The great Braelstrom 101 fiaco is a tough act to follow, but I plan on trying regardless. With both Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL hitting theatres at the same time, I couldn’t decide which one to watch first and ended up seeing neither, instead opting to revisit the first two Terminator films in preparation for Genisys. Needless to say, my original intent to do a write-up on Genisys for today didn’t pan out, so instead today I’m going to go over my personal Top 10 of Spider-Man villains that I want to see appear in the new movies. I touched briefly on this while doing my 5 Things I Want to See In The New Spider-Man Movies, but now I want to go more in-depth with regards to the villains. First things first, with regards to Tom Holland being cast as Peter Parker – I have no comment. I haven’t seen him in anything as of yet and I refuse to judge how good he will be for the role solely based on what he looks like. He beat thousands of young actors to land the role and that has to count for something, people. Let’s give the guy a chance.
A note on the list – I will be taking into account the fact that a lot of Spidey’s top villains have already made it to the big screen and some of them will be bumped down or ommited entirely because of it. With that in mind, let’s jump right in:
Shocker’s not primary antagonist material, but only because he himself doesn’t want to be. He’s a very shrewd criminal, who intentionally keeps his lawbreaking in check in order to avod undue attention from any major superheroes or law enforcement agencies. He’s basically a blue collar supervillain, which is a fun concept not really explored in the MCU, which has mainly had larger-than-life, doomsday villains whose aspirations start with blow up/take over planets. Shocker could make for a very entertaining right-hand man for major Spidey villains and a recurring supporting character throughout the movies.
Good old J Jonah Jameson has been little more than a comedic foil for Spider-Man and Peter Parker in the Sam Raimi films and had the absolutely sizzling role of 3 second e-mail cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so I would certainly love it if the new Spidey films expanded his role to someone who’s a lot more actively trying to bring the webslinger down, going as far creating a supervillain like Scorpion. Don’t get me wrong – I loved J.K. Simmons’s JJJ, but what would I love even more is for him to go toe-to-toe with Spidey with more than just bad press. Scorpion is a very physical, very dangerous villain that’s given Peter a lot of problems over the years and his downwards spiral has caused a lot of grief and tragedy for Jonah as well. In fact, the original Scorpion, Mac Gargan, hates Jonah a heck of a lot more than he does Spidey, which would put webhead in the slighly awkward position of protecting the man that hates his guts and constantly smears his name in the press – the same man who helped create this thread in the first place. Fun stuff.
3. Doc Ock
Doc Ock is my hands-down favorite Spider-Man villain of all-time. The only reason why he is not number 1 on this list is because Alfred Molina absolutely nailed the character in Spider-Man 2, which holds up incredibly well. Finding a replacement for Molina is an incredibly daunting task – hell, I wouldn’t argue for a new Doc Ock if I didn’t love the character so much, that’s how much Molina killed it back in the day. Just the right ammount of over-the-top arrogance, mixed in with a good measure of personal tragedy and a dash of sheer insanity. My personal hope for the new Spider-Man movies is that they pave the way for the Superior Spider-Man storyline further down the line – now that would be a very unique and quite interesting take on the character of Doc Ock that would separate it from Molina’s portrayal. Another, far more likely scenario is that the new Doc Ock becomes the ringleader of the Sinister Six, which could be also quite interesting to see.
The Master of Illusion’s powers are a bit of a wild card and the main reason why he’s so high on my list. He could be played for laughs, a man with a fish bowl for a head and a set of goofy parlor tricks that are more pretty than actually dangerous – or his illusions could be used chilling mind games that could lead to straight up nightmare fuel. Anyone who’s read “Old Man Logan” knows what I’m talking about. Whatever the route they go with, one thing’s for sure – Mysterio would make for a very visually entertaining villain that’s quite different from most of what we’ve seen Spidey take on in previous movies. With illusions, there’s very little you can’t show or do, and a blank check on creativity in a Spider-Man sounds like a great idea to me.
1. Kraven the Hunter
Yes, you might have seen this coming. I really want to see Kraven the Hunter on the big screen. Hell, more than anything, I would love to see Spider-Man face-off against Kraven in an actual jungle. Just go all out and make it like the first level of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions – large, open space, giant, sprawling temples and Thunderdome-like arenas. I want to see Spider-Man taken out of his comfort zone and pushed to his very limits, as he is hunted by a ruthless maniac. I might settle for Kraven being in the Sinister Six roster (he better), but I think he could carry a film as the primary antagonist as well, especially if they do decide to let loose and have the action take place in a jungle.
There you have it, folks, my top 5 Spidey villains I want to see in the new movies. I like Green Goblin as much as the next Spidey fan, but we’ve already seen him pop up twice, and as for Venom – well, as much as I would like to see the Spider-Man movies make amends for the way Spider-Man butchered the character, I’m personally a little sick of the black suit storyline – I’ve seen it play out across so many different incarnations that I just don’t particularly care for it anymore, even it’s well done.