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(Warning - the following, if true, would constitute a major pile of massive SPOILERS for the upcoming Spider-Man solo movie. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests is wise...)

Now, Sony and Marvel's deal to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe may now be close to a year old, and the reality of Spidey's imminent arrival in Captain America: Civil War may now have firmly sunk in, but that doesn't mean that any of us are any less excited about it. After all, SPIDER-MAN IS COMING TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE. That's an inherently over-excitement-inducing thing.

What we still don't know, however, is just what we're going to see Spidey get up to in his new, rebooted, solo movie - or which villains he'll have to face. Unless, of course, the recent revelations of an intrepid Redditor are to be believed, in which case...

We Might Already Know the Plot - and Villains - of Spider-Man's New Solo Movie

Specifically, according to the Redditor in question:

"The main villain will actually be Norman Osborn with J. Jonah Jameson and Scorpion also being featured. The film will have him declaring Spider-Man a public menace and placing a very public bounty on his head. The bounty draws out various criminals. Many of these criminals will not become the villains they become, but we will see Sandman, Electro, and even Mysterio before they become villains. Jonah hires Mac Gargan, who is not Scorpion yet but rather a PI.
"During a tailing of Spider-Man, Gargan starts to learn more about Spider-Man and gets close to finding out who he is. However we find out Spider-Man knew all along. He finds out Jonah hired him and webs Gargan to the outside of the Daily Bugle, mocking both Jonah and Gargan. Both have a massive ego and are driven by this to defeat and expose Spider-Man.
"Norman Osborn, who believes Spider-Man is his property and wants Spider-Man back; sees on the news of Gargan's defeat. He pulls up Gargan's medical records and deems him fit for his program. He offers to enhance Gargan with what is the Scorpion armor and formula. Norman, Jonah, and Gargan agree to take down Spider-Man.
"Mac becomes Scorpion and is commanded by Jonah and Osborn to bring Spider-Man to them. At this point, Scorpion becomes the primary villain He nearly defeats Spider-Man once at Mid-Town High School, but Spider-Man escapes, the second time Gargan defeats Spider-Man and brings him to Osborn and Jonah.
"Jonah simply wants to expose Spider-Man, but sees that Osborn and Gargan plan on testing on Spider-Man/Peter and find out why he was a success so Osborn can create super powered villains to sell to HYDRA. Realizing that Spider-Man is a force for good, Jonah frees him and they both escape. Once Peter is awake he takes Jonah back to the Daily Bugle.
"Final fight is at Daily Bugle as Scorpion has been enhanced further by Osborn is now insane and simply wants to kill Spider-Man and Jonah. Spider-Man defeats Scorpion.
"The film ends with Norman wanting to proceed with using a formula, but as word has gotten out about Scorpion, he is only able to test the formula on himself."

Which... all sounds perfectly plausible, in its own way. The return of J. Jonah Jameson is surely likely, as is that of Norman Osborn, considering his general importance to the past decade of Marvel comic books story-lines. Indeed, if there's going to be a Spider-villain who'll cross over to the MCU at some point, it'll almost certainly be him. Even The Scorpion would make a certain amount of sense, seeing as we haven't seen him in a movie yet, and he's a pretty visually interesting villain.

The only major problem, then?

There's Absolutely No Reason to Think That the Above Plot Is Accurate

While that plot makes sense and all, it's also not supported by any credible sourcing. Add in the fact that much of it has apparently been taken unusually directly from Brian Michael Bendis's Ultimate Spider-Man comic books, as well as the absence of any notable MCU heroes, and the whole thing can't help but seem a little more like hypothesis than a directly sourced leak.

Now, of course, it absolutely could be for real - but sadly (or happily, depending on your opinions about spoilers) it's not all that likely. Which in turn means that everyone's dreams of a Chameleon or Doc Ock-led solo movie can live on for another day...

What do you think, though?



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