All the Spider-Man Villains Confirmed for NO WAY HOME - Nerdist
All the Spider-Man Villains Confirmed for NO WAY HOME

The Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer gave us a lot to chew on. And it confirmed that we are getting multiple villains, all from the previous iterations of the Spider-Man films. So that means we’ve officially got ourselves a Spider-verse, people. And given the number of baddies we’re seeing, we think the Sinister Six is for sure on the way. Here are all the Spider-Manvillains the new trailer confirms, and also the ones it hints at strongly. And then there are the ones we hope to see.

Doctor Octopus 

Doc Ock wears sun glasses and a long coat

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Let’s start with the very unambiguous one. Yes folks, that is indeed Alfred Molina back as Doctor Otto Octavius, a.k.a. Doctor Octopus, a.k.a. Doc Ock. He was one of the first non-MCU Spidey villains confirmed for No Way Home. And if you’re thinking, “Wow, Doc Ock looks exactly like he did in Spider-Man 2,” that’s because Molina confirmed they digitally de-aged him. Considering that Otto looked pretty dead at the end of Spider-Man 2, it’ll be interesting to see how Doc Ock comes back in Now Way Home. Was he plucked from a point in the timeline before his demise? That would be our guess. Not only for him but this next guy too.

Green Goblin

A glowing green round ball near cars on a road

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While we don’t see him, that is definitely one of the Green Goblin’s pumpkin bombs, followed by the familiar cackle of one Willem Dafoe. So that confirms Spider-Man’s first on-screen villain, Norman Osborn. So why didn’t they show him? Well, we have a theory. Although Gobby (as Spidey so affectionally called him) will indeed appear, he might not be in the same costume. As much as everyone loved Willem Dafoe as Osborn, that Power Rangers outfit didn’t get any love, even back in the day. Maybe it’s time to do the original Green Goblin mask they tested, but never used? It’s time for a Green Goblin redemption. We can’t wait to see what the Green Goblin will look like in its MCU form.


An electrical storm in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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While we don’t see Electro himself, Jamie Foxx was the first returning villain from outside the MCU confirmed for No Way Home. But this trailer has a lot of lightning and electricity, and we have to imagine that is all Electro’s powers manifesting. Electro does have the power to generate and cHis look in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 strayed pretty far from the comics. And Foxx has hinted that this Electro will get a visual makeover. Now, we’re not expecting Electro’s classic comic book costume, one of the dorkiest looks ever worn by a Marvel bad guy. But it seems something in the classic green and yellow should be used, right?


Spider-Man caught in a huge storm.

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Here’s where things get a bit vaguer. In the same shots we see all the lightning, it sure looks like a lot of dust clouds surrounding it. Or should we say sand clouds? It looks like Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman to us. Unlike Doc Ock and Green Goblin, Flint Marko/William Baker didn’t so much die as just… blow away. At least that’s what Spider-Man 3 seemed to imply. So no resurrection plot device needed. Sandman was one of the better aspects of that third Raimi Spider-Man movie, so we’re happy to have him back if that is indeed him.

The Lizard

Peter Parker is startled by a creature in No Way Home.

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There is a very fast “blink and ya miss it” moment in the trailer for No Way Home which shows Peter attacked by some kind of anthropomorphic creature. It’s a dark scene, and hard to make out. Lots of fans speculate that it’s Venom. But the Venom Tom Hardy plays never fought Peter Parker. And we doubt that their eventual confrontation is going to be part of a group effort. No, we think that’s The Amazing Spider-Man‘s the Lizard. It seems each pre-Tom Holland Spidey movie has some representation, and his appearance would tick that box.

Okay, so if we’re doing a Multiversal version of the Sinister Six (as we have long guessed), that leaves a sixth slot that is empty. Who could fill it? There are plenty of options still, believe it or not. Here are our top guesses on who could comprise the final member of the Sinister Six in Spider-Man: No Way Home:

The Vulture and Mysterio

Side by side of Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio.

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The two super villains Spider-Man fought in the MCU could technically fill the sixth slot. We know Vulture is still alive. And Mysterio could have faked his death easily. But it feels like they’re going for a Sinister Six made up only of villains from the pre-MCU Spidey films. But you never know, either one of these guys could surprise us and join up.

The Scorpion

Michael Mando as Mac Gargan.

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At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, we have a formal introduction to Mac Gargan (Michael Mando). And we see him talking to Michael Keaton’s Vulture in prison. Four years later, we’re still waiting for him to suit up as the Scorpion. But he has two strikes against him. He’s never fought Spidey as a super villain. And he’s another MCU villain, and we think they’re leaning into Multiverse only baddies this time.

The Rhino

The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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Yes folks, Paul Giamatti played the Rhino at the tail end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We don’t blame you if you forgot. It seemed to be setting him up for bigger things. But as we all know, there was no The Amazing Spider-Man 3. So maybe being baddie #6 in the Sinister Six is Rhino redemption at last?

And pure speculation here. We think this iteration of the Sinister Six is a one-off. However, the name will probably stick around. If the Sinister Six gets their own movie eventually, we imagine an all-star line-up of more recent Spider-verse adversaries. Think the previously mentioned Vulture and Mysterio, plus Venom and Morbius. By that time, they will have introduced Kraven the Hunter in his own film. Perhaps led by one surviving member of the previous Sinister Six? One thing’s for sure. Sony and Marvel aren’t leaving this Sinister Six concept lying around. This is probably just the beginning.

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