Spider-Man: No Way Home brings back some iconic villains from Spider-Man’s past. But can a Sinister Six movie still happen after No Way Home?
Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: No Way Home and Morbius
Spider-Man: No Way Home rounded up an impressive collection of past Spider-Man villains — but could a Sinister Six movie still happen after No Way Home? Past villains like Doc Ock and Green Goblin have made their triumphant debuts into the MCU, and rumors about a second chance for a Sinister Six film have been swirling since before No Way Home even premiered. However, the villains’ successful returns to their own timelines — aided by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men — complicate the potential for a Sinister Six movie.
The Sinister Six are a classic group of Marvel supervillains from the Spider-Man comics. Making their first appearance in the 1964 comic Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, the Sinister Six is comprised of Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Mysterio, and Dr. Octopus, the group’s founder. Later incarnations of the group included the Lizard, Venom, and Morbius. Marvel’s work on a Sinister Six movie began back in 2013 but was ultimately canceled following The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s poor performance and Sony’s deal with Marvel to bring Peter Parker into the MCU. With No Way Home bringing most of these villains into the MCU, a Sinister Six movie could still happen.
The ending of No Way Home means the prospects for a Sinister Six movie are complicated. With Mysterio dead — for now, at least — and a large portion of the Sinister Six sent back to their own timelines after being cured, some of the iconic members of the villainous group probably won’t be returning for a Sinister Six movie. However, the upcoming releases of Kraven the Hunter and Morbius — as well as Eddie Brock’s appearance in the No Way Home mid-credits scene — means that the MCU could be preparing for a Sinister Six film involving some alternative members.
How Morbius Sets Up Sony’s Sinister Six Movie
The Spider-Man multiverse is one of the more vast universes in Marvel. This means that there are multiple Spiderman crossover options available – and one of those has to do with Jared Leto’s Morbius. Morbius was released on April 1st, 2022. The movie follows the antihero and biochemist Michael Morbius as he accidentally transforms into a vampiric hero. The way that Morbius and Spider-Man connect is through Michael Keaton’s titular villain Vulture. The very end of Morbius features a post-credits scene in which Vulture appears, solidifying the connection between Morbius and Spider-Man. Since Vulture seems to be appearing throughout the Spider-Man multiverse, this could mean that the villain is searching for a means to get rid of Spider-Man once and for all. Vulture is gathering a team to hunt down the protagonist, which is how Spider-Man’s Sinister Six movie could still happen after No Way Home.
Which Spider-Man Villains Will Join The Sinister Six?
Several villains could appear in a Sinister Six movie. The official villains of the Spider-Man comics’ Sinister Six include Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Mysterio, and Dr. Octopus. However, based on the Homecoming franchise villains, any of them could be interchangeable. Vulture would still be a part of the group, and Kraven the Hunter will be featured in a solo movie, so he would join the group too. Other villains/antiheroes that aren’t a part of the original team but could be ingratiated into the fold include Morbius and Venom. Since Mysterio is technically deceased, the villain probably wouldn’t return. There have been rumors that A Black Cat could join a Sinister Six movie, and there’s always Dane DeHaan’s Goblin. No Way Home‘s villains couldn’t work for a Sinister Six movie based on the way everything worked out in the end.
A Sinister Six movie can still happen after No Way Home. How? By bringing back staple members like Doc Ock and the Green Goblin. The Multiverse opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to playing with the timeline, meaning their return isn’t impossible. However, the return of No Way Home’s villains would make Peter’s ultimate sacrifice worthless, cheapening everything he went through to give these five villains a chance at redemption. These villains were finally given redemption — at the cost of Aunt May’s life — and it would be a disservice to all involved if that was all undone for a Sinister Six movie. Also, the brilliant return of Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina would make recasting these villains for the MCU’s universe almost impossible. If a Sinister Six movie hopes to succeed, it needs to bring in new villains, not change everything that made No Way Home and its roster so great.
There is a long list of villains that the MCU could pull in to round out the Sinister Six. Kraven the Hunter, Venom, Morbius, and Mysterio are all solid candidates, and the return of Spider-Man villains like Rhino and Vulture is always a possibility. The introduction of Kingpin in Hawkeye could provide another connection to the Spider-Verse, and hints at the possibility of Ned becoming the Hobgoblin could make him an intriguing Sinister Six member. A Sinister Six movie can definitely still exist after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home — it will just require a careful selection of villains that may not include some founding members.
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