‘Spider-Man 3’ Rumored Villain is Kraven, But Here’s Another One Fans Want to See
Now that we know Spider-Man will stick with Marvel for at least one more movie, fans are firing up their villain theories for the next installment. Who will it be? It’s no secret that Spider-Man 3 director Jon Watts wants Kraven to face off with Peter Parker/Spidey, and given that the story has gone international, it makes sense.
But what about looping in another well-known adversary who’s already made a film appearance? Fans and comic book geeks believe that Far From Home has already the made the case for Scorpion to show up.
Who is Scorpion to Spider-Man in the Marvel canon?
Longtime enemies, Scorpion and Spider-Man have a storied comic book history that began when Mac Gargan—a.k.a. Scorpion—was hired by the Daily Bugle’s resident hater, J. Jonah Jameson. Jameson wanted Gargan, a P.I., to get dirt on Spider-Man, but he always outsmarted him.
Gargan turned into Scorpion after an experiment (funded by Jameson) went wrong, gradually giving him some characteristics of a scorpion, including strength and speed. He also went insane and became a murderer.
Since he first came on the comic book scene in the ‘60s, Scorpion has hated and resented Spider-Man, and has gone so far as to kidnap Aunt May and attempted to kill Mary Jane. Because of the mutation, he also hates Jameson.
To top that off, he has become a version of Venom, having merged with the symbiote after Eddie Brock.
Scorpion’s appearance has been predicted in the past
Mac Gargan was in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming but he’s also heavily intertwined with Venom’s story. Movie version Gargan is sitting in jail with Vulture, who, along with comic book Kraven, was a part of the Sinister Six. You see they’re all connected?
Marvel’s logs remind us that when Scorpion turned into Venom, he became part of a collective called the Sinister Twelve. Many believe Gargan/Scorpion is the common thread that will weave pieces of the Spider-verse together.
Fans think there’s a way to break Scorpion out of prison so he can pop up in Spider-Man 3. As ScreenRant mentions, the post-credits scene of Homecoming teased he might be in the sequel, but that wasn’t the case. That’s what everyone believed.
According to CinemaBlend, Watts stated there wasn’t a way to work him or Vulture into the new story. Fans think things could change with the third film, either with Spidey having to battle a tag-team of Kraven and Scorpion, or as separate headaches.
Even a small cameo would open a door
Marvel loves its cameos and post-credits surprises, so if Gargan flashes his face in Spider-Man 3 for a few moments as part of some larger plot, it could tie into another part of the franchise. How?
The on and off chatter about a Sinister Six film could manifest into something new, either for Sony or Marvel. Now that both parties are working together, it’s possible that Scorpion helps another set of heroes or villains score their own spinoff. Never say never.
Watts has also stated that he likes the idea that both Vulture and Gargan are still out there in the world, and with Marvel, anything can happen. Fans can look forward to Spider-Man 3 in summer 2021.