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What Villain Should Spider-Man Take On In His Next Movie Reboot?

Last week, we got the first glimpse of the new MCU Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) via the Captain America: Civil War trailer—which you can read our thoughts about here. This version of Spidey will even headline his own solo film—a project fans have eagerly been awaiting plot details on, and, more importantly, news on who we’ll see facing off against our friendly neighbourhood web-slinger. Seeing as Spidey has one of the most colourful and memorable rogue’s gallery of any superhero out there, we thought it would be fun to go through some of the potential candidates for the role as big bad in the next film. We’re also keeping out any villain who’s already appeared in any of the films so far—sorry Green Goblin(s)!

1. Scorpion

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Scorpion (a.k.a. Mac Gargan) first appeared as a private investigator hired by J. Jonah Jameson to figure out how Peter Parker snaps all those great pictures of Spider-Man. After that plan failed, J.J signed Mac up for a scientific experiment that would help create someone capable of defeating Spider-Man. The experiment was a success and Gargan ended up gaining super powers and a cool new suit with a mechanical tail that spewed acid. Fuelled by a hatred for the Spider-Man, Gargan became Scorpion and used his newfound powers to try to take out our hero. Scorpion’s a safe choice for the MCU universe; he’s a pretty low-level villain and could easily be beaten by a younger Spidey as well as create a nice parallel to Spider-Man’s own powers. He also brings in J.J., whose presence would be a welcomed addition in this new universe.

2. Kraven the Hunter

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The best big game hunter in the world, Kraven the Hunter often sets his sights on the greatest prize of all: Spider-Man. Certainly the most dangerous villain on this list, Kraven doesn’t want to simply hurt Spidey, he wants him dead—and just for kicks, too! Kraven doesn’t have any real powers, just a keen sense of smell and an expertise on killing animals and humans alike. He’sa huge threat for the wall-crawler, especially in the comic books where the two fight to the death in an iconic story arc entitled “Kravens Last Hunt.” While this storyline is indeed epic, it may need some tweaking for a movie, let alone the first in a series.

3. Mysterio

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Good ole’ fishbowl head, Mysterio’s (a.k.a. Quentin Beck) one of the goofiest villains in Spider-Man’s rogue gallery, but that’s exactly why we love him so. Mysterio was an expert in film special effects until he decided to use his skills for a life of crime. His elaborate hallucinations can pose a huge challenge for the young Peter, but it’s hard to take him seriously, which is why he may work better teaming up with another villain on this list.

4. Vulture

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Vulture has long been rumoured to appear in a Spider-Man movie, specifically in the almost-Sam-Raimi-directed fourth film. He’s a dangerous winged foe who often creates elaborate schemes to regain his youth. Vulture isn’t just some old bald dude in a bird suit—he’s a genius inventor whose presence has been a nuisance to Spidey for years now. This high-flying villain would create some epic mid-air fight scenes in which moviegoers would get to witness Spider-Man swinging around in all that CGI web glory. Given Vulture’s long history of duking it out with Spidey, it’s surprising he hasn’t been utilized yet. Hopefully that’ll change soon.

5. Chameleon

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Chameleon is a master of disguise who uses his smarts and trickery to best the Spider. He can become anyone at any moment—a skill that gets him under Spider-Man’s skin more effectively than the other villain. He’s best utilized as a psychological foe to Spider-Man, getting close to him and earning his trust by disguising himself as close friend or family, then reveals himself at the last moment to ruin Peter Parker’s life. Chameleon also has a very special place in the hearts of comic fans, as his first appearance was in the very first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man. 

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