In the contest for “Best Spider-Man Movie”, KT readers have dubbed the newest the best. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man movie since Tobey Maguire first started slinging webs in 2002. He and Sam Raimi made three films before the franchise was rebooted with Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb in 2012. Then, following the disastrous The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014, Sony decided to lease Spider-Man back to Marvel so Spider-Man could make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a small role in 2015’s Captain America: Civil War. Holland rolled that perfect performance as the wall crawler into a spectacular feature debut that is closing in on $700 million globally. It was only ever a contest between Homecoming and Spider-Man 2 (which, to my mind, are the only good Spider-Man films). Homecoming was dominating the poll for most of the month, but held off a late charge from Raimi’s best film to win 46% to 38%. Spider-Man and even The Amazing Spider-Man got some votes, but not a single bit of love for Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (so good going, guys, I don’t have to lecture you lol). Look for a new poll soon, thank you so much for voting, and start thinking about September when we have our 5th Annual Best Show on TV Poll! Will The Flash defend, or will we have a fifth different show in five years?
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. July 21st brings three VERY different films into theaters, all currently getting mixed-to-rave reviews. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/21/2017): Dunkirk, Valerian, Girls Trip→
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. July 14th brings another blockbuster as those damn, dirty apes swing into theaters once again! Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/14/2017): War for the Planet of the Apes→
Spider-Man: Homecoming just hit theaters, but already fans are speculating on who the sequel’s villain(s) will be. The answer may lie in Homecoming’s short, but telling mid-credits scene. Obviously, any speculation into the sequel will require delving into spoiler territory for Spider=Man Hmecoming, so if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Alright, you’ve been warned!
The Origin of the New Sinister Six?
The Staten Island Ferry sequence has been heavily featured in trailers for Homecoming, but the players involved feature some familiar names: Adrian Toomes (Vulture), Mac Gargan (Scorpion), and Herman Shultz (Shocker). Toomes is providing arms to criminals based on Chitauri tech left over from their invasion in the first Avengers film. The ferry sequence is an arms deal that goes horribly wrong, badly injuring Gargan and marks a turning point in Peter’s development as Spider-Man.
In the mid-credits scene, Toomes meets up with a visibly scarred Mac Gargan, who wants some Spider-vengeance, and says he has some friends who want to get in on the action. He also accuses Toomes of knowing who Spider-Man really is (which by that point Toomes does). The Vulture plays his cards close during this encounter, but Peter cost him his family, and he already threatened to kill Parker if he interfered in his business. Peter most definitely interfered, and now Toomes knows there are some like-minded individuals who might share his revenge plans. Sounds like the seeds of a a super-villain team-up have been planted.
Who are the Sinister Six?
First appearing way back in 1964’s The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, The Sinister Six was a super-villain team organized by Dr. Octopus to try to take down the Wall Crawler. The first incarnation featured Ock, Kraven the Hunter, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio and The Vulture. Since then, there have been over a dozen incarnations of the team and Vulture, Shocker and Scorpion have all been members. For his high school years, as he’s still learning his powers, Peter seems to be fighting more minor members of his rogues gallery. Assuming Toomes breaks Gargan and his old crew out in Spider-Man Homecoming 2 be looking at a Sinister Six presumably armed with the type of tech-based weaponry Shocker and Vulture use in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Both character redesigns worked well, and Michael Keaton’s Vulture is a much more menacing adversary than his comic book counterpart. Following that logic, it makes sense that Vulture and Shocker would make up a third of the team with rebuilt, upgraded gear. Two other members present themselves in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which leaves two slots left for two new Spider-foes (possibly the friends Gargan mentions). So who fills out the roster of a new Sinister Six?
Mac Gargan is described in Homecoming as being somewhat unhinged even before he got fried during the ferry incident. In the mid-credits scene, Gargan (played by Better Call Saul‘s Michael Mando) already has a scorpion tattooed on his neck, and seems to want Peter dead as much as Toomes does. First appearing in 1964’s The Amazing Spider-Man #19, Gargan was turned into Scorpion as a part of one of J. Jonah Jameson’s badly planned schemes to expose Spider-Man as a public menace. A redesign on the level of Keaton’s Vulture is definitely in order, but Scorpion could be a very powerful adversary, and Mando’s an outstanding actor to bring him to life. The problem with Gargan is that he is more than a little insane, and he might fight Toomes for leadership of the group.
Phineas Mason first appeared in 1963’s The Amazing Spider-Man #2, and made his MCU debut in Homecoming played by Michael Chernus. The Tinkerer served as Vulture’s engineer, turning Chitauri salvage into various weapons that Toomes and his crew would either use or sell. Mason rarely seeks open combat and prefers to be the tech-guy for a crew. For a Sinister Six made up of non-powered criminals using advanced weaponry, Toomes retaining Mason’s services seems a no-brainer.
That takes care of the characters introduced in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but there are two obvious choices who fit the tone and tech-based theme of this new incarnation of a new Sinister Six from Spidey’s rogues gallery.
There have been several Beetles over the years, but the original-Abner Jenkins-first appeared in 1964’s Strange Tales #123. A talented inventor and mechanic, Jenkins got bored with the 9-to-5 life and cobbled together a suit of armor somewhere in-between Iron Man and the redesigned Vulture from Homecoming. Beetle rarely has success on his own against Spider-Man and often serves as a henchmen in larger criminal organizations like the Sinister Six.
Fred Myers is a close associate of both Shocker and Beetle, and also uses weaponry that could easily be Chitauri-based. Boomerang has also been a member of several incarnations of the Sinister Six. First appearing in 1966’s Tales to Astonish #81, Myers is a native Australian, and former baseball star, drummed out of the majors for accepting bribes. He is traditionally more of a mercenary than someone who has a personal grudge with Spider-Man. He seems the sort of foe that would fall in line behind Toomes and Gargan if the money was right.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man movie since Tobey Maguire first started slinging webs in 2002. He and Sam Raimi made three films before the franchise was rebooted with Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb in 2012. Then, following the disastrous The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014 (seriously if you vote for that I wish I could find a way to deliver an electric shock to your brain), Sony decided to lease Spider-Man back to Marvel so Spider-Man could make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a small role in 2015’s Captain America: Civil War. Sony and Marvel’s lease agreement on Spider-Man runs through the sequel to Homecoming (scheduled for May 2020). Which has been your favorite film featuring the Wall Crawler so far? Cast your vote, and at the end of July we’ll anoint the best Spider-Man film of them all!