Marvel Studios is at risk of repeating Sony Pictures’ past mistakes by introducing too many villains in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Some Spider-fans have grown concerned by the recent rumors regarding more and more of the wall-crawler’s classic rogues gallery being involved in the MCU Spider-Man’s second solo outing. Their worries are not unjustified, considering that an overabundance of antagonists cluttering the plot is part of what led to Sony’s two previous attempts at establishing a long-running Spider-Man franchise being cut short.
Little has been revealed so far regarding the cast of the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. A number of new actors have been confirmed as being in the film – including Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove and Remy Hii – but what characters they are playing (villain or not) remains a mystery. The only villain confirmed so far is The Vulture, who will once again be played by Michael Keaton.
The MCU Spider-Man franchise is undoubtedly building toward the establishment of The Sinister Six – one of Marvel Comics’ first super-villain groups and the most prominent one to devote itself towards a single superhero’s destruction. While it seems logical that the formation of the villainous group should be saved for a third Spider-Man movie, there’s been speculation that we may see the Sinister Six introduced in Far From Home – but previous movies have somewhat dampened enthusiasm for seeing Spider-Man battle various supervillains in the same movie.
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Spider-Man’s Multiple Villain Problem
While Spider-Man 3 is far from the worst superhero movie ever made, most would agree it was a definite step-down in quality from Spider-Man 2 and that it tried to do far too much. Director Sam Raimi has said as much, admitting that the movie “just didn’t work very well” and the the primary reason for this was that he “didn’t really believe in all the characters.” This is almost certainly a reference to Venom, who was only included in the movie at Sony’s insistence. Before their edict, Raimi’s original screenplay had been based around The Sandman and Harry Osborn following in his father’s footsteps to become the second Green Goblin.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was similarly over-packed, and some felt its story was even more piecemeal and built by committee than the ultimate story of Spider-Man 3. Though the main story of the movie pitted Spider-Man against Electro, the conclusion also had him facing off against Harry Osborn, who became the first Green Goblin in this reality. The Rhino was also introduced into the movie (albeit in a mechanical suit of armor rather than the classic costume from the comics) with the film ending anti-climatically as Spider-Man was about to fight him. The movie also hinted at more villains coming into existence, with one scene showing the familiar flying suit of The Vulture and the mechanical tentacles of Doctor Octopus.
In both films, the effort to fit more villains into the story proved detrimental. In the case of Spider-Man 3, Raimi was forced to play out the complete Alien Costume Saga from the comics and introduce the character of Eddie Brock so he could become Venom, in addition to establishing the origins of The Sandman, allowing Peter to investigate the truth behind his Uncle Ben’s murder and playing out Harry Osborn’s transformation into the new Green Goblin. This ultimately resulted in far too much story for a single film and every subplot feeling rushed and underdeveloped. By contrast, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seemed more focused on setting up its sequel (and a possible Sinister Six spin-off) than telling its own tale.
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