Marvel’s decision to reboot the Spider-Man franchise a third time was met with widespread skepticism, but from the moment Tom Holland’s Peter Parker awkwardly appeared in Captain America: Civil War, it became obvious that we had finally found the perfect Spidey for Marvel's upcoming release Spider-Man: Homecoming.
So far, little is known about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Rumors that Michael Keaton was cast as the Vulture were officially denied before being reconsidered, and Vincent D’Onofrio himself claims that Daredevil's Kingpin won’t face off against our favorite neighborhood Spider-Man either.
It’s likely that Marvel Studios will try and distance Spider-Man: Homecoming as far as possible from Sony’s previous Spidey movies, so the chances of seeing The Lizard or yet another Green Goblin seems unlikely.
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When rumors of Keaton's casting in Spider-Man: Homecoming first broke, the internet seemed dead set on casting him in the role of Adrian Toomes, an old man who uses vulture-styled wings to fly and gain superhuman strength that can rival even Spider-Man's abilities.
While Keaton is now a no-show (or is he?), there’s no reason why the Vulture couldn’t still appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Flight isn’t the most impressive power in the world, it seems like everyone and their nan can soar through the air these days, but the aerial fights between Vulture and Spidey could be the most exciting of the franchise yet.
Also, there’s just something about pitting an awkward, teenage Spidey against a bitter old man that just screams hilarity to me.
2. Black Cat
After a brief appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t amount to much, it looked like Felicia Hardy’s days on the big screen were over, but there’s still a chance for the Black Cat to bounce back with one of her nine lives in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Who needs another Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy when the sultry antihero Black Cat could provide the perfect love interest, confusing a pubescent Tom Holland with her questionable morals? At one point, Hardy also gained bad luck powers in the comics, which could set up some hilarious fight scenes between the Black Cat and Spidey.
Mysterio may wear a giant fishbowl on his head, but don’t count him out just yet. The special effects wizard is a master of illusion and hypnosis who uses his talents to commit crimes and throw Spider-Man off his trail.
Quentin Beck’s former career in Hollywood would offer the perfect opportunity for director Jon Watts to satirize the industry, perhaps even throwing in a few quippy one-liners that refer to the Sony/Marvel deal that made Spider-Man: Homecoming possible in the first place.
The Chameleon was the first super villain that Spider-Man ever faced in the comics, using disguises to impersonate people for his own nefarious purposes. Whether the writers of Spider-Man: Homecoming decided to stick with the original non-powered version or use a Chameleon more akin to X-Men's Mystique, the man known as Dmitri Smerdyakov could be an extremely formidable opponent for our hero.
Spidey’s enemies in the movies have tended to represent threats of a physical nature, so a villain like the Chameleon would provide a fascinating departure that utilizes Peter Parker’s brainpower in a way we’ve never seen before.
5. Kraven the Hunter
Chameleon’s half brother Kraven the Hunter played a prominent role in one of the most memorable Spider-Man arcs of all time, "Kraven’s Last Hunt". In the now iconic storyline, Kraven wanted to prove that he was the best, so he buried the wall crawler alive in order to impersonate and humiliate him. With the ultimate victory in hand, Kraven then did what any self-respecting villain would do and decided to kill himself.
Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War was remarkably light-hearted, capturing everything that fans loved about Spider-Man when he debuted as a teenager in the comics. Considering this and Marvel’s family-friendly approach, it’s unlikely that Kraven will make a MCU appearance any time soon, but a dramatic encounter between the two could become one of the most memorable Spidey fights yet.