so far hasn't given the character justice. With Kraven, the actor will get to play an equally deadly force to be reckoned with and will have more than enough time to develop the character on the big screen and do him justice. And let's just face it, he has the body and the look.
Aleksei Sytsevich / The Rhino ~ Dominic Purcell
Already capable of playing a hothead literally and mentally on CW's 'The Flash', It isn't a step far in the realm of acting. The actor is certainly intimidating enough to take the massive role if he isn't to busy eating yolplait. And if you can't get this guy, Marvel, my second pick would be Aleks Puanovic. (See Above)
Otto Gunther Octavius / Dr.Octopus
Saving the best for last, my favorite Spider-Man villain of the entire team and rogues gallery itself
Without a doubt, this English actor is a menacing bad-ass and is not exactly a stranger to playing the bad guy. The guy can even pull off playing a psychopathic Santa Claus in the second season of FX's original series, American Horror Story. He could pull off as the mad scientist with ease. Leading and ruling his sociopathic cohorts with an iron fist or an iron tentacle or whatever they are made of. Oh, you know what I mean.
And that's it for Flip-Flop Fancast Fridays. And I would've fancasted for Mysterio, but my only pick for him would've been David Tennant and he's already in the MCU via 'AKA Jessica Jones'. Would you like to see a 'Sinister Six' Film? Also let me know what you think about my picks in the comment section below. What should I fancast next? I look forward to reading your thoughts.