Since I was a child, my family has always had a love for the web slinger. I grew up with him, he's still my brother's favorite, and now he's being rebooted again. This is a huge opportunity for Marvel to really push Spider-man and his villains to their absolute limits.
Speaking of his villains, there's just so many to hate, and I haven't seen the ones that I love quite enough. With baddies ranging from technologically advanced criminals, to mutations, to science-gone-wrong, Spider-Man has so much mythology to choose from that it was hard for me to narrow it down to just three. I finally settled on choices, and here they are:
With talents as an inventor and master engineer, Herman Schultz used his intelligence for all of the wrong reasons. After being arrested and sent to prison, he developed a pair of gauntlets that could shoot high pressure air blasts that vibrated at high frequencies, thus making them capable of knocking down walls.
Using them to escape from prison, he took on the alias of "The Shocker" and started using them to commit a new form of bank robbery. In their first encounter, Spider-Man was actually injured previously by the Lizard and thus at a disadvantage against Schultz, eventually losing to Shocker. Of course, he came back later, using his intelligence to outsmart Schultz and send him back to prison.
Shocker has always been one of my favorite villains in these comics, and he's been a prominent Spidey villain for quite some time, even being in multiple incarnations of the Sinister Six, a recurring team of Spidey's greatest nemeses. In my search for an actor to fight Tom Holland in this role, I turned to Aidan Gillen.
Known most recently for his roles in Game of Thrones, The Dark Knight Rises, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Gillen has proven himself time and time again not only as a great villain but also as a cunning enemy. In his role as Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish in HBO's star series, Gillen has become a household face without a name, and that face is conniving, cold, and without mercy in this role, thus making him perfect for a comic book baddie.
2. Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff)
A founding member of the Sinister Six, Sergei was a Russian immigrant who fled to the U.S. after the fall of Russian nobility. An obsessive big game hunter, Sergei adopted the moniker of Kraven, and took it upon himself to hunt the greatest challenge of New York City: Spider-Man.
Differing from most hunters, Kraven prefers not to use the usual tools such as guns or even bows, but rather prefers to take down his prey with his bare hands. He's in it to prove that no one is his equal and certainly not his better. He has access to a serum that grants him enhanced strength and slows his aging as well, making him even more of a legendary predator. My actor of choice for this role would be Matt Nable.
Known recently for roles in the CW's Arrow and Riddick, Nable is an under-appreciated actor from Australia who's beginning to break out into mainstream fame. He's already been a villain in Arrow as Ra's Al Ghul, and I thought he did a fantastic job, becoming one of the only redeeming qualities of the show's third season, in my opinion. He's strong, he's agile, and he can be a very dominating presence as a bad guy.
3. Mysterio (Quentin Beck)
A master in the world of special effects and stunt work, Quentin Beck used to work in the movie business, trying to make it big, before realizing that his personal dreams seemed a dead-end job. Utilizing his illusions as a method for villainy, Mysterio quickly found himself fighting the web slinger, even framing him for criminal acts.
Another founding member of the Sinister Six, the master of illusions was easy to cast for me. I chose Patrick Wilson.
Showing his physical prowess with roles in The Phantom of the Opera and Watchmen, and his ability to work under pressure in various horror films, Wilson has been in numerous genres and I'd love to see him in another comic book role, this time as a baddie. This role would allow him to exercise his physical skill and satisfy my personal curiosity to see him in another villain role, aside from The A-Team.
The Spider-Man Reboot is planned for release in July, 2017, with our favorite wall crawler set to have a cameo appearance this May in Captain America: Civil War. I would've loved to include Venom and Carnage on this list, but decided to include some more obscure characters instead. Who would you love to see fight Tom Holland in the upcoming solo films?
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